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The Argus: Anger as Coppa Club builds glass wall without planning permission

Kent Online: Brothers' heads cracked open in attack at Vivid in Herne Bay

Get Surrey: Son buys mum £250 birthday watch but left 'fuming' as Amazon send shower gel instead

Chichester Observer: Most shocking crimes on railways in Sussex revealed

Eastbourne Herald: Man taken to hospital after car flips over in Eastbourne street

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex graveyard theft: Reward offered in hunt for thieves

Worthing Herald: Guild Care reveals total raised at Walk for Worthing, the charity’s new flagship event

Mid Sussex Times: Downlands Community School celebrate 'best ever' results

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy students celebrate GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings park voted as best in the region

Brighton and Hove Independent: Fight is on to save one of the strangest landmarks in Sussex

Man stabbed near railway station

Guy Bell

Headcorn Station

A man has been stabbed close to Headcorn Railway Station.

The victim was taken to a London Hospital by air ambulance following the stabbing at about 08:40 BST in Station Approach.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody while detectives investigate.

Motorcyclist dies in collision

A motorcyclist has died in a crash with a van in Wrotham Heath.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene on the A20 London Road, between the junctions with Seven Mile Lane and the A25 Maidstone Road.

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a blue Yamaha bike and a silver Vauxhall Vivaro van collided at about 05:40 BST

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The Argus: Police officers attacked in Hove told to wait two hours for an ambulance

Kent Online: Toddler Mia Atkins from Greenhithe died at Darent Valley Hospital after choking on snack

Get Surrey: Five reasons Surrey's Youth Offending Service is inadequate, according to damning inspection report

Chichester Observer: Twenty-nine shotguns surrendered to Sussex Police

Eastbourne Herald: GCSE results day: Roedean Moira House students break Eastbourne school’s records

Crawley and Horley Observer: Major supermarket to close Crawley town centre store

Worthing Herald: New listening post helps move Steyning Museum into 21st century

Mid Sussex Times: Blue-green algae warning for Mid Sussex dog owners

Brighton and Hove News: Blatchington Mill head shares his pride in his pupils' GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings drink driver was more than three times over limit on busy shopping street

Brighton and Hove Independent: Sussex mum’s fear as five-day-old baby stops breathing six times

Kent councils to get £2.6m extra no-deal Brexit funds

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Councils in Kent have been promised an extra £2.6m from the government to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

Kent County Council (KCC) will receive an extra £1m, with the remainder shared between 13 other local authorities.

Conservative councillor Mike Whiting said: "Much of this money will go on communicating to the residents of Kent and business of Kent about how we are being prepared and what the likely scenarios are."

Dover District Council and Folkestone and Hythe District Council will each receive £300,000, with the other 11 councils receiving between £150,000 and £70,000.

Rob Bird, leader of KCC Liberal Democrats, said the level of funding was an "insult".

Keith Morris, the leader of Dover District Council, said it was an important boost for the town, which will "bear the brunt for any Brexit road delays".

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick said a total of £77m has been given to local councils to "prepare for our departure" from the EU.

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Highways England is warning drivers to make sure trailers are secure before setting off.

Search for man who 'has information about mobility scooter thefts'

Police have released an image of a man who they believe has "important information" about the theft of three mobility scooters in Kent.

Two thefts took place at a supermarket in Bridge Road, Sheerness, with a third in Sheerness High Street in July.

Kent Police said officers want to speak to the man, who they believe "has information that can be of assistance".

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Group of teens charged after stabbing

Guy Bell

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder while eight others have also been charged in connection with a stabbing in Ramsgate in May.

A man in his 20s was stabbed in his neck and shoulder at about 03:00 BST on Sunday 12 May and was taken to a London Hospital for treatment.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

Eight others were charged with grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

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The Argus: East Grinstead pervert used phone to spy on women in toilet

Kent Online: Driver arrested after vehicle driven the wrong way on the A2

Get Surrey: Nurse traumatised after rocks thrown at car twice while driving on M3

Chichester Observer: Man wanted in connection with serious assault could be in Selsey

Eastbourne Herald: Long-awaited Eastbourne community centre is opening soon

Crawley and Horley Observer: Wasp warning for Sussex with huge numbers of the insects active in late summer

Worthing Herald: Georgina Gharsallah: police treat Worthing mother's disappearance as homicide

Mid Sussex Times: Deliveroo set to launch in Haywards Heath

Brighton and Hove News: Ambulance services comes out of special measures

Hastings Observer: Hastings hero is honoured with blue plaque unveiling

Brighton and Hove Independent: Call for road safety measures on busy Brighton road

Bluewater zip-wire adventure park approved despite 'flying people' fears

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

The Bluewater shopping centre is set to become home to a giant adventure centre and zip-wire complex, despite scores of objections from people living nearby.

Dartford Borough Council's planners have approved the proposal, which will be built in the cliffs and surrounding parkland around the shops complex in Greenhithe, Kent.

The council received 71 letters of objection, mainly relating to noise, parking and environmental impact.

A resident who addressed the planning meeting said she feared "screaming, shouting and flying people there every day" and warned it could prove a distraction to road users in the area.

But Brian Phelps, managing director of Hangloose Adventure, the firm behind the scheme, said health and safety advice would be given to all participants and a minibus would transport them to the site.

Mr Phelps, who runs a similar initiative at Cornwall's Eden Project, said: "We are not an amusement park. It’s a good news story for the community and environment and we have subsidised rates for schools and special sessions for disabled mobility."

Unemployment at 2.9%

Unemployment in the South East was 2.9% in the three months ending June 2019.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

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Cash reward offered in search for murderer on run

Guy Bell

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A £3,000 reward is being offered in the search for a convicted murderer on the run.

Joseph Bagley, 66, was jailed in 1978 for the killing of a taxi driver. He had been released on licence in Maidstone, Kent, but breached his curfew in May and has not been seen since.

Crimestoppers say he is considered dangerous and he is likely to have changed his appearance.

A forensic artist has compiled a number of images of how Bagley may look while people are advised not to approach him if spotted.

Joseph Bagley

Witness appeal after fatal car crash

Officers investigating a fatal crash near Ashford have renewed their appeal for witnesses.

The two car collision took place on the A251 in Boughton Aluph near to the junction with Wye Road, at around 15.30 BST on Wednesday 31 July.

Police are now appealing for the occupants of a green Audi car, seen in the area at the time, to come forward as they may have new information.

The crash happened between a black Vauxhall Corsa, which was travelling south towards Ashford, and a black VW Passat heading in the opposite direction.

A woman in her 60s died at the scene, and a man was taken to a hospital where he is still being treated.

A further five people received medical treatment.

Sgt Peter Greaves, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We still want to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the collision, in particular those who were reportedly travelling in a green Audi in the Canterbury direction, as they may have information which could assist our investigation.”

Witness appeal after knife attack

A man was reportedly slashed in the back with a knife as he walked along a street in Folkestone.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened at around 19:00 BST on Sunday 28 July.

It is believed that a man travelling in a white Volkswagen Polo got out of his car and assaulted a man, who was walking in Sidney Street.

Officers arrested a 26-year-old from Tooting on suspicion of assault the following evening.

He has since been released, pending further enquiries.

Police believe a number of people witnessed the assault, and anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police.

Today's local news website headlines

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The Argus: This is why seagulls act drunkenly on flying ant day

Kent Online: Rural crime hits Kent worse than anywhere else in UK

Get Surrey: Roadworks planned for the M25, M3, A3 and A31 for the week ahead

Chichester Observer: Felpham restaurant to be converted into cottages

Eastbourne Herald: Man assaulted woman at Eastbourne and sent threatening texts

Crawley and Horley Observer: See Gatwick Airport’s new £24 million arrivals area for domestic flights

Worthing Herald: Life-saving defibrillator installed at Fishersgate Park

Mid Sussex Times: Police hunt for man in connection with Hassocks burglary

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton Pride ends with 44 arrests

Hastings Observer: Hastings Beach left in disgusting state over weekend

Brighton and Hove Independent: Man's death in Hove is unexplained