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Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

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A20 Kent both ways severe accident, between Bedford Place and Bower Mount Road.

A20 Kent - A20 Terrace Road in Maidstone closed in both directions between the Bedford Place junction and the Bower Mount Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on and recovery work.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J2 for A20 and M25 J3.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound between J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit) and M25 J3, Swanley Interchange, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Postcards for Sophie

Sophie Taylor from Bexhill died from cancer when she was 12. She's now being remembered through nearly 600 postcards painted by friends and even some well-known names.

Severe accident: A2010 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A2010 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between North Road and B2066 North Street.

A2010 East Sussex - A2010 Queen's Road in Brighton closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the North Road junction and the B2066 North Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Five Teenagers guilty of Gillingham murder
Kyle Yule, 17, died after being stabbed to death by a gang of youths

South Western Railway disruption between Basingstoke and Woking

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Two injured in helicopter crash

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Helicopter crash
Dean Harman

Two people have been injured in a helicopter crash.

Police and South East Coast Ambulance service were called out to Goodwood Aerodrome, Chichester, at around 15:40 BST.

The helicopter crashed into the ground with two people on board.

A spokesman for SECAmb said both patients had been taken to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

They were conscious when paramedics arrived and had back pain as well as potential broken bones, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening,

This incident is at a separate location to the racing fixture taking place at Goodwood Racecourse later.

Helicopter crash
Dean Harman

Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J11, A317 (Chertsey), because of an accident involving three cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Cobham Services.

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

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J9 for A243 and J8 for A217.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J9, A243 (Leatherhead) and J8, A217 (Reigate), because of an accident involving two black cars.

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

Health trust struggling to fill nurse vacancies

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Senior nursing managers are having to work on the wards of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, to keep nurse-patient ratios at acceptable levels.

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust's latest board meeting heard that, despite national and local recruitment drives, as of April there were 260 vacancies for registered nurses.

Nurses
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Forty of those posts are due to be filled by nurses from the Philippines, after a fall in the number being recruited from Europe and a decision to bring costs down by using less agency staff.

The board also heard that the relatively low ranking of Brighton University's nursing degree in national league tables was also affecting recruitment.

Severe disruption: Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

Kent both ways severe disruption, at A2 Union Street.

Kent - High Street in Chatham closed in both directions at the A2 Union Street junction, because of a police incident.

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

Revenue officers seize £1.8m in Harlow raid

Two men have been arrested after more than £1.8m in cash was seized during a raid by revenue and customs officers in Essex.

An industrial unit and two vehicles in Harlow were searched by 20 HM Revenue and Customs officers on 31 May and bags containing the cash were discovered.

Cash seized at Harlow
HMRC

A man aged 26, of no fixed address, and another aged 31, of Bognor Regis in West Sussex, were arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

HMRC declined to say if the men were still in custody or had been released on bail. It said the Crown Prosecution Service would decide if the case would be brought to court.

Govia Thameslink: Train problems 'a dreadful mess'

An MP has described the problems faced by rail users trying to get into London on the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) route as a "dreadful mess".

Since a new train timetable was introduced on 20 May, many services have been cancelled or delayed.

Oliver Dowden, the MP for Hertsmere, said passengers have to leave "at least double the time" to get to work on time, and it is "having a dreadful effect on peoples lives".

He said he has met with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to see what can be done, as at the moment "you can't rely on the service".

Crowded trains
Damien Stephenson

GTR chief executive Charles Horton said: "Like most people who travel on Thameslink and Great Northern there have been occasional delays in the past few weeks.

"Some trains have run on time and others haven't. I'm sorry about that."