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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 - Lane closed 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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle and J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

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

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, from J3 for M26 to J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 eastbound from J3 M26 to J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down.

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

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 disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J5 for A229 Maidstone to J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's very slow on M20 westbound from J5, A229 (Maidstone) to J4, A228 (Leybourne), 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, between J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle and J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's very slow on M20 westbound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: A132 Essex both ways

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A132 Essex both ways severe accident, between Main Road and Ferrers Road.

A132 Essex - A132 Burnham Road in Rettendon Place closed and it's slow in both directions between Rettendon Turnpike and the Ferrers Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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

M20 Kent - M20 entry slip road partially blocked westbound at J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a break down.

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 - 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

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, from J3 for A2045 Chatham to J4 for A278 Hoath Way.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 eastbound from J3, A2045 (Chatham) to J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an overturned vehicle and an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J2 for A20 London Road to J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound from J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit) to J3 M26, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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, between J9 for A20 Fougeres Way and J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and 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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for M26 and J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues for 6.5 miles on M20 eastbound between J3 M26 and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down. Congestion to halfway back on the M26.

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Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, before J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound before J3 M26, because of an accident.

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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.

Severe accident: A229 Kent southbound

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A229 Kent southbound severe accident, between Lower Warren Road and M20 J6.

A229 Kent - A229 in Blue Bell Hill blocked and queues southbound between the Lower Warren Road junction and the M20 J6 junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 westbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J1 for A2 to J3 for A2045 Chatham.

M2 Kent - Temporary closure on M2 eastbound from J1, A2 (Strood) to J3, A2045 (Chatham), because of a police investigation.

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's heavy on M20 eastbound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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Rise in special needs education causes huge deficit

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Child struggles with school work
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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.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, after J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 westbound after J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of an accident involving van.

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Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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

M20 Kent - M20 closed westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of an accident.

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

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 accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, from J2 for A228 Sundridge Hill Strood to J3 for A2045 Chatham.

M2 Kent - Two lanes closed on M2 eastbound from J2, A228 (Strood) to J3, A2045 (Chatham), because of an accident involving car and lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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, after J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M20 westbound after J9, A20 (Ashford), 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, after J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M20 eastbound after J3 M26, because of an accident. Congestion to M26 J2A (Wrotham).

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Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J2 for A228 Sundridge Hill Strood to J3 for A2045 Chatham.

M2 Kent - Temporary closure and stationary on M2 eastbound from J2, A228 (Strood) to J3, A2045 (Chatham).

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Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J3 for A2045 Chatham to J2 for A228 Sundridge Hill Strood.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and it's very slow on M2 westbound from J3, A2045 (Chatham) to J2, A228 (Strood), because of a police investigation. Congestion to J4 (Gillingham). Affecting traffic on all routes through Chatham, including the A229 and the A2 Rochester Bridge. Medway Tunnel and traffic on the Medway estate.

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, between J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne and J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 eastbound between J4, A228 (Leybourne) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down.

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

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Eastbourne Herald: Blood-sucking parasite warning goes out to walkers

Crawley and Horley Observer: Crawley police speak to woman over alleged racial abuse and dog attack

Worthing Herald: Family of man who championed Littlehampton celebrates his life

Mid Sussex Times: New Burgess Hill mayor aspires to help the most vulnerable in town

Brighton and Hove News: Astoria site developer modifies plans as new building takes shape

Hastings Observer: Reality TV stars in Hastings to promote national Catch the Bus Week

Brighton and Hove Independent: Derailed train causes travel chaos for Sussex passengers

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A2045 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 exit slip road partially blocked eastbound at J3, A2045 (Chatham), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J3 for M26 to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J3 M26 to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), 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