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Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Goodnight from your BBC Live team.

We're back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST with all your weather, sport and travel updates.

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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.

BreakingLib Dem MP to vote against EU Withdrawal Bill

Briohny Williams

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd has told me he's going to vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill later tonight.

His Eastbourne constituency voted to leave the EU in 2016.

Stephen Lloyd

BreakingLarge fire in Peacehaven

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Firefighters are at the scene of a large fire at a house in Peacehaven.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire on Cissbury Avenue at 19:50 BST.

All people inside the building have been accounted for.

MP threatened by Islamic extremists

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

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

Motorcyclist films fatal accident

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Footage of a fatal accident, shot by a motorcyclist who died, has been released by Sussex Police in a hard-hitting road safety message.


The focus will shift to areas such as improving literacy and digital skills, the council says.

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Keep off the grass...and don't take it home, either

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Over-enthusiastic gardeners are ruining one of the parks in Hastings, according to the council.

So many people are taking cuttings and plants from Alexandra Park that it's appearance is being spoiled.

Park rangers will now be on the lookout for green-fingered thieves.

Alexandra Park, Hastings
Alexandra Park

Large quantities of material are being hacked from our plants and shrubs in some areas, really spoiling the appearance of the park. We would like to try and nip this in the bud now so are asking visitors to Alexandra Park to please leave our lovely plants alone.'

Cllr Colin Fitzgerald(Lab) Hastings Borough Council

#PhotoOfTheDay regulars: Here's James

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 lastest in our series meeting our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

Enjoy tomorrow's sunshine

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

Watch out, there's a midweek storm brewing.

Here's my latest forecast.

Concern for missing Jenny

Jenny Doyle
Sussex Police

Police are extremely concerned for the welfare of 16-year-old Jenny Doyle from Hove who has been missing for three days.

She was last seen at 14:00 BST on Friday on Lavender Street in Brighton.

The teenager is described as white, 5’ 9”, of slim build, with very long straight blonde hair and blue eyes.

She was last seen wearing jeans, jacket and flat shoes.

Chris Woakes

Five England players are released for duty with their clubs for this week's round of County Championship fixtures.

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Priest sentenced for using dead woman's disabled parking badge

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

William Haymaker
Eddie Mitchell

A priest found guilty of fraud after using the disability parking badge of a dead woman has been given a community order and told to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Father William Haymaker, 63, of Suffolk Road, Bexhill, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court, where he was also ordered to pay costs of £3,700.

He denied the charge in August 2016, but was found guilty of possessing an article for use in a fraud following a trial at Chichester Crown Court earlier this year.

He was caught using the blue badge to park in a disabled bay in Western Road, Bexhill, in December 2015.

The holder of the badge had died two months earlier.

Cracked cliff warning

There's a stark warning from the Coastguard over the latest crack to appear in Seaford's cliffs.

#PhotoOfTheDay regulars: Here's Mel

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Meet the bank clerk whose passion is taking photos of the South East's stunning skies.

Mel Chennell is the latest in our series meeting our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

Seven libraries could close in East Sussex under new plans

A library

More than a quarter of the libraries in East Sussex could close and its mobile library service end under new proposals.

The plans have been detailed in council papers seen by BBC Sussex and will be discussed at a council meeting next week. If they go ahead, it would save the council £653,000.

With less money and reducing demand, the proposal is to focus on areas such as improving literacy and digital skills.

Assistant director of communities Nick Skelton said "significant cuts from central government" left them with "no choice but to make savings".

Seven out of the 24 libraries in East Sussex would close if the plans are approved following public consultation.

They would be:Langney, Mayfield, Ore, Pevensey Bay, Polegate, Ringmer and Willingdon.

A smaller network of17 library buildings would remain open in "appropriate locations according to need", it added.

The proposal claims the library closures would affect 8% of library users but adds that 100% of those users live 20-30 minutes away from an alternative library, if travelling by car or public transport.

What do you think? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Who wears the trousers?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Should every child have to wear trousers to school?

A Lewes headteacher has introduced a "gender neutral" uniform, and it's sharply dividing opinion.

Brighton Grand Hotel bomb hoax

Sussex Police say nothing suspicious was found following a search lasting nearly five hours.

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Sussex clinic helps people who hear voices

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

People who hear voices in their heads are getting help at a special clinic run by mental health experts in Sussex.

The sessions are designed to help people understand their voice-hearing experiences which may have been triggered by trauma or distress.

A blustery start to the week

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

After a windy weekend, it's going to be sunshine and showers this week.

Here's my forecast.

The archive of the Argus newspaper in Brighton is saved
The archive of the Argus newspaper in Brighton is saved after nearly disappearing forever.

Four killed within hours on Sussex roads

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Harvey's Lane, Ringmer

Four people have been killed and a child seriously injured after a series of crashes on the roads of Sussex this weekend.

Two 31-year-old men died just outside Ringmer just after 20:00 BST on Saturday.

They were in a group of people hit by a 4x4 vehicle as they walked along Harvey's Lane.

Just over three hours later a man and a woman were killed on on the A267 at Cross in Hand when two cars collided.

A 55-year-old driver and his 48-year-old passenger, both from Heathfield, died at the scene. An 18-year-old man from Heathfield was seriously hurt and taken to hospital in Brighton.

And yesterday an 11-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital in London after a serious crash in Portslade.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Who wears the trousers?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Should every child have to wear trousers to school?

A Lewes headteacher has introduced a "gender neutral" uniform, and it's sharply dividing opinion.

Secondary school applications open

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Children studying

Families in West Sussex can go online to apply for a secondary school place for their child from today.

Parents of pupils due to move up to secondary school next year need to apply for a school place.

Applications can be submitted for up to three different schools and they need to be ranked in order of preference.

Online applications for schools in East Sussex open tomorrow.

Goodwood Revival celebrates 20 years

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's an event like no other with an intoxicating mix of vintage motor sport and period fashion

This weekend the Goodwood Revival event celebrated its 20th year.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBC logo

Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • M2 is closed in both directions between junctions 5 for Sittingbourne and 6 for Faversham after two crashes.
  • An 11-year-old girl remains in hospital this morning with serious injuries after she was hit by a car in Portslade.
  • The UK Border Force has told BBC South East they've detected a growing number stun guns at our borders.

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.

A treasure trove of memories

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

They say today's news is tomorrow's fish and chip paper and in Brighton and Hove one of the city's newspaper archives nearly went that way, until one local man stepped in to save it.

You can see more on this story on Inside Out, on BBC1 in the South East, at 19:30 BST today, and then on iplayer.

Half a billion development proposed for Hastings

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

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 real mixed bag of weather today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's looking windy and wet with a few sunny spells thrown in.

Here's my latest forecast.

Welcome to a new week

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thank you to Stephen J Kimble for this striking image taken at Cooden Beach.

It's our Sussex #PhotoOfTheDay.

Cooden Beach
Stephen J Kimble

We'll be here with all your latest news, travel, sport and weather for Sussex until 22:00 BST.

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