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Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

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Mother wrongly accused of drugging her baby

A young mother says she feared she would never see her sick baby again after she was wrongly accused of drugging her.

Emma Chatfield says she was handcuffed on a hospital ward, locked up for several hours and not allowed to see her baby daughter Freya for three days.

Emma, who's from Margate, says she's angry with both the police and the hospital for the way she was treated.

Dutch man unearths message in a bottle from Kent man

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

A radio presenter from the Netherlands has discovered a message in a bottle from a Kent man who penned it 30 years ago at the age of five.

Take a trip through Sussex

Check out this poem called Twitten by James Brookes, which was written for last week's National Poetry day.

It's been spoken by the people of Brighton and was commissioned by BBC Local Radio.


Newly elected UKIP leader talks about changes in communities

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Henry Bolton, who is a former army officer from Folkestone, has been elected the new leader of UKIP. Tonight he spoke with Natalie Graham about reversing UKIP's electoral decline.

Work with "gorgeous women", MP says

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Craig Mackinlay

Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, has been reported claiming unemployed young people should "get on their bikes" and take a job farm-working alongside "gorgeous EU women".

He told a fringe meeting at the Conservatives' conference in Manchester that British youngsters should show the same motivation to work as low-skilled workers from elsewhere in Europe, the Business Insider reported.

"I was struggling to think why wouldn't a youngster from Glasgow without a job come down to the south to work for a farm for the summer with loads of gorgeous EU women working there?", he was quoted as saying.

"What's not to like? Get on your bike and find a job."

Mr Mackinlay said his "flippant" remarks had been taken out of context and he was saying people in the UK should be more willing to move to find work.

Chilly start to Tuesday

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

The weather will remain on the cool side over the next couple of days.

Tearful Monarch staff

Holidaymakers arrive at airports to find their flights cancelled and staff are made redundant by email.

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The Eastbourne exhibition looking at British landscapes in very different light

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

The latest exhibition at Eastbourne's Towner Gallery consists of more than 50 artists, each taking a hard look at the landscapes that surround us and our impact on them.

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - Slow traffic on M20 coastbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Could cold water swimming change your life?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Researchers in Brighton are planning to launch a sea swimming course for patients experiencing mental health issues.

They believe putting the body through such stress helps reduce inflammation, which is closely related to mental health.

If they can agree funding the trial will get underway next summer.

Hastings Pier facing 'financial difficulties'

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Hastings Pier

The charity that runs Hastings Pier has revealed it made insufficient money this summer to cover costs and will have to make some staff redundant.

In a letter to shareholders, chair of the trustees Maria Ludkin, said: "As ever, we were up against the weather."

She said trustees had been looking at what had been successful this year and were working on a new business plan for the pier with a restructuring expert.

Cuts would be in areas which will "be fundamentally altered in the future".

The 19th century pier was almost destroyed by a fire in 2010.

Six years later, following a two-year restoration project, it was officially reopened to the public.

Earlier this year, it was voted Pier of the Year in a competition judged by the National Piers Society.

Marriage fraud victim from Kent 'let down' by Home Office

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

A woman whose husband only married her to secure a UK visa says the ordeal has left her feeling suicidal and that her pleas to get him deported have amounted to nothing.

Pothole pain for motorist

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A pre-winter blitz on Kent's potholes has come too late for one motorist.

Driver badly injured in Haslemere

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man in his 80s is in hospital in London, after his car hit a brick wall and another car in Haslemere.

It happened around 12:15 BST on Saturday, in Lower Street.

It involved the elderly man's Honda Jazz and a Ford Focus.

He's been taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, while a passenger in the Focus suffered minor injuries.

Prickly warning about hedgehogs

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Queen guitarist Brian May has visited school children to tell them why hedgehogs should be protected.

Roundabout collision puts woman in hospital

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A woman's in hospital with serious injuries, after her car hit a barrier in Lightwater.

It happened on Saturday morning, on a roundabout in Broadway Road, near the Gordon School.

The woman's been taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting.

More of a handful than your average kitten

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

This jaguar cub is about to move home, after spending her first few weeks living with humans.

Monarch passengers grab 'lucky' last-minute holiday tickets with Thomas Cook

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A couple of former Monarch customers will soon be able to begin their week in the sun after being able to buy the last two available tickets on a plane to Gran Canaria with Thomas Cook.

Nic and Amanda Fergusson

Nic and Amanda Fergusson, from Watford, arrived at Gatwick Airport shortly after 03:00, having been assured the previous evening that their holiday would still go ahead, despite fears about Monarch Airlines.

The company ceased trading overnight and the couple had checked in and were heading for the boarding gates when they were told the flight had been cancelled.

Mrs Fergusson said: "I just burst into tears. We were just so looking forward to getting a bit of sun and we thought that our flight - despite all the problems - was still going ahead.

"We had the boarding cards in our hands, ready to go, and then it all went to pot.

"We started phoning all the airlines and looking to see what was available. I was starting to think we wouldn't get away at all.

"But thankfully we got two tickets with Thomas Cook, which I think were the last two seats on the plane out of here today."

By the time the pair get on the plane they will have been at the airport for 12 hours, but Mr Fergusson was positive.

"Yes, we are spending a day sat in the airport rather than on holiday, but it has not affected our hotel or anything at the other end," he said.

"We are quite lucky."

'We're getting close to the elastic breaking'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As Kent County Council tries to save another £75m from its annual budget, its leader tells the Prime Minister that austerity is pushing local government finances to breaking point.

Man stabbed in gang fight

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's in hospital after being stabbed in Epsom at the weekend.

He was with a group of friends who got into an argument with another group, opposite the railway station at about 22:20 BST on Friday.

The argument quickly turned into a fight and the victim was stabbed in the abdomen.

Three local teenagers have been arrested, a 17-year-old on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm, and two 16-year-olds on suspicion of affray.

Station Approach, Epsom
The man was stabbed in Station Approach

Chimes of joy

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Five years ago Aaron Lindridge travelled from Gravesend to the USA for treatment for a rare cancer. Now he's celebrating its success.

Man walking past closed platform

Rail travellers across England face a week of disruption with strike action due to take place on Tube and train services.

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The South East's newspaper headlines

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Kent News: Newly-elected Ukip leader Henry Bolton to step back from pro-Manston campaign group ‘to avoid conflict’

The Argus: Calls for South Downs to be healed after work

Chichester Observer: Tories ‘reckless to wave goodbye’ to £250m A27 Chichester funding

Kent Online: Travellers set up camp off Lunsford Lane

Hastings Observer: Hastings historians find new home for statue

Road to recovery

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

These young people, who are facing serious illness or bereavement, are learning to cope and grow with the help of a breast cancer survivor.

Boy, 16, in court charged with murder

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Week Street, Maidstone

A 16-year-old boy has appeared before magistrates charged with the murder of a 50-year-old man.

The victim suffered a head injury following reports of a disturbance in Week Street, in Maidstone, on Friday night.

He was taken to a London hospital where he later died.

The teenager, from Maidstone, was remanded in custody, and will next appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.

Three other teenagers who were also arrested have been released on bail.

Family fundraising for girl with rare condition

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

This girl's joints dislocate more than 40 times a day.

Hove fire: Crews carry out safety checks

The building on fire
Eddie Mitchell
Eight fire engines tackled the flames

Safety checks are taking place on a property in Hove seriously damaged by fire.

About 40 firefighters tackled a major blaze at a nursery and flats in Palmeira Avenue, Hove, on Saturday night.

Investigators will not be able to enter until it is safe to do so, East Sussex Fire and Rescue said.

A 54-year-old Brighton man arrested on suspicion of arson has been released under investigation.

Man found injured in Woking

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Detectives are investigating after a man was found in a Woking street with serious head injuries.

Police were called to Chertsey Road just after 06:00 BST yesterday.

Several roads were cordoned off while enquiries were carried out.

Sea tragedy in Brighton

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man died in the sea off Brighton at the weekend.

The 28-year-old was reported missing near the Palace Pier on Saturday morning.

A body was recovered just west of the pier.

Driver dies in crash

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A driver has died after his car hit a tree near Chichester at the weekend.

The 32-year-old was driving a Porsche 911 Turbo south on the B2141 at North Marden around noon on Saturday.

The man, from London, was declared dead at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours while police investigated.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road London-bound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Monarch customer's £12k wedding in jeopardy

The Gee family at Gatwick Airport
Lauren Hurley / PA
Alan Gee is stranded at Gatwick Airport with his family

Monarch Airline customer Alan Gee was due to get married in Gran Canaria on Saturday.

Now he is stranded at Gatwick Airport with 30 members of his family after hearing the airline had gone bust.

He said: "I have spent £12,000 on my wedding and now I can't even go and get married.

"I am gutted, absolutely gutted, and my Mrs is in tears, an emotional wreck."

He added: "All my family has come from Lincolnshire by coach, now they can't even get home. We've got disabled children with us...

"I've got another 36 people coming out during this week and they are not going to be able to come out."

He said Monarch had done "absolutely nothing" to help him.

"When it came over the tannoy that all flights were cancelled, we went to one of their desks and they said they couldn't do anything about it, we would have to get another flight."

Affected customers should check for more information or call the CAA 24-hour helpline on 0300 303 2800.

Monarch customer: 'Everything has been cancelled'
A Monarch customer only found out her flight to Menorca had been cancelled after arriving at Gatwick airport.

Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, near Sussex Way.

A259 East Sussex - A259 South Coast Road in Peacehaven blocked and slow traffic in both directions near the Sussex Way junction, because of an accident involving Car and a Pedestrian.

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

Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, between J10 for A3 and J11 for A317.

M25 Surrey - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J11, A317 (Chertsey), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J9, A243 (Leatherhead).

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

Man stabbed as he confronts vandals

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's in a serious condition after being stabbed when he confronted a gang which had broken the window of his house in Strood.

The 59-year-old was attacked by three people in Vicarage Road around 20:50 BST on Friday.

The man's been taken to a hospital in London.

Vicarage Road, Strood
The man was stabbed outside his home in Vicarage Road