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  2. That's quite a trick with a small bucket...

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    This sandcastle took slightly longer to make than the typical bit of beach fun, but at least the tide won't wash it away.

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    Video caption: Sculpture of Dover Castle made of sand
  3. Tories keep control in by-election victory

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    David Lewis
    Image caption: David Lewis, Conservative candidate for Elmbridge Borough Council by-election

    Conservatives have retained majority control of Elmbridge Borough Council after a by-election win.

    David Lewis won Oxshott and Stoke D'Abernon seat on Thursday, 12 July with 1,297 votes - a 72% share of the vote.

    Dorothy Ford, (Liberal Democrats) won 463 and Nicholas Wood (UK Independence Party) gained 42 votes.

    The win means Tories hold 24 seats at EBC.

    The Liberal Democrats and Residents Association groups hold 24 seats between them, but are not a combined coalition.

  4. Appeal after bricks thrown at cars

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Police want to ID this man

    Police investigating bricks being thrown at cars have released images of five men they wish to speak to.

    At around 19:15 BST on 22 June in the Ingress Park Avenue area of Greenhithe, near the junction with London Road, a car was targetted.

    Shortly after a parked police car was struck at the Bean junction of the B255.

    Officers have been speaking with witnesses and reviewing camera footage, and are now issuing images of those who may be able to assist with their enquiries.

    Anyone who recognizes the men is urged to contact Kent Police.

    Police want to ID this man
    Police want to ID this man
    Police want to ID this man
    Police want to ID this man
  5. Voter trial gives homeless IDs

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Woking homeless people who were given the chance to vote in local elections this year as part of a voter ID trial now have photo ID enabling them to access universal credit.

    Woking Borough Council worked with the York Road project to register 11 homeless electors and issued them with local elector photo ID cards.

    Speaking at the meeting of executive members on Thursday, Councillor Beryl Hunswick said: "These were 11 people who would have otherwise fallen through the gap completely. They are homeless and this allowed them to vote".

    The voter ID trial at the local elections on 3 May 2018 was hailed a success after figures showed 99.73% of voters (18,851) arrived at polling stations with the correct papers.

    A total of 51 people attended with either the wrong ID or no ID and decided not to return after being turned away.

    Council leader David Bittleston said providing the 11 people with local elector cards meant they were "able to prove they were citizens in other ways and become contributors to the community".

  6. Go-ahead given to concrete batching plant

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Planning permission has been given to develop a concrete batching plant on land at Northwood Farm, Climping - but the decision was a close one.

    The application for the plant, which is expected to produce 40,000m3 of concrete per year, was put before Arun District Council's development control committee on Wednesday and approved by a vote of 7-6.

    A report put before the meeting included objections from both Climping and Yapton Parish Councils as well as 20 from residents.

    Concerns included noise levels, the number of HGVs which would use the site, health risks to residents, and the application not being in accordance with the Climping Neighbourhood Plan.

    The plant is expected to create six jobs.

  7. Today's local news website headlines

    Newspaper presses

    The Argus: Hundreds march in Brighton protesting Donald Trump's UK visit

    Kent Online: Poundworld in Canterbury to close as axe falls on 80 stores

    Get Surrey: Investigation launched as three floors fire damaged at Beijing restaurant site in Addlestone

    Chichester Observer: What will a new Lidl in Chichester mean for Bognor Road business park?

    Kent Live: Folkestone mum Samantha Mulcahy died just a week after welcoming her newborn daughter into the world

    Hastings Observer: Homeless service shortlisted in national awards

    Mid Sussex Times: Hospital chief to step down

    Brighton and Hove News: Rail bosses scrap nine-day closure of Brighton main-line scheduled for October half-term

    Brighton and Hove Independent: ‘Horrendous’ queues at Build-A-Bear as ‘pay your age’ promotion abandoned

    Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne B&B to star on The Hotel Inspector

    Crawley and Horley Observer: ‘Hate crime’ stickers left plastered around Smallfield

    West Sussex County Times: Call for action over ‘selfish’ drivers blocking pavements

    Sussex Express: Firefighters warn public to avoid area

    Worthing Herald: All you need to know about the IKEA Lancing plans and next week’s decision meeting

  8. Planned rail closure postponed

    Brighton station

    A planned nine-day closure of the southern end of the Brighton mainline this October half term has been postponed until next year.

    Network Rail says the improvement work will now be carried out in half term of February 2019.

    During the line closures, no trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton or between Three Bridges and Lewes.

    There will also be 15 weekend line closures between September and May.

    Bosses say the work is part of a £300m government funded improvement programme to boost reliability for passengers.

  9. Angry note over 'assisted recycling collection'

    Sarah Booker-Lewis

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Note left on bin

    After months of problems with her assisted recycling collection, Brighton resident Louise Turner thought this week everything would be fine.

    Mrs Turner, of Larkfield Way, is allowed to leave her bins and boxes in her garden because of osteoporosis, which means lifting heavy objects puts her at risk of breaking bones.

    After being featured in the local press twice and enlisting the help of councillors following weeks of no collection, she thought her rubbish problems were sorted.

    But to her dismay, today a "rude" note was left on her black bin saying her recycling needed to be put out on the road side.

    Her black bin was left in the road and six of her recycling boxes were not returned to her garden.

    After seeing her bin and missed boxes she said: "I'm feeling quite flabbergasted.

    "If I had not been at home to move the bin out of the road it would have been an obstruction. Nobody else's bin was left like this."

    A council spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise to Mrs Turner for the upset and distress she is facing. We are carrying out an investigation into who left this note, why it was left and why her assisted collection is still not taking place properly.”

  10. Building waste disposal charging plans unveiled

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Kent County Council plans to make £4 million by charging residents for disposing of building waste at tips.

    The council aims to collect £4 for a black bin bag of rubble and £6 for plasterboard from residents at the 18 household waste recycling centres across the county.

    There is set to be a daily limit of five standard-sized black bin bags.

    KCC claims these costs will cover the price of disposal, treatment and haulage yet council officers predict at the current rate of use it will make profit of £2m.

  11. World Cup 2018: Hove scaffolders fly two giant flags for England


    A team of scaffolders who plastered a block of flats in Hove, East Sussex, with a giant St George’s flag to show support for England at the World Cup have now covered another side with the Belgium flag.

    The Three Lions play Belgium on Saturday in the third-place play-off.

  12. Huge realistic sandcastle unveiled to promote Britain's real castles


    The "ultimate sandcastle", with all the features for a formidable fortification formed out of 29 tonnes of sand, has been unveiled by English Heritage.

    The sand sculpture, which took five days to make, has been created at Dover Castle in Kent ahead of a sandcastle building weekend at English Heritage castles across the country.

    As part of a #LoveCastles season, English Heritage is also calling on members of the public to send it photographs of their ownsandcastlesand is revealing its top tips for building a successful castle on the beach.

    English Heritage's ultimate sandcastle features defensive measures including crenellated outer walls with towers and battlements, and an inner bailey protecting the great tower which reflects the power and strength of the owners.

    It also features a gatehouse with portcullis and drawbridge, and a ditch and bank around the outside to stop enemies approaching the walls directly.

  13. Thunder and lightning, very very frightening

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Watch out for thunderstorms today, with the Met Office issuing an official warning.

    Here's my forecast.

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  14. On BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey Mid Morning

    Danny Pike

    Presenter, BBC Sussex and Surrey

    This morning I'm discussing the recent spate of sex abuse convictions among former staff of Christ's Hospital school in Horsham.

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  15. Listed building to be sold to fund maintenance works

    Dean Kilpatrick

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A Grade-II listed building in Rochester High Street deemed "surplus" to requirements is to be sold by Medway Council.

    Cabinet members agreed to dispose of the council-owned Conservancy Building on Wednesday to fund maintenance of other historic buildings in the town.

    The site is currently used as an annexe to the neighbouring Guildhall Museum and houses nearly 8,000 artefacts.

    But council officers believe the exhibits can be relocated to both the main museum building and Eastgate House.

  16. Homeless young people prevention project

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Kent County Council is setting up a £2.9 million housing support system to help young people avoid or recover from homelessness.

    The new service, set to open in October, will provide children in care, care leavers and homeless minors skills to live independently.

    This scheme is to help vulnerable young people find the right accomodation, budget and find the right job or further education.

    They will also be provided with support to integrate into local communities to promote healthy stable lifestyles with physical and mental wellbeing.

    The council hopes this will reduce the rate of homelessness and also reduce substance misuse and illegal activity.

  17. Gareth Southgate's schooldays

    The dream of World Cup glory may be over, with just third place left to play for.

    But with England manager Gareth Southgate being praised for the way he lead the team, what was he like as a boy?

    One of his former teachers remembers a quiet student who didn't appear marked for greatness.

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    Video caption: What was Gareth Southgate like at school?