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  1. Trains in south east running Covid-free

    Guy Bell

    Lab results have shown trains running in the south east are testing negative for coronavirus.

    Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern's carriages were all tested over the past three weeks following treatment with a long-lasting viruscide.

    Swabs were taken from areas in the train carriages frequently touched by passengers and staff such as grab rails, tables and toilet handles.

    Govia Thameslink Railway's chief operating officer Steve White said: “We are carrying out a comprehensive testing regime of our trains to ensure that our customers can travel with confidence."

  2. Firefighters tackle blaze at junior school

    Guy Bell

    A junior school in Eastbourne is closed following a fire.

    East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called to Stafford Junior School in Ringwood Road at 19:20 GMT on Sunday.

    Several crews attended and, along with Sussex Police officers, remained on the scene overnight.

    The cause of the fire is not yet known.

  3. Southeastern implements a reduced timetable

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Southeastern train

    Southeastern is to introduce a reduced timetable from Monday in response to "the current phase of the pandemic".

    The rail company said it reflected the reduction in passenger demand and the need for some frontline staff to follow personal NHS advice and to self-isolate.

    It said the revised timetable would help it to run "a resilient service and help prevent short notice cancellations" should more staff be affected by the virus.

    Scott Brightwell, train services director, said: “Throughout the pandemic we’ve continually monitored passenger numbers and responded with adjustments to our timetable.

    "The slight reduction to services this winter will also ensure that the number of services better meets changed patterns of demand."

  4. How many Covid-19 cases are there at Sussex universities?

    There have been 870 positive tests for Covid-19 among students and staff at the University of Sussex and University of Brighton since classes resumed in September.

    At the University of Sussex, 604 students and nine members of staff have tested positive.The number of students self-isolating on campus after testing positive has been falling in recent weeks, figures published by the university show. The numbers self-isolating off campus have remained largely stable in that time.

    There are currently 37 students self-isolating off campus after a positive test, with 13 isolating on campus. The university has around 17,000 students and 4,000 staff.

    At the University of Brighton, seven members of staff and 255 students have tested positive since 28 September. The university, which has around 20,000 students and 2,500 members of staff, said the number of cases had fallen in recent weeks.

    Between 4 and 10 November, 28 students and 2 members of staff have tested positive.

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    Video caption: Armistice Day events take place across the South East

    Despite the lockdown across England, towns in Kent and Sussex still managed to mark Armistice Day.

  6. No arrests during anti-lockdown protest

    Guy Bell

    Sussex Police has praised people for behaving well as 300 protesters gathered in Brighton to voice concerns over the latest national lockdown measures.

    Supt James Collis told BBC Sussex there were no reports of student parties and just one fine was handed out over the weekend.

    He said: "We realise it’s a difficult time for everyone. There are no extra officers, we are focused on hotspots."

    Supt Collis said the force's focus will be to "engage, explain, encourage" before enforcement.

    He added: "Immediate enforcement action will be taken for those recklessly ignoring regulations."

    The single fine handed out was for "travelling without excuse".