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  1. Huge blaze engulfs Worthing block

    The blaze in Rectory Road
    Image caption: Ten fire engines were sent to the scene of the fire

    Fire crews have been working through the night to tackle a huge blaze in West Sussex.

    Roads were closed and people were told to avoid the area after the fire took hold at Rectory Road in Worthing at about 18:30 BST on Monday.

    Two aerial ladder platforms and 10 fire engines fought to control the flames rising from a block of flats, shops and restaurants opposite the Thomas A Becket pub.

    The fire service later tweeted that the blaze was "largely under control" and it would work through the night to damp down hot spots.

    It said most roads would reopen for the morning rush hour though some nearby businesses would still be affected.

    There are no reports of any injuries.

    The fire from above
    Image caption: Drone footage showed the extent of the fire
    The scene after the fire was brought under control
    Image caption: Fire crews have been damping down hot spots following the fire
  2. Goodbye from BBC South East Live

    Thank you for joining us this week for all your breaking news, travel and weather.

    We will be back after the bank holiday weekend, on Tuesday 28 August.

    But in the meantime, if you feel there's anything we need to know, you can contact us via email, Facebook and Twitter.

  3. Retail space to undergo redevelopment

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Plans to extend and redevelop a retail space in East Sussex have been approved by planners.

    At a meeting on Thursday, Wealden District Council planners approved plans for a series of changes to The Seed House in Bell Lane, Uckfield.

    The changes include plans for ground and first floor extensions to the building, dividing its current retail space into two new shops and a veterinary surgery.

    Three first-floor flats would also be provided as part of the scheme.

    Before making a decision, the committee heard arguments in support of the application from planning agent Oliver Neagle as well as arguments against from local councillor Claire Dowling, who raised concerns about the loss of parking spaces.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A225 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A225 Kent both ways severe accident, from Ship Lane to Cedar Drive.

    A225 Kent - A225 Main Road in Sutton at Hone closed in both directions from the Ship Lane junction to the Cedar Drive junction, because of two-vehicle accident.

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

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Waste disposal charges coming in

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Rubbish tips in East Sussex will soon start charging for the disposal of non-household waste.

    According to East Sussex County Council, its Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will soon begin charging to dispose of certain types of non-household waste - including soil, asbestos and tyres.

    While the principle of charging for waste disposal was approved by the council's cabinet in June, details of the final scheme and pricing were revealed on Thursday.

    The council says it will charge £4 to dispose of each bag of soil, hardcore and plasterboard, while tyre disposal will be charged at £2 per item.

    Meanwhile, disposal of bonded asbestos will be charged at £6 per bag or sheet. The charges are expected to come into force within the next month.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A23 West Sussex both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A23 West Sussex both ways severe accident, from Brighton Road to B2110.

    A23 West Sussex - A23 in Handcross closed and queuing traffic in both directions from the Brighton Road junction to Handcross, because of an accident involving a motorbike and a lorry.

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

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, at J13 for A30.

    M25 Surrey - M25 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic clockwise at J13, A30 (Staines), because of a car fire.

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

  9. Albion fans criticise 'ridiculous' flask ban

    Brighton and Hove Albion fans are angry at new rules banning flasks from the Amex Stadium.

    The club plans to ban glass and metal bottles from the stadium from 1 September for "safety and security" reasons, and to bring the ground in line with other stadiums around the country.

    But fans have branded the ban "ridiculous" and "petty".

    They say it will affect older supporters who enjoy a hot drink, and have accused the club of putting profit above people.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A229 Kent both ways severe accident, near Wheeler's Lane.

    A229 Kent - A229 Linton Hill in Linton blocked and very slow traffic in both directions near the Wheeler's Lane junction, because of an accident involving three cars.

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

  11. Council agrees to sell listed building despite protest

    Historians have lost their last-ditch effort to save a Grade II-listed building in Rochester High Street.

    This comes after cabinet members agreed to sell the council-owned Conservancy building as it was deemed to be "surplus" to requirements.

    Medway Council plans to sell the annexe of the Guildhall museum to fund maintenance of other historical buildings, such as the Corn Exchange.

    Members of the City of Rochester Society and Friends of the Guildhall Museums appealed to the council to reconsider this decision, which they argue would put free educational facilities under a "paywall".

    When the Conservancy building closes the council say the 8,000 artefacts will be moved to the Guildhall or the East House, which charges for entry.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from Clacket Lane Service Area to J6 for B2235.

    M25 Surrey - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise from Clacket Lane Service Area to J6, B2235 (Godstone), because of a broken down car and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

  13. Calls for police protection after assaults

    Police officers

    Campaigners are calling for police officers to be given more protection after more than a thousand assaults were recorded by Kent Police last year.

    On Wednesday the force released footage of a man throwing a 10kg dumbbell at officers - he's now been jailed for five years.

    According to the Home Office 189 assaults resulted in an officer being injured in the last year.