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BreakingSouth East results

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Brexit Party: 915,686

Lib Dems: 653,743

Green: 343,249

Conservatives: 260,277

Labour: 184,678

Change UK: 105,832

UKIP: 56,487

South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Pupil workshops on reducing air pollution

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

School pupils across Surrey are taking part in workshops and being taught how to cycle on busy roads as part of a campaign to educate families about air pollution.

About 40 schools in the county are taking part in the targeted programme which also includes a theatre company visiting children.

Parents will then be targeted in June when Surrey County Council (SCC) takes part in an anti-idling campaign to encourage people to turn off their engines when waiting in their cars outside the school gates.

SCC launched the Schools Air Quality Programme in October 2018 and it runs until July this year after receiving funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair Air Quality Fund.

The programme aims to reduce air pollution near targeted primary or secondary schools in or within 2km of an Air Quality Management Area.

Flowers and singing halts council meeting

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Flowers and the singing of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” filled the public gallery at Surrey County Hall as protesters interrupted a meeting.

Councillors were forced to relocate to another meeting room on Tuesday as about 35 members of Extinction Rebellion Surrey stood singing in protest over climate change.

They had been protesting outside the county hall as councillors arrived earlier that morning handing out flowers and letters to members asking them to “act now”.

Some of the councillors wore the flower given to them in their buttonholes.

The group was forced to leave by council security when they interrupted the meeting.

Council leader Tim Oliver told councillors that he is setting up a working group to develop an environmental charter to include climate change issues.

He said: “As a county council we are clear as to our responsibility to our environment."

Surrey countryside parking fees could face review

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Scrapping countryside parking charges has not been ruled out after Surrey County Council’s leader pledged to review if they had not made a “direct contribution” to budgets.

Tim Oliver said they will review the charges in the autumn and if they could not “demonstrate” it had made an impact on finances for running Surrey’s Countryside Estate then he would “review the policy”.

The announcement will be welcomed by campaign groups who have been fighting to get the charges scrapped. The controversial parking meters were introduced to commons and parks across Surrey in July 2018 in an attempt to generate more income for the estate.

According to a business plan for the charges presented to councillors in September, it is hoped £378,666 is raised in income from vehicle charging for 2018/19. The profit for that financial year is expected to be £113,275.

The current annual cost of managing the estate is £2.1m, of which SCC contributes £425,000. The aim is for Surrey’s countryside estate to be self-funding and for the council to not be contributing anything.

The charges were introduced at Newlands Corner, Chobham Common, Norbury Park, Ockham Common, Whitmoor Common and Rodborough Common.

Singing climate-change protesters halt council meeting

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

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Surrey County Council's annual meeting was temporarily suspended when environment protesters disrupted proceedings, singing: "I'll be watching you."

Councillors were forced briefly to adjourn to another room after about 35 members of Extinction Rebellion Surrey, interrupted - ironically, just after council leader Tim Oliver had pledged to set up an environmental charter, to include action on climate change.

After being ejected as they sang The Police song Every Breath You Take - repeating the line "I'll be watching you" - protesters complained that the council was "not acting with the urgency required".

Activist Chris Neill, from Godalming, said: "We really don’t want to disrupt meetings but we have to do what’s necessary to draw attention to this very serious situation."

Earlier, the protesters had handed councillors flowers, with letters urging them to "act now".

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Kent Online: Self-harm at record level in Rochester Prison

The Argus: Lion and Lobster pub in Brighton to host beach themed street party

Get Surrey:Cystic fibrosis University of Surrey student studying to find a cure for her condition

Hastings Observer: Historic buses roll into Hastings

Mid Sussex Times:Warning over toxic caterpillars across Sussex which can cause a painful rash

Chichester Observer:Chichester community spaces given a £19,000 funding boost

Worthing Herald:Shoreham Airshow Memorial: Pictures show the story so far as the 11 arches are erected

West Sussex County Times:Thieves steal village brownie pack’s scarecrow

Brighton & Hove Independent:Fundraisers abseil for Blind Veterans UK

Eastbourne Herald: Road closed for more than five hours after serious accident on A27 Pevensey Bypass

Brighton and Hove News:Planning inspector overrules council on seven shared houses in Brighton

'Do not approach' murderer on the run

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are warning people not to approach a convicted murderer, who has gone missing.

Joseph Bagley, who is 66, was jailed for killing a taxi driver in 1978.

Joseph Bagley
Surrey Police
Police say Joseph Bagley has links to Surrey and Kent

He had been living in Maidstone after his release on licence for life, and was last seen in the town on Sunday morning.

He failed to return for his curfew.

He has links to Kent, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Scotland, and detectives say anyone who sees him should call 999.

I believe that he could lash out if he feels threatened, or that he is going to be returned to prison, so I am asking the public not to approach him."

Detective Inspector Mark ParrySurrey Police

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Kent Online: Russell Brand backs Gravesend artist Claude Barry

The Argus: Anger as rough sleepers pitch tents outside Brighton Town Hall

Get Surrey:Huge 54 metre long gantry installed across M23 ahead of 38-hour Gatwick Airport road closure

Hastings Observer: Restoration of former Observer building given boost as fundraiser extended

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath farmer saves fox cubs after car hits pregnant mother

Chichester Observer: Chichester man dies from pneumonia after fall at hospital

Worthing Herald: St Paul's closure rumours addressed by trustee

West Sussex County Times: Windows smashed in Horsham vandalism spree

Brighton & Hove Independent: Lancing woman jailed for violent homophobic assault after Brighton Pride

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne PC faces misconduct charges after person injured in 'drunk' argument

Brighton and Hove News: Ten seafront lanterns removed after corrosion found

Council proposes ban on anti-bird netting

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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In Guildford, netting was put in place to stop birds nesting so the trees can be removed

Cornwall councillors will be asked to back calls to ban developers from placing nets over hedgerows which prevent birds from nesting.

A motion will go to Tuesday's full council meeting, which is looking to prevent the use of nets on hedgerows.

Sam Tamlin, the Liberal Democrat councillor behind the motion, said the issue had been highlighted elsewhere in the country and that, by passing the motion, the council could prevent the introduction of netting.

As far as I am aware there have not been any incidents here so I am doing this as a pre-emptive strike. We do not have any control over it and it isn't illegal but we want to make sure it doesn't start happening here in Cornwall."

Sam TamlinCornwall Council

Earlier this week, MPs debated a petition, signed by 350,000 people, that called for "netting" to become a criminal offence.

Guildford council elects leader

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Caroline Reeves has been elected as the Liberal Democrat leader of Guildford Borough Council.

She was elected with 23 votes, beating Resident for Guildford and Villages (R4GV) leader Joss Bigmore who secured 19 votes on Wednesday.

Four Conservatives abstained from voting.

The recently-fformed R4GV received the backing of Guildford Greenbelt Group councillors, but it was still not enough to secure leadership of the council – which is under no overall control following the local elections on 2 May.

There are 48 members on Guidlford Borough Council, with Lib Dems holding 17 seats, R4GV 15, Conservatives nine, Guildford Greenbelt Group four, Labour two, and Green Party one.

Ms Reeves appointed Lib Dem councillor Fiona White as deputy leader.

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Kent Online: Kent's best beaches revealed

The Argus: Brighton man calls for Jeremy Kyle to be sacked after being on ITV show

Get Surrey:Over 3,300 Surrey families have lost money needed to live on due to benefits cap

Hastings Observer: Hastings man sent to prison for handling stolen computer

Mid Sussex Times: New changes to £65 million Burgess Hill redevelopment to go on show

Chichester Observer:Three jailed for Bognor Regis drugs supply after 2kg of cocaine seized

Worthing Herald:Ex-Worthing auction house could be turned into boxing academy

West Sussex County Times:Record numbers pound streets of Crawley and surrounding area for Run Gatwick event

Brighton & Hove Independent:Later licence for West Street nightclub Popworld turned down

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man fined for driving without due care and attention

Brighton and Hove News:Brighton man faces trial charged with two counts of rape

Nesting tower to boost declining swifts

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

A 10m nesting tower could be installed to boost declining numbers of swifts in Shalford, under plans set out by Guildford Borough Council.

The tower would be placed near a car park and recreation ground on the junction of Kings Road and Chinthurst Lane to allow up to 56 pairs of birds to breed.

Designs have been inspired by Romanian sculptor Brancusi’s Endless Column sculpture which is considered to be one of the great artworks of the 20th Century, according to papers to go before councillors on 22 June.

Nesting tower design
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The design has been inspired by a famous sculpture

Petition against changes to Surrey fire cover

Peter Stewart

BBC Online

Nearly 11,000 people have signed a petition calling on Surrey County Council to scrap plans to change night cover at fire stations.

Proposals include spending more time on prevention and educating residents and businesses about the risks of fire and to make changes to fire stations at Banstead, Camberley, Egham, Fordbridge, Guildford, Haslemere, Painshill, Walton and Woking with night cover being provided by neighbouring stations.

The service is also looking to “recover costs” from non-emergency call-outs such as freeing trapped animals and persistent false automatic fire alarms.

The consultation closes on Sunday 26 May.

But campaigners are concerned the changes to night cover will affect residents and firefighters responding to fires at night.

Less money spent by visitors to Guildford

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

There has been a fall in the amount of money spent by visitors to Guildford.

£232.5m was spent on trips to the borough in 2017 by overnight and day visitors, down 9% from the year before.

A total of 106,500 overnight trips were made by people from outside the UK, a rise of 3%.

There were 245,000 visitors staying overnight from elsewhere in the UK, a drop of 1%.

The number of people who visited for the day also fell by 2% to 4.8m.

The figures are in a report, prepared by Tourism South East and commissioned by Guildford Borough Council, and looks at the volume and value of tourism in the borough.

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Kent Online: HGV trainer still going strong aged 82

The Argus: Daredevil risks his life as he scales high-rise crane for 'selfie'

Get Surrey: Record numbers of people being admitted to Surrey hospitals due to being obese

Hastings Observer: Hastings man guilty of dangerous driving

Mid Sussex Times: Gatwick Gary: Man abandoned as a baby at airport finally traces birth parents

Chichester Observer: Sussex father's shock after catching a 2ft-long rat in his back garden

Worthing Herald: Southwick allotment holder in land dispute with ‘totally irresponsible’ council

West Sussex County Times: Warning over toxic caterpillars in Horsham area

Brighton & Hove Independent: New Labour leader elected in Brighton and Hove

Eastbourne Herald: Serious decline in performance’ at Lewes Prison despite special measures

Brighton and Hove News: CCTV released in bid to catch motorbike thieves

French firm completes Gatwick purchase

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French construction and transport concession group Vinci has completed its previously announced £2.9bn takeover of a majority stake in Gatwick airport.

The transaction was first announced last December, as Vinci took advantage of the Brexit-related UK stockmarket drop to buy a 50.01% stake in Gatwick.

"London Gatwick's integration into the Vinci Airports network is an excellent outcome for both organisations. Our synergies will lead to further tangible benefits for employees, passengers and airlines," said Vinci Airports President Nicolas Notebaert.

The deal makes Gatwick the largest airport in Vinci's network - a total of 46 airports in 12 countries - with a combined traffic of about 228 million passengers a year.

Weakness with SEND at Surrey council 'unresolved'

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

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An increasing rate of absence and exclusions of special needs pupils in mainstream schools is still a weakness for Surrey County Council, inspectors have found.

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) revisited Surrey’s SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) service after a 2016 inspection identified serious weaknesses.

They said “serious issues” affecting the attendance of SEND pupils remained “unresolved”.

The council said it would work more closely with parents, teachers and experts to uncover the causes of absence and to understand the impact on the child and their family.

In its report to the council, inspectors stressed actions taken since the 2016 inspection “have not had enough impact”.

Campaigners welcomed the report, saying the “lack of a coordinated plan to meet the needs of these ‘hidden children’ has been felt keenly” by families.

No more inspection visits will be carried out unless directed by the Secretary of State.

Three charged over cashpoint JCB ram raid

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Three men have been charged after a JCB was used to drag a cashpoint out of the front wall of a supermarket in Liphook, Hampshire.

The construction vehicle was abandoned in the middle of the road following the ram raid at Co-Op in Headley Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Two men, aged 29 and 46, from Guildford and a 33-year-old man from Liphook have been charged with conspiracy to burgle.

They are due to appear before Basingstoke magistrates on Thursday.

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KentOnline: Thieves steal hundreds of pounds from Wildwood Discovery Park near Canterbury

The Argus: The Old Market and Brighton Women's Centre team up

GetSurrey: Staines school to scan pupils for knives following rise in knife crime

Hastings Observer: Wet and windy start to day in Hastings and Rother

Mid Sussex Times:Burgess Hill town centre redevelopment: Residents invited to open day

Chichester Observer: Goodwood pilots to fly silver spitfire around the world

Worthing Herald: Adur Repair Cafe set for launch in Shoreham

West Sussex County Times: Broadbridge Heath bypass closes as downgrade begins

Brighton & Hove Independent: Trainlines between Worthing and Littlehampton blocked after person hit by a train - Chichester lines also affected

Eastbourne Herald: New drug cabinet provided to DGH by Eastbourne charity

Brighton and Hove News: Vine Street restaurant given alcohol licence despite neighbour concerns

Conservatives lose Guildford in Surrey defeats

The Conservatives have relinquished their grip on Guildford in local elections.

Earlier they lost of Tandridge council, a stronghold which has been blue for almost two decades.

The Tories also saw the Liberal Democrats take Mole Valley, where the Conservatives were previously the largest party.

It has left the Tories suffering their worst defeats in Surrey for over 15 years - senior party members have blamed Brexit and housing plans on the greenbelt.

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Overnight we have seen the Tories lose overall control in Tandridge, Surrey.

In Kent, the Conservatives have lost control of Folkestone and Hythe but the party has held Medway and Dartford.

These are the estimated results times for each county in the South East:

Kent

  1. Maidstone 12:45
  2. Dover District 13:00
  3. Ashford 14:00
  4. Thanet 14:00
  5. Sevenoaks 15:30
  6. Swale 15:30
  7. Tonbridge & Malling 16:00 -18:00
  8. Canterbury City 17:00
  9. Tunbridge Wells 17:00
  10. Gravesham Borough 18:00

East Sussex:

  1. Eastbourne 16:00
  2. Rother 16:00
  3. Brighton & Hove 17:00
  4. Lewes 17:00
  5. Wealden 17:00

West Sussex

  1. Worthing 11:00
  2. Chichester 12:00
  3. Crawley 16:00
  4. Horsham 16:00
  5. Arun 16:00
  6. Mid Sussex 19:00

Surrey

  1. Mole Valley 15:00
  2. Woking 15:00
  3. Spelthorne 15:00
  4. Reigate and Banstead 16:30
  5. Waverley 18:00
  6. Runnymede 18:00
  7. Elmbridge - Unsure