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  2. A hero twice over

    The man who was awarded the highest civilian bravery award not once, but twice.

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    Video caption: The man awarded two George medals
  3. Schools' racial equality policies come under the microscope

    Dean Kilpatrick

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Medway's schools are to get a “health check” on whether they effectively adhere to their racial equality policies.

    Only 15% of institutions in the Towns responded to a “support pack” from the Medway Youth Conference in 2017, which gave examples of workshops and lessons to help tackle racism in schools.

    Medway Council’s children and young people overview and scrutiny committee expressed concerns about the statistic on 6 June, but was told it did not mean the subject was not being addressed elsewhere.

    Councillors were told later on in the meeting that each school has its own racial equality policy, and officers will test how effective they are within the next 12 months.

  4. Dermatology waiting times criticised by councillors

    Natalie Eacersall

    BBC live reporter

    County councillors criticised north Kent’s dermatology provider for long waiting times and unanswered phonecalls.

    Their complaint was aimed at DMC Healthcare, a private company which took over the running of skin care clinics from Medway Maritime Hospital in April.

    Patients with severe skin conditions have complained about not being able to get through to anyone from DMC for an appointment.

    Almost 70 patients have waited more than a year to be seen by a specialist.

    The dermatology services changed hands after the trust, which runs Medway Maritime Hospital, handed the contract back for patients in Medway, Swale, Dartford, Swanley and Gravesham.

    A report by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (MCG), which was presented to the committee, outlined the actions taken by DMC to cut the waiting times down for patients.

    It read: “DMC has received significantly higher than anticipated volumes of calls (46,000 in April 2019) as a result of the transfer of services which has resulted in patients experiencing delays and difficulties contacting DMC.

    "To address the backlog DMC will continue to hold a significantly higher number of clinics to ensure patients are treated as quickly as possible and to prevent the backlog negatively impacting on the new service. Based on the current trajectory the backlog is anticipated to be cleared by June 2019.”

    Following these revelations, Kent County Council is calling for those involved to defend their record to the committee before Christmas.

  5. Hunt for teenager's rapist

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police have released a computer generated image of a man they want to speak to after a teenage girl was raped.

    Gillingham rape suspect efit

    It happened in Gillingham Park in Park Avenue, between 16:00 and 20:00 BST on 18 May.

    The girl, who is in her mid-teens, was sitting on a bench when her attacker grabbed her.

    Gillingham Park, Park Avenue, Gillingham
    Image caption: The girl was attacked in Gillingham Park

    The rapist is described as around 16-years-old, five feet five tall, wearing grey Nike trainers and black jeans, and having a deep voice.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J11 for A320 St Peters Way to J10 for A3.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed and it's slow moving on M25 anticlockwise from J11, A320 (Chertsey) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a break down.

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

  7. Gang strip clothes shop of merchandise

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A gang of burglars have stolen clothes worth £100,000 from a menswear shop.

    Burglary gang in Chichester menswear shop

    The five men, who were all wearing masks and gloves, broke into Dartagnan in North Street, Chichester, around 23:00 BST on 10 April.

    They filled builder bags with clothing and escaped in three cars.

  8. Climate change protest over oil investments

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Climate change campaigners caused a Surrey council meeting to adjourn with a protest against investing pension money into the oil industry.

    The Surrey Pension Fund (SPF) committee meeting was called to a halt on Friday as campaigners walked around the room scattering flower petals and singing, but resumed about 20 minutes later after the protesters left.

    Papers said 8.9% of SPF’s total fund value is invested in low carbon and infrastructure.

    Chris Neill from Extinction Rebellion Godalming said he was appalled £145m was invested directly into the fossil fuel industry.

    Committee chairman councillor Tim Evans assured members of the public they were taking climate change “very seriously” and said: "We have taken a course of action that allows us to engage with these companies and try to encourage them to change.”

    SPF is managed by Surrey County Council and has more than 75,000 current, deferred and pensioner members with assets in excess of £2bn.

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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

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    M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, from J9 for A243 to J10 for A3.

    M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of an accident.

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

  10. Leader survives vote of no confidence

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith has survived a call for a vote of no confidence in her abilities.

    The call was made by Lib Dem leader Dr James Walsh after a horrific Ofsted report into the county’s children’s services, which were rated inadequate.

    The call was supported by a number of Tory councillors.

    Calling Ofsted’s findings "a shocking indictment" Dr Walsh said: “There are many references in the report to leadership failure at all levels."

    He said children could be "scarred for life".

    There was applause for Tory councillor Andrew Baldwin, who suggested that he and others had been removed from scrutiny committees because they were "not nodding donkeys and not afraid to ask questions".

    After listening to the debate for more than an hour, a tearful Mrs Goldsmith said: “I care very deeply about the children so this hits me more than you can imagine.”

    The call was defeated by 38 votes to 18, with 5 abstentions.

  11. Objects raised over affordable new homes

    Sarah Booker-Lewis

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The building in Oxford Street, Brighton
    Image caption: The building in Oxford Street, Brighton

    Neighbours are objecting to plans to add an extra floor to a former Brighton housing office.

    Brighton and Hove City Council wants to turn the building in Oxford Street into 10 flats for people in need of affordable temporary housing.

    Currently 1,410 households – some of them individuals and some of them families – are living in temporary accommodation, with 9,738 people on the housing waiting list.

    It is recommended for approval, but 12 locals are concerned about losing light to their homes.

    One said: “It is surely not acceptable that the proposed additional storey will have such an impact on such a large number of properties for the creation of just two additional flats."

    The proposal is due to be decided on by the council’s Planning Committee next week.

  12. Man found with head injury in high street

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are trying to solve the mystery of a man who was found in the street with serious head injuries.

    The man, who is thought to be in his 50s, was found by a member of the public in Littlehampton High Street around 23:00 BST on 4 June.

    He is being treated for injuries to his head and face and his condition is described as stable.

    Littlehampton High Street
    Image caption: The man was found in Littlehampton High Street late at night

    He was bald and was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a denim shirt and blue trainers.

  13. Housing plan overcomes flooding fears

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Council plans to build housing at a high flood risk site in St Leonards have been given the go ahead.

    On 6 June Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee approved an outline application to build 16 houses on land behind Bexhill Road – a site classified as being at high risk of sea flooding.

    The committee heard how the proposals – which had been put forward by the council itself – included extensive flood defences and that additional work done in light of a previous application for the site being refused last year.

    New homes planned for Bexhill Road, St Leonards

    The committee also heard that the new flood defences proposed would improve the current state of the site – increasing the protections for existing properties.

    Tthe application was approved with five votes in favour to three against and one abstention, but as an outline application, the final details of the scheme will require further planning permission at a later date.

  14. Ann Widdecombe bemoans 'liberal tyranny' after gay science row

    Ann Widdecombe says she does not regret her comments about sexuality, which have led to some of her theatre appearances being cancelled.

    Ann Widdecombe

    Venues in Altrincham in Greater Manchester, Devon and Surrey have axed tour dates of her show after she suggested science could "produce an answer" to being gay.

    Miss Widdecombe said her comments had been "distorted" on social media and that theatres refusing to host shows were "denying free speech".

    Her critics have accused her of waging an "anti-LGBT campaign".

    The Brexit Party MEP denied this and told the BBC:

    Quote Message: This is now the grip that I call the liberal tyranny and I think we have got to fight it.