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Ellie Goulding receives honorary degree from University of Kent
Eleven years after dropping out from her degree Ellie Goulding is honoured by her former university.

Man arrested after suspected drugs haul

Suspected drugs found in magnetic pots hidden underneath a car have been seized by police in Dartford.

Officers became suspicious of the vehicle’s occupants while it was stationary in Sussex Road at around 14:00 BST on Sunday.

Following a search 300 wraps of suspected class A drugs were discovered.

A 23-year-old man from Ilford, Essex, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and he has since been released, pending further enquiries

The suspected drugs in two magnetic pots
Kent Police
The magnetic plastic pots were found underneath the car

Bogus caller wanted by police

A man who called on homes claiming to be checking the water supply is being sought on suspicion of burglary.

Kent Police have released an eFit of the man who they believe has targeted homes in Deal in recent weeks.

He is reported to have stolen cash from a house in Dola Avenue during the daytime on Thursday, 27 June.

And at 16:00 BST on Thursday, a man called at a property in Pilots Avenue asking to check the water supply, but left when the resident asked for ID.

Detectives believe these incidents may be linked.

An eFit of the man
Kent Police
The man reportedly asked to check the water supply

Measles warning after two cases in one village

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Baby with measles
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Parents in Kent have been urged to vaccinate their children and be vigilant about the symptoms of measles, after two people contracted the virus.

Public Health England (PHE) wrote to parents and teachers following two confirmed cases in Cuxton.

Dr Claire Winslade, a consultant with PHE, said: “Measles is not a harmless childhood illness as many think – it is extremely infectious, can strike anyone and sadly in some instances can have very serious long term and life changing consequences.

“The best form of protection against measles is the MMR vaccination. It is important that anyone who hasn’t already had two doses of the MMR vaccine contacts their GP surgery for an appointment to get vaccinated."

Symptoms of measles can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash.

Rise in special needs education causes huge deficit

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

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Kent faces a “dire” financial deficit of £14m for the cost of special needs education provision.

Kent County Council currently has a debt of £5.7m in this sector but it forecasts this will nearly treble in 12 months.

According to a KCC report, this is part of a national trend which has seen 74% of the UK’s local authorities reporting a deficit from the Government’s Dedicated Schools Grant (DGS) – the sum of money provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to support each local authority’s schools budget.

During a scrutiny committee Swale coucillor Andy Booth said: “Nationally it is appalling and for Kent, I would suggest it is dire.”

The DfE told KCC it must submit a recovery plan if its deficit is above 1% of the DGS - around £12m.

More than 30 local authorities have already exceeded the 1% barrier.

The deficit increase has been caused by a growth in demand for special education provision within Kent, and reduced parental confidence in special education provision provided by mainstream secondary schools, the committee heard.

The blind dressage rider competing against sighted people
How does blind dressage rider, Nicola Naylor, compete nationally and internationally in para and non-disabled events if she can't see?


Kent 585-7 dec, Warwickshire 574-7 dec

All over at Canterbury. The players shake hands on the draw.

For both sides, it was only a second draw in eight matches this season. And Kent shade it 10-9 on points.

Although they failed to pick up a single bowling point, they did at least get maximum batting points.

Kent stand fifth in the table, 40 points clear now of bottom club Nottinghamshire, who could be even further adrift next week once they have visited leaders Somerset at Taunton.

The St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
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The Bears are now 23 points clear of Notts, who they must play again in the penultimate week of the season at Trent Bridge.

Warwickshire now move on to Southampton on their five-game tour of England.

They start their fourth successive away match next week against Hampshire before facing Essex at Chelmsford the following week.

Kent play again on Sunday when they visit The Oval, to face 2018 county champions Surrey.

Today's local news website headlines

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The Argus: Homeless men’s tents removed from Hove Lawns

Kent Online: Kent County Council faces further delay in recovering £263m pension stake

Get Surrey: Council 'faces £400k bill' after losing planning battle against homes near A22

Chichester Observer: Concern after spate of deliberate fires in Bognor

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man gets three year ban after drink driving in a busy local retail park

Crawley and Horley Observer: Couple lock themselves in bathroom during terror raid on Sussex pub

Worthing Herald: Worthing wheel: Work leads to seafront closure and parkrun cancellation

Mid Sussex Times: Australian adventure awaits for Ardingly Solar Car project students

Brighton and Hove News: Corn Exchange restoration builders go bust

Hastings Observer: Persistent thief who stole from Hastings shops is jailed

Brighton and Hove Independent: West Sussex and Brighton branches of Age UK in merger

Primary school expansion approved

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

A primary school will now offer nursery education after a proposal to join Seal Church of England Primary School and Seal Village Pre-School was approved by Kent County Council.

Councillors approved the proposal on Friday meaning more than 300 pupils will study at the primary school near Sevenoaks, in September.

Elizabeth Mitchell, headteacher of the primary school, said she was “delighted” about the decision.

Sevenoaks ward councillor, Roger Gough added: “Seal Church of England Primary School is a good school and the proposal to change the age range of the school to include nursery provision has my support.”

It is hoped the approval would help ease the transition of children from pre-school to the primary school as the students would be situated in a classroom next door within the main building.

Eleven police officers assaulted over one weekend

Eleven police officers were assaulted while on duty over the weekend.

Between Friday and Sunday the officers from Kent Police reported being spat at, kicked, threatened with violence, punched and pushed.

One officer required hospital treatment after hitting his head while attempting to restrain a suspect.

At each incident the suspect was arrested using new powers under the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act 2018.

Deputy Chief Constable Tony Blaker said: “Every day our officers are required to attend unpredictable, challenging and sometimes volatile situations.

"This doesn’t mean they should accept being abused, assaulted or spat at as part of the job.”

In addition to the new legislation to protect officers from violence, the number of Taser-trained officers is being increased.

At the end of 2018 there were 334 Taser-trained officers in Kent. This figure is expected to rise to between 1,000 and 1,500.

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One officer required hospital treatment after being assaulted

Today's local news website headlines

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The Argus: Fisherman who hid his catch must pay up

Kent Online: Man arrested after alleged stabbing in Strood

Get Surrey: Planned M3 and A3 roadworks that could disrupt traffic in the week ahead

Chichester Observer: South East Coast Ambulance Service receives five 999 calls a minute on hottest day of year

Eastbourne Herald: Lewes prison sees significant rise in violence

Crawley and Horley Observer: Major rail disruption across Sussex as train lines overheat in blazing hot weather

Worthing Herald: A27 in Worthing set to close again for five nights

Mid Sussex Times: Warehouse fire in Burgess Hill

Brighton and Hove News: Nine arrested during animal rights protest at Brighton supermarket

Hastings Observer: Man arrested after A27 police helicopter pursuit

Brighton and Hove Independent: Massive vegan protest in Brighton city centre

Shop a suspect while out shopping

A digital wanted poster at Dartford's Orchards Shopping Centre

Visitors to Dartford's Orchards and Priory shopping centres can add crime suspects to their shopping lists, thanks to an initiative involving the borough council, Kent Police and the Crimestoppers charity.

Images of a dozen fugitives with links to the town will be appearing on screens in both centres in the hope of jogging the memories of shoppers and capturing a few of the area's most wanted individuals.

Crimestoppers, which does not identify informants, wants to cash in on the success of the Most Wanted feature on its website by encouraging shoppers to make contact if they recognise any of the faces on the screens.

Among the first 12 to feature in the six-month trial are people wanted for assault, harassment and burglary, with links to Dartford through their alleged crimes or their last known addresses.

Peter Rolington, of Crimestoppers in Kent, said: “While Kent is a comparatively safe county, there are people at large who are wanted by law enforcement. I encourage everyone to check the digital screens and our website and to let us know immediately if you have any information on any of the individuals."

Council leader to step down from councils network

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Paul Carter will "refocus his mind" as Kent County Council leader after pledging to step down as chairman of the County Councils Network (CCN).

The body was established in 1997 and is made up of 36 county local authorities. It has been described as the ‘voice’ of UK’s counties.

Mr Carter, who will leave his post in September, said he was "proud" to lead the cross-party organisation in its efforts to lobby the Government for extra funding and support.

The Maidstone councillor, who became chairman in 2015, said: “It was a particularly demanding job being leader of a large county council.

“Fitting that in with this role has been a challenge but I thoroughly enjoyed my four years as chair and I wish all the best to my successor.”

Paul Carter
Kent County Council