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Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J2 for A228 Sundridge Hill Strood.

M2 Kent - Temporary closure and stationary on M2 Medway Bridge coastbound at J2, A228 (Strood), because of a police investigation.

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, from J5 for A249 Sittingbourne to J4 for A278 Hoath Way.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and it's slow westbound from J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) to J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident involving two vans and a car.

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

Severe accident: A127 Essex northbound

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A127 Essex northbound severe accident, near The Blue Boar pub.

A127 Essex - A127 Victoria Avenue in Southend-On-Sea blocked and queues northbound near The Blue Boar pub junction, because of an accident involving pedestrian.

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 J6 for Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 exit slip road to the A229 closed and an obstruction westbound at J6, Maidstone.

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

Merger 'caused Bexley to slip' from being safest borough

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A controversial merger of police units has caused Bexley to slip from being the safest borough in London.

Councillors claim the impact of the new Basic Command Unit, combining Bexley with Greenwich and Lewisham, has had a detrimental impact on the outer London borough.

Since the new structure went live, Bexley has fallen from being the safest borough to the third, then seventh safest, and now fifth.

The new basic command units were rolled out across London in November, bringing together single police units into joint operations for two or three boroughs.

The decision to merge units comes as Scotland Yard looks to save £325m by 2021/2022.

At a meeting this week communities’ cabinet member Alex Sawyer said the model was far from working for Bexley.

He said: “I hoped things might start to improve and we could look at it objectively and say there are benefits.

“It should be said it is not all bad – there is greater cooperation around gangs, but the simple fact is we have gone from the safest, to one of the safest, to the seventh and now the fifth. It is simply not acceptable."

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J2 for A2 to J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) to J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of a break down. Congestion to J3 (M20 Swanley interchange).

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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for A22 to M25.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise from J6, A22 (Godstone) to M25, Clacket Lane Services, because of a break 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 M20 J6 to J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound from M20 J6, Maidstone 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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise in Essex from M25 J1a, Swanscombe to M25 J31, Lakeside, because of a break down.

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Today's local news website headlines

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The Argus: Burglary at e-cigarette store goes up in smoke

Kent Online: Driving instructor hit his pupil with a ruler

Get Surrey: Plans for A3/M25 Wisley Interchange £272m upgrade published - but 66% oppose the scheme

Chichester Observer: Men try to steal doors of Land Rover Defender in Bosham

Eastbourne Herald: Katie Hopkins speech goes ahead in Eastbourne despite ban at other venue

Crawley and Horley Observer: Firearms and dog units used to seize 30 motorbikes

Worthing Herald: Takeover of Worthing’s theatres and museum could have ‘serious defects’

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath school praised for turning school around

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton hospital to open an urgent treatment centre

Hastings Observer: Hastings man ordered to pay £500 for not having dog on a lead

Brighton and Hove Independent: Armed police arrest men in Brighton primary school car park

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, from J1A for A282 to J1B for A282.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise from J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) to J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, between J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford and J30 for A13 Lakeside.

M25 London - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise between J29, A127 (Romford) and J30, A13 (Lakeside), 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, at J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound at J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, from J28 for A12 Brentwood to J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford.

M25 London - Lane closed on M25 clockwise from J28, A12 (Brentwood) to J29, A127 (Romford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J5 M26 to J6, A22 (Godstone), 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 J5 for A229 Maidstone to J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J5, A229 (Maidstone) to 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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's very slow on M20 westbound after J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, from J30 for A13 Lakeside to J29 for A127 Southend Arterial Road Romford.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and it's very slow on M25 anticlockwise from J30, A13 (Lakeside) to J29, A127 (Romford), because of an accident.

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, after J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's very slow on M20 London-bound after J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

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 J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's very slow on M20 westbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J3 M26, because of an accident.

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

Today's local news website headlines

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The Argus: Police car crashes in Bear Road, Brighton

Kent Online: 75-year-old with MS from Sittingbourne skydives for charity

Get Surrey: Youngest daughter of Surrey County Council's leader dies aged 21

Chichester Observer: Knife man arrested following Selsey pub incident

Eastbourne Herald: Man attacked while sitting in his car in Eastbourne town centre

Crawley and Horley Observer: Chief executive speaks out after Haywards Heath care home told to improve

Worthing Herald: Man banned from knocking on strangers' doors in Sussex

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath school praised for turning school around

Brighton and Hove News: Attack on arts education could stifle Brighton’s booming creative and digital economy

Hastings Observer: Bexhill man drove on busy St Leonards road while more than twice over drink drive limit

Brighton and Hove Independent: Help for refugees to find work in Brighton and Hove

Severe accident: A2045 Kent both ways

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A2045 Kent both ways severe accident, between Forestdale Road and Lords Wood Lane.

A2045 Kent - A2045 Walderslade Woods in Walderslade closed and it's slow in both directions between the Forestdale Road junction and the Lords Wood Lane junction, because of an accident.

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, before J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - Two lanes blocked and queues on M20 westbound before J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of an accident.

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 J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, after J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise after J5 M26, 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, between J9 for A20 Fougeres Way and J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and 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: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for A22 to J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J6, A22 (Godstone) to J5 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: A2 Kent eastbound

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A2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, near A227 Wrotham Road Gravesend.

A2 Kent - Temporary closure and stationary on A2 eastbound near Gravesend, because of debris on the road.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J6 for A22.

M25 Surrey - It's very slow on M25 anticlockwise after J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a break down earlier. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

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

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

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

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.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for A22 to J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J6, A22 (Godstone) to J5 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: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

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M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J6 for A22 to J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J6, A22 (Godstone) to J5 M26, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, from J3 for M20 J1 to J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queues on M25 anticlockwise from J3, M20 J1 (Swanley Interchange) to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident.

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