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  1. Updates on Monday 16 October

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  1. That's it from us

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    We've finished for the day but will be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about?

    You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. 'You can't get scared of what you can't see'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The visually impaired teenager from Canterbury who's going for gold in downhill skiing at next year's Winter Paralympics.

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    Video caption: Millie Knight prepares for next year's Winter Paralympics
  3. 'Hypnotic' dunes photo scoops prize

    Diminutive Dune, West Wittering

    A "hypnotic and contemplative" image of the dunes at West Wittering in West Sussex has won the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 award.

    Photographer Benjamin Graham has scooped the top prize of £10,000 for his picture, Diminutive Dune, which was chosen from thousands of entries.

    It is the third year running a photograph of the coastline has won the competition which celebrates the UK landscape.

    Quote Message: I particularly like the indeterminate scale of the image. The double s-curve could be two metres long or 2,000... It was actually about 20." from Benjamin Graham Photographer
    Benjamin GrahamPhotographer
    Quote Message: Benjamin's image has a hypnotic and contemplative quality that acts as an antidote to turbulent times.... The composition leads the eye on to infinite calm." from Charlie Waite Founder of Landscape Photographer of the Year award
    Charlie WaiteFounder of Landscape Photographer of the Year award
  4. Deadly Portuguese man-of-war swept up on south coast beaches

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    People are being warned to take extra care following reported sightings of Deadly Portuguese man-of-war in Brighton and Hove over the last week.

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    Video caption: Public told to take extra care following sightings of deadly Portuguese man-of-war
  5. Great Storm: Stormy start to a 21st birthday

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The Great Storm of 1987 affected people in a range of different ways, from trees blocking them in to destroyed cars.

    Great Storm

    For Helen Clackett it was the night before her 21st birthday. She was holding it in a marquee that Lizzie Keogh says was "scattered over three parishes".

    Another guest, Jane Downing, says they slept through the storm and woke up blocked in by trees with no electricity or phone lines.

    A lot of the stories about the storm seem to show an island working together to help each other. Jane says they were able to borrow a Land Rover so they could get to the the "flattened marque".

    The party went ahead - although slightly differently to planned.

  6. Shipwreck discovery in Whitstable could be significant find

    Archaeologists from across the UK have flocked to a beach in Whitstable after a mysterious outline of a boat was reported by a group of local amateur historians.

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    Video caption: Archaeologists from UK flock to Kent following shipwreck discovery
  7. E-fits of distraction burglary suspects released after £1,000 is stolen from pensionser

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Two men sought in connection with distraction burglary

    Police have released e-fits of two men they wamt to speak to after a pensioner from Sussex was robbed of £1,000.

    The pair knocked at the door of the 91-year-old resident in the Bewbush area of Crawley on 3 October, saying they needed to check the water pressure in his property.

    The elderly victim presumed the men were from the council and so let the men in.

    Once inside, one of the men asked if he could pull out the washing machine to check the water pressure while the second man disappeared from view.

    After they left, the victim went into his bedroom and discovered £1,000 in cash had been stolen from his bedside drawer.

  8. Winning when he's singing?

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Meet the Canterbury chorister hoping to bring a top title back to Kent for the second year in a row.

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    Video caption: Canterbury chorister reaches Young Chorister of the Year final
  9. Katie Hopkins at festival 'controversial' admit organisers

    Katie Hopkins

    Organisers of Lewes Speakers Festival have accepted the billing of Katie Hopkins as a speaker for this year’s winter event is “controversial”.

    The event runs from 24 to 26 November.

    Marc Rattray, who is manager of the festival, said organisers have received a number of emails from members of the public requesting they withdraw her invitation.

    He said: "If you have strongly held views that oppose those of Katie Hopkins, I think it would be better to show confidence in them by demonstrating through reasonable argument why her opinions are pernicious and wrong by coming to the talk.

    "'Banning her from Lewes or ‘non-platforming’ her is likely to lead her to state to her Twitter followers that people are simply afraid to debate with her in a reasonable way and that she is a martyr for those who are not 'allowed' to speak."

    We have contacted Katie Hopkins' representatives for a comment.

  10. Sussex girl goes missing after party

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are searching for a girl who has been reported missing after failing to return home from a party in Sussex on Saturday 14 October.

    Francesca Laker, 15, left her home in Kemptown, Brighton, saying she was going to a party in Falmer. She returned home briefly around 22:30 BST before leaving again.

    It's thought that she is wearing black jeans, a grey bomber jacket and carrying a black shoulder bag.

    Francesca Laker
  11. Supreme Court to rule on Dover Western Heights homes

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Dover District Council has been at the Supreme Court in London in a bid to overturn an Appeal Court decision not to grant planning permission for new homes in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    The application for the development at Western Heights and Farthingloe included a 130-bed hotel, 521 homes and 90 retirement properties.

    Developer China Gateway and the council were originally granted planning permission for the site contrary to the planning officer’s recommendations which criticised the scheme.

    Judges at the Court of Appeal then quashed the application in September 2016 following a challenge by CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) Kent.

    A council spokesman said on Monday it was awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court "in due course".

  12. Campaign to save Laurie Lee's woodland retreat

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Binsted Woods

    Campaigners are trying to save ancient woodland where the poet, novelist and screenwriter Laurie Lee sought refuge with his lover during World War Two, from being devastated by a new road.

    Binsted Woods, on the edge of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex, could be cut in half if a four-mile bypass around Arundel is approved.

    The 250-acre site is owned by the family of Lorna Wishart, who was in a relationship with Lee for six years.

    Her son Luke Wishart, 84, who joined hundreds of protesters in a march through the woods earlier this month, said his father had wanted to protect the woods and keep them safe.

    The proposal to improve the A27 at Arundel is one of several under consideration by Highways England, with a public consultation ending today.

  13. Haywards Heath woman injured after attempted robbery

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was injured in an attempted robbery in Sussex.

    The victim, a woman in her 20s, was pushing her son along an alleyway in Haywards Heath that links Lucastes Road, Sherwood Drive, Knight Close and Butler's Green Road at around 14:40 BST on Wednesday, 30 September.

    She was approached by a man, believed to be in his late teens, who attempted to snatch a bag from the pushchair.

    She sustained minor facial injuries after the man pushed her into a fence.

  14. Doggy paddle comes to Saltdean Lido

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    If your swimming stroke is more doggy paddle than breast stroke you'd have been right at home at Saltdean Lido this weekend.

    The art deco pool just outside Brighton celebrated the close of season by opening up to dogs and their owners.

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    Video caption: Doggy paddle comes to Saltdean Lido
  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J3 for A229 Chatham and J2 for A228 Strood.

    M2 Kent - Queuing traffic on M2 London-bound between J3, A229 (Chatham) and J2, A228 (Strood), because of all traffic being temporarily held and a police incident.

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

  16. Four little miracles

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    This couple were told they couldn't have children, but four babies had very different ideas.

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    Video caption: Miracle babies for Crawley family
  17. Shop owner fights back

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A Shoreham kebab shop owner leapt into action when he disturbed thieves, sparking a car chase from Shoreham to Brighton.

    The drama began at 06:50 BST on Saturday, when the owner of the Charcoal Grill found two men he believed were trying to steal cooking oil from drums outside his shop.

    They attacked him, punching and kicking him, before driving off on the A259 in a transit van.

    The shop owner followed them in his own car, as his son called the police. Officers saw the van and followed it through Brighton, finally stopping it in Western Road.

    Two men, aged 41 and 50, and both from Enfield in North London, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and causing actual bodily harm.

  18. Fancy a duvet day?

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Nominated for the Turner Prize, it changed hands for over £2m.

    Now one of the world's most famous pieces of conceptual art is on display in the South East.

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    Video caption: Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' on display in Kent