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Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, before J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and queues on M20 London-bound before J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down. Congestion to J5 (Aylesford).

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

HMS Medway commissioned in Chatham

The Royal Navy's latest patrol ship is being commissioned in a ceremony in Chatham.

HMS Medway is a 90m offshore vessel and will be deployed in counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations.

A freedom of the city parade takes place this weekend in the town.

HMS Medway
Medway Council

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 London-bound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus:'We're no burden' say family who home school children, live in in council house and do not use NHS

Kent Online:Boy tried to hang himself aged nine after racial abuse at special needs

Get Surrey:More than 13,000 drivers caught speeding since M23 average speed cameras introduced

Chichester Observer: Arundel bypass consultation 'full of errors', campaigners say

Eastbourne Herald:Expensive seafront hotel in Eastbourne taken off the market

Crawley and Horley Observer:Crawley stabbing: police release CCTV images of two men they would like to talk to

Worthing Herald:Worthing taxi owner speaks out over ‘damaging’ licence regulations

Mid Sussex Times:Retired Balcombe teacher jailed for child sex offences ‘hid laptop in shed’

Brighton & Hove News:Armed officers standing by for Labour Party conference duty in Brighton

Hastings Observer:Bexhill woman sentenced for improper use of Blue disabled badge

Brighton & Hove Independent:Council apologises over home to school transport ‘fiasco’

Spike in number of care leavers in custody

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Concerns have been raised over the influence of gangs on children in Kent, after a spike in custody rates.

Kent County Council’s corporate parenting panel met on Tuesday to discuss a KCC report which revealed two-thirds of juveniles formerly in the care of the authority had been sentenced to custody last year.

A council officer told the committee that measures have been introduced to rehabilitate young people who have been sent to the county’s two youth detention centres, including Medway’s STC and Cookham Wood, in Sir Evelyn Road, Rochester.

Juveniles have each been allocated a youth justice worker and telephones have been installed in their rooms to allow them to maintain links with family members and close friends.

The youngsters are also expected to receive 25 hours of education a week whilst in custody.

Severe disruption: A291 Kent both ways

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A291 Kent both ways severe disruption, between School Lane and Bullockstone Road.

A291 Kent - A291 Canterbury Road in Herne blocked and it's very slow in both directions between the School Lane junction and the Bullockstone Road junction, because of an overturned car.

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

Severe accident: A2045 Kent both ways

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A2045 Kent both ways severe accident, at M2 J3 Chatham.

A2045 Kent - A2045 in Walderslade partially blocked and it's slow at Chatham, because of an accident. On the roundabout.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 London-bound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, from J7 for A249 Maidstone to J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 partially blocked and queues westbound from J7, A249 (Maidstone) to J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on entry slip road from one eastbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

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A28 Kent both ways severe accident, from Howfield Lane to Shalmsford Road.

A28 Kent - A28 Canterbury Road in Canterbury closed and queues in both directions from the Howfield Lane junction to the Shalmsford Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on entry slip road and queues eastbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle to J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) to J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Alarming' rise in youth unemployment

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

The rise of youth unemployment in Kent over the past 14 months has been described as “alarming”.

Kent has jumped above the national average for young adults, aged between 18 and 24, who are out of work.

Former leader of Kent County Council’s Liberal Democrats, Trudy Dean, revealed that 2.8% of the county’s youth population were unemployed in July 2018 but 12 months on that has risen to 3.9%.

She described the increase as “alarming” while KCC’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Roger Gough, admitted he was equally concerned before stressing the council is undertaking several measures to counter this.

The council was told that Kent’s economically deprived areas have the highest amounts of youth unemployment, including Thanet (8.1%), Swale (6.2%) and Dover (6.1%).

The national average is 3.8%.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane blocked on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a car that's broken down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 London-bound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J5 for A20 to J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound from J5, A20 (Aylesford) to J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J3 M26, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J7 for A2 and J6 for A251 Ashford Road.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M2 London-bound between J7, A2 (Brenley Corner) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of a break down.

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

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Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A278 Hoath Way and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked eastbound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of a broken down Motorbike. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and queues for two miles on M20 eastbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of an accident involving lorry and a car. Travel time is around 15 minutes.

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

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, after J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane blocked and queues for two miles on M2 London-bound after J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident. Congestion to beyond J5 (Sittingbourne / Stockbury Roundabout, onlookers causing a 2 mile queue eastbound from J4 Gillingham.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - M20 exit slip road partially blocked westbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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