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  1. What the local papers say today

    Newspapers

    The Argus: Joy as woman reunited with dog stolen from outside Asda

    Kent Online: Fundraiser for dad who died on mum's birthday

    Get Surrey: Family of elderly woman killed in Thames Ditton crash fight for pedestrian crossing

    Chichester Observer: Anger at house plan dating from 1937

    Kent Live: The worst areas for anti-social behaviour and 'Asbo culture' in Kent have been revealed

    Brighton and Hove News: Long-serving Portslade nurses welcomed at the Palace

    Brighton and Hove Independent: Flats plan for loss-making hotel set to be refused

    Eastbourne Herald:Hospital trust taken out of quality special measures

    Worthing Herald: Timetable chaos ‘must be end of the line’ for Southern and Thameslink operator

    Crawley and Horley Observer: Crawley blind veteran to join D-Day anniversary walk

    West Sussex County Times: Neighbourhood warden scheme would ‘increase council tax by £17 per year’

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  3. Conservatives vote against electric charging points in all car parks

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Conservative councillors have voted against plans for electric charging points to be built in all car parks in Kent, claiming the idea was "too difficult".

    This comes after Liberal Democrats at Kent County Council launched a campaign for facilities for low-carbon vehicles, to reduce air pollution deaths.

    Liberal Democrat councillor Antony Hook called on the county to "lead the UK" in green technology.

    However, Conservative councillor Michael Payne proposed to "reflect the government's lead over the years ahead".

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J3 for A322 Lightwater and J4 for A331.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound between J3, A322 (Lightwater) and J4, A331 (Camberley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. 'Stealth tax' fears over garden waste

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Councillors in south west Kent are concerned residents may be forced to pay a £30 "stealth tax" for the removal of their garden waste.

    Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councils formed a joint taskforce to increase the rate of recycling in the area and save up to £2.5m.

    The south west Kent joint waste project aims to increase recycling by up to 50% by introducing weekly collections of food waste caddies, with green and black bins emptied on alternating fortnights.

    But councillor Seán Holden told county councillors on Tuesday this would include a £30 charge for the collection of garden waste.

    However, councillor Claire Bell told the environment and transport cabinet committee that residents in Ashford are already being charged for this service and there has been an increased take up of the bins despite the recent increase in price.

    Yet she added this may be because Ashford Borough Council boasts the cheapest council tax in the county.

  6. Paperwork failure could mean compensation payouts

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Kent County Council could be forced to pay disabled people thousands of pounds by the European Court of Human Rights due to a failure to complete paper work.

    The authority faces a backlog of more than 4,000 safeguard applications for hospitals and care homes to look after people who lack the mental capacity.

    Without these Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, courts could find KCC guilty of depriving someone's liberty and be forced to pay compensation.

    To tackle this nationwide problem, councillors approved plans today to spend £1.5m for contractors to catch up with the shortfall over the next two years.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J3 for A322 Lightwater.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 London-bound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Police search for wanted Sussex woman

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Danielle Saunders

    Police are searching for a wanted woman from Brighton.

    Danielle Saunders, 29, of Bolney Road is wanted for failing to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court for a shoplifting offence.

    Sussex Police has asked anyone with any information about Ms Saunders to contact them.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

    M25 Surrey - One lane blocked on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Three teens arrested after cash machine smashed

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Damaged cash machine

    Three teenagers have been arrested after a cash machine was smashed in Broadstairs.

    Kent Police received a report of a machine being vandalized outside a supermarket in Hopeville Avenue at around 01:00 BST today.

    The cash machine was damaged and the screen was smashed although nothing was reported stolen.

    A 14-year-old boy and two girls aged 12 and 13, from Margate, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage just before 06:00 BST.

    All three remain in custody while the investigation continues.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A249 Kent southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A249 Kent southbound severe disruption, at B2006.

    A249 Kent - A249 Maidstone Road in Bobbing entry slip road closed and very slow traffic southbound at Bobbing Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, between J9A for A23 Airport Way and M23 J9.

    M23 West Sussex - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M23 Gatwick Spur Road southbound between J9a A23 Airport Way and M23 J9, Gatwick Airport, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  13. Sussex beachgoers criticise lack of lifeguards

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Beachgoers in East Sussex have criticised the lack of lifeguards on duty during the recent warm weather. It follows on from the deaths of seven men at Camber Sands two years ago.

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    Video caption: Lack of lifeguards at Camber and Hastings
  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J2 for M25 and J3 for A322 Lightwater.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound between J2 M25 and J3, A322 (Lightwater), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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