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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".

New British Hops

Sarah Swadling meets the brewers showing faith in British hops.
Spring is the season for Hop Twiddling. Sarah Swadling finds out what it is, and how it’s done, at Hogs Back Brewery’s hop garden near Farnham. Surrey was once home to hundreds of acres of bines, but now there are only two growers left, including brewer Rupert Thompson. He tells Sarah why he wanted to use the most local hops possible including the Farnham White Bine, bought back from the edge of extinction.

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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

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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

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.

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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

School children walking along a street
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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.

Severe accident: A325 Surrey both ways

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A325 Surrey both ways severe accident, from A31 Farnham By Pass to The Chantrys.

A325 Surrey - A325 West Street in Wrecclesham closed and slow traffic in both directions from Coxbridge Roundabout to The Chantrys junction, because of an accident.

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

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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

When are your local council results due back?

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Election count in Tandridge
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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

Three children among migrants detained near M25

Three children were among 13 Iranian migrants detained by immigration officials at a service station on the M25.

A group of people were filmed climbing out the back of a lorry in Clacketts Lane.

Police and Immigration Enforcement officers were called to the scene.

The Home Office said: "Thirteen Iranian nationals were taken into custody. They will be interviewed by immigration officers and their cases will be dealt with according to the immigration rules."

Clacketts Lane service station
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Firefighters 'missed out' on pension scheme

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

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A management oversight meant hundreds of on-call firefighters missed out on an opportunity to sign up to a modified pension scheme.

The “historic failings” discovered by internal auditors for Surrey County Council (SCC) are being investigated.

The “complete breakdown of effective governance” and “management oversight” has also lead to the Pensions Regulator having to review the breach of process and whether the county council is responsible for meeting any liabilities arising from the failure.

A report into how officers from SCC and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) failed to carry out an options exercise as part of a modification of the Fire Pension Scheme concluded the actions are a “significant concern”.

SCC says it is now “working hard to put things right” and it will act on the report to “make sure nothing like this happens again”.

The failings date back to 2014 and 2015 when there were about 200 retained firefighters (RFF) in Surrey.

Historically, RFFs were precluded from a pension scheme drawn up in 1992 for whole-time firefighters, but have been entitled to join the Fire Pension Scheme (FPS) since 2006.

Many of the officers involved are no longer employees of SFRS or the county council.

The report will be presented to the Surrey Local Firefighters’ Pension Board meeting on Wednesday.

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Hastings Observer: Gold-coloured hippo statue thrown off Hastings Pier

Kent Online: Police have launched a probe after five takeaways and a taxi were sent to a woman's house.

Chichester Observer: Man arrested after being found with knife in Bognor Regis High Street

Eastbourne Herald: Adorable lambs help students with exam stress at East Sussex College

Worthing Herald: Search for two men kidnapped and forced into van by group of men in Worthing

Mid Sussex Times: Sussex letter writer's tirade against men wearing shorts goes viral

Brighton and Hove News: Crystal meth gang supplied Brighton chemsex parties, court hears

Brighton and Hove Independent: The Big Lemon rolls out on-demand bus in Hangleton

The Argus: Woman bares bum in park as bad behaviour plagues Worthing

Get Surrey: Meet the UK's youngest ever solo pilot - a schoolboy from Camberley

Crawley Observer: Woman flown to hospital after falling from balcony at Gatwick Airport