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  2. Sewage problems at Folkestone housing development

    Residents of a new housing estate in Folkestone have complained about the way they have been treated by the developer, after five months of problems with the sewer system.

    It has meant daily visits by a lorry to suck excess sewage away, to prevent it from backing up into their properties. They say it causes smells, and disturbance.

    The issue is around the size of the pipework installed on Hope Street.

    Developers Taylor Wimpy have apologised and the water company, Southern Water, say it is working with them to fix the fault, but haven't said when it will be sorted out.

    Tanker in road
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    Video caption: A specialist doctor at East Surrey Hospital is facing deportation to Nepal.

    Dr Shashi Awai, who is originally from Nepal, hasn't been able to work for 18 months after her application for indefinite leave following the break up of her marriage was refused.

  4. Visa problems separate pensioner couple

    Piers Hopkirk

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    Ann Shifler
    Image caption: Mrs Shifler said she needed her husband with her

    Two pensioners who have been married for 44 years ended up thousands of miles apart after visa problems.

    British Ann Shifler and her American husband Jim, 90, moved to Crowborough two years ago to spend their twilight years together in the Sussex town.

    But mistakes with his visa application left him stranded in the US with no idea when he will return.

    After the pair called on the Home Secretary to intervene, a spokesman for the Home Office said: "We have contacted Mr Shifler to let him know that his visa application has been granted."

    Mrs Shifler, 88, a former Tiller Girl dancer, said: "They kept saying 'go online'. Well, you know, my generation - we don't do very well online."

    She said: "We filled out forms and everything and I would just really like to know why I can't have my husband with me after 44 years of marriage, and I'm a true British citizen and I need him here.

    "We need each other."

    Jim and Ann Shifler
    Image caption: The pair have been married for 44 years

    She said the pair moved to Sussex from the US in 2016, hoping to organise her husband's visa on arrival.

    The visa application, done through a lawyer, was submitted late, however, and was rejected, she said.

    Despite appealing in May 2018, they were told Mr Shifler would have to leave the country. In September 2018, he returned to the US for a church reunion.

    He remains there now and has reapplied for a visa but has no idea when or if he will be allowed to return.

    Ann Shifler
    Image caption: Mrs Shifler is a former Tiller Girl dancer
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    Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, from J5 for M26 to J6 for B2235.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 to J6, B2235 (Godstone), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, at J2 for M25 J12.

    M3 Surrey - M3 partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound at J2 M25 J12, because of a broken down van.

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

  7. Boy, 14, attacked by man

    A 14-year-old boy was left with cuts and bruises after he was attacked by a man in Bexhill.

    The teenager was walking along Ashdown Road when he was punched in the face on 21 September.

    Sussex Police said his attacker was aged between 18 and 20, had very short blond hair, was 5ft 7in tall and was wearing a black tracksuit.

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    Severe disruption: A27 East Sussex eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A27 East Sussex eastbound severe disruption, at B2123.

    A27 East Sussex - Queuing traffic on the exit slip road and heavier than usual traffic on A27 Falmer Hill eastbound in Falmer at the B2123 junction.

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

  9. "Sexting" blamed for increase in Sussex school-related sexual offences

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Smart phone

    The Sussex Police and Crime Panel has been told a spike in the number of school-related sexual offences is due to an increase in reports of "sexting".

    Councillors heard at a panel meeting how the number of recorded sexual offences connected to Sussex schools had risen by more than 50 per cent last year, rising from 124 incidents to 187.

    The chief executive officer for the office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Streater said the large increase in recorded incidents was down to schools taking a stronger line on "sexting".

    Mr Streater said: "This is very much as the result of schools being more proactive in reporting 'sexting', which as we know is a deeper issue with mobiles, social media, technology and youngsters.

    "Sussex Police have led on several very significant campaigns with the schools to try and alert schools, parents and children of the dangers inherent of sharing pictures, as adolescents and teenagers do."

    While sexual offences saw the largest increase, the report also identified rising numbers of school-related crime in other areas. For example the number of burglary offences connected to schools rose from 96 in 2016/17 to 121 in 2017/18.

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    Severe accident: M26 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M26 Kent eastbound severe accident, at M20 J3.

    M26 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M26 eastbound at M20 J3, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

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    Severe accident: A2 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A2 Kent both ways severe accident, at Elaine Avenue.

    A2 Kent - A2 Watling Street in Strood blocked and heavy traffic in both directions at the Elaine Avenue junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

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    Severe accident: M3 Surrey both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey both ways severe accident, from J3 for A322 Bagshot to J2 for M25 J12.

    M3 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M3 from J3, A322 (Bagshot) to J2 M25 J12, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J14 for Horton Road to J13 for A30.

    M25 London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise in Greater London from J14, Horton (Heathrow Terminal 4) to J13, A30 (Staines), because of a vehicle fire.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, from J5 for M26 to J6 for B2235.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 to J6, B2235 (Godstone), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  15. Family takes legal action over teen's school needs

    Nico Heugh Simone

    A family from East Sussex is joining legal action against the government - over cuts to the special educational needs funding for their 15-year-old son.

    Nico Heugh Simone from Robertsbidge has an education and heath care plan for his autism, anxiety and other related conditions.

    His family have been fighting for the last four years to keep his support at school and this year the funding from the local authority has been halved.

    His mother Lorraine Heigh said: "Schools say they don't have enough money, the [local authority] tell us they don't enough money.

    "Meanwhile, it's the children missing out."

    She said the support and provision for children with disabilities and special educational needs "is not there".

    Nico said he needs help to understand the lessons and needs a place where he feels safe at school.