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  2. Mass balloon releases should end, council told

    Sarah Booker-Lewis

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Calls to end mass balloon releases in Brighton and Hove received a positive response from councillors.

    Local Labour Party member Theresa Fowler presented a deputation to Brighton and Hove City Council calling for a ban on the release of balloons and sky lanterns.

    She said: "In the last few years it has grown in fashion to release balloons and sky lanterns at special events, funerals and memorials.

    "In Brighton, a number of schools and nurseries release balloons in parks at the end of the school years.

    "The Marine Conservation Society has said that 53% more balloon-related litter has been found on our beaches this year than in 2015."

    The full council, meeting at Hove Town Hall, was told that Dutch coastline campaigners said that 13,000 balloons were washed up on the nation's coast every week.

  3. What is the sex 'superbug' STD MGen?

    What do you need to know about mycoplasma genitalium, the emerging sexually transmitted "superbug"?

    Sexual health consultant Dr Suneeta Soni, of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, explains all.

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    Video caption: Sex 'superbug': A 90-second guide
  4. South Western Railway workers to strike on eight days

    SWR train

    Commuters on South Western Railway are set to experience a wave of fresh strike action.

    As part of the RMT union's long-running dispute over the future role of guards, members will walk out on eight dates between next Thursday and the beginning of September.

    The 24-hour planned strike dates are as follows:

    • Thursday, 26 July
    • Saturday, 28 July
    • Tuesday, 31 July
    • Saturday, 4 August
    • Saturday, 11 August
    • Saturday, 18 August
    • Friday, 31 August
    • Saturday, 1 September
  5. Day of action against unpaid trial work shifts

    Sarah Booker-Lewis

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Dozens of people are working unpaid trial work shifts in Brighton and Hove without a job at the end, a councillor has said.

    On Saturday a day of action is taking place to highlight and oppose the practice.

    Labour councillor Nancy Platts spoke about the issue at a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council at Hove Town Hall on Thursday.

    She said that bars, restaurants, night clubs, hotels and shops were all asking people to work for nothing often at busy times of the week.

    She proposed a motion calling on the council chief executive Geoff Raw to work with businesses to tackle the problem.

    Councillor Platts said: "It is degrading and exploitative. They are used at busy times such as weekends or busy days.

    "People work hard and want to hear if they are offered a job."

    She said that 221 people had responded to a survey about unpaid trial shifts, with 156 saying that they had been asked to carry out unpaid work. Of these just 72 were offered a job afterwards.

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    Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A20 Kent both ways severe accident, between Hermitage Lane and South Aylesford Retail Park.

    A20 Kent - A20 London Road in Quarry Wood closed, slow traffic and very slow traffic in both directions between the Hermitage Lane junction and the South Aylesford Retail Park junction, because of an accident involving a motorcycle. Congestion to A228.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Surrey - Lane closed on M25 anticlockwise at J10, Wisley Interchange.

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

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    Severe disruption: A22 East Sussex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A22 East Sussex both ways severe disruption, from Roebuck pub to Crowborough Turn off.

    A22 East Sussex - A22 Milbrook Hill in Wych Cross closed and very slow traffic in both directions from the Roebuck pub junction to the Crowborough Turn off junction, because of a vehicle fire.

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

  9. Warning after boy's henna tattoo burns

    Six-year-old Jo Stuart from Bearstead, Kent, had the tattoo painted on his arm at a shop in Crete. Two weeks later his skin became red and inflamed and he was referred to specialists at a burns unit.

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    Video caption: Warning after Kent boy's henna tattoo burns
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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, at J10 for .

    M25 Surrey - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise at J10, Wisley Interchange, because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

  11. Laser concerns raised over all-night music festival

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Police have raised objections to an all-night music festival seeking licensing approval amid fears lasers will dazzle pilots flying in and out of Gatwick Airport.

    Surrey Police have submitted concerns around EchoBass Festival which is due to take place overnight on Saturday, 18 August in Oxted.

    They fear it may also "give cause to crime and disorder", put people at risk of harm and they also fear children under the age of 18 will borrow ID or use fake documents to get tickets.

    The objections have been set out in papers to go before Tandridge District Council's licensing committee on Thursday, 26 July.

    An application has been submitted for a temporary event notice by organisers of the event. But police and environmental health officers have both raised objections to the notice being granted.

    The EchoBass Festival has been promoted on Facebook as a "night of magnificence" with DJs and music plus a "stunning display of lights, lasers and smoking shipping containers". It is due to be held in private woodland off Barrow Green Road.

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    Severe accident: A229 Kent southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A229 Kent southbound severe accident, between M2 J3 Chatham and Lower Warren Road.

    A229 Kent - A229 Bluebell Hill in Blue Bell Hill closed and queuing traffic southbound between Chatham and the Lower Warren Road junction, because of a serious accident involving two motorcycles and a car.

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

  13. Council to borrow £640,000 for cemetery extension

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Worthing Borough Council has agreed to borrow £640,000 to pay for an extension to Durrington Cemetery.

    The need to expand the cemetery has been on the council's radar since 2013, when an initial bid for capital was approved.

    It has been estimated that the Findon Road site has between six to nine months left before it is full.

    The original plan was to complete the expansion in phases over a number of years, with the first phase costing £300,000 and the second costing £200,000.

    The money for the first phase was included in the 2015/16 Capital Investment Programme. At a meeting of the council on Tuesday, members were told that the plan now was to complete the work in one go.

    The project will cost £800,000 to complete, plus £27,000 for landscaping and planting and an estimated £75,500 for consultant and engineer fees.

    With £262,180 still in the pot, that leaves a shortall of £640,320. The shortfall cannot be funded from resources currently in the Capital Investment Programme and the council accepted a recommendation from the joint strategic committee to borrow the money.

  14. Separating siblings in care 'traumatising'

    A county councillor fears separating brothers and sisters once they enter the care system is "traumatising" them.

    Conservative councillor Michael Northey raised his concerns after a council report disclosed that 15% of sibling groups were separated during adoption in May.

    The report found six sibling groups that were in the care system were not placed in the same home together.

    At the multi-agency forum about children in care, Mr Northey shared his concerns about the lasting impact on young people being away from their families.

    The retired secondary school teacher said: "I think it's always been assumed it's the normal thing keeping siblings together.

    "Separating someone who has been taken away from their family then from their brother and sisters strikes me as adding trauma on trauma, I'm really worried about the whole thing."

    Head of fostering at Kent County Council, Caroline Smith, assured Mr Northey siblings will always remain in contact throughout their childhood despite living apart.

    She explained the service always prioritises the longer term outcomes of every child on a case by case basis and they try to keep brothers and sisters together when possible.

    Director of Integrated services, Sarah Hammond, explained how at times the decision to keep siblings apart is made in court.

    Currently Kent County Council is recruiting foster carers - particularly those who can accommodate large groups to prevent families being separated.

    There are 120 foster carer vacancies across the county.