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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: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - 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 eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle and J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J9, A20 (Ashford), 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

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - M20 entry slip road partially blocked westbound at J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's slow on M20 westbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: A20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A20 Kent eastbound severe accident, from M20 J13 to B2011.

A20 Kent - A20 closed and queues eastbound from Folkestone to Court Wood Interchange in Capel Le Ferne, because of an accident involving van towing a caravan and a coach and recovery work. Diversion in operation - Hollow Circle: Via A259, A260 and B2011 through Capel Le Ferne.

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

Rise in special needs education causes huge deficit

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Child struggles with school work
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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.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - M20 closed 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

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?

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, after J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M20 westbound after J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, after J12 for A20 Ashford Road.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound after J12, A20 (Cheriton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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: Man kicks down door of flat on fire fearing a baby was inside

Kent Online: Plans for recycling centre at Aylesham Industrial Estate Canterbury set for approval

Get Surrey: Pregnant Frimley woman hit by cyclist riding on pavement feared unborn child had been killed

Chichester Observer: Concern for 79-year-old who went missing from Goodwood Festival of Speed

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man steals nearly £200 worth of meat from Iceland

Crawley and Horley Observer: Gatwick Airport ‘has no plans for third runway’

Worthing Herald: Lancing man returns to find mysterious teenager in his car

Mid Sussex Times: Haywards Heath Fire Station Open Day in pictures

Brighton and Hove News: Planners back £260m scheme for 850 homes on rundown Hove trading estate

Hastings Observer: Police find woman’s body in Hastings flat

Brighton and Hove Independent: MP joins neighbours in opposition to flats scheme for Hove seafront

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J10 for A292 Hythe Road to J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J10, A292 (Ashford South) to J9, A20 (Ashford), 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

BBC News Travel

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 accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound from J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) to J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A20 Kent both ways severe accident, from A261 Hythe Road to B2067 Otterpool Lane.

A20 Kent - A20 Ashford Road in Newingreen closed in both directions from the A261 Hythe Road junction to the B2067 Otterpool Lane junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - Two lanes closed and queues on M20 coastbound from J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) to J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident involving four vehicles. In the roadworks area.

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: One of the Preston Park Twins must be chopped down

Kent Online: Kent road one of Britain's most dangerous

Get Surrey: 'Silly man' tells motorcyclist lying injured that police are 'time-wasting'

Chichester Observer: Chichester man found dead at home with shotgun nearby

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne venue ban for Katie Hopkins

Crawley and Horley Observer: Artist’s pride as hospice heart trail goes live

Worthing Herald: Goodwood unveil this year’s Festival of Speed sculpture

Mid Sussex Times: Three arrested after early morning break-in at Sussex pub

Brighton and Hove News: Five arrested after bottles thrown during dawn brawl on Brighton seafront

Hastings Observer: Hastings gym helps raise awareness of male suicide rates

Brighton and Hove Independent: Project aims to get girls into cycling

‘The more we talk about it, the better it will get’

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

After being overwhelmed by the experience of becoming a young mum, an Ashford woman launched a blog to improve the mental health of new mothers.

Severe accident: A2990 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A2990 Kent both ways severe accident, from B2205 Greenhill Bridge Road to Herne Bay Road.

A2990 Kent - A2990 Old Thanet Way in Herne Bay closed in both directions from the B2205 Greenhill Bridge Road junction to the Herne Bay Road junction, because of an accident involving 4 cars.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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 lorry that's broken down. Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.

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

A new mum set up a blog after feeling overwhelmed
Amy Simkins, who suffered from postpartum psychosis, wants to help other mothers.

BreakingKENT DREW WITH WARWICKSHIRE

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.