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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."

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

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

Photo of suspect issued after woman's skull is fractured

Peter O’Brien, 22,
Metropolitan Police

Police have released images of a man wanted in connection with an attack on a woman which left her with a fractured skull.

Peter O’Brien, 22, is wanted in connection with the robbery and assault of a woman in Greenwich in July where the female victim was punched and strangled.

Officers believe Mr O’Brien is also wanted for an attempted murder and arson that occurred in West Kingsdown, Kent on 19 August. A man sustained serious head injuries during the incident.

He is also wanted in connection to the supply of class A drugs.

Mr O'Brien is known to frequent Charlton, Woolwich, Eltham and Kidbrooke, as well as Gravesend and West Kingsdown in Kent.

Members of the public are advised not to approach Mr O’Brien.

Restructuring plans for healthcare provision

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

A health boss has been criticised by councillors after saying an east Kent town had become a “beacon” for GP healthcare provision across the county.

Kent County Council’s health reform and public health cabinet committee was told a number of general practices in Thanet have “merged into bigger practices” to cope with staff shortages and “maximise productivity”.

Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s chief executive, Glenn Douglas, said: “The way GPs have been organised in Thanet is a model that could be used elsewhere.”

If approved, Kent’s eight existing clinical commissioning groups would be converted into a single authority.

More than 40 primary care networks would also be set up, enabling local GPs to work more closely with each other and provide “extended” services that individual GPs struggle to deal with alone.

Extra policing for a no-deal Brexit

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

More than 300 police officers and staff will be deployed in Kent on a daily basis in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Nearly half of these, 140 officers and staff, will come from other counties.

Up to 100 Highways England officials will also provide support, according to Ch Con Alan Pughsley.

Police will be tasked to manage any disruption resulting from congestion at Eurotunnel, motorways and east Kent’s ports.

They will also support local councils with the enforcement of traffic management plans, such as Operation Brock.

Lorries at Port of Dover
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Increase in complaints against Kent County Council

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

The number of complaints made against a council service has risen by around 45% in the last four years.

New figures show 780 people submitted complaints to Kent County Council about its adult social care service between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

A KCC report reveals the number has grown since 2015, when the local authority received 538 complaints between April 2014 and 31 March 2015.

The data was released as part of an annual report ahead of Friday's KCC adult social care cabinet meeting at Maidstone County Hall.

Several factors have been cited for contributing to the 12-month rise, including a growth in the number of council enquiries and significant increase in the number of complaints relating to the blue badge service, with 76 received.

The complaints related to different themes, including frustrations about poor communication, charging disputes, and staff conduct and behaviour.

KCC’s official disclosure also shows that 39% of complaints were not responded to in time, between 1 April 2018 and 31 March.

Extra training is currently being organised for KCC staff to help tackle this, the report adds.

Care home closure 'a mistake'

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

A decision to close Wayfarers care home in Sandwich is a "mistake", Kent County Council’s adult social care cabinet committee has been told.

The home’s 14 elderly residents will be relocated over the next few months, some to an unused wing of Westbrook House, 13 miles away near Margate, but others could move to alternative care or family homes.

Conservative councillor Sue Chandler told the committee the retention of Wayfarers was “not the right way forward” but Labour's John Burden disagreed, saying: “To give up the unit is a mistake.”

The future of the council-owned facility has been considered on at least three occasions since October 2010 but two failed attempts have been made to sell the home.

Since 2015, Wayfarers has seen a sharp drop in the numbers of residents using the care home.

The care home also lacks en-suite facilities and the unit cost of Wayfarers is about three times higher than the average unit cost in Dover.

Preview: The Channel Tunnel - What Goes Around

We see how Eurotunnel is coping with older staff retiring and new recruits coming in.
After 25 years in business, Eurotunnel is at a junction, with many of its staff facing retirement and new recruits being drafted in. And the next batch of wannabe shuttle drivers has just arrived for the first round of testing. But the tests are ruthless, with a 90% fail rate, so who will make it through? Meanwhile, inside the world’s biggest train shed in Calais, we see how maintenance teams keep the locomotives running. And in Folkestone we meet the UK team hard at work in the slightly smaller UK shed.

Preview: The Channel Tunnel - The Initial Idea

We meet the people who keep the busiest railway system in the world going, 24 hours a day.
The Channel Tunnel has been open for 25 years. Every day it transports thousands of people and millions of products between England and France, with its trains travelling further under water than in any other tunnel in the world. But while building the tunnel was an epic achievement, keeping this vital artery flowing is a constant, never-ending challenge.

We meet the people who keep the busiest railway system in the world going, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’ll see what it takes to keep the Calais and Folkestone terminals flowing and how Anglo-French ingenuity overcomes all kinds of problems at both ends. 

We'll visit parts of the tunnel that we don’t normally see as we get deep down and dirty with the tunnel maintenance teams, seeing and hearing exactly what goes on behind the scenes to keep the power running and the trains moving.

Staff shortages blamed for missed antenatal health checks

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

County Hall

Staff shortages have been blamed for the low number of Kent mothers receiving face-to-face antenatal contact with the local health visiting service.

It allows doctors or midwives to treat future mothers and prevent potential health problems during the course of pregnancy.

A total of 1,349 face-to-face antenatal appointments were carried out by Kent County Council (KCC) staff between 31 March and 30 June, but that accounts for just 33% of around 4,000 health checks due.

KCC says service delivery continues to “prove challenging” due to insufficient staffing levels, but first time mothers and vulnerable families have been prioritised for such visits, its health reform and public health cabinet was told.

Stalemate over new 'super hospital' is a 'mini brexit'

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

The ongoing stalemate over plans to build a new super hospital in East Kent has been described as a “miniature Brexit”.

Kent county councillor Ian Thomas made the comment on Tuesday amid a public debate about the lack of progress being made towards the development of a new major health facility in the city.

Top clinicians continue to consider whether to centralise health care in East Kent by creating a sole A&E centre in the city, which could result in the closure of two other hospitals – William Harvey in Ashford, and QEQM in Margate.

Outgoing Kent County Council leader, Paul Carter, told the health reform and public health cabinet committee the existing Kent and Canterbury hospital was “unfit” for purpose due to recruitment issues and rising maintenance costs.

One option on the table includes having specialist services and a major trauma unit in Ashford.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously revealed the NHS will receive a £1.8bn cash injection, but no new capital projects in East Kent have been earmarked for funding so far.

Developer, Mark Quinn, offered to build the shell of the Canterbury super hospital in 2017 in exchange for permission to create 2,000 homes, but it is believed more investment will be needed.

Preview: The Channel Tunnel - At the Double

How teams on both sides of the Channel work to keep tourists and truckers moving.
With up to 400 trains a day running on its 62 miles of track, the Channel Tunnel is the busiest railway system in the world. This episode shows how the English and French teams work on both sides of the channel to keep the tourists and truckers moving.

Police focus on county lines drug gangs

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Nearly £4m of illegal cash has been seized by police officers in Kent over the last 18 months, with just over £1m and €23,000 recovered from criminals over the last five months.

Meanwhile, £2.8m and €239,625 was seized between April 2018 and April this year, a police report shows.

Kent chief constable, Alan Pughsley, said additional police numbers had enabled the force to commit to tackling organised crime, including county lines drugs gangs.

Speaking to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner’s performance and delivery board he said: “We continue to look at why [criminals] do this and the main reason they do it is to get cash for themselves.”

More than £200,000 worth of drugs and and other “paraphernalia” were found in a steroid factory in Dover in July, the police and crime commissioner, Matthew Scott, and his team, were told.

Despite the recent successes, Mr Pughsley said: “County lines is certainly a problem we have to continue to focus on.”

Thomas Cook holiday makers 'held over a barrel'

Pauline Bailey on holiday
Pauline Bailey

A Kent woman on holiday in Spain says she has been forced to pay for her hotel room all over again, after travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed.

Pauline Bailey said she had just got out of the hotel swimming pool in Almeria in Spain when staff told her she would not be allowed to return to her room.

She told BBC Radio Kent she had paid in full for her holiday with Thomas Cook about six months ago.

"They'd locked the rooms of all the Thomas Cook people," she said.

She said staff had to let her into her room to retrieve her credit cards.

"We're here for ten days and we've had to pay for the ten days.

"There's a couple at the hotel who have a little one who couldn't afford to do it. They were in tears. I don't know what happened to them since."

She said Thomas Cook staff told her holidaymakers in about 60 rooms had been asked to pay again by the hotel.

"You're held over a barrel. What choice do you have?"

She is due to return to the UK on Saturday.

"We're assured that's going to be OK, but we may not be going back to Gatwick."

More police officers in bid to be 'best force'

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Police lamp
Kent Police

Nearly 200 police officers could be recruited in Kent before the end of the year as part of an ambitious plan to make the county’s force one of the best in England.

A report by the office of Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed an additional 189 officers could be hired by January 2020, bringing the force to around 96% of its peak officer strength from around a decade ago.

It would mean an extra 450 officers will have been recruited over the last three years since Matthew Scott took over.

Additional officers could also be brought in as a result of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to put another 20,000 police staff on UK streets.

Mr Scott, who visited the Prime Minister at Downing Street last month, said: “Kent stands best placed among all police forces to deliver so let’s have our fair share.”

Canterbury city councillor Ashley Clark (Con), a former police officer, raised concerns about the need to retain Kent’s best officers, hire additional trainers and maintain diversity in recruitment.

Council pledges more support for gamblers

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

An increase in front line health services dedicated to supporting gambling addicts has been promised by Kent County Council (KCC).

The authority also pledged to raise awareness of the issue of problem gambling among residents, district councils and licensing authorities.

Labour councillor Barry Lewis, who led the KCC proposal, described gambling addiction as a “crazy situation” and said: “Let’s not demonise gambling but the way gambling addicts have been treated in society.”

Outgoing council leader Paul Carter said he felt gambling addiction was "destructive” for individuals, saying: “The problem is being masked and should be higher up on the public health agenda.”