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  1. Our live page coverage for the week has now ended
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  1. It's goodbye for now

    Our live page coverage for this week has now finished. Thank you for joining us - we'll be back on Monday morning.

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    Video caption: How a stroke victim found her voice

    How a stroke victim from Staplehurst rediscovered her voice through singing.

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    Video caption: The Alan Partridge co-star on working with his idol.

    The Alan Partridge co-star tells the Tailenders podcast about working with his idol.

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    Video caption: 'Anyone could easily have been killed'

    Six cars were all hit by bricks thrown from a bridge over a busy road on the same evening.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J3 for M20 to J2 for A2.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J4 (Orpington).

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

  6. Council feels heat over power plan

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Crawley Borough Council has denied that its planned district heat network will cost almost £7.5m to produce.

    The network will pipe heat and electricity from a combined heat and power plant at the new town hall development to nearby buildings, reducing their carbon and energy commissions.

    At a meeting of the full council, Kim Jaggard (Con, Maidenbower) shared details of a report from the government's department for business, energy and industrial strategy, which said Crawley's network would cost £7.48m to complete.

    Crawley Heat Network
    Image caption: An artists impression of the planned facility

    Mrs Jaggard asked the meeting: "After the government grant of £1.25m, how is the £6.25m balance going to be funded, how much is it going to cost council taxpayers of Crawley, and how long will the payback time be before we break even?"

    A council spokesman said the document referred to by Mrs Jaggard was based on a very early bid for the project.

    Since then, both the cabinet and full council have received reports setting out the latest costs, budget, scale and scope of the project - but due to reasons of commercial sensitivity, they have not been discussed in public.

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    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

    M20 Kent - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M20 eastbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident. Congestion to M26 Interchange. In the roadworks area.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J3 for M20 to J1A for A282 Dartford Crossing.

    M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) to J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J3 (M20 Swanley interchange).

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J1A for to J31 for Lakeside.

    M25 Kent - Delays on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise in Essex from J1a, Swanscombe to J31, Lakeside, because of all traffic being temporarily held and emergency repairs.

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

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    Severe accident: A27 West Sussex westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A27 West Sussex westbound severe accident, at Busticle Lane.

    A27 West Sussex - A27 Upper Brighton Road in Sompting blocked and queuing traffic westbound at Hilllbarn Traffic Lights, because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to Sompting Roundabout.

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

  11. Sick elderly cats abandoned outside vets

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Dumped cats

    Two sick elderly cats have been dumped in a cat carrier in Broadstairs with a note attached claiming they could no longer be cared for.

    They were both very skinny and covered in fleas when they were found in the middle of the night outside vets in St Peters Road on 21 February.

    RSPCA staff named the black male cat Basil, and the black and white female, Rosemary.

    Basil had a swollen eye which could be treated, but Rosemary had a cancerous lesion on her face and vets decided that the kindest option was to put her to sleep.

    RSPCA inspector Grace Harris-Bridge said: "They were abandoned in their cat carrier with no food or water and just a note stating that the person who had been feeding them was not the owner and could no longer look after them.

    "There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way and in such a poor state."

    She urged anyone with information to contact the RSPCA, adding: "Even if these cats were strays rather than owned pets, if someone has been feeding a stray cat, there is a chance they already have a responsibility for their care under the Animal Welfare Act."

  12. Pollution to be monitored after complaints

    Rebecca Curley

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Pollution levels from lorries using lay-bys along the A322 are to be monitored after residents complained the noise and smell of diesel was affecting them.

    One lorry was parked in a bay with its engine running for over 13 hours last week, according to one resident who claimed he could hear the hum from the vehicle from inside his house.

    People living in Bagshot near the A322 are calling on members of Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Local Committee to address noise complaints coming from the lay-by which backs onto their homes.

    The borough council is to carry out a noise survey and at the committee meeting on Thursday councillors said they would look into an air quality review in the Nursery estate area close to the dual carriageway after residents voiced their concerns.

    A feasibility study is also to be carried out over the signalling order of the lights at the A322 junction with the M3.

    Car exhaust
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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, at J3 for A322 Bagshot.

    M3 Surrey - M3 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J3, A322 (Bagshot), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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