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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

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.

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
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.

Today's South East news website headlines

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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.

The trailer came loose on the M25 at the Kent-Surrey border
Highways England is warning drivers to make sure trailers are secure before setting off.