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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, at J31 for A282 Canterbury Way Lakeside.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise at J31, A282 (Lakeside), because of an accident.

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

Leeds council to investigate 'nuisance' fireworks

A formal inquiry is to be set up by a council after complaints of the "anti-social" use of fireworks "year-round" in parts of Leeds.

Police in Harehills
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The city council heard that in some cases children were throwing fireworks at vehicles, and there were illegal sales taking place.

In the city on Bonfire Night riot police were deployed after fireworks were used as weapons in Harehills.

Some imported fireworks did not meet UK standards, a council officer said.

Councillor Amanda Carter said: "Nobody wants to stop the pleasure and enjoyment of fireworks but it is becoming an increasing problem about the noise and anti-social behaviour."

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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

M25 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 J5 to M25, Clacket Lane Services, because of a break down.

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

Moss Rose

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 Live senior football reporter

The English Football League says Macclesfield Town will face disciplinary action if the club does not fulfil its fixture against Crewe on Saturday.

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Severe congestion: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe congestion, from J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford to J1A for A206.

M25 London - Delays on M25 clockwise from J29, A127 (Romford) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, from J5 for M26 J5 to J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 J5 to J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a car that's broken down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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: Drug addict spared prison after admitting cafe break-in with partner

Kent Online: Man in 30s dies and two women in hospital after crash in Gill's Green, Hawkhurst

Get Surrey: High Court judge rules Guildford Local Plan legal

Chichester Observer: Silver Spitfire due to return to Chichester after ‘life-changing’ round-the-world trip

Eastbourne Herald: Claremont fire road closures having ‘negative effect’ on Eastbourne, says pier owner

Crawley and Horley Observer: Brighton murder probe: Police investigating Crawley man’s death arrest third man

Mid Sussex Times: New build for Woodlands Meed college site a ‘must’

Brighton & Hove News: Ten residents evacuated after ammonia leak by station

Hastings Observer: School in Rye closed due to issues with water

Brighton & Hove Independent: New Costa Coffee CEO is Brighton university graduate

Man dies in two-vehicle crash

A man in his 30s died in a crash near Hawkhurst on Wednesday evening.

He was driving a Hyundai on Cranbrook Road in Gill's Green when it was involved in a crash with a Range Rover at 20:05 GMT.

Th victim, who was from Hawkhurst, died at the scene and two women who were in the Range Rover were taken to hospital.

Kent Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the accident.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, after J4 for .

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise after J4, Orpington, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

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A229 Kent both ways severe accident, from A2 New Road to Howard Avenue.

A229 Kent - A229 City Way in Chatham closed in both directions from the A2 New Road junction to the Howard Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, before Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise before Clacket Lane Services, because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - M20 partially blocked and queues eastbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of an accident involving a car and a truck.

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

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, at J31 for A282 Canterbury Way Lakeside.

M25 Essex - Two lanes blocked and queues on M25 clockwise at J31, A282 (Lakeside), because of an accident involving. Congestion to almost J29 (Romford).

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

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A278 Hoath Way and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M2 eastbound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving a lorry.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, after J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M20 westbound after J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a lorry that's broken down.

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

Severe accident: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe accident, from A21 Sevenoaks Road to J4 for .

M25 London - One lane closed and queues on M25 Spur anticlockwise from A21, Hewitts Roundabout to J4, Orpington, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford.

M25 London - M25 lane closed on entry slip road anticlockwise at J29, A127 (Romford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Brentford Travelodge: Dozens evacuated from major fire in west London
Firefighters face "challenging conditions" as the fire engulfs five floors of the Brentford hotel.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, from J5 for M26 J5 to J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 J5 to J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, before J6 for A251 Ashford Road.

M2 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M2 eastbound before J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A1306 Essex both ways

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A1306 Essex both ways severe accident, from Lakeside shopping centre to B186 West Thurrock Way.

A1306 Essex - A1306 in Thurrock Lakeside closed and queues in both directions from the Lakeside shopping centre junction to the B186 West Thurrock Way junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for A22 to J5 for M26 J5.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J6, A22 (Godstone) to J5 M26 J5, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man who killed his father sent to secure hospital

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A man from Barrow has been sent to a secure hospital for "a very, very long time" for killing his own father days after being wrongly released from a mental health unit.

Jonathan MacMillan, 28, had previously admitted the manslaughter due to diminished responsibility of his father John on Provincial Street in Barrow in June.

Preston Crown Court
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Today two expert psychiatrists told Preston Crown Court that Jonathan MacMillan was severely mentally ill and neither could understand why he'd been let out of the Cygnet Health private hospital in Kent.

The Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, handed down an order detaining him in a secure hospital, saying MacMillan should never have been released into the community.

NHS England says an independent Investigation is under way but is "in its very early stages", and expressed its condolences to John MacMillan's family.

Rail staffs' appeal to track down three-legged cat

Guy Bell

Tripod
Southeastern

A train operator has launched a desperate appeal to find a three-legged cat adopted by staff at one of its Kent depots.

Southeastern staff in Gillingham raised the alarm on Thursday after noticing Tripod had not been seen for two days.

Nathan Dove, from Southeastern, said: “It’s really unlike Tripod not to make his presence known around the depot. We’ve checked all the usual places, including our yard, outbuildings and surrounding roads, but unfortunately have had no luck yet.

“He sometimes strays on to the train with the cleaning staff, and we’re wondering if he’s got on the train unnoticed and it has left the yard with him on board.”

Southeastern staff have been urged to keep an eye out for the errant ginger tom, who wears a reflective yellow collar and is missing a hind leg.

Staff are also urging passengers and vets to alert them in case he’s been found somewhere or has had an accident.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane blocked on exit slip road eastbound at J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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: Warning to cyclists riding wrong way down St James's Street

Kent Online: Gun seized after helicopter circles Rochester

Get Surrey: Passenger 'passes out' on 'very crowded and very warm' South Western Railway train

Chichester Observer: Detailed plans for 1,300 homes at Tangmere will be revealed tonight

Eastbourne Herald: Group of youths ‘throw stones and planks of wood’ at Eastbourne firefighters

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex chef stars tonight on TV’s Masterchef:The Professionals

Worthing Herald: Missing space camera launched by Worthing students five months ago found by dogwalker

Mid Sussex Times: Horsham school closes after virus outbreak

Brighton & Hove News: Hove boxer nominated for charity award

Hastings Observer: Hastings neighbours celebrate postcode lottery win

Brighton & Hove Independent: Taxi drivers ‘shocked’ after Brighton Station rank relocation

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A251 Ashford Road to J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Temporary closure and stationary on M2 westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne).

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

Hundreds of knitted angels descend on village

An angelic scene greeted villagers in High Halden near Tenterden when they woke up to hundreds of knitted angels hanging on garden gates and trees.

It is not known who is behind the woolly gifts which are spreading some Christmas cheer.

One of the angels was left on the front gate belonging to Sheralyn Hammond, whose teenage son Ben died suddenly in 2015.

She said: "Christmas is a hard time for us so it did bring a tear to my eye and a smile to my face to think that people are so kind and thoughtful."

The tags say "a gift of love" and "take me home" with the hashtag #AngelicHostofHighHalden.

Knitted angels
Christopher Rose
Five hundred of the gifts were knitted
Knitted angel
Christopher Rose
The knitted angels were hung around the village

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Queues on M2 westbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of earlier multi vehicle accident. All lanes have been re-opened.

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