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  1. Councillors back pavement funding calls

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Eastbourne councillors are to campaign for a larger slice of the county council's parking fees in an effort to do something about the town's damaged pavements.

    At a meeting on Wednesday, members of Eastbourne Borough Council unanimously backed a motion to lobby East Sussex County Council to fund an annual programme of pavement improvements around the town.

    Put forward by Liberal Democrat councillor Pat Rodohan, the motion calls on East Sussex to allocate at least half of the surplus funds from the Eastbourne Controlled Parking Scheme to the proposed programme.

    The motion had been inspired by local campaigner Marie Hennelly, who told councillors she began calling for repairs after suffering several bad falls around the town.

    She said: "Following three bad falls which involved broken bones I contacted several councillors about the dreadful state of the neglected pavements in Eastbourne.

    "A few responded, but there was no funding due to the cuts other than the maintenance budget, which is often used for patching here and there. That is not the answer."

    The scheme won the support of the town's deputy mayor Kathy Ballard, who seconded the motion despite her position traditionally being a non-voting role.

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    Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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    M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, from J3 for A229 Chatham to J4 for A278.

    M2 Kent - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M2 eastbound from J3, A229 (Chatham) to J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

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    M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, from J9 for A244 to J10 for A3 Portsmouth Road.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J9, A244 (Leatherhead) to J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of an accident.

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

  4. Man put into car boot and driven around Brighton

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are investigating after a man was attacked and put into the boot of a car in Brighton.

    The 22-year-old met a man he knew in London Road just after midday on 10 November, and got into a silver BMW saloon.

    Two more men got into the car which was driven to Tarner Park, where the victim was assaulted and put into the boot.

    The car was driven to a lay-by in Ditchling road, where he was attacked again, before being taken to another location in East Brighton, where he managed to escape.

    Tarner Park, Brighton
    Image caption: The young man was assaulted and put into a car boot in Tarner Park

    A 20-year-old man from Brighton and a 27-year-old of no fixed address have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and kidnap.

    A 20-year-old of no fixed address has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon, and a 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal damage and kidnap.

    All four have been released on bail until 9 December.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A244 to J8 for A217 Reigate Hill.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J9, A244 (Leatherhead) to J8, A217 (Reigate), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Congestion to Cobham Services.

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

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    Video caption: Seven people injured as car hits New Romney pub

    A 25-year-old man is jailed after deliberately driving a car into a crowd of people outside a pub.

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    Video caption: Cadet tried to resuscitate stabbed man in Crawley

    A cadet has said he tried to resuscitate the injured man and gave him CPR until paramedics arrived.

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    Severe disruption: A27 West Sussex both ways

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    A27 West Sussex both ways severe disruption, at B2145 Whyke Road.

    A27 West Sussex - A27 Chichester Bypass in Chichester blocked and stationary traffic at Whyke roundabout, because of horse on the road. Congestion to Portfield roundabout for eastbound traffic. On the roundabout.

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

  9. Amber Rudd returns to the front benches

    Downing Street has confirmed that Amber Rudd is returning to the cabinet.

    Amber Rudd

    The Hastings and Rye MP, who resigned as Home Secretary in April after admitting she "inadvertently misled" MPs over the Windrush scandal, is the new Work and Pensions secretary.

    She replaces Esther McVey, who resigned yesterday over the draft Brexit agreement.

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    Severe accident: A256 Kent both ways

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    A256 Kent both ways severe accident, between Northwood Road and Rumfields Road.

    A256 Kent - A256 Westwood Road in Saint Peter's blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Northwood Road junction and the Rumfields Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  11. Cremation prices 'to rise' in Thanet

    Dean Kilpatrick

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Plans to increase cremation charges in Thanet have been dubbed "very unfair".

    Adult cremations, which include use of a chapel for 30 minutes, will rise by 7% to £730 next year, if the proposals are approved.

    Independent councillor Edward Jaye-Jones told Thanet District Council on Thursday: "With the number of years of austerity we've endured, is it justified for us to increase the charges by almost 30% from 2016, given the fact that we've got a very, very low wage scale in Thanet?"

    Chief executive Tim Willis said: "Our costs do increase year-on-year quite significantly, and these prices reflect that."

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    Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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    M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, after J9 for A20 Fougeres Way Ashford.

    M20 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M20 westbound after J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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