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The Argus: 'Large machete' wielding in 'shocking' late-night street fight

Kent Online: 'I didn't know about £1.4m of coke under bed'

Get Surrey: Surrey towns braced for two more days of heavy rain

Chichester Observer: Man arrested after 40 cars damaged in Selsey

Eastbourne Herald: Plans for special school in Eastbourne spark concern

Crawley and Horley Observer: Three-month Haywards Heath road closure ‘will have a devastating impact'

Worthing Herald: Worthing councillors blame rise in fly-tipping in the town on ID checks at tip

Mid Sussex Times: Former Burgess Hill man found with more than 2,000 indecent images of children is jailed

Brighton & Hove News: Brighton University to follow Sussex in considering strike compensation for students

Hastings Observer: Hurricane flypast before Battle of Britain pilot is remembered

Brighton & Hove Independent: Two arrested after reports of ‘several people fighting’ in Hove

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The Argus: Body discovered on East Wittering Beach near Selsey

Kent Online: Government unveils new motorway barrier plan to end delays on M20

Get Surrey: Tree toppled in Storm Ciara leaves dog's jaw 'broken to pieces' claims owner

Chichester Observer: Huge sea search off Sussex coast after woman enters water during Storm Dennis

Eastbourne Herald: This Eastbourne dad is running FOUR laps of Beachy Head Marathon – for an amazing reason

Crawley and Horley Observer: Police seize cannabis plants worth £1.2million in major Crawley drugs swoop

Worthing Herald: Children’s homes in Worthing and Shoreham set to reopen

Mid Sussex Times: Brighton balloon scandal is a load of hot air - just focus on Premier League survival

Brighton & Hove News: Bevendean bungalow goes up in flames

Hastings Observer: Hastings assault leaves man with broken jaw

Brighton & Hove Independent: Storm Dennis: These are the road closures in East Sussex

Pothole pledge for Budget

Earlier during Treasury questions, the Chancellor said that the UK has an "unbearable" number of potholes.

He's promising there will be more money to tackle them in the Budget - which is going to take place on 11 March.

The pledge came in response to a question from the new Tory MP for East Surrey- Claire Coutinho - who raised the plight of the county for earning an unenviable reputation as the "pothole capital of England", due to heavy good vehicles driving through the area.

"All our constituents would raise the number of potholes being unbearable nowadays," replied Sajid Javid.

"We have have already made clear in our manifesto that we will have the largest fund ever put in place by any government to tackle potholes - and there will be more details at the Budget," he added.

Hospital staff given bodycams

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

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ASP Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bodycams have been given to hospital staff to make them feel more safe around potentially violent and aggressive patients.

Security staff, casualty nurses and medical teams at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are trialling them in an attempt to deter confrontations and boost confidence among the workers.

The cameras attached to their clothing are not running the whole time but can be triggered by a button if the staff member feels the need to.

They have to tell the patient or visitor that the camera is about to be turned on.

A mirror image of what is being recorded can be seen by the other person as it is happening.

St Peter's Hospital
ASP Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steven Hill, non-clinical risk manager for ASP Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the idea came after staff highlighted in a survey about their working environment that dealing with an aggressive or violent incident at work was a concern.

He said there are on average about 23 to 25 incidents of violence and aggression – both physical and verbal – towards staff reported every month across the trust.

Workers in security, the Intensive Care Unit, Patient Advice and Liaison Service and Accident and Emergency across the two hospital sites have been issued 24 cameras between them.

The cameras are about the size of a small matchbox.

In the three months since the trial started there have been 24 pieces of footage recorded.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Young man died after falling from roof of historic hotel

Kent Online: Kent man speaks of life in Coronavirus quarantine

Get Surrey: Surrey hospital trust becomes first in country to appoint nurse to prevent patient falls

Chichester Observer: ‘Traumatic memories’ brought back for Chichester dog owner after long journey to have pet treated

Eastbourne Herald: Next Sussex superfood trend could be free and growing on trees

Crawley and Horley Observer: M23 smart motorway "will not open" until safety checks are made

Worthing Herald: Warning after "solid waxy substance" found on coastline

Mid Sussex Times: Beavers set to return to Sussex ... after hundreds of years

Brighton & Hove News: Fuel poverty leaves thousands to choose between eating and heating, says councillor

Hastings Observer: Hastings homeless captured in portraits as new seafront social project launches

Brighton & Hove Independent: Teens' quick thinking led to arrest in Brighton

Severe accident: A24 Surrey northbound

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A24 Surrey northbound severe accident, from A25 Reigate Road to London Road.

A24 Surrey - A24 (Deepdene Avenue) in Dorking closed northbound from the A25 Reigate Road junction to Deepdene roundabout, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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The Argus: Man died after falling 11-stores from hospital building site

Kent Online: 'More education needed' after 'super-fit' graduate's death

Get Surrey: South Western Railway 'not sustainable' says transport secretary Grant Shapps as long-term fear grows

Chichester Observer: Felpham deer beheading: Company will work with police

Eastbourne Herald: Flooded Hailsham road ‘needs a good tidy up’

Crawley and Horley Observer: County council paid £4million to unsuccessful highways contract bidder

Worthing Herald: Ford Airfield: First look at plans for up to 1,500 new homes

Mid Sussex Times: Body found in Broadbridge Heath believed to be missing Rudgwick man

Brighton & Hove News: Brighton security guard denies cat stabbings

Hastings Observer: Man dies after falling from window of Hastings property

Brighton & Hove Independent: Warning of ‘widespread disruption’ risk at Gatwick Airport as staff move towards strike action

Rise in unemployment in South East

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Unemployment in the South East rose in the three months ending November 2019.

While it remains among the lowest levels in the country, the unemployment rate for people aged 16 years and over has risen by 0.2% since August to 3.3%.

It remains below the UK average of 3.8%, according to the Office of National Statistics.

To read more about employment figures, click here.

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The Argus: Cancer patient's fears over mould in Brighton flat

Kent Online: £800 fine after can thrown from car

Get Surrey: Surrey named pothole capital of England

Chichester Observer: Victim of pervert Chichester priest speaks out

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man pleads guilty after women injured inside property

Crawley and Horley Observer: No trains to run between Horsham and Dorking for 5 days

Worthing Herald: Armed police and fire service respond to incident in Worthing

Mid Sussex Times: Watch driver ram Sussex Police car before speeding wrong way down major road

Brighton & Hove News: Woman run over on pedestrian crossing in Hove

Hastings Observer: Bexhill woman charged after charity box stolen

Brighton & Hove Independent: Sussex family arrive home from holiday with a scorpion in their suitcase

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The Argus: Motorist rescued as Storm Brendan causes chaos

Kent Online: School fines parents for late pick-ups

Get Surrey: GoFundMe page launched for teenager killed by train

Chichester Observer: Consultation into school closure to go ahead

Eastbourne Herald: Disability campaigners call for improved access

Crawley and Horley Observer: Dog waits 250 days to find a home

Worthing Herald: Singing group set up in memory of woman killed in collision

Mid Sussex Times: Sussex family find scorpion in suitcase after holiday

Brighton & Hove News: Two hundred and fifty new homes planned for Moulsecoomb

Hastings Observer: Woman injured as car overturns in collision

Brighton & Hove Independent: LGBTQ+ church collection supports Brighton HIV charity with bathroom staples

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The Argus: Gang's crowbar break-in 'like something out of a movie'

Kent Online: Proposed Cliffe Woods retirement scheme 'looks like prison'

Get Surrey: Hampshire tips £5 charge to be introduced for out of county residents

Chichester Observer: Six divers had to be rescued after the charter boat they were sailing on suffered a machinery failure.

Eastbourne Herald: Labrador stolen from farm believed to have been enticed by burger

Crawley and Horley Observer: Remembering when Crawley was hit by the 2010 Big Freeze

Worthing Herald: Worthing has had its second People’s Postcode Lottery win in six days.

Mid Sussex Times: Playground redevelopment in East Grinstead

Brighton & Hove News: Plans for flats above ‘at-risk’ pub approved

Hastings Observer: Hastings and Rye MP’s calls for action on rail improvements

Brighton & Hove Independent: Community rallies round Portslade school after vandals cause havoc

Police seek witness wearing Santa hat

Police have released CCTV images in a bid to find a man wearing a Santa hat, after an assault in Guildford.

Detectives believe he witnessed the attack, which left a man in hospital on Christmas Eve.

Police seek santa hat witness
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It happened in a car park in Bedford Road, about 03:20 GMT on 24 December, when the victim was punched and left with a head injury.

Bedford Road car park, Guildford
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The attack happened in this car park in Bedford Road

The man in the Santa hat was standing close to the incident.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released under investigation.