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South East news: Week in Review
BBC News looks back at some of the stories making the headlines in the South East over the past week.


Body found in missing man inquiry

A body found in woodland near the M20 in Kent was believed to be that of missing man Ashley Dighton, police said this week.

Ashley Dighton
The body has yet to be formally identified as Ashley Dighton
Family and friends of the 19-year-old laid flowers at the scene on Monday, following the discovery of the body on 11 July.

Kent Police said a murder investigation had begun.

Mr Dighton was last seen at a shopping centre in Ashford on 11 June.


Cricket club fined over McFly ads

A cricket club was fined this week after a council claimed posters for McFly and Rat Pack concerts had damaged trees in one of the UK's last elm strongholds.

Three posters screwed to two elms outside Sussex County Cricket Club caused serious damage to the trees, Brighton and Hove City Council said.

The council removed them, along with 28 other posters on major roads in the city, and fined the club more than 2,000.

The club said trees were not damaged and that it was talking to the council.


Student killed in shooting accident

A teenager from East Sussex died after being accidentally shot in the head by a friend while out shooting, it was revealed this week.

Alex Bailey
Alex Bailey was described as being "big, loving and cuddly"
Student Alex Bailey, 18, from Kingston, was killed on 11 July while hunting pigeons with two friends on farmland in Southease.

His parents, Andrew and Sandra, said shooting was one of his big interests, and the trio were all experienced huntsmen with current shotgun licences.

Sussex Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious. An inquest is due to be held at a future date.


Fraud problem for 'safe' Surrey

A dramatic rise in fraud and forgery offences in Surrey has been fuelled by chip-and-pin crimes at petrol stations, the county's police force said on Thursday.

Figures showed that a 34% increase was recorded in 2006/07, while most other police forces saw a fall in fraud and forgery levels.

Proactive policing was cited as a reason for other big rises in recorded violent crime and drug offences.

But police said Surrey remained England's "safest county" with the joint lowest number of crimes per 1,000 people.


Torrential downpours cause flooding

Torrential rain and flash floods across the south east of England on Friday left streets under water after nearly a month's rain fell in a few hours.

Flooding in Uckfield
The flood closed businesses and the school (Picture by Stuart Gill)

Flash floods almost eight inches (203mm) deep covered the main road in Uckfield, East Sussex, while the River Bourne burst its banks in Surrey.

Four roads in Chobham had to be closed and the clockwise carriageway of the M25 at Reigate and the anti-clockwise at Wisley were badly hit by flooding.

Rail passengers also suffered severe delays, with services via Guildford and on the London to Brighton line through Surrey disrupted.

In East Sussex, pupils were sent home from Uckfield Community College after blocked drains sent water gushing into the school, and firefighters were called to Worthing and Southlands Hospital, in West Sussex, after corridors and lift shafts became flooded.

There was also flooding in Haywards Heath and East Grinstead.




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