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  1. Goodbye from BBC South East: Live

    Thank you for joining us this week for all your breaking news, travel and weather.

    Remember if there's a story you think we should know about, you can contact us via email, Twitter or our Facebook pages.

  2. Children centre managers told to 'engage' with council over closures

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Children centre managers are being urged to engage with Surrey County Council (SCC) over plans to close 31 sites across the county.

    Councillor Rod Ashford, lead member for leisure and wellbeing at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, met with managers in the area this week.

    Speaking at a council meeting yesterday, he said: “We as a borough are painfully aware that these cuts to children centres will have a direct impact on our own residents.

    “We therefore encourage children centre managers to engage as soon as possible.”

    SCC has launched a consultation over the future of its 58 children’s centres on Tuesday.

  3. Police urge public to report anti-social behaviour

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Police have urged the public to report anti-social, rather than simply sharing incidents on social media.

    Inspector Pete Dommett, of Sussex Police, was responding to recent incidents in Burgess Hill, which had been branded “horrendous” by Mid Sussex District Councillors.

    The council reported that children had been left “absolutely terrified” by the behaviour, with some who “desperately need counselling now due to the bullying”.

    Insp Dommett said: “Whilst we agree that the misconduct of a small number of people can cause a disproportionate effect in the community, often we find that many alleged events are reported on social media but are not reported to the police.

    “We urge residents with concerns to report them to us, and be prepared to make statements that can support partnership action or enforcement.”

  4. Asbestos dumped near Pyecombe

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Three bags of asbestos were among more than 21 tonnes of rubbish illegally dumped in Mid Sussex in September.

    The asbestos was left in Bishopsgate Lane and Donkey Row, near Pyecombe, costing the council £700 to safely remove.

    There were 74 recorded cases of flytipping in the district in the month, which is the highest recorded this year, councillors were told during a meeting in Haywards Heath. Since October 2017, 178 tons of rubbish has been dumped across the district.

    Gary Marsh, cabinet member for service delivery, said it was “far too early” to tell if there was a correlation between the increase and the introduction of charges to legally dispose of some waste.

    Mr Marsh assured members that Serco, the council's waste and recycling partner, went through all the rubbish to try to work out where it came from, allowing the council to prosecute offenders.

  5. 'It's not about me being vindicated or not'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd reacts to a report which reveals she was given incorrect information by officials during the Windrush scandal.

    She stood down as Home Secretary after admitting she "inadvertently misled" MPs.

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    Video caption: Amber Rudd reacts to report which finds she was misled by officials
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    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 eastbound between J3, M26 Interchange and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Plans for school special support centres

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Plans to provide up to 11 extra special support centres in schools across West Sussex are due to be approved this month.

    The plans were welcomed by members of the children and young people's services select committee, of the county council.

    There are already 26 such centres in schools across the county, catering for children with a variety of needs, including learning difficulties, hearing impairments and speech and language difficulties.

    Such units allow youngsters to be educated in mainstream schools, while freeing up much-needed places at special schools.

    A report put to the meeting said: "It will also reduce the number of more costly out of county placements for pupils in the independent and non-maintained special schools sector."

    The final decision will be made by Richard Burrett, cabinet member for education and skills.

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    Severe disruption: M23 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M23 Surrey - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M23 northbound between J9, Gatwick Airport in West Sussex and M25 J7 in Surrey, because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

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

  9. Jail for man who stabbed woman more than 40 times

    Michael Barnard

    A Kent man has been jailed after being found guilty of stabbing a woman more than 40 times.

    Michael Barnard, 25, of Lower Road, Hextable, received a 20-year sentence at Maidstone Crown Court today.

    Barnard, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted by a jury at the same court on 23 July.

    Detective Inspector Kaye Braybrook said: “Barnard was responsible for an unprovoked and truly horrific attack on a vulnerable woman.

    "He left her suffering appalling and life changing injuries and clearly had every intention of killing her.

    “His victim will no doubt carry both the mental and physical scars for the rest of her life.”

  10. New voices on BBC Radio Kent

    It's all change on BBC Radio Kent as Ian Collins and John Warnett take over Breakfast and Drive.

    Tune in from 06:00 GMT on Monday.

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    Video caption: Promo video for new BBC Radio Kent lineup
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    Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe accident, from J8 for Leeds Castle to J7 for A249 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - M20 partially blocked and queuing traffic westbound from J8, Leeds Castle to J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of an accident involving two motorcycles and a van.

    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, from J6 for B2235 to Clacket Lane Service Area.

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

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

  13. 'Football' war hero to be honoured

    Robin Gibson

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    On the centenary of the end of World War One, a statue to one of Kent's heroes is being unveiled at his former school in Dover.

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    Video caption: Statue to World War One hero unveiled on centenary of the end of the war
  14. Cyclist 'assaulted'

    Police are investigating reports of an assault on a cyclist in Kent.

    A man in his 40s was cycling on Main Road, near Knockholt, at around 10pm on 28 October when he was reportedly pushed from his bike by someone in a passing car.

    The cyclist suffered a fractured collar bone and was treated in hospital.

    The vehicle, described as a white BMW 1 Series, drove off towards Knockholt, police said.

    Kent Police have asked for any witnesses to come forward.

  15. Young teenager goes missing from Polegate

    Albert Warner

    A 13-year-old boy has gone missing from home in Polegate.

    Albert Warner was last seen on Thursday evening.

    Police say he was wearing a black top, blue jeans and trainers.

    Anyone with information is being asked to get in touch with Sussex Police.