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  1. That's it from us

    Our live coverage has finished for the week. We'll be back on Monday morning with all your news, travel, sport and weather.

  2. Burglary at service station near Canterbury

    Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to in connection with a burglary at a service station near Canterbury.

    The incident happened at the BP garage on the A2 at Upper Harbledown, at 17:15 GMT on 3 February.

    Two men entered the service station stole a quantity of cash from a staff-only area.

    A 44-year-old man from Canterbury has been arrested and charged.

    He is not the man pictured.

    Burglary suspect
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    Severe accident: A273 West Sussex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A273 West Sussex southbound severe accident, at B2116 Keymer Road.

    A273 West Sussex - A273 London Road in Hassocks closed and queuing traffic southbound at Stonepound Crossroads, because of an accident involving a car and a cyclist. Congestion to Hassocks Golf Club.

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

  4. The school where girls are taking up weightlifting

    A school in Maidstone is seeing girls taking up weightlifting after introducing a club for the sport.

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    Video caption: The Maidstone school where girls are taking up weightlifting
  5. Councillors vote through tax increase

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Medway Council says it has made education and supporting the vulnerable the top priorities in its budget for the coming year, which has just been finalised

    A new school is to be provided at Rochester Riverside, to cater for a housing development, and £25m is being put aside for more special educational needs places.

    An extra £3.1m is being allocated to adult social care and £2.6m to children's services.

    Members voted for an increase in council tax of just under 3%, which the authority says is equivalent to £41.15 a year for a typical band D property.

    Including the £24 increase in contributions to the police and near 3% increase for the fire service, the bill for Band D properties will total £1,686.34 for the year.

    Despite cutting around £2.13m from their budget, Medway Council has to fill a £3.19m funding gap that is set to rise to £16.3m by 2022/23.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 J5 to M25, Clacket Lane Services, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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    Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M23 West Sussex northbound severe disruption, between J9 for and M25 J7.

    M23 West Sussex - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M23 northbound in Surrey between J9, Gatwick Airport and M25 J7, because of a broken down van.

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

  8. Two arrested after crash in Hove

    Sunninghill Avenue, Hove
    Image caption: The crash happened on Thursday afternoon in Hove

    Two men have been arrested after a woman was injured in a crash in East Sussex.

    Two cars collided just before 16:00 GMT on Thursday in Sunninghill Avenue, Hove, Sussex Police said.

    Four men were spotted fleeing from one of the vehicles, a black BMW, after the crash. Two builders gave chase and held one of the suspects until officers arrived. A second man later handed himself into police.

    The driver of the second vehicle, a woman in her 40s, suffered minor injuries.

    A 36-year-old Eastbourne man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, and other motoring offences.

    A 31-year-old man of no fixed address has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking.

    Both remain in custody.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, from J5 for M26 J5 to J6 for A22.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 J5 to J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J9 for A243 to J8 for A217 Brighton Road.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J9, A243 (Leatherhead) to J8, A217 (Reigate), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  11. Council agrees on tax hike and bin charges

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Council tax stock

    Wealden councillors have backed proposals to increase council tax by 2.7%

    Conservative-controlled Wealden District Council set its budget for 2019/20, including a £5 annual increase in its share of council tax.

    According to council documents, the increase means the average Band D council taxpayer will pay the district council £3.70 a week – an increase of 10p on last year.

    Introducing the budget proposals, council leader Bob Standley said: “I think we are all aware that local government financing is challenging.

    “But, as I have said in previous budget presentations, Wealden has weathered that storm."

    He said increased income from the council’s commercial projects, including the Horam crematorium and the Vicarage Field shopping centre will "replace some of the money government feels no longer able to give [us]".

    Members of the Independent Democrat Group abstained from the vote.

    Stephen Shing, the group’s leader, criticised the council for raising council tax and introducing charges to collect garden waste bins.

  12. Theft of charity box in Maidstone

    A charity box has been stolen from a coffee shop in Maidstone.

    The box and a jar containing staff tips were taken from the counter of the premises in King Street at about 17:10 GMT on 2 February.

    Police have released a CCTV image of someone they want to talk to about the incident.

    Charity box theft suspect
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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A322 Bagshot and J2 for M25 J12.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J3, A322 (Bagshot) and J2 M25 J12, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J13 for A30 to J12 for M3 J2.

    M25 Surrey - Three lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J13, A30 (Staines) to J12 M3 J2, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Medway council tax to rise

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Council tax bills in Medway will increase by just under 3%.

    This means average bills for homes in Band D will rise by more than £41 from April. Including the £24 increase in contributions to the police and near 3% increase for the fire service, the bill for Band D properties will total £1,686.34 for the year.

    The council is expected to generate around £3 million from the council tax hike. Despite cutting about £2.13m from its budget, Medway Council has to fill a £3.19m funding gap that is set to rise to £16.3m by 2022/23.

    At a full council meeting on Thursday, Medway council leader Alan Jarrett pointed out that the increase is half of last year's which was 6%. He also said the council tax rise is a result of the decrease in government funding for more than a decade.

    He said: "The only reason that our spending power is increasing is because of the increase in council tax."

    Despite representing the same political party as the government, Mr Jarrett told the meeting how his group would "continue to criticise any government that (they) think are saying or doing things that are not in best interest of Medway people".

    Leader of Medway Labour Vince Maple said his group would not be voting for the budget.

    Mr Maple said: "The people of Medway didn't vote for a leader who put the interests of their own before the interests of their residents.

    "Medway Tories are happy to complain about central government cuts to local budgets but what's propping them up are the very extremes that make them condemned on a daily basis."

    A large number of fees and charges issued by Medway Council are due to rise by about 3% from April. This includes sport and leisure centre memberships and admission prices, weekend cremations, adult education courses and planning application charges.

  16. Today's local news website headlines

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    The Argus: Momentum's leaked manifesto for Brighton and Hove

    Kent Online: Mum 'smashed foot to smithereens' in pavement fall

    Get Surrey: More than 41,000 potholes reported in Surrey in 12 months

    Chichester Observer: Midhurst’s Richardson’s Travel goes into administration

    Eastbourne Herald: Sussex Nightstop launches campaign to combat youth homelessness

    Crawley and Horley Observer: Ifield residents’ chance to discuss their community

    Worthing Herald: Medical group to merge with Littlehampton surgeries to form '40,000 patient practice'

    Mid Sussex Times: Nearly one in three jobseekers in Mid Sussex are over 50

    Brighton and Hove News: Man charged with murdering Abdul Deghayes appears in Brighton court

    Hastings Observer: BBC’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to Battle

    Brighton and Hove Independent: New group for children with a love for nature