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Footballers meet to discuss world record 'longest game' in memory of Shoreham victims

Footballers have met for the first time to discuss plans for a world record-breaking match in Sussex.

The game in May hopes to be longest in history and will be staged in memory of three men - former manager Matt Chaplain, and Worthing United players Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who both died in the Shoreham air disaster.

The record currently stands at four and a half days!

Here, organiser Mike Standing and Steve Taylor, chairman of Worthing Utd, speak about the project.

First look at BMX and skateboard pros testing out the world's biggest underground skatepark

It will be a unique attraction unlike any other in the world.

This weekend the doors of Hastings underground skatepark will open first the time - allowing children as well as professional skateboarders and BMX riders to get to grips with the region's newest thrills.

In time, it's hoped the former Turkish baths will hold international events. Andy Dickenson has been given a sneak peek of the ramps and speaks to BMX rider Dan Lacey, Cllr Dawn Poole and Richard Moore of The Source.


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Chaos in Calais - could it come here?

The Prime Minister's warning that scenes of thousands of desperate migrants in Calais could be repeated in south east England - if we vote to leave the European Union.

But Eurosceptics who are campaigning to leave the EU, say the PM's "scaremongering".

Phil Hornby's report contains interviews with Damian Green MP, Damian Collins MP, Daniel Hannan MEP and Craig Mackinlay MP.

£5m facelift for Prince Regent's former riding school

One of Brighton's most historic buildings is to get a £5m facelift with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Corn Exchange has been a riding school, a market, and a military hospital in the past.

But now it's set to become one of the city's most important entertainment venues.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Andrew Comben, Brighton Dome & Festival, and Cllr Warren Morgan, Brighton & Hove City Council.

Oxford scientists race to stop Zika virus coming to UK

Travellers returning to UK from Rio Olympics can be tested Credit: PA

Researchers in Oxfordshire have developed a test they hope will stop the Zika virus entering the UK.

The test can detect whether someone is infected with the disease, long after other methods cannot. The Oxford-based, Native Antigen Company, are now working on diagnostic kits to screen travellers returning home from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Zika virus was declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ by The World Health Organisation (WHO) this week.

The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos Credit: Patrick Pleul / DPA/PA Images

Our team is now producing to meet the demand for Zika NS1 from our labs at Cherwell Innovation Centre in addition to developing a diagnostic kit for wide-spread use from the summer."

– Dr. Nick Roesen, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of The Native Antigen Company

Lord Lucan declared dead but victim's son still fighting to solve mystery - full story

41 years ago he went missing and he hasn't been seen since, but today Lord Lucan was officially declared dead by a High Court Judge.

The peer disappeared after the nanny to his three children was found murdered - Lord Lucan the chief suspect. A blood-soaked car was later discovered in Newhaven, Sussex. Since then some have speculated he killed himself, others say he was helped to escape.

Today's ruling means there's now a new Lord Lucan as Andy Dickenson explains. His report contains flash photography and includes interviews with Lord John Bingham and Sandra Rivett's son Neil Berriman.


Video view of King Alfred plans revealed for first time

It could be the biggest ever development on Hove's seafront. Plans for a new multi-million pound leisure centre along with hundreds of new homes were revealed for the first time this morning.

The King Alfred Centre on the historic promenade has been standing since the 1930s but a council-backed scheme could now replace it.

However, similar plans sparked controversy almost a decade ago when world famous architect Frank Gehry was on board. So will this project fare any better?

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Valerie Paynter of the Save Hove campaign, local resident David Jewell, and Robert Starr of the Starr Trust, with video courtesy of LA Architects.

Stroke survivors expect to be the latest victims in council cuts

Councils across the south east are again struggling to balance the books as they meet to set this year's council tax rate.

Many authorities expect hikes of well over 3% - substantially more than last year's increase. But even with that rise more cuts seem unavoidable.

In East Sussex, the council needs make savings of almost £20 million. Council chiefs in Lewes say if not their deficit could reach £70 million in two year's time.

Funding for projects ranging from supporting isolated people in rural areas to refuges for women and children fleeing domestic violence look set to be hit.

Another of the groups facing funding cuts helps stroke survivors and their carers.

Andy Dickenson has our report. He speaks to Anne Harrington-Lowe and Judy Walker, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association.

Water voles face new foe in battle for survival

Conservationists in Sussex have done a remarkable job saving one of our rarest mammals.

The number of Water Voles at the Arundel Wetland Centre has soared in recent years, because they've been protected from their main predator - the alien American Mink.

But now, the Water Voles are facing a homegrown foe - the fearsome Stoat. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Paul Stevens of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust.

Dog survives electrifying experience on rainy walk

A dog from Sussex has survived a powerful electric shock he suffered when walking through a puddle.

Simon Constable says his pet Doofus collapsed and started yelping as he padded through rainwater at Windmill Lane in East Grinstead.

Engineers have now repaired a faulty underground cable which was leaking current to the surface of the road. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Simon.

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