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Beekeepers try to take the sting out of falling numbers of vital wildlife

Few creatures are more vital to our survival than bees - pollinating the world's fruit and vegetable crops.

Yet in recent years their numbers have fallen alarmingly which makes a traditional market that takes place every year in Sussex all the more important.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to beekeepers Jonathan Cootae and Brian Hopper, as well as president of Sussex Beekeepers Association, Amanda Millar.

Burst main: water supplies returning to East Sussex

Water supplies are returning to customers in East Sussex after a burst main overnight.

Technicians have been working throughout the day to restore the burst water main although some areas may still be affected.

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Burst main: statement from South East Water

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

South East Water is working to repair a serious burst on a large water main in South Chailey which has caused supplies to be affected in Barcombe, Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey.

The burst occurred on one of our 15 inch diameter water mains late last night. Our specialist technicians have now managed to change the flow of water around our network of underground pipes and supplies should be returning to customers in Ditchling, Plumpton, Keymer, Hassocks and Chailey."

“Customers in the Barcombe area may still be without water, although some supplies have returned, and our staff and contractors are on site carrying out repairs to the damaged main in order to restore supplies. Due to the complexity of the burst main, we expect the repair to take around four hours to complete.”

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this emergency has caused, but hope our customers understand that we are taking all necessary steps to restore supplies as soon as possible.”

– Andrew Ball, Incident Manager, South East Water

Burst main: bottled water at halls in affected areas

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South East Water is currently dealing with a burst water main affecting many areas in East Sussex.

Bottled water is available for those affected at the following locations:

  • Barcombe Village Hall, Barcombe Mills Road, BN8 5BH
  • Hassocks Parish Hall, BN6 8QH

Bottled water has also been delivered to vulnerable customers who have already registered with South East Water.

Thousands of homes left without water after burst main

The burst water main Credit: South East Water

Around 3,600 homes in East Sussex have been left without water after a burst water main last night.

Some schools in Plumpton and Ditchling have been forced to close, although some supplies are now being restored.

South East Water have been handing out hundreds of bottles of water in villages around Lewes while they carry out repairs.

The incident happened just before midnight.

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Campaigner paddle boards solo across Channel

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The first female to stand up paddle board solo across the English Channel has begun her 24 mile journey.

Lizzie Carr will paddle from Dungeness to Boulogne for nine hours solid.

She's working with Plymouth University to raise awareness of the millions of tonnes of plastic that enters the oceans annually as part of the Plastic Patrol campaign.

She's encouraging the public to get involved with a series of stand up paddle boarding clean-up events at 14 locations in the UK, including Oxford and Bray in Berkshire.

Lizzie's journey can be tracked live here.

Credit: Lizzie Carr

I am nervous about the challenge. I’ve been training hard but crossing will be unpredictable and although you can plan as best possible some things will be out of our hands. It's so important to get the message out there about plastic pollution, and although this will be tough knowing I have so much support and goodwill will really help push me.”

– Lizzie Carr, Environmentalist
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£2 million repair project after 2014 storms

Cast your minds back to Valentine's Day 2014 when hurricane force winds battered our coastline. At Milford-on-Sea, dozens of couples enjoying a meal at a beachfront restaurant had to be rescued by the Army as windows were shattered in the storm.

More than 100 concrete beach huts were also badly damaged. Three years on, many have been rebuilt - as well as a new prom and sea wall - at a cost of more than £2 million. Richard Jones reports

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