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Rise in unemployment in South East

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Unemployment in the South East rose in the three months ending November 2019.

While it remains among the lowest levels in the country, the unemployment rate for people aged 16 years and over has risen by 0.2% since August to 3.3%.

It remains below the UK average of 3.8%, according to the Office of National Statistics.

To read more about employment figures, click here.

Runaway fishing boat recovered by lifeboat volunteers

Guy Bell

Lifeboat rescue
Eastbourne Lifeboat

A fisherman had to call on lifeboat volunteers to help catch his runaway boat which had slipped out to sea.

The angler had been attempting to launch his 18ft vessel from the beach at Eastbourne, East Sussex, at about 06:00 GMT when it made its own way out to sea.

The Inshore Lifeboat was launched and the runaway boat was found travelling towards Sovereign Harbour.

Two volunteers made their way onto the boat and returned it to its owner.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Father died in Brighton emergency housing days before he was due to move

Kent Online: Dreamland 100: Fatboy Slim and Madness to perform in Margate

Get Surrey: Helicopter over Shepperton as search resumes for man in River Thames

Chichester Observer: New Sussex cafe that employs people with disabilities gets glowing reviews

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man hunted after violent assaults on man and woman in Pulborough

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex has second highest number of stalking reports in the UK

Worthing Herald: Worthing man charged with assaulting a steward during Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Aston Villa match

Mid Sussex Times: Family pays tribute to 'kind-hearted and beautiful mother' who fell from 7th floor Sussex flat

Brighton & Hove News: Crackdown on shared houses across Brighton and Hove

Hastings Observer: Old Hastings Observer building is at centre of exciting new street art project

Brighton & Hove Independent: Man released on bail as investigation continues into mother-of-two's death

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Cancer patient's fears over mould in Brighton flat

Kent Online: £800 fine after can thrown from car

Get Surrey: Surrey named pothole capital of England

Chichester Observer: Victim of pervert Chichester priest speaks out

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man pleads guilty after women injured inside property

Crawley and Horley Observer: No trains to run between Horsham and Dorking for 5 days

Worthing Herald: Armed police and fire service respond to incident in Worthing

Mid Sussex Times: Watch driver ram Sussex Police car before speeding wrong way down major road

Brighton & Hove News: Woman run over on pedestrian crossing in Hove

Hastings Observer: Bexhill woman charged after charity box stolen

Brighton & Hove Independent: Sussex family arrive home from holiday with a scorpion in their suitcase

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Motorist rescued as Storm Brendan causes chaos

Kent Online: School fines parents for late pick-ups

Get Surrey: GoFundMe page launched for teenager killed by train

Chichester Observer: Consultation into school closure to go ahead

Eastbourne Herald: Disability campaigners call for improved access

Crawley and Horley Observer: Dog waits 250 days to find a home

Worthing Herald: Singing group set up in memory of woman killed in collision

Mid Sussex Times: Sussex family find scorpion in suitcase after holiday

Brighton & Hove News: Two hundred and fifty new homes planned for Moulsecoomb

Hastings Observer: Woman injured as car overturns in collision

Brighton & Hove Independent: LGBTQ+ church collection supports Brighton HIV charity with bathroom staples

'Extreme concern' over missing mother and son

Elijah and Crystal
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Elijah and Crystal

Police are "extremely concerned" for the welfare of a mother and son.

Crystal Ayres, 33, and her seven-year-old son Elijah were last seen getting into a car in Battle 16:30 GMT on Monday.

The car was later located behind Battle railway station and it is believed the pair could be travelling by train.

Crystal is white, 5’ 2”, and with long blonde hair in a high ponytail.

She was last seen wearing a black skirt, black tights, a black and white blouse and a black cardigan.

Elijah is white, 3’ 9”, and with light brown hair, which is longer on the top and short on the sides.

He was last seen wearing his school uniform which is a dark green jumper, a white polo shirt, grey trousers and black shoes.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Gang's crowbar break-in 'like something out of a movie'

Kent Online: Proposed Cliffe Woods retirement scheme 'looks like prison'

Get Surrey: Hampshire tips £5 charge to be introduced for out of county residents

Chichester Observer: Six divers had to be rescued after the charter boat they were sailing on suffered a machinery failure.

Eastbourne Herald: Labrador stolen from farm believed to have been enticed by burger

Crawley and Horley Observer: Remembering when Crawley was hit by the 2010 Big Freeze

Worthing Herald: Worthing has had its second People’s Postcode Lottery win in six days.

Mid Sussex Times: Playground redevelopment in East Grinstead

Brighton & Hove News: Plans for flats above ‘at-risk’ pub approved

Hastings Observer: Hastings and Rye MP’s calls for action on rail improvements

Brighton & Hove Independent: Community rallies round Portslade school after vandals cause havoc

Network Rail says extreme weather is causing landslips across its network
With six landslips in six weeks in the South East, Network Rail says climate change is to blame.

Man in coma after attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man is critically ill and in a coma after being attacked.

The man, who’s 20, was found in Priory Road, Eastbourne, at 08:20 GMT on 5 January.

He had suffered what police say are significant head and torso injuries, and is now in hospital in an induced coma.

Detectives believe he may have known his attacker, and are appealing for CCTV or dash cam footage and to check for any damage to their gardens or properties.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Pedestrian hit by car on the A259 in Lancing - road blocked

Kent Online: Mum appeals for driveways along busy and "dangerous" road

Get Surrey: Fund for British Airways cabin crew killed in crash nears £100,000

Chichester Observer: Police investigating reports of youths "intimidating the street community"

Eastbourne Herald: Emergency closure of Claremont Hotel area could last 18 months

Crawley and Horley Observer: Three murder suspects released on bail after Henfield man's death

Worthing Herald: Dynamic Dinkie Flowers from Shoreham wows BBC TV audience

Mid Sussex Times: Rail replacement buses to replace late night trains

Brighton & Hove News: Row over replacement windows in historic Brighton building

Hastings Observer: Emergency services respond to incident at Ravenside

Brighton & Hove Independent: Albion launches free activities to tackle "health deprivation hotspots"

A Hove man has died five days after being attacked in Brighton
Cameron Devlin died on Boxing Day, and detectives have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to.

Seafront lift damaged by metal thieves

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A Victorian lift on Brighton seafront has been badly damaged by thieves who stripped copper and lead from its roof.

The Grade II listed building links Marine Parade and Madeira Drive.

It is thought that the thieves caused about £10,000 worth of damage.

Madeira Lift, Brighton

The lift opened in 1890 and had been restored in 2013.

Ten tonnes of lead has also been taken from three nearby shelters, which are also Grade II listed.

The thefts happened between 23:00 GMT on 23 December and 01:40 GMT on 26 December.

Warning to walkers after a large rock fall in Seaford.
Coastguards say the recent heavy rain has made the South East's chalk cliffs unstable.