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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates for the South East of England
  2. Highways England says the A21 remains closed in both directions due to an overturned lorry
  3. Video: A man was caught on camera cutting a hole in a car roof in St Leonards
  4. A man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and drug dealing in Dover
  5. Police are looking for witnesses after a group of men and women were attacked in Brighton

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First Elizabeth line roundels installed

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TFL

The first wave of Elizabeth line roundels are now in place with 11 months to go until the opening of the new railway.

The roundels have been installed at stations including Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and Custom House.

From December 2018, the line will initially operate as three services:

  • Paddington (Elizabeth line station) to Abbey Wood via central London
  • Paddington (mainline station) to Heathrow (Terminals 2 & 3 and 4)
  • Liverpool Street (mainline station) to Shenfield

Fifteen trains per hour will run through the new tunnels, increasing to 24 trains per hour through the central section by May 2019.

From December 2019, customers from Reading and Heathrow will be able to travel through central London to the West End and the City and beyond without needing to change trains.

Elizabeth Line
TFL

Man attacked and robbed in his own home

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are hunting two men who forced their way into a house in Dover and attacked the owner.

He handed over a large amount of cash when the pair threatened him, along with a laptop and mobile.

The robbery happened in Tower Hill at about 22:30 GMT on 7 December.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic anticlockwise at J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of a broken down box van.

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

Man rescued from sea off Brighton

A man has been rescued from the sea off Brighton Palace Pier.

At about 13:00 GMT today, Sussex Police asked HM Coastguard for assistance after receiving reports that there was a person in the water.

Shoreham Coastguard Rescue Team along with the Shoreham RNLI Lifeboats were sent to the scene, with Sussex Police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

A man, believed to be in his 20s, has been rescued and detained under the Mental Health Act.

British skeleton athlete Lizzy Yarnold

Kate Kopczyk

BBC Sport

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold recalls racing in front of "no-one" in 2014, while fellow Briton Laura Deas wants to make "the step up" in Pyeongchang.

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Alex Finney

National League side Maidstone United re-sign QPR centre-back Alex Finney on loan until the end of the season.

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Severe accident: M23 West Sussex northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex northbound severe accident, between J11 for A23 and J10a for B2036 Balcombe Road.

M23 West Sussex - One lane closed on M23 northbound between J11, A23 (Pease Pottage) and J10a B2036 Balcombe Road, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Drunk' pilot released by police

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

A pilot taken off a flight from Gatwick Airport over fears he was drunk has been released while investigations continue, Sussex Police said.

A 49-year-old man was removed from the plane on Thursday after concerns were raised by a member of airline staff.

The man from Harmondsworth, West Drayton in West London was arrested on suspicion of performing an aviation function when the level of alcohol was over the prescribed limit.

The Boeing 777 which was scheduled to depart at 20:50 GMT took off just before 23:00 after the pilot was replaced, British Airways said.

An airline spokesman said: "We are taking this matter extremely seriously."

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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J10 for A3 and J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

A3 Surrey northbound severe accident, between Old Portsmouth Road and Hurtmore Road.

A3 Surrey - A3 closed and queuing traffic northbound between Thursley and Hurtmore turn off in Shackleford, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - traffic is being diverted off the A3 at Thursley and can re-join at Shackleford. Police directing traffic.

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

Man in indecent exposure arrest

A man has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure in Folkestone.

Kent Police had received reports of a man in a silver or grey car approaching people and then exposing himself.

No physical contact has been reported.

A 53-year-old man from Hythe was arrested on Friday and has been released pending further enquiries, Kent Police said.

Sussex charity for disabled children raises money for new facilities

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

As Brighton struggled against Chelsea over the weekend, just outside the stadium a different campaign was under way, as a Sussex charity for disabled children raised money for new state-of-the-art facilities

Severe disruption: A245 Surrey both ways

BBC News Travel

A245 Surrey both ways severe disruption, at B2122 Leret Way.

A245 Surrey - A245 Bull Hill in Leatherhead closed and slow traffic at the B2122 Leret Way junction, because of an overturned car. Police directing traffic.

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

Missing teen found

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Missing Eastbourne teenager Yasmin Price has been found safe, say Sussex Police.

The 15-year-old had been missing from her home for a week when she was found on Saturday 20 January.

Sussex Police has thanked the public for their help in trying to find her.

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 closed on M3 London-bound between J3, A322 (Lightwater) and J2 M25, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A27 East Sussex westbound

BBC News Travel

A27 East Sussex westbound severe accident, between A270 Lewes Road and Coldean Lane affecting A26.

A27 East Sussex - A27 in Coldean closed, queuing traffic and severe delays westbound between the A270 Lewes Road junction and the Coldean Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Police directing traffic. Congestion to Southerham Roundabout.

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

Today's local newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Flasher and fraudsters apply for jobs in west Kent schools

The Argus: Final push to raise money to save young girl's leg

Kent Live: Updates as a person dies after being struck by a train at Canterbury East railway station

Surrey Mirror: Meet Epsom Pizza Hut hero who stepped between knife-wielding attacker to protect victim

Hastings Observer: Police crackdown begins today

Mid Sussex Times: Campaign to give young homeless people in South East a home in winter

Brighton and Hove Independent: Tenants in South East at risk of the silent killer

Worthing Herald: Community rallies to replace stolen charity cash

Chichester Observer: Dance star’s success at championships

Brighton and Hove News: Two people in hospital after crash shuts A23 just north of Brighton

Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M25 clockwise between J8, A217 (Reigate) and J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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 J11 for A317 and J10 for A3 affecting J13 for A30.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J11, A317 (Chertsey) and J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of an accident involving a car and van. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

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, before J13 for A30 affecting J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise before J13, A30 (Staines), because of an accident involving three cars. Travel time is 45 minutes. Congestion to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange).

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, between J6 for A22 and J7 for M23 affecting J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J7 M23, because of a broken down car and recovery work. Travel time is 25 minutes. Congestion to J5 M26.

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

Severe accident: A286 West Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A286 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between Town Lane and Bell Lane.

A286 West Sussex - A286 in Singleton closed in both directions between the Town Lane junction and the Bell Lane junction, because of an accident.

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, between J6 for A22 and J7 for M23.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed on M25 clockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J7 M23, because of a broken down vehicle.

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 closed on M3 southbound between J2 M25 and J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe disruption: A21 Kent northbound

BBC News Travel

A21 Kent northbound severe disruption, between A26 London Road and A225.

A21 Kent - A21 Tonbridge By-Pass closed northbound between Southborough Turn Off in Leigh and Hildenborough in Underriver, because of pothole in road.

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

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Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J9 for A20 Ashford and J8 for A20 Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M20 London-bound between J9, A20 (Ashford) in Ashford and J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) in Kent, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J9, A243 (Leatherhead) and J8, A217 (Reigate), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J8 for A20 Leeds Castle and J9 for A20 Ashford.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M20 eastbound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A227 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A227 Kent both ways severe accident, at Coldharbour Road.

A227 Kent - A227 Wrotham Road in Northfleet partially blocked and slow traffic at the Coldharbour Road junction, because of an accident. On the roundabout.

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 J3 for A322 Lightwater and J4 for A331.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound between J3, A322 (Lightwater) and J4, A331 (Camberley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Chailey Heritage Foundation raises money to build new facilities for disabled children
It wants a purpose-built space where children with disabilities can play sport and show off skills.

Severe accident: A2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent westbound severe accident, near Denstead Lane.

A2 Kent - Heavy traffic on A2 London-bound in Upper Harbledown near the Denstead Lane junction, because of earlier serious accident. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Sister of teen who died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl wants to help others
The sister of a teenager who died after taking fentanyl wants to help others beat addiction.