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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

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East Sussex pupils 'sent home despite correct skirt length'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Girls were sent home from school when their skirts were deemed too short in the morning only to be told they were acceptable later, it is claimed.

A crack in the cliff at Seaford Head

The coastguard says people are risking their lives to get dramatic photos of the precarious cliff edge.

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Cracked cliff warning

A stark warning from the Coastguard over the latest crack in Seaford's cliffs.

Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex westbound

BBC News Travel

A27 East Sussex westbound severe disruption, at A26.

A27 East Sussex - A27 in Beddingham closed and slow traffic westbound at Beddingham Roundabout, because of an overturned vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

It's getting fresher

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

It'll feel a little cooler for the rest of the week.


'You don't know whether you've got mental health issues'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Wealden MP Nus Ghani says since she was elected she and her family have receieved online threats from radicals.

Nearly half the MPs who responded to a BBC South East Today questionnaire reported receiving death threats.

For more on this story tune into South East Today at 18:30 BST tonight.

Sussex newspaper headlines

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The Argus: Talented teenager died two weeks after complaining of painful earache

Eastbourne Herald: Seaford Head safety warning after cliff cracks

Chichester Observer: 'Robust' plan to tackle littering, dog fouling and fly tipping approved

West Sussex County Times: Shock as village stores targeted in overnight break-ins

Bognor Observer: CCTV released following thefts in Felpham

Sussex Express: Fire breaks out in Hellingly bedroom

Mid Sussex Times: Permission granted for new Burgess Hill home

Hastings Observer: Anti-intruder device triggers St Leonards fire alarm

Rye Observer: Bodiam primary school wins Ofsted praise

Brighton and Hove Independent: Capturing the history and heritage of Brighton's hospital

GMB Union hospital workers vote to strike

Lewes Victoria Hospital
Lewes Victoria Hospital is one of the sites that could be affected by a strike

Workers at NHS Property Services at three Sussex hospitals have voted “overwhelmingly” for strike action, the GMB Union has said.

The workers at Lewes Victoria, Crowborough Memorial and Uckfield Community Hospitals are unhappy about planned changes to job descriptions and pay banding without “meaningful consultation”.

The union said 95.5% of those who voted supported strike action.

GMB Regional Organiser Gary Palmer said: “To their credit we have already heard back from NHSPS and our expectations are that they will follow through on their promise to now meet with us locally to seek a resolution acceptable to members.”

The union said it would temporarily delay issuing strike notices “as a sign of good faith in return”.

Grey skirt row leaves girl feeling blue

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A woman claims her granddaughter was ordered home from school because her skirt was the wrong material.

Anne Moore says staff at Seaford Head had first told her it was too short, but changed their minds after it had been adjusted.

However, she was then told it didn't meet the uniform code.

Anne Moor's granddaughter
Anne Moore
Anne Moore says her granddaughter was told this skirt was too short

Mrs Moore also claims several other students were put into isolation for uniform breaches, as pupils returned for the autumn term this morning.

However, school head Bob Ellis denies this, and says uniform checks are carried out at the gate every morning.

He says parents are always contacted if there's a problem and, while there is a recommended supplier, parents can buy uniforms from another source if they want, as long as they meet the school's code.

Yesterday parents were sent an email reminding them of the school's uniform policy and saying "any students that are judged to not be adhering to this policy will be sent home immediately to correct their uniform or alternatively they will be placed in isolation, until the uniform infringement is rectified".

Hanging on to the cloud

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Prepare yourselves for a grey and humid afternoon with some possible outbreaks of rain.

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A2011.

M23 West Sussex - M23 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J10, A2011 (Crawley), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A283 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A283 West Sussex both ways severe disruption, between A29 Church Hill and Rivermead.

A283 West Sussex - A283 Lower Street in Pulborough closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A29 Church Hill junction and the Rivermead junction, because of a fuel spillage. Police directing traffic.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Farage on politician abuse: 'Internet has brought out the worst in people'

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Nigel Farage has told the BBC he and his family have suffered years of attacks and that he "probably had more death threats than anybody in the country in the last five years".

It comes after a South East Today questionnaire of Kent and Sussex MPs found half of those that responded received death threats.

My family have been attacked, my kids have been attacked. I've probably had more death threats than anybody in the country in the last five years, had to live at times with 24/7 security and been assaulted regularly, and I'm afraid this is what our political debate has sunk to, and it's something to do with the internet. You know the internet can be a very good way of getting messages out, of people forming their own opinions about the world. Very convenient for booking aeroplane tickets. But something about the internet has brought out the worst in people."

Nigel Farage MEP(UKIP) South East
Nigel Farage
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In an interview with BBC Sussex the former UKIP leader, who represents the South East in the European Parliament, was asked if he thought his outspoken political views were likely to stir up people's feelings.

If you're saying something that the consensus isn't necessarily happy with, people can get upset, and of course I wouldn't for one moment say that I haven't pushed the barriers of debate in this country, but I've never done so with any malice. I've never ever had any of my supporters behave in a violent way. If I have I've always disassociated myself with them immediately."

Nigel Farage MEP(UKIP) South East

Half a billion development proposed for Hastings

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Developers are promising Hastings a golden future, with a new harbour and marina bringing hundreds of millions of pounds to the town.

How do you learn to treat sick patients without harming them?

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

This mannequin can breathe and sweat.

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but it's actually state-of-the-art equipment being used to train medical staff at Eastbourne DGH.

Selsey: Did you witness caravan assault?

Witnesses are being sought to an assault on a woman at a caravan park in West Sussex.

Police say a 43-year-old woman was assaulted at the West Sands Caravan Park at about 23:00 BST on 26 August.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating and possession of cocaine and cannabis.

Officers say the two people know each other. They're asking anyone who saw what happened to get in touch.

Dicing with death

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Visitors to the Sussex coast are still risking their lives at the County's famous chalk cliffs, according to the National Trust.

MPs threatened

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Half of MPs who responded to a BBC South East Today questionnaire say they've received death threats.

Other forms of hateful messages related to their race, gender, or sexual orientation have also been experienced.

Politicians say there was an increase in abusive messages during the recent general election. One former candidate said it was a difficult time for her and her family.

Manchester Mayor gives his thanks to Hastings

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

The Mayor of Manchester has thanked the people of Hastings after the town sent a book of condolence to the city following the terror attack at Manchester Arena.

It truly helped to know that the people of Manchester were in your thoughts during these difficult days and we appreciate your friendship and concern. These acts of terror seek to divide us by undermining our core values, which include respect and tolerance. The people of Manchester have responded with courage, incredible togetherness and resolve. There is no doubt in my mind that Manchester will recover from this terrible tragedy and emerge a more resilient and cohesive city.

Cllr Eddy NewmanLord Mayor of Manchester

We stand with the people of Manchester, and share core values. I am delighted that our book provided Manchester with some comfort.

Cllr Judy RogersMayor of Hastings

Do you still play the lottery?

Mark Carter

Presenter, BBC Sussex

Sales are falling, and I want to know whether you've fallen out of love with the game.

Join me on BBC Sussex from 09:00 BST.

Eastbourne mum calls for change in organ donation law

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The mother of a five-month old baby who died because she needed a heart transplant is calling for the organ donation law to be changed.

Almost two million people are on the register but their family's consent is still needed before a donation.

In the last 10 years 330 people have died while waiting for a transplant in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

Barber's passion for #PhotoOfTheDay

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Meet the barber with a passion for photography who displays his work on the walls of his salon.

James Brown is the first in our series meeting our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

Warm but humid day ahead

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to feel quite warm today but prepare for some possible outbreaks of rain.

MPs 'threatened' for doing their jobs

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Nearly half of local MPs have received a death threat while in office, a BBC South East questionnaire has found.

One Kent MP recalled having to be accompanied by a plain clothes police officer to an event because a threat made against him was considered so serious.

In Kent and Sussex 13 MPs responded to the questionnaire, half of those who were asked.

It comes after Helen Whately, the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, said she had received death threats in July and the death of Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, who was shot in 2016.

Jo Cox

More than a third of respondents said they get abusive messages on a weekly basis and one Sussex MP said they had to put in “extra vigilance around my children who received direct threats”.

One Sussex MP said they no longer hold open surgeries and many agreed social media had a huge part ot play in the abuse.

But one MP said: "I'd rather quit the job than change the way I do it if it would mean being less accessible."

Good morning from your Sussex news team

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

What a great way to start the day with this wonderful pic of Seaford by Alan Jeffrey - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Alan Jeffrey

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