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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
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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


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.

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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

Tories keep Runnymede and Surrey Heath

The Conservatives have lost eight seats in Runnymede in local election polls, but still retained control of the council. Three seats went to the Lib Dems and three went to independents while one went to Labour and one was taken by the Greens.

Meanwhile, in Surrey Heath, the Conservatives lost 14 seats - nine to the Lib Dems, two to the Greens and three to independents. The Tories there ended up with 18 seats, the minimum needed for a majority.

The residents association have kept control of Epsom and Ewell.

When are your local council results due back?

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Election count in Tandridge

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:


  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


  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

Speed limit change could cut pollution

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

The speed limit on a road with high levels of nitrogen dioxide could be cut in a bid to improve air quality if the plan receives final approval.

The A331 Blackwater Valley Relief Road was identified in 2017 as a road that would continue to exceed EU nitrogen dioxide limits until 2023.

It is hoped that reducing the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph will cut emissions along the stretch of road between the A31 and the M3.

An outline business case has been approved by Guildford, Surrey Heath and Rushmoor councils and a full business case will be submitted to the government by 17 May.

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

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Hastings Observer: Sussex town is the smallest in England to still have a Mayor and Corporation

Kent Online: Former Tally Ho pub in Canterbury must be converted back from house to bar

Chichester Observer: Hundreds gather for open air baptisms on Easter Sunday in Chichester

Eastbourne Herald: Police and council respond to petition to dig up garden in search of body of missing Polegate teen

Worthing Herald: Dogs Trust Shoreham dog of the week Benny acts like a giant puppy

Mid Sussex Times: ‘Wonderful news’ as Mid Sussex charity awarded £5,000

Brighton and Hove News: Police ask public to help find Brighton man missing since before Easter

Brighton and Hove Independent: Fraud investigation as Brighton women lose thousands after being promised jobs abroad

The Argus: City clean boss hits back as union holds ballot on strike action

Get Surrey: Slow M25 and M3 traffic due to crash and emergency repairs - live updates

Crawley Observer: Gatwick based trust offers bursaries for children with paralysis

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Hastings Observer: Morris dance set to celebrate St George’s Day.

Kent Online: Migrant's death under coach 'misadventure'

Chichester Observer:Train disruption between Gatwick and Three Bridges

Eastbourne Herald: Two cars on fire in early hours

Worthing Herald: Police warn of 'disturbing hugging scam'

Mid Sussex Times: Stephen Lawrence Day - Police officers take time to reflect

Brighton & Hove News: Councillor speaks of 'highs and lows' in office

Brighton & Hove Independent: Meet the Sussex Police cyber crime head

The Argus: Man dangles boy over cliff edge

Surrey News: Dentist to face misconduct hearing

Crawley Observer: Our shared interest in protecting the planet

CCTV appeal after knife-point robbery

A CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with a robbery that left two women “traumatised”, has been released by Surrey Police.

A close up CCTV image of the man's face
Surrey Police

The women were threatened with a knife at a residential address in Bradfield Close, Woking, last week.

A mobile phone, tablet device, a handbag and its contents were among the items taken in the robbery, which happened at about 15:00 BST on Wednesday 10 April.

It is believed the suspects left in a taxi that was waiting for them in Guildford Road.

Police are now appealing for help to trace the man, who is described as Asian, aged in his late teens to early 20s, approximately 6ft tall, of athletic build, and appears to have a dark moustache. He was wearing a navy blue fleece zipped top and dark trousers.

Det Con Richard Pegden, who is investigating the incident, said: “If you recognise the man from the CCTV images, please come forward. The victims of this robbery have been traumatised by what happened to them that afternoon. They have been unable to sleep or eat since it happened.

Two men have been charged with robbery following the incident.

South East unemployment picture better than national

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Unemployment in the South East is at 3.3% according to the latest official figures.

Across the UK the proportion of people aged 16 and over not in work is at 3.9%, lower than at any time since the end of 1975.

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Unemployment in the South East is below the national average

You can read more about the national picture here.

Detention centre disturbance

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Brook House detention centre

A "tornado" team of riot-trained prison staff was placed on stand-by at Brook House immigration removal centre on Monday.

It followed a disturbance involving around 20 detainees who apparently refused to follow staff instructions at the G4S-run facility, near Gatwick Airport.

Brook House holds up to 508 adult male asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and foreign national offenders.

Two detainees climbed on to netting during the disorder which started in mid-afternoon.

Earlier in the day, a detainee was treated by healthcare staff after trying to kill himself. A second detainee was examined after concealing a razor blade in his mouth.

The trouble was resolved without the tornado team being deployed at the centre, which is to be the subject of an independent inquiry following allegations from 2017 that detainees were mistreated by staff.

A G4S spokesperson said: “Our team responded to a contained indiscipline at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre yesterday involving a small number of detainees which has now been resolved.”

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Hastings Observer: Hastings Street Food Festival to return in May

Kent Online: Anger as parking permit fees double in Canterbury within two years

Chichester Observer: Outrage over decision to demolish 'charming' historic Selsey home

Eastbourne Herald: Bid to transform Eastbourne’s oldest building into ‘high end’ B&B

Worthing Herald: Police operation at Worthing level crossing snares 10 people

Mid Sussex Times: Bomb squad called to Mid Sussex

Brighton and Hove News: Moulsecoomb playground reopens after parents raise funds for £70k revamp

Brighton and Hove Independent: Janet Muller killing to feature in real crime TV series

The Argus: Dealer used 15-year-old boy to sell class A drugs

Get Surrey: Huge house fire at Hamhaugh Island in Shepperton

Crawley Observer: Bikes stolen after hole cut in hedge to access garden

Fatal house fire in Stanwell

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

A body has been found following a house fire in Surrey.

Emergency crews were called to Holywell Way, in Stanwell, just before midday on Sunday where they found the property to be well alight.

Surrey Police said the fire caused substantial damage to the house, along with some damage to the neighbouring properties, which made searching the upstairs of the property difficult.

When Surrey Fire and Rescue officers were able to access the upper floor of the house a body was found. The next of kin have been informed.

The cause of the fire is unexplained.

Emergency call taken after earthquake in Surrey
A Surrey resident, who feared a plane had crashed into his home, phones police after an earthquake.