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Severe disruption: A2 Kent both ways

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A2 Kent both ways severe disruption, from Bull Lane to Callaways Lane.

A2 Kent - A2 High Street in Newington closed in both directions from the Bull Lane junction to the Callaways Lane junction, because of emergency repairs.

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

Ellie Goulding receives honorary degree from University of Kent
Eleven years after dropping out from her degree Ellie Goulding is honoured by her former university.

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, from J5 for A249 Sittingbourne to J4 for A278 Hoath Way.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and it's slow westbound from J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) to J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident involving two vans and a car.

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

Severe accident: A127 Essex northbound

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A127 Essex northbound severe accident, near The Blue Boar pub.

A127 Essex - A127 Victoria Avenue in Southend-On-Sea blocked and queues northbound near The Blue Boar pub junction, because of an accident involving pedestrian.

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

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The Argus: Burglary at e-cigarette store goes up in smoke

Kent Online: Driving instructor hit his pupil with a ruler

Get Surrey: Plans for A3/M25 Wisley Interchange £272m upgrade published - but 66% oppose the scheme

Chichester Observer: Men try to steal doors of Land Rover Defender in Bosham

Eastbourne Herald: Katie Hopkins speech goes ahead in Eastbourne despite ban at other venue

Crawley and Horley Observer: Firearms and dog units used to seize 30 motorbikes

Worthing Herald: Takeover of Worthing’s theatres and museum could have ‘serious defects’

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath school praised for turning school around

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton hospital to open an urgent treatment centre

Hastings Observer: Hastings man ordered to pay £500 for not having dog on a lead

Brighton and Hove Independent: Armed police arrest men in Brighton primary school car park

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The Argus: Police car crashes in Bear Road, Brighton

Kent Online: 75-year-old with MS from Sittingbourne skydives for charity

Get Surrey: Youngest daughter of Surrey County Council's leader dies aged 21

Chichester Observer: Knife man arrested following Selsey pub incident

Eastbourne Herald: Man attacked while sitting in his car in Eastbourne town centre

Crawley and Horley Observer: Chief executive speaks out after Haywards Heath care home told to improve

Worthing Herald: Man banned from knocking on strangers' doors in Sussex

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath school praised for turning school around

Brighton and Hove News: Attack on arts education could stifle Brighton’s booming creative and digital economy

Hastings Observer: Bexhill man drove on busy St Leonards road while more than twice over drink drive limit

Brighton and Hove Independent: Help for refugees to find work in Brighton and Hove

Man arrested after suspected drugs haul

Suspected drugs found in magnetic pots hidden underneath a car have been seized by police in Dartford.

Officers became suspicious of the vehicle’s occupants while it was stationary in Sussex Road at around 14:00 BST on Sunday.

Following a search 300 wraps of suspected class A drugs were discovered.

A 23-year-old man from Ilford, Essex, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and he has since been released, pending further enquiries

The suspected drugs in two magnetic pots
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The magnetic plastic pots were found underneath the car

Bogus caller wanted by police

A man who called on homes claiming to be checking the water supply is being sought on suspicion of burglary.

Kent Police have released an eFit of the man who they believe has targeted homes in Deal in recent weeks.

He is reported to have stolen cash from a house in Dola Avenue during the daytime on Thursday, 27 June.

And at 16:00 BST on Thursday, a man called at a property in Pilots Avenue asking to check the water supply, but left when the resident asked for ID.

Detectives believe these incidents may be linked.

An eFit of the man
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The man reportedly asked to check the water supply

Measles warning after two cases in one village

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Baby with measles
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Parents in Kent have been urged to vaccinate their children and be vigilant about the symptoms of measles, after two people contracted the virus.

Public Health England (PHE) wrote to parents and teachers following two confirmed cases in Cuxton.

Dr Claire Winslade, a consultant with PHE, said: “Measles is not a harmless childhood illness as many think – it is extremely infectious, can strike anyone and sadly in some instances can have very serious long term and life changing consequences.

“The best form of protection against measles is the MMR vaccination. It is important that anyone who hasn’t already had two doses of the MMR vaccine contacts their GP surgery for an appointment to get vaccinated."

Symptoms of measles can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash.

Severe accident: A1159 Essex eastbound

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A1159 Essex eastbound severe accident, from Southend-On-Sea to Southend-On-Sea.

A1159 Essex - A1159 Priory Crescent in Southend-On-Sea closed and queues eastbound from the Southend-On-Sea junction to the Southend-On-Sea junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Manners Way Premier Convenience Store.

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Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 westbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving a jacknifed lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

A Gillingham man who is blind and deaf has lost his benefits after trying to find work
David Wilkins, who is blind and deaf, accepted an internship but returned to find his benefits cut.

Rise in special needs education causes huge deficit

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

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Kent faces a “dire” financial deficit of £14m for the cost of special needs education provision.

Kent County Council currently has a debt of £5.7m in this sector but it forecasts this will nearly treble in 12 months.

According to a KCC report, this is part of a national trend which has seen 74% of the UK’s local authorities reporting a deficit from the Government’s Dedicated Schools Grant (DGS) – the sum of money provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to support each local authority’s schools budget.

During a scrutiny committee Swale coucillor Andy Booth said: “Nationally it is appalling and for Kent, I would suggest it is dire.”

The DfE told KCC it must submit a recovery plan if its deficit is above 1% of the DGS - around £12m.

More than 30 local authorities have already exceeded the 1% barrier.

The deficit increase has been caused by a growth in demand for special education provision within Kent, and reduced parental confidence in special education provision provided by mainstream secondary schools, the committee heard.

The blind dressage rider competing against sighted people
How does blind dressage rider, Nicola Naylor, compete nationally and internationally in para and non-disabled events if she can't see?

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 - One lane closed on M2 westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingKENT DREW WITH WARWICKSHIRE

Kent 585-7 dec, Warwickshire 574-7 dec

All over at Canterbury. The players shake hands on the draw.

For both sides, it was only a second draw in eight matches this season. And Kent shade it 10-9 on points.

Although they failed to pick up a single bowling point, they did at least get maximum batting points.

Kent stand fifth in the table, 40 points clear now of bottom club Nottinghamshire, who could be even further adrift next week once they have visited leaders Somerset at Taunton.

The St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
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The Bears are now 23 points clear of Notts, who they must play again in the penultimate week of the season at Trent Bridge.

Warwickshire now move on to Southampton on their five-game tour of England.

They start their fourth successive away match next week against Hampshire before facing Essex at Chelmsford the following week.

Kent play again on Sunday when they visit The Oval, to face 2018 county champions Surrey.

Today's local news website headlines

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The Argus: Homeless men’s tents removed from Hove Lawns

Kent Online: Kent County Council faces further delay in recovering £263m pension stake

Get Surrey: Council 'faces £400k bill' after losing planning battle against homes near A22

Chichester Observer: Concern after spate of deliberate fires in Bognor

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man gets three year ban after drink driving in a busy local retail park

Crawley and Horley Observer: Couple lock themselves in bathroom during terror raid on Sussex pub

Worthing Herald: Worthing wheel: Work leads to seafront closure and parkrun cancellation

Mid Sussex Times: Australian adventure awaits for Ardingly Solar Car project students

Brighton and Hove News: Corn Exchange restoration builders go bust

Hastings Observer: Persistent thief who stole from Hastings shops is jailed

Brighton and Hove Independent: West Sussex and Brighton branches of Age UK in merger