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School places delayed for disabled children

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Disabled children living in Kent remain at “severe risk” of school placement delays, a report reveals.

A total of 25 youngsters, in the care of Kent County Council, are still waiting to be transferred to a school that suits their educational needs despite having an education, health and care plan (EHCP).

Six of these children have remained without “suitable education” since February 2018.

County Hall in Maidstone
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The latest figures were released as part of a Kent County Council report that was published on 10 September ahead of next week’s corporate parental meeting on 17 September.

Councillor Roger Gough
Kent County Council
Kent county councillor, Roger Gough (Con), cabinet member for education, said the delays were a “major concern” but remains hopeful that improvements will be made.

In February 2018, a total of 42 disabled children with EHCPs were waiting to be transferred to a school which suited their educational needs.

That number has dropped to 25 in June this year — a 40% decrease.

Motorcyclist seriously hurt in crash

Guy Bell

A motorcyclist is in a serious condition following a crash in Frittenden, Kent.

The crash, involving a black Yamaha motorcycle and a black Renault Laguna, took place on the A229 Cranbrook Road near Knox Bridge at around 15:15 BST on Sunday.

The motorcyclist was taken to a London Hospital.

WWII evacuee returns to wartime home
Londoner Roger Calver takes a trip back to Kent were he was sent as a child evacuee.

Police boost Maidstone presence after fatal stabbing

Guy Bell

Maidstone town centre will have an increased police presence following the fatal stabbing of Andre Bent.

Kent Police said it would deploy additional patrols and use knife arches in various areas of the town after the 21-year-old was killed in the High Street.

Officers will also be handing out leaflets to appeal for information as the force continues its murder investigation.

Five men have been arrested so far. Four of them have been charged with violent disorder while the fifth has been bailed.

Severe accident: A229 Kent southbound

BBC News Travel

A229 Kent southbound severe accident, from A229 to Heather Drive.

A229 Kent - A229 Loose Road in Maidstone closed and queues southbound from the A229 junction to the Heather Drive junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a pedestrian.

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

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of most popular boys names in the South East of England in 2018
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Chart of most popular girls names in the South East of England in 2018
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The Argus: A man who once claimed to be the youngest father in Britain narrowly escaped jail after a drunken rampage

Kent Online: Indian restaurant turned back into pub after £1.1m transformation

Get Surrey: Tandridge council puts up six foot fence to protect Hurst Green 72-year-old from 'spoilt brats'

Chichester Observer: Council seeks clarity over 'key issues' in emerging plans for 1,000 homes

Eastbourne Herald: A Hailsham man has been sentenced for defrauding East Sussex County Council

Crawley and Horley Observer: ‘Huge drugs bust’ at Gatwick Airport turns out to be vegan cake ingredients

Worthing Herald: Community rallies around Ashurst beautician who lost everything in car theft

Mid Sussex Times: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Ditchling collision

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton bakery to host Facebook pop-up café for free privacy checks

Hastings Observer: A 16-year-old has been charged with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine in Hastings, and having a knife in public

Brighton and Hove Independent: Shoreham Airport bought by global aviation company

Man released in fatal stabbing investigation

Guy Bell

Andre Bent
Kent Police

A fifth man arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in Maidstone has been released on bail.

Andre Bent, from Lambeth, London, was stabbed to death in Maidstone town centre at about 03:00 BST on Sunday.

Four men have been charged with violent disorder and are due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court.

The fifth man, a 23-year-old from London, was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and perverting the course of justice. He has been released on bail.

Kent Police said it has recovered two knives from the scene of the attack.

Search for cashpoint robber

Maidstone robbery
Kent Police

Detectives have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the reported robbery of a pensioner in Maidstone.

The victim, who is aged in his 80s, had money stolen while he was using a cash machine at a petrol station in Ashford Road, near the junction with Square Hill.

He was not injured during the robbery but was threatened by a man with an unknown weapon, Kent Police said.

The incident happened at about 08:45 BST on Saturday 24 August.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Don't recycle used nappies

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Do not put used nappies in the recycling bin, is the plea from Maidstone Borough Council.

The authority is launching a new campaign to get parents to use their black waste bins for dirty nappies.

Disposing of nappies in green recycling bins can lead to contamination of other materials leaving them unrecyclable.

So far this year four loads have been rejected, costing the council and tax payer around £8,000.