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The Argus: ‘Conservative escapes hustings over a fence’

Kent Online: Police officer injured after car runs over his foot during stop in Maidstone

Get Surrey: Pet owner's beloved King Charles dog almost killed by Italian bullmastiffs in Farnham Park

Chichester Observer: Police 'desperate to find' two missing teenage girls — dial 999 if you see them

Eastbourne Herald: Anonymous cancer survivor leaves chocolates around Eastbourne to ‘share happiness’

Crawley and Horley Observer: Crawley family pays tribute to Brighton murder victim

Worthing Herald: Lost cat was living in Worthing rubbish chute for months

Mid Sussex Times: Hundreds turn out to hear candidates’ views on climate change ahead of the General Election

Brighton & Hove News: 24-hour off-licence ‘sold booze to street drinker after he walked into bus’

Hastings Observer: Man attacked with a machete in Hastings

Brighton & Hove Independent: Brighton pensioner jailed for having thousands of child porn images

Severe disruption: A3 Surrey southbound

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A3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, from A283 to A333.

A3 Surrey - One lane closed and queues on A3 southbound from the A283 junction in Eashing to Hindhead Tunnel in Grayshott, because of a break down.

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

Gym owner who helps the homeless calls politicians to action
A gym owner who helps the homeless has called on all the politicians to reshape the mental health service.
A high number of white squirrel sightings in Sussex is being investigated
A woman who records sightings of the unusual rodents found hotspots for them in East and West Sussex.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Police hunt women after stolen card used in Brighton spending spree

Kent Online: Rapper Stefflon Don's brother 'didn't need to' rob Yalding family 'because of famous sister'

Get Surrey: Villagers feel 'conned' by Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust over care home plans

Chichester Observer: Flood warning issued for Bosham and West Itchenor

Eastbourne Herald: Anti-smoking messages on loudspeaker at Eastbourne hospital to catch out smokers

Crawley and Horley Observer: Fears second Horsham dog dies of deadly disease

Worthing Herald: Lancing train driver given emotional send-off after 54-year career

Mid Sussex Times: Council boss Nathan Elvery has left by ‘mutual consent’

Brighton & Hove News: Father of the bride takes Coach House to court over cancelled wedding reception

Hastings Observer: Man suffers fractured eye socket in assault at St Leonards Warrior Square

Brighton & Hove Independent: Police name Brighton teenager who fell from Horsham town centre car park

Kent fire crews attending more incidents involving bariatric patients

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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."

Goat rescued from quarry cliff face

Guy Bell

Goat in quarry

A goat has been rescued by firefighters after it became stuck on a ledge about 60ft high on a quarry cliff face.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the RSPCA were called to pull the animal to safety on Monday in Small Dole, near Henfield.

A member of the public had seen the goat in the morning, and when it was still there in the afternoon, reported it to the RSPCA.

Firefighters used specialist equipment to safely rescue the goat which was then checked over by the RSPCA and the owner.

RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley said: “We suspect this poor goat would have probably been chased and that’s how he ended up in this predicament.

“He was standing on a tiny ledge and had been there all day, there’s no way he would have been able to get off it by himself."

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.

How will it look after the December election?
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.

Whitstable Castle Halloween Party
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.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Lewes murder: Man charged over Nicola Stevenson's death

Kent Online: Church faces closure after 900 years

Get Surrey: Major accidents causing hours of delays

ChichesterObserver: Sussex baby airlifted to hospital after she stopped breathing is to feature in national charity Christmas appeal

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man jailed for lifeboat station burglary

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex Murder enquiry: Police reveal identity of victim and make second arrest

Worthing Herald: Bomb disposal team called to Worthing beach

Mid Sussex Times: Mid Sussex General Election candidates officially announced

Brighton & Hove News: Former Brighton & Hove Albion trialist goes into Celebrity Jungle

HastingsObserver: Inquest into St Leonards hospice fire deaths to reopen

Brighton & Hove Independent: East Sussex lifeboat assists as migrant vessel is brought to shore in Dungeness

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.

Former 85-year-old Vogue model reminisces
Lesley began modelling when she was 25-years-old and says she met many famous people in her career.

Highways maintenance legal dispute settled

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter


West Sussex County Council has settled a legal challenge with one of the unsuccessful bidders for its highways maintenance contract – but won’t say how much money, if any, it cost the taxpayer.

Last year, the council was preparing to award the contract to Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd following what was described as "a successful procurement process".

Things were brought to a grinding halt with a High Court challenge from rival bidder Amey PLC.

A preliminary hearing was held at the end of April. At a recent meeting of the environment, communities and fire select committee, officers were asked for an update on the situation but no legal representative was present to give an answer.

When asked for details, a spokesman said: “The legal dispute between the council and one of the bidders in the previous highways service procurement has been settled by agreement.

“The terms of the agreement are commercially sensitive and cannot be disclosed at this time.”

Former 85-year-old Vogue model reminisces

Former 85-year-old Vogue model reminisces
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. 
She also worked with Vidal Sassoon, but "got bored" with Dior and went over to Givenchy. 
The special day was organised by her care home in Hindhead, Surrey.

Severe accident: A29 West Sussex westbound

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A29 West Sussex westbound severe accident, between A284 London Road and Baycombe Lane.

A29 West Sussex - A29 in Madehurst closed and it's slow westbound between Whiteways Lodge Roundabout and the Baycombe Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A3 Surrey southbound

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A3 Surrey southbound severe accident, at A333.

A3 Surrey - It's heavy on A3 southbound in Grayshott at Hindhead Tunnel, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Tag ‘banned’ in playground over head’s rough play fears

Kent Online: Co-op in Wye near Ashford targeted in 4x4 raid

Get Surrey: Suspected illegal migrant detained on M25 after 'waving at vehicles from rear of HGV

Chichester Observer: Police investigating after bus is 'hit and damaged' by piece of rock in Selsey

Eastbourne Herald: School run traffic impacts Eastbourne’s pollution record

Crawley and Horley Observer: Pedestrian ‘seriously injured’ in Horley crash

Worthing Herald: This is why the Rampion wind farm has been shut down

Mid Sussex Times: Warning over thefts from Sussex churchgoers

Brighton & Hove News: Man suspected of mini crime spree wanted by police

Hastings Observer: Hastings’ £25m fund ‘does not go very far’ towards fixing town’s problems

Brighton & Hove Independent: ‘Great concern’ as attacks on firefighters in East Sussex on the rise

Brighton teacher wins Star Wars board game world title
Oliver Pocknell beat 1,000 competitors from 20 countries to become world champion of X-Wing.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Abdul Deghayes murder Elm Grove: Blood found in car and on clothes

Kent Online: These are the new shops at Ashford Designer Outlet Centre expansion

Get Surrey: Royal Surrey County Hospital adds 100 spaces to car park for patients and visitors

Chichester Observer: No plan for further A27 consultation — but the fight is still on

Eastbourne Herald: Body found on Eastbourne beach remains unidentified

Crawley and Horley Observer: Crawley actress Ciara set to enter boxing ring in aid of charity

Worthing Herald: Amelia Bambridge: Family pays tribute to Worthing backpacker who had an ‘enormous zest for life’

Mid Sussex Times: Mountain challenge for Burgess Hill boy, 10, raises funds for sea turtles

Brighton & Hove News: Neighbours upset about risk to children as homeless hotel granted planning permission

Hastings Observer: Six people stuck in lift at Hastings police station

Brighton & Hove Independent: Sussex seagull lovers say no cull is needed

Consultation over plans to increase parking charges

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Northgate car park

Plans to increase some parking charges in Chichester will go out to public consultation after being given the nod by the district council.

A two-year freeze on pay and display charges was introduced in 2018 but some changes are proposed for April 2020, which could boost the council’s coffers by £320,000 by 2022.

The plans were discussed at a meeting of the cabinet.

If approved in January, there would be a 3% increase in charges at all pay and display car parks, while charges at two of the busiest – Little London and Baffins Lane— would rise from £1.50 per hour to £2 per hour.

A council spokesman said: “The aim of this is to encourage people to use the quieter car parks, so that usage is spread across all of the car parks. This will also help reduce congestion caused by cars queuing for spaces in these car parks and will assist with air quality.”

Season tickets in the city car parks would remain the same but in rural areas they would rise from £15 to £17.50 per month, and in Bosham from £17.50 to £20 per month.

Free evening parking would be unchanged.