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Thunderstorms move across the country as lightning strikes cause delays to East Coast rail services.

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Severe accident: A272 East Sussex both ways

BBC News Travel

A272 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between A275 and B2183.

A272 East Sussex - A272 Lewes Road in North Chailey closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A275 junction and the B2183 junction, because of an accident involving five vehicles. Diversion in operation - via Beggars Wood Road.

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

Severe congestion: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe congestion, between J3 for M26 and J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - Queuing traffic on M20 eastbound between J3 M26 and J4, A228 (Leybourne). Congestion to M26 past J2A. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe accident: A21 Kent southbound

BBC News Travel

A21 Kent southbound severe accident, between Cuckoo Lane and A262.

A21 Kent - A21 in Lamberhurst closed and queuing traffic southbound between the Cuckoo Lane junction and Forstal Farm Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to Lamberhurst Quater.

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

Virgin Atlantic plane

A Virgin Atlantic flight bound for St Lucia returns to Gatwick as a "precautionary measure".

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Queues at York station

People were told not to travel "due to the extreme weather conditions and signalling failure".

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Severe accident: M3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey northbound severe accident, between J3 for A322 Bagshot and J2 for M25 J12.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M3 London-bound between J3, A322 (Bagshot) and J2 M25 J12, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M20 eastbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to M20 J3.

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

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic eastbound at J3, A229 (Chatham), because of an obstruction on the road.

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

Man dies after ladder fall

A man has died after falling from a ladder in Hove.

Police were called at 11.25 BST on Friday to Brunswick Street West.

The man, who has not been named, was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries, Sussex Police said

His next of kin have been informed, along with the Health and Safety Executive who were working alongside officers at the scene.

Brighton burst water main repairs completed

Engineers fixing burst main
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Southern Water says that repairs to a burst main in Preston Drove, Brighton, have been completed and residents should start to see supplies return over the next couple of hours.

About 1,300 properties were affected by the burst main in the Fiveways area.

The company says it will "take some time to refill the network" and that an investigation about the cause will be carried out.

It also says that people who have been affected may see some discolouration when their supply returns but this will clear in 24-48 hours.

If that isn't the case people should call 0330 303 0368.

Speed restrictions on rural road denied

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

A request for speed restrictions on a rural road near Hastings has been declined by East Sussex County Council.

At a meeting on Thursday, the council's lead member for communities and safety Bill Bentley considered a petition calling for the introduction of a 30mph speed limit on part of Stonestile Lane - a rural road connecting Hastings and Westfield.

Before making his decision, councillor Bentley heard evidence from council officers and representations from lead petitioner Ania Sztopel.

During her representation, Ms Sztopel took issue with the results of a speed survey carried out on the road, which reported the road already had an average speed of 30mph. Ms Sztopel said: "Cars don't go past they fly past."

While councillor Bentley declined the request for speed restrictions, he advised Ms Sztopel to approach her district and parish councils to discuss whether she could apply for match-funding for the works.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J13 for to J12 for .

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J13, Staines to J12, M3, 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

Queues

Eurotunnel took the "unprecedented decision" to stop passengers travelling on Friday if returning that day or Saturday.

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Calls to keep roads open during cycle race

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

A request to keep roads open during the Velo South cycling event, or to only close them for elite cyclists, has been rejected.

The 100-mile ride, which will see 15,000 cyclists take to the roads of West Sussex on 23 September, was the subject of discussion at County Hall, Chichester, on Friday (July 20).

A notice of motion from Kate O'Kelly (Lib Dem, Midhurst), asked for the council to "take steps to minimise that impact by working with the event organisers to either abandon the road closures or introduce short rolling road closures for the elite cyclists only".

In June, residents in Plaistow and Ifold said they would have no way out of their homes for eight hours if the roads were closed, and Ms O'Kelly even asked leaders to cancel the event.

She told West Sussex County Council members 162,000 households would be affected, with residents and businesses having "difficulties going about their usual Sunday activities".

Her suggestion was not supported by most of her fellow councillors.

The motion was defeated by 37 votes to eight, with 10 abstentions.

Football stadium plans welcomed

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Woking Football Club's new 10,000 seat stadium will be the "jewel in the crown" for the borough, according to the council's leader.

The replacement for the Laithwaite Community Stadium will meet English Football League standards as the club begins the 2018/19 season in the National League South.

The outline proposal for the stadium and the housing complex that will fund the £10 million project was released just hours before councillors debated the plans, with members welcoming the last-minute decision to make the papers public.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for B2235 to Clacket Lane Service Area.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J6, B2235 (Godstone) in Godstone to Clacket Lane Service Area in Surrey, because of a broken down car. Congestion to.

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

Raindrops on an agave leaf

Mary Halton

Science reporter, BBC News

There's some chemistry to the pleasant smell of rain after a long, dry spell.

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Council's data centre relocation costs spiral

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

A scheme to relocate Crawley Borough Council's data centre to Surrey is more than a year behind schedule and has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds more than its original budget.

Plans to migrate the data to an outside host site were made in 2015, with work expected to begin by March 2016.

It was scheduled to take six to nine months to complete on a capital budget of £209,000 and £63,300 per year revenue.

A meeting of the council's audit committee has been told that the work has still not been completed and the costs, as of 31 May, stood at more than £700,000.

A report from the council's internal audit and risk management team stated that capital expenditure had been £461,980, with revenue costs at £426,303.

But some costs relating to other IT projects had been incorrectly charged to the data centre migration project, making the actual costs £703,668.78.

(Clockwise from top left) Robert Wilson, Geoffrey Packman, Arthur (Brian) Cunningham, Sheila Gregory, Enid Spurgin and Elsie Devine

Police will carry out a fourth investigation into the deaths of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

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A cyclist is left confused after a crash causes her to lose the ability to speak English.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J5 for .

M25 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J5, M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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, from J12 for to J13 for .

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J12, M3 to J13, Staines, 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

Rare tiger joins breeding programme

Achilles, a two-year-old rare Sumatran tiger has been moved from London Zoo to Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury to mate.

There are only around 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

Severe accident: M23 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M23 Surrey northbound severe accident, between J9 for and J8 for M25 J7.

M23 Surrey - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M23 northbound between J9, Gatwick Airport in West Sussex and J8 M25 J7 in Surrey, because of an accident.

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

Ellie Soutter

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Ellie Soutter, one of Britain's most talented young snowboarders, dies on her 18th birthday.

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Hospital trial in bid to reduce cancellations

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Medical equipment
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The hospital trust covering east Kent plans to move hip and knee replacement surgeries away from emergency departments in order to reduce cancellations.

Last winter all elective surgeries at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate (QEQM) were cancelled for four months due to high demand at A&E.

By the end of 2019 the trust plans to have four new modular operating theatres at Kent and Canterbury Hospital dedicated for in-patient surgeries while emergency operations will continue at the William Harvey and QEQM hospitals.

In preparation for this change, planned hip and knee replacements currently undertaken in Ashford will move to Canterbury.

However spine surgery, day case surgery, trauma planned shoulder, foot and ankle operations will remain at the William Harvey hospital.

Deputy chief executive at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Liz Shutler, said: "It will help with speed of access for patients and ensure people get their operations and hopefully their outcomes will improve."

Glenfarg reservoir

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland's environment correspondent

It will take a month of exceptional rainfall to get back to near-normal levels according to the latest report.

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Hundreds of properties affected by Brighton water main burst

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Southern Water says more than 1,300 properties are affected by a burst water main in the Fiveways area of Brighton.

The burst is on Preston Drove.

The company says it is currently digging down to expose the pipe to find out the scale of the problem.

It says the repair has been hampered by several parked cars they were unable to move without the help of the police.

Blenheim Palace

Dry weather exposes parch marks in the shape of the garden that was dismantled in the 18th Century.

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BreakingChessington will not open today after a burst water main

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Chessington World of Adventures has announced that it will not open today after a burst water pipe in the local area.

Tickets for today will be valid at Thorpe Park and Legoland.

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Burst water main affects water supplies in Brighton

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Southern Water is dealing with a burst water main in Preston Drove in the Fiveways area of Brighton, which is affecting supplies in the area.

It is liaising with police to clear the road so they can get engineers to work on the problem.

The company says it will probably be early afternoon before water is restored.

Today's local news website headlines

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The Argus: Burst pipe leaves many without water on hottest day of year

Kent Online: Boat destroyed in fire at Ramsgate Marina

Get Surrey: Oxted snowboard champion Ellie Soutter dies on 18th birthday

Chichester Observer: Council appeals for register of home-schooled children

Hastings Observer: Electrical safety warning after Hastings house fire

Sussex Express: Aerial photos show sheer scale of damage to fire-ravaged fields

Brighton and Hove News: Hove man bottled in face on Brighton seafront

Crawley and Horley Observer: Fire at Crawley pub

West Sussex County Times: Ice rink ‘will not return to Horsham Park this year’

Mid Sussex Times: Good Samaritan speaks out after dog rescue video goes viral

Worthing Herald: Decision on new industrial units at Shoreham Airport postponed

Brighton and Hove Independent: Shake up for Labour as senior figures are not selected to stand for council in 2019

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne sells out of fans in summer heatwave

UK heatwave: How to water a showground

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Drone shots have captured the parched Sussex countryside and the difference 10m litres of water can make during a heatwave.

Organisers at Hickstead showground have a special licence to take water from a river which runs through the grounds.