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Clampdown on suspects linked to county lines

A total of 118 people have been arrested in Kent this month as part of an operation to tackle the supply of drugs through county lines.

Between 4 and 17 October officers across the county targeted those involved in class A drug supply and other related offences including knife crime and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

The arrests came as part of a nationwide operation led by the National Crime Agency.

Kent Police worked with the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police to carry out a number of intelligence-led stop checks to vehicles, addresses and individuals.

Drugs and cash
Kent Police
Drugs and cash were seized during the enforcement activity

Kent County Council elects new leader

Guy Bell

Cllr Roger Gough

The new leader of Kent County Council (KCC) has been announced.

Councilor Roger Gough took over from Paul Carter after winning a four-way battle for the Conservative group leadership two weeks ago.

A cabinet reshuffle is expected and could see Mr Carter on the back benches after 14 years as leader of KCC.

Mr Gough was elected during a full council meeting at Maidstone's County Hall.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise in Surrey at Clacket Lane Services, because of a broken down bus. Traffic is coping well.

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

Paul records in Norwich Cathedral cloisters

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News online

A musician has spent several months cycling thousands of miles to record the sounds of the UK.

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'You can't hide £170m', lottery winner says

Neil Trotter

A man who won almost £108 million on the lottery says the winner of last Friday's Euromillions jackpot should go public.

Neil Trotter, who now lives in Kent, won the Euromillions jackpot in March 2014.

"I've always worked all my life so going from having to work to not having to work was a strange thing to adjust to," he told BBC Breakfast.

"I soon found out that sitting at home watching telly all day was going to be quite boring so I bought a house that needed lots of work,"

Neil Trotter

Mr Trotter said he had had help from other lottery winners and lottery operators Camelot, who said: "Stop and don't do anything straight away."

He offered some advice for the winners of this week's Euromillions jackpot. "If you want to live the dream which is have the house and the money and spend it you've got to go public.

"People have said you can hide the money, but I think £170 million is going to be impossible to hide."

He said: "It has taken me probably five years to get my life to where I want it.

"It has been a bit of a struggle adjusting to having so much money. I'm living the dream now."

Severe disruption: A233 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A233 Kent both ways severe disruption, from Pilgrims Way to Tatsfield Lane.

A233 Kent - A233 Westerham Hill in Westerham blocked and queues in both directions from the Pilgrims Way junction to the Tatsfield Lane junction, because of a car on fire. Diversion in operation - bus route 246 is being diverted.

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

Sunrise across Kent and Sussex

Guy Bell

The home counties were showered in sunlight this morning and photographers, amateur and professional, captured the red sky in all its glory.

Eastbourne's beach turned red and was snapped by B Fowler.

Red sky
B Fowler
Eastbourne covered by the red sky

Meanwhile, Eddie Mitchell captured the red sky above the iconic Worthing Wheel.

Worthing Wheel
Eddie Mitchell
Sunrise over Worthing
Goring sky
The sky shone bright in Goring By Sea

@Msiggsy was able to take a picture of the stunning sky above Goring By Sea while Iain Gowers was able to do the same from his home in Hove.

Hove sky
Ian Gowers
Ian Gowers captured this stunning view in Hove

Paddock Wood FC supporters were up early this morning to help show off the sunrise at the village's railway station.

Paddock Wood
Paddock Wood FC Supporters
Paddock Wood's sky was a sight to behold at the break of dawn

Today's South East news website headlines

Printing press
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The Argus:Number of bus lane fines issued increases by 774 per cent

Kent Online:Students are being offered free meals to commute between university campuses after chiefs struggled to attract new students to its Medway site

Get Surrey:'No evidence' of how Surrey Police will make £10m of required savings, report finds

Chichester Observer:Earnley Concourse fire ‘under control'

Eastbourne Herald:Two rescued by the RNLI near Eastbourne

Crawley and Horley Observer:Person who fell onto shop roof rescued in Crawley town centre

Worthing Herald:Downton Abbey star helps raise an Earl’s fortune at Chichester to protect the South Downs

Mid Sussex Times:Burgess Hill development for more than 3,000 homes given permission

Brighton & Hove News:Brighton pub’s bid to create new city centre roof terrace sparks fears of flying fag ends

Hastings Observer:Witnesses sought after ‘gunshots’ heard in St Leonards

Brighton & Hove Independent:Two rescued from house fire

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J5 for M26 to M25.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J5 M26 to M25, Clacket Lane Services, because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Video: The Channel Tunnel journey in 68 seconds

Take a trip through the Channel Tunnel in 68 seconds.
As the Channel Tunnel celebrates its 25th anniversary, the BBC has been given unprecedented access to life behind the scenes and beneath the sea bed.   

Normally it takes 35 minutes to travel from the UK terminal to the terminal in France.  

But, thanks to the first ever continuous shot from one side to the other, you can now take a high-speed ride through the longest undersea tunnel in the world in just 68 seconds.

New Conservative leader at Kent County Council

Roger Gough has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative Group at Kent County Council.

Paul Carter steps down as council leader at the next meeting of the full council on 17 October with Mr Gough expected to be endorsed as the new leader of the council at this meeting.

He is the Member for Sevenoaks North and Darent Valley and was first elected to KCC in 2005.

Mr Gough is currently the cabinet member for children, young people and education.

Roger Gough
Kent County Coucil