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  1. Two men arrested after woman seriously hurt in car crash

    Scene of RTA

    A woman has been seriously injured after the Ford Fiesta she was travelling in left the road and struck concrete bollards.

    It happened at about 10:30 BST at the junction of the A29 Stane Street and B2133 Adversane Lane, near the Blacksmith’s Arms public house, south of Billingshurst, in West Sussex.

    Two other occupants, both men, were arrested in Billingshurst on suspicion of driving offences.

    Sussex Police have appealed for anyone who saw what happened, who has dashcam footage of the car during or just prior to the crash, or who may have other relevant information, to contact them.

  2. Our very own noble birth

    Lioness Oudrika is seen gently cleaning her cute and cuddly, newborn cubs at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve.

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    Video caption: For the first time in 10 years lion cubs have been born at the Port Lympne animal reserve
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    Severe accident: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe accident, from J2 for M25 J12 to J3 for A322 Bagshot.

    M3 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M3 northbound from J2 M25 J12 to J3, A322 (Bagshot), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, at J9 for .

    M23 West Sussex - One lane closed on M23 northbound in Surrey at J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

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    Severe accident: A267 East Sussex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A267 East Sussex both ways severe accident, at A272.

    A267 East Sussex - A267 Heathfield Road in Five Ashes blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the A272 junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  6. Move to exempt under-25s from council tax

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Care leavers under the age of 25 are one step closer to being exempt from paying council tax.

    Members of Kent County Council have agreed to pursue proposals brought forward by the authority’s young people’s council, made up of young people who have been in social care.

    Young adults who are leaving the care system are more likely to become homeless than their counterparts.

    To address this imbalance, members of the young people’s council has called for care leavers living in Kent to be exempt from council tax until their 25th birthday.

    Council leader Paul Carter said: “It won’t cost massive amounts of money and this is something, I think, we all would like to happen. We intend to get there as fast as possible.”

    The council will approach the 12 district and borough authorities after discussing the plans at the full council meeting on Thursday.

    Young care leavers in Wales and Scotland are exempt from paying council tax up to the age of 25.

    Manchester, Southwark and Nottingham councils have also put a similar waiver in place.

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    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, at J4 for .

    M25 Kent - M25 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic anticlockwise at J4, Orpington, because of an accident.

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

  8. Baby found alone outside hospital

    Police are urgently seeking to locate the mother of an unaccompanied new-born baby.

    The infant was found outside the main entrance of Darent Valley Hospital at around 03:15 BST this morning.

    The baby is safe, uninjured and being well supported by hospital staff.

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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, at J10 for A3.

    M25 Surrey - M25 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic clockwise at J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, from J3 for A322 Bagshot to J2 for M25 J12.

    M3 Surrey - Very slow traffic on M3 northbound from J3, A322 (Bagshot) to J2 M25 J12, 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

  11. Appeal to trace last movements of Dover resident found dead

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Templar Street looking ahead to London Road

    The unexplained death of a man in Dover has lead to a police appeal for more information.

    The body of the 72-year-old, believed to be David Watkins, was discovered at a private address in Templar Street at about 13:50 BST on Thursday 16 May.

    A post-mortem examination was inconclusive.

    Kent Police are trying to establish the circumstances of his death and trace Mr Watkins’ movements in the weeks leading up to when he was found.

    People who have not yet spoken to officers are asked to come forward if they saw Mr Watkins over the past few weeks or witnessed anything suspicious in the area of Templar Street in the days leading up to when his body was discovered.

    Vehicle owners with dashcams are also asked to come forward if they drove down Templar Street, close to the junction with London Road, between the morning of 8 May and the afternoon of 16 May.

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    Severe accident: A27 Hampshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A27 Hampshire eastbound severe accident, from A259 Havant Road to A259 Cathedral Way.

    A27 Hampshire - A27 closed and queuing traffic eastbound from Emsworth Junction in Emsworth to Fishbourne Roundabout in Chichester, because of an accident. Congestion to Cutmill.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and M25, Clacket Lane Services, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, at J10 for A3.

    M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Public consultations on adult social care savings

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Plans to cut adult social care funding by £730,000 in East Sussex are to go out to public consultation.

    Proposals to consult on removing the subsidy for meals in the community - currently received by about 750 people across the county - and a review of long-term support for working age adults were approved by East Sussex County Council's lead member for adult social care and health earlier.

    Both proposals will now be subject to 10 week public consultations.

    The consultation into the meals in the community subsidy will begin on 28 May, while the consultation on long-term support for working age adults will start on 4 June.

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    Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

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    M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, from J9 for to J8 for M25 J7.

    M23 West Sussex - One lane closed on M23 northbound in Surrey from J9, Gatwick Airport to J8 M25 J7, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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