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Glenn Murray celebrates one of his two goals for Brighton

Kris Holland

BBC Sport

A Glenn Murray double helps Brighton ease to a Premier League win over Swansea at the Amex.

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New mums left to 'suffer in silence'

Some new mothers in east Surrey say they have received little or no support after reporting mental health problems.

Learning about the great outdoors

Imagine being at school and never having to gaze out of the window, wishing you could play in the snow or jump in the puddles...

Murmuration attacked by peregrine falcon

A murmuration of starlings in Brighton were attacked by a peregrine falcon.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M3 Surrey - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M3 London-bound between J3, A322 (Lightwater) and J2 M25, because of a broken down car.

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

Severe weather warning for the south east

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Snowman
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From Sunday, south-east England is very likely to experience a severe episode of winter weather conditions, possibly with close to record cold for this time of year.

Similar very cold easterly spells at this time of year in the past include February 1962 and 1986, and more recently 2005 and 2013.

Daytime temperatures will struggle to get above freezing and extreme wind chill values expected on Wednesday to Friday (feeling like -10C to -14C).

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Severe Weather Warning for snow from Monday 26 16:00 GMT to Tuesday 27at 23:55 GMT.

Currently the forecast is for 5-10 cm locally, while nearby locations may see much less frequent showers and only small accumulations of 0-2 cm in places.

The current record for lowest maximum temperature in March across south-east England is -3.3C at Farnborough, Surrey on 10 March 1931.

Wednesday next week is currently forecast to see the lowest temperatures of this cold spell.

Eviction drama brings area to standstill

A Kent community has been brought to a standstill as emergency services deal with an eviction of a man living in a layby.

Several roads have been closed since around 09:30 GMT after bailiffs attempted to serve an eviction order on the man occupying a layby in Mile Oak Road, near the Elm Tree pub in Paddock Wood.

Police, ambulance and fire services are on standby at the scene because of “concern for the welfare” of the man.

A Kent County Council spokesperson said bailiffs visited the site after the council secured a court order to evict the man, who is understood to have been living for several months in a vehicle in the layby, surrounded by what the council says is 30 tonnes of scrap.

Neither the police nor ambulance service has commented on the current health of the man.

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 and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, at J11 for A317.

M25 Surrey - M25 lane closed on exit slip road clockwise at J11, A317 (Chertsey), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Faversham tries to go plastic free for a week
A campaigner has tried to get her town to give up single-use plastics.

No plastic, fantastic!

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The town that tried to quit plastic.

Mosque thief jailed

A man caught on CCTV stealing money from a donation box at a mosque in Bognor Regis has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Adam Rumball, 44, of no fixed address, was arrested after a number of members of the public gave police his name following a police appeal.

Rumball admitted theft from West Sussex Muslim Society when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court.

Det Con Jon Tizzard, of Sussex Police, said after the sentencing: “Stealing is bad enough, but when it is from generous donations made to support the work of organisations like this, it is despicable.”

Mosque theft CCTV
Sussex Police

Severe accident: A264 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A264 Kent both ways severe accident, at Ashurst.

A264 Kent - A264 Ashurst Road in Ashurst closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the Ashurst junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

People found in lorry

Six people have been discovered in the back of a lorry in Dover and handed over to the immigration service, Kent Police says.

They were found in a lorry in Jubilee Way at about 09:00 GMT, a police spokesman said.

Canterbury refugee art project
Clothing worn by refugees fleeing the war have been transformed into a giant artwork.

Council defends absence rate

Kent County Council has defended its absence record at special needs schools, claiming illness and the class sizes affect statistics.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Trudy Dean made allegations that the latest low attendance figures "mask a serious failure" of the council.

The figures for the academic year 2015/16 show persistent absence rates in Kent stood at 30.1%, compared to the national average rate of 26.9%.

However, the council officer in charge of attendance, Ming Zhang, said the high amount of illness in the county and village schools mean the figures do not show the full picture.

M20

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later after a woman was found dead on a motorway.

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Man bailed over M20 death

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man arrested over the death of a woman, whose body was found on the M20 near Ashford, has been released on bail.

The London-bound carriageway was closed between junctions nine and 10 for nearly 21 hours after the discovery at 18:0O GMT on 20 February.

M20 closed for murder investigation
BBC

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place later today.

The man has been bailed until 15 March.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J4 for A21 and J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J4, A21 (Orpington) and J5 M26, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Medway Council: HR merger confirmed

Gravesham Borough Council’s department is to merge with its counterpart at Medway Council.

Four members of staff at Gravesham will relocate to Medway – which has a team of 42.85 full-time employees – under changes announced at the latter's budget meeting on Thursday evening.

They will work on employee relations, payroll, workforce development, and resourcing on behalf of both councils from 1 April.

The deal is an extension of the current arrangement in which Medway Council employs a full-time senior HR consultant, funded by Gravesham, to look after Gravesham Borough Council's HR matters.

Is Sofia obese?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The NHS thinks five-year-old Sofia is “very overweight”. Do you agree?

On BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey this morning...

Danny Pike

Presenter, BBC Sussex and Surrey

Are you a woman planning to work beyond retirement age?

If so, I'd like to hear from you.

Join me on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey from 09:00 GMT, and call on 03459 57 00 57.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J8 for A217.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise at J8, A217 (Reigate), 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

Severe disruption: A267 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A267 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, between A272 and B2102 Mayfield Flat.

A267 East Sussex - A267 in Hadlow Down blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A272 junction and the B2102 Mayfield Flat junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Car window smashed in road rage attack

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are trying to trace a driver involved in a road rage incident in which a car's rear window was smashed.

It involved a white BMW and a grey Peugeot 3008, and happened on the A22 at Little Horsted near Uckfield.

The cars were being driven close together as the drivers were arguing, although there was no actual collision.

Little Horsted, Uckfield
Google
The incident happened close to this roundabout

The Peugeot driver felt a bump and saw his rear windscreen had been shattered.

The BMW drove off towards the Ridgewood industrial estate.

Art created out of refugee clothing

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Hundreds of items of clothing worn by refugees fleeing the Middle East have been transformed into a giant artwork in Canterbury.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - Two lanes closed, slip roads closed and heavy traffic on M20 coastbound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of over running roadworks.

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

Lizzy Yarnold

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Defending skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold will carry the Great Britain flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday.

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Council leader finds more money

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Councillors are continuing to debate Medway Council’s budget.

The council leader Alan Jarrett has managed to please one set of the protesters by putting down an amendment.

He’s conveniently found £1.7m, and out of it £17,500 will be given in grant funding to the Royal Voluntary Service Centre in Chatham, keeping it going for an extra six months.

In the amendment, the rest of the money, if passed by councillors, would be spent on highways, festivals and free parking at Christmas.

Is Sofia obese?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The NHS thinks five-year-old Sofia is “very overweight”. Do you agree?

Murmuration attacked by peregrine falcon

A murmuration of starlings in Brighton were attacked by a peregrine falcon.

Three-figure rise for Brighton taxpayers

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

COuncillors gather for annual budget council
BBC

A 6% council tax rise and savings of £12m have been agreed by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Once increases to precepts for police and fire services are taken into account, that means an extra £101.28 for the average B and D household.

With rising demand for council services, and less grant funding from Whitehall, £12m savings were needed to balance the budget.

Severe accident: A27 West Sussex westbound

BBC News Travel

A27 West Sussex westbound severe accident, between A283 Steyning Road and A2025 Grinstead Lane.

A27 West Sussex - A27 Shoreham By-Pass in Shoreham-By-Sea blocked and slow traffic westbound between Steyning turn off and Lancing roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Protestors urge Medway councillors to save services

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Not one but two sets of protestors greeted councillors tonight arriving at this year’s budget setting meeting.

What’s made people so angry? It is the closure of a golf course, Deangate Ridge, and the closure of a day centre for elderly people, the Royal Voluntary Service Centre in Chatham. It’s the result of a council looking at ways to save money in the continued challenging financial picture.

The meeting has only just begun and debating the budget won’t come until later this evening. First there’s talk of the what the council’s future vision should be and its capital investments.

Campaigners sitting in the public gallery behind me will be hoping hints from council leader Alan Jarrett to rethink the decision to stop funding to the Royal Voluntary Service in Chatham will be acted upon.

Protestors
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Protestors
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