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  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 October

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Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

We've finished for the day, but will be back at 06:00 BST with all your news, travel, sport and weather.

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How impersonating the King helps Kent man's bipolar

Aaron Richie from Deal uses music and performing as a way to cope with his Bipolar disorder.

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.

Begging fine proposal criticised

Begger (generic)
BBC

A homeless charity has blasted plans to ban begging in Tunbridge Wells as a "nonsense completely lacking compassion and attacking those most in need".

The Bridge Trust says the plans to be discussed at a meeting of Tunbridge Wells Borough council tonight reveal a "staggering lack of joined up thinking".

The council wants to fine people caught begging for money in public places £80, which could rise to £1,000 if not paid.

The council say a borough-wide survey indicated 40% of resident would support the idea.

Sussex children recognize mental health problems thanks to new book

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Pupils at a primary school in Brighton were the first to get the chance to read a new book aimed at helping youngsters recognize mental health problems and ask for help if they're suffering.

Lorry parked

Councils employ European collection agencies to track down lorry drivers and collect fines.

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Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J2 for A228 Strood and J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - Very slow traffic and a lane blocked on M2 coastbound between J2, A228 (Strood) and J3, A229 (Chatham), because of an accident.

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

Many happy returns BBC Introducing

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

BBC Introducing celebrates its 10th birthday today.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M3 Surrey - Very slow traffic on M3 southbound between J2 M25 and 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

Brighton mother urges more people to consider donating their eyes

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

When nine-year-old Niamh died from cancer, her eyes were donated to save the sight of two young people. Here's her story.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

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.

Councils to clamp down on illegally parked lorries

In what is being described as a UK-first, Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council will be able to clamp and fine drivers.

It's been developed by working with the Department for Transport (DfT).

The DfT agreed to change the current clamping policy for HGVs so that a clamp can be fitted for first-time offences.

Although a ban on lorry parking has been in place at Orbital Park and the Ashford Business Park in Sevington since 2004, enforcement was held back by limited access to the registered keeper details of some foreign-registered HGVs.

This meant that European collection agencies had to be employed to track down drivers and collect the fines.

Under this new scheme we can clamp lorries that are flouting the ban, fine them and charge them to remove the clamp. I’m delighted that we have been able to work together to get this scheme up and running and help stamp out an issue that is affecting residents' lives."

Cllr Matthew BalfourCabinet member for Transport, Kent County Council

This initiative will ensure that effective enforcement can be taken on lorry drivers who ignore the rules by illegally parking in the borough. We hope it will benefit and improve the lives of our residents and businesses who are affected by lorries parking around our business parks and on this section of the A20.”

Cllr Brad BradfordPortfolio Holder for Health, Parking and Community Safety, Ashford Borough Council
A lorry road sign
BBC

The scheme will launch on 30 October.

The zones where the scheme will be enforced are:

• The A20 between Charing and Ashford• Wotton Road• Ellingham Industrial Estate• The Orbital Park, Sevington• Ashford Business Park, Sevington

It will run between 20:00 BST and 07:00 BST Monday to Friday and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday on the industrial estates.

Family devastated after fire rips through home

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

damage caused to home by fire in Reigate
Emily Becconsall

A family of three have been left homeless and lost almost everything they own after a fire in Reigate.

Emily Becconsall and her two children managed to escape unharmed, and are now staying with a relative.

It's thought the fire was started by a faulty electrical immersion timer in a cupboard.

We're lucky to have got out because if that had happened in the middle of the night, where the two bedrooms are either side of that cupboard, I would not have been able to get past and get my children. So I'm thankful it happened when it did, but it's still an absolute disaster."

Emily Becconsall

You can hear more here.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car.

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

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 blocked on M3 southbound between J2 M25 and J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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.

Budget will help hospitals, says health secretary

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Jeremy Hunt
AFP/Getty

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told BBC Surrey he wants to "do something" about a bid from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust for a new A&E facility.

The trust's chief executive wants to build an acute care unit, at a cost of a third of a billion pounds, and has warned existing buildings are not fit-for-purpose clinically or financially.

Mr Hunt said St Helier "needs a lot of work" and the upcoming budget would include a big capital expansion of the NHS.

Royal Surrey County Hospital
Royal Surrey County Hospital

He also said he wants assurances about services for patients in Surrey after a sexual health clinic at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey closed on Sunday.

In addition, he called for accommodation for nurses to be built next to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.

You can hear more here.

Sixty seconds with the PM

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Ahead of her speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today, I spoke to Prime Minister Theresa May about elections, the economy and rail strikes.

Artist hopes to draw a crowd

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

David Shrigley has been announced as the guest director for next year's Brighton Festival.

Coming to fame for his satirical drawings, the Brighton-based artist was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2013 for his show Brain Activity, which featured animations, films and sculptures.

David Shrigley
BBC

Last year his bronze statue of a giant thumb, Really Good, became the 11th artwork to be placed on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.

Thumbs Up, by David Shrigley
BBC

Events already announced for 2018's festival include an overnight choral sleepover and weekends of free performances and activities in East Brighton and Hangleton.

The full programme will be announced next February, but updates are available here.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1B for A282 and J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J1b, A282 (Dartford) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down car.

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

Amputee teen racer completes charity walk

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Billy Monger, who lost both legs in a crash, has walked the pit lane at Brands Hatch to raise money for the air ambulance that helped him.

Injured baby seal found on Hastings beach

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

The injured seal
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service

An injured baby seal has been rescued after being found on Hastings beach on Tuesday night.

Members of the public called the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service and were advised to stand between the seal and the sea to block its escape path.

Rescuers arriving at the scene found that a life buoy rope had been used to prevent it from going back into the water.

The seal was then placed into a cage and taken to the RSPCA Mallydams Wood, in Fairlight, where it is being treated for a large open abscess to the side of its mouth.

Newly restored pier can't cover costs

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

The newly restored Hastings Pier hasn't made enough money this summer to cover its costs, and now some staff are at threat of redundancy.

Car overturns in Medway crash

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Beechwood Avenue, Gillingham
Google
The accident happened between Watling Street and Beechwood Avenue

An elderly man is in a critical condition after his car overturned in a crash in Gillingham.

It happened around 14:25 BST yesterday on the A2 Watling Street, near Beechwood Avenue.

The man, who is in his seventies, was driving a Microcar M.GO which collided with a silver Vauxhall Corsa.

Sharp rise in rural homelessness

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Jimmy, who lives in a forest near Faversham, is one of a growing number of rural homeless.

Brighton girl goes missing

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police in Brighton say they're concerned about a 14-year-old girl who went missing at the weekend.

Veronika Jenisova
Sussex Police

Veronika Jenisova was last seen leaving her home about 15:00 BST on 30 September.

She was last seen wearing a pink jumper, grey leggings and black shoes, and was carrying a maroon handbag.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Surrey - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and Clacket Lane Services, 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

Illegal immigrants found in two lorries

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Surrey Police, assisted by Kent Police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service, discovered 16 suspected illegal immigrants in two lorries at Clacket Lane services on the M25 on Tuesday night.

The case has been handed to the UK Visas and Immigration Service.

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Remembering one of the original SAS heroes

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

His exploits in the SAS read like a Hollywood movie, and now medals and mementos from a Maidstone war veteran are being auctioned.

World Gymnastics Championships: GB women make strong start in Montreal

Great Britain's women gave strong performances to leave them well placed to secure finals spots at the World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal.

Gravesend’s Georgia-Mae Fenton performed well on uneven bars, scoring 14.533 with her routine.

The 16-year-old looks likely to make the final, but must wait more than 24 hours for confirmation.

"I'm really pleased with that score. I was quite surprised at how relaxed I was," said Fenton.

"Obviously there's pressure when you're doing just one piece - but I think I handled that."

Severe accident: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M3 Surrey - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M3 southbound between J2 M25 and J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of an accident involving car and van. Travel time is around 60 minutes.

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 Clacket Lane Services and J6 for A22.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an accident involving a lorry and car. Traffic is coping well.

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

#PhotoOfTheDay regulars: Meet Carole

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

School nurse Carole Adams uses her love of photography to get to know the South East better.

She grew up in Surrey before moving to Kent and works in Canterbury.

She's the latest in our films featuring our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

The big bus tour continues

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex and Surrey

We're in Crawley this morning as part of our bus tour of Sussex and Surrey.

I'd like to hear your stories of the town, if you're in the area come and say hello!

If you're not nearby you can also hear me on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey from 09:00 BST.

Flu jab plea

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Vulnerable people across the South East could die unless more people take up the free flu jab.

That's the stark warning from NHS managers.

'We're at the point where we're going to be cutting into front line services'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

After £112m of cuts since 2010, and with a further £58m in savings to be found in the next four years, East Sussex County Council is now calling on the government to provide more money for local services.

It's launched an online petition, asking the government for "an urgent re-think about the resources it gives to East Sussex and the real difficulties that cuts in funding mean for many people who live here."