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Kent fire crews attending more incidents involving bariatric patients

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

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Fire crews are helping the ambulance service in Kent by transporting increasing number of obese patients, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio Kent.

In the past three years, Kent Fire and Rescue said it had assisted with more than 560 bariatric patients.

In 2018, firefighters helped to move 263 people, up from 130 the year before.

By 4 October this year, 175 bariatric patients had been assisted, according to official figures.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said the figures needed to be seen in the context of about 800,000 calls received each year.

"Across our region we treat a variety of patients, many of whom are managing long term and complex health needs.

"We have a duty to ensure we have the resources required to respond to the needs of all our patients including those who are overweight."

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BA system failure leads to flight delays

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British Airways passengers are being asked to check with their airline after issues with a flight planning computer system overnight caused delays to long-haul flights.

Gatwick Airport said some flights which were still in the air would be landing between two and three hours late.

An airport spokesman said there would be a knock-on effect for some departures.

No other airlines have been affected, he said.

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BBC South East's political editor Lauren Moss examines the main issues in the general election

Children in Need raises £3.9m in South East

It's been another great fundraising achievement for BBC South East's annual Children in Need appeal.

This year our party was held at Allington Castle near Maidstone.

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Whitstable Castle Halloween Party raised £250 through donations, a raffle, an auction - and zombie musical chairs

So far almost £3.9m has been raised across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Thank you to everyone who took part for all your fantastic fundraising efforts.

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M25 crashes cause severe delays

Rush hour commuters are facing severe delays on the M25 in Surrey and Sussex after two crashes this morning.

Highways England said traffic has been stopped clockwise between junctions nine at Leatherhead and junctions 10 at Wisley while traffic officers work to clear the scene of one collision.

Meanwhile, an earlier crash between junctions eight and nine at Reigate also stopped the motorway traffic. Highways England warned of two hour delays with queues stretching back 16 miles to J5.

The scene of the first crash has now been cleared.

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A former Vogue model has posed for a fashion shoot at the age of 85. 
Lesley shot to fame in the 1950s working in Paris with Yves Saint Laurent. 
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The special day was organised by her care home in Hindhead, Surrey.

Officers trained to help forced marriage victims

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Police officers are being trained to help victims of forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and honour-based abuse crimes.

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said although the number of honour-based crimes is not high in Surrey he welcomed the move to crackdown on “harmful traditional practices”.

Forty officers have been trained to guide and advise officers and staff when investigating crimes such as forced marriage and FGM, and more will be trained in April 2020, Surrey Police said.

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The sale price was £36m and the Official Receiver said this was the first sale of the collapsed tour operator's airport slots.

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Wild mushrooms to be tested after dog's death

Guy Bell

Epsom Downs

Samples of wild mushrooms have been sent for scientific analysis after a dog is reported to have died and several others fell ill in Surrey.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has put up warning signs about fungi that's sprouted up on the Downs, at Epsom Common and Nonsuch Park.

A statement on the council's website said: "Survival after eating poisonous fungi will depend on the species ingested, the dose and the time since ingestion, so it is vital that if your pet eats any fungi you contact your veterinary surgeon immediately for advice.

"We all know how curious dogs can be, and we urge dog owners to stay alert at the moment while these fungi are particularly prevalent.

"If your dog is a keen scavenger make sure you keep them on a short lead when you are out and about in open spaces, and consider a basket muzzle so that they cannot eat any fungi."

Owners were also told to avoid touching the fungi themselves.

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Shorts and t-shirts option for detainees

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner

Shorts and t-shirts are now being given to people arrested and held in police cells to help provide more dignity to vulnerable detainees.

The two-piece sets replace smock-type clothing that was offered but considered to be undignified for those at risk of self harm.

The new clothing issued in 2018/19 to vulnerable detainees is one of the changes imposed after volunteers inspected custody suites in Surrey.

Other improvements to how people are treated in police cells include making sure embassies have been notified of the arrest of a foreign national and more female detainees being offered sanitary products.

Surrey is said to be “leading nationally” with its treatment of females in custody with more than 80% of those asked saying they were offered sanitary products by a female officer.

Independent Custody Visiting is carried out by volunteers to check on the welfare of detainees and the changes made were highlighted in the ICV annual report.

Surrey Police has three custody suites in Guildford, Staines and Salfords with 15 spare cells in Woking.