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Burnley and Brighton

Andrew Mullen

BBC Sport

Burnley and Brighton edge closer to their respective targets in the Premier League as they draw at Turf Moor.

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A wet weekend ahead

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Oh dear - the sun will hide itself behind the rain clouds this weekend.

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Illegal migrants smuggled into UK with forged passports

Criminal gangs are getting illegal migrants into the UK via Dover using forged passports that are being checked and passed by border officials in France, a BBC South East investigation has found.

Access to some NHS services could be limited by cash

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

County councillors fear people will lose the chance of IVF treatment and potentially life-changing scans if the NHS attempts to cut £29m from its budget.

According to a report presented to Kent County Council, four clinical commissioning groups in east Kent want to reduce IVF treatment from two cycles to one, while GPs may cut access to MRI scans for conditions such as arthritis, fractures and sports injuries.

Medical staff in community hospitals and GPs will no longer be able to prescribe gluten free biscuits, cereal, flours and pasta.

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG and Swale CCG are facing a £13.5m shortfall in their budgets.

I don't see how the CCGs can get rid of their deficit and fulfil their commitments to transform the service without a detriment to patients. This is despite the good work that is being done but I think that financial recovery would just be a bit too far."

Sue ChandlerChair, health overview and scrutiny committee, Kent County Council

Sex attacker 'smelt of Malibu, cigarettes and Calvin Klein'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Detectives have issued an efit of a man wanted over a sex attack in Horsham.

The 23-year-old victim was assaulted as she walked along Brighton Road around 00:30 BST on 14 April.

She was grabbed around the neck and the man started pulling at her clothing, but she kicked him and managed to escape, Sussex Police said.

Horsham sex attack efit
Sussex Police

It happened near the junction with Gorings Mead.

The attacker wore blue jeans and a blue polo shirt, with a grey Nike jacket.

Gorings Mead, Horsham
The woman was attacked close to this junction in Horsham

The victim told police he may have had a scar on his stomach and a pierced tongue, and she described him as smelling of Malibu, cigarettes and Calvin Klein.

Calls for improving emergency call handling in Surrey

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Reporting crime to the police 101 phone number needs "sharpening up", Surrey's crime chief has been told.

One victim had to wait for days before police responded to his call about a common assault and another resident called their local councillor when they could not get through to 101 looking for help.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro has now been asked to look into how call operators deal with non-urgent and emergency calls.

The same room of phone operators deal with 999 and 101 calls at the force call centre in Guilford and it can take around one minute and 40 seconds on average for a call to be answered.

At a Police and Crime Panel meeting on Thursday, councillor Margaret Cooksey from Mole Valley District Council said there was so much "chatter" people had to go through when they first call 101 and get a recorded message, she was worried some were putting the phone down without reporting the crime.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said the number of 999 calls received at the call centre was much smaller than the number of 101 calls and stressed it was a "very slick system".

Police call centre

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, around J3 for A322 Lightwater.

M3 Surrey - Heavy traffic on M3 southbound around J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Roof fraud three jailed following scam

David Vincent, David Vincent and John Baker
Kent Police
David Vincent senior, David Vincent junior and John Baker

Three rogue traders have been jailed for scamming a Dartford man out of thousands of pounds.

David Vincent, 50, of Wagtail Way, Orpington; David Vincent, 26, of Barnfield Road, Orpington; and John Baker, 36, of Eltham High Street, rang on the 60-year-old's door and told him he had pigeons in his home, Kent Police said.

They told him his roof needed to be replaced and he handed over a total of £6,000 to them.

When he made a insurance claim, the company advised him to contact the police and the three men were arrested.

Vincent senior was jailed for 21 months, and Vincent junior and Baker were sent to prison for 18 months following a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court.

All three had pleaded guilty to fraud at an earlier hearing in January.

Wet Old Trafford

The opening day of the latest round of the County Championship is severely affected by rain, with five matches washed out.

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Philip Salt and Luke Wells

Philip Salt hits a swift half-century before rain intervenes in Sussex's Division Two clash with Gloucestershire.

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Lost art by Clangers creator discovered

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A piece of art by Oliver Postgate, the co-creator of Bagpuss, the Clangers and Ivor the Engine, has been rediscovered in Canterbury, after being hidden behind a mural for 26 years.

The undiscovered work was on two side panels on the art hanging in Eliot College on the University of Kent campus.

Oliver Postgate mural at the University of Canterbury
Dominic King
The artwork has been hidden behind this mural for over a quarter of a century

The piece was found when the mural was being cleaned.

Oliver Postgate mural at University of Canterbury
The mural unfolds to reveal the picture
Postgate mural at the University of Canterbury
University of Canterbury
It's the work of children's illustrator and film maker Oliver Postgate

You can hear more on BBC Radio Kent's Friday Drivetime.

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, at J7 for M23 affecting before J9 A243.

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J7 M23, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Congestion to before J9, Leatherhead.

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

Severe accident: A3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

A3 Surrey southbound severe accident, between A333 Portsmouth Road and B2171 London Road affecting A283 Portsmouth Road.

A3 Surrey - A3 in Shottermill partially blocked and very slow traffic southbound between the A333 Portsmouth Road junction and Liphook, because of an accident involving a vehicle that left the road. Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to the A283 Portsmouth Road junction.

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

Driver abused child in his van

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man who sexually assaulted a girl in his van has been jailed for four years and nine months.

Charlie O'Driscoll, 37, from Hever Road, in Edenbridge, picked up his victim and two of her friends on 13 October 2017, Kent Police said.

After driving around the Edenbridge area for around two hours, the girl's friends went home, leaving her and O'Driscoll alone in the Ford Transit.

He took her to a car park where he carried out the attack.

Charlie O'Driscoll
Kent Police

He was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court of sexual activity with a child, and along with his jail sentence, a sexual harm prevention order was imposed.

He's also been ordered to sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Severe accident: A2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent eastbound severe accident, near B255 affecting M25 J2.

A2 Kent - Queuing traffic on A2 eastbound near the B255 (Bean Interchange For Bluewater) junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Darenth Interchange.

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

Drivers caught speeding 90,000 times

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Speed camera
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Drivers in Kent were caught speeding almost 90,000 times last year.

Kent Police data found officers issued 25% more speeding tickets in 2017 compared to 2016.

Fixed cameras captured 56,000 motorists, volunteers at Speedwatch caught 32,000 and police vans and mobile cameras caught the others.

At the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel on Wednesday councillor Nick Chard applauded the force for supporting volunteers at Speedwatch to help keep roads safe.

He said: "The teams say they feel empowered because letters are being sent out, even hand delivered letters by the police."

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott said: "Kent Police's ethos is to do more to help volunteers because if you are giving time to the force, they should give something back."

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J3 for M20 and J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident involving lorry.

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

'My son comes alive at theme parks'

Robbie has the mental age of a two-year-old and is normally quiet and withdrawn.

Dover redevelopment takes step forward

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A vacant supermarket site in the centre of Dover has been bought by the district council.

The authority's planning to include the former Co-op building in Stembrook as part of its regeneration scheme.

Former Co-op supermarket, Stembrook, Dover

This also includes an old cinema and nightclub site in neighbouring Castle Street.

The St James area of Dover is undergoing a £53m overhaul, which it's hoped will bring new leisure and retail to the town.

Council in school absence crackdown

A council which sparked a backlash over its school absence campaign is now telling parents that having a birthday or missing the bus are not valid excuses for missing lessons.

East Sussex County Council's Get a Grip drive for parents to send their children to school has been branded "aggressive, condescending and insulting".

Now the council is saying "Missed the bus", "Its my birthday" and "Didn't set the alarm", are not valid excuses.

In March, 23 parents were prosecuted over their children missing school.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J10 for A3 and Cobham Services affecting J11 for A317.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) and Cobham Services, because of a police incident. Congestion to J11, A317 (Chertsey).

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

Man pulled from car and attacked

A man was pulled from a car and attacked in Gravesend.

The victim, who was in his 20s, told police the incident happened in Singlewell Road on 20 April between 17:30 and 18:30 BST.

He suffered a cut to his thigh and was taken to a local hospital but was released the following day.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw a white Vauxhall Insignia in the area or any altercations in Hever Court Road at around this time.

Kittens found dumped in cardboard box

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter


The RSPCA has rescued six kittens found "dumped like rubbish" in a cardboard box at a nature reserve in Rochester.

The tabby cats were left in a lawnmower box at Ranscombe Farm nature reserve on Tuesday and had no food or bedding with them.

Although they seemed to be physically well they were riddled with fleas and worms.


It is thought the kittens, five females and a male, are only six to eight weeks old.

They will be looked after by the RSPCA and if no owner is found they will be available for rehoming.

Bait out: Kent schoolgirl the victim of online group
A girl who was pressured and then blackmailed into sending explicit images of herself speaks out.

Grassroots teams preparing for finals


It's a big weekend of football at grass-roots level.

The finals of the FA People's Cup take place at England's training ground at St George's Park.

There are 18 different categories involved including - new for 2018 - futsal, which these guys are involved with..

The ex-academy players who 'want to prove' they can still play

See how Sala Soccer FC and all the other teams get on in the FA People's Cup finals with live streaming, and text commentary on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29, April on the BBC Sport website & app.

Woman punched unconscious by man in Shoreham

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A 26-year-old woman was punched to the ground unconscious by a man and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police are seeking witnesses to the incident in Middle Road, Shoreham, on Thursday 19 April.

At around 20:45 BST the victim had been involved in a brief verbal altercation with a man, who then struck a blow to her head.

She was taken to Worthing Hospital for medical treatment.

Her suspected assailant is described as a man in his early 20s, 5ft 10in tall, of average build and with short dark hair, cropped at the sides and flat on top. He was wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans.

The 'therapeutic benefits' of keeping hens

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Nicole, from Chartham, loves her eight hens which she took home from a rescue centre.

Teenager missing from Angmering

Sussex Police say they are concerned about a 15-year-old who has been missing for almost two weeks.

Amber Kolliari from Angmering went missing with Chloe Postlethwaite on 13 April but Chloe has since returned home safe and well.

Amber is 4ft 8in tall, of slight build and with very long brown hair.

She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black top, black leggings and white Nike trainers.

Amber has links to Brighton, Bournemouth, Gosport and the Tower Hamlets area of London.

Amber Kolliari
Sussex Police

What the local papers say this morning


Kent Online: Anger as funeral directors forgot to dig woman's grave

The Argus: Burgess Hill residents' rat problem

Get Surrey: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jonny Wilkinson and Joe Root spotted at Stoke Park in Guildford

Kent Live: We need beautiful Taiyah's mural back - mum of teen killed on railway speaks out as tribute wall is tagged

Worthing Herald: Man arrested after police called to Railway Approach in Worthing

Hastings Observer: Group asks for more time to purchase Hastings Pier

Chichester Observer: Inside the new Chichester Free School

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne daughter hands in 400,000-strong cancer petition to Parliament in mum’s memory

West Sussex County Times: Drug crime policing is ‘top priority’ for police chief, Billingshurst meeting hears

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Police car rammed during chase

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Police car rammed during pursuit
Kent Police

A Kent Police car was rammed during a pursuit with a white Ford Transit Van in Sevenoaks.

Two officers from the Roads Policing Unit suffered minor injuries during the incident in the early hours of Friday in Hitchen Hatch Lane.

Officers had asked a white Ford Transit van to stop. When it failed to stop officers were authorised to carry out a pursuit.

At about 12:30 BST the van crashed into the police car several times before driving off from the scene.

A search then took place and officers found the van.

A 38-year-old man from Sevenoaks has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, assault on police and driving whilst under the influence of drugs.

Two police officers were taken to hospital for treatment.

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Drink-driver films journey on dashcam

Footage from a drink-driver's own vehicle showing her driving dangerously in East Sussex has been released by police.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J2 for M25 and J3 for A322 Lightwater.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound between J2 M25 and J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Man arrested for drug offences in Worthing

A man has been arrested following a police pursuit in Worthing.

Officers spotted a man acting suspiciously in Railway Approach this afternoon.

A 25-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of supplying heroin and two counts of assaulting a police officer.

He remains in custody and the investigation is ongoing.