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Three charged after multiple car thefts

Three people have been charged with conspiracy to commit theft after several reports of cars being stolen from garages in Kent.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched and investigation after it was alleged vehicles totally more than £250,000 had been removed from dealerships.

Phillip Christmas, aged 30, from Galleywood Crescent in Romford and 35 year-old Stacey Jestico from Greatfields Road in Barking were each charged with conspiracy to steal. Philip West, also 35, of Scrattons Terrace in Barking was also charged with conspiracy to steal earlier this month.

All three defendants are due to appear in court next month.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust rated 'inadequate'

The East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has been rated as 'inadequate', following an inspection by the Care and Quality Commission in September 2014. The trust looks after Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards.

“When we inspected East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in September, we were extremely concerned at the disconnect we identified between the senior team and the staff working on the frontline. We saw no sign of a clear vision and strategy and a lack of response to concerns raised by staff. We had specific serious concerns about maternity, surgery and outpatients.

Our recent inspection indicates there have been improvements in important areas for patients, but I am still concerned about cultural and leadership issues at the trust. I will not be making a judgment about special measures until we have fully assessed the results of our most recent inspection.

We, alongside our partners will continue to keep a close eye on the trust and will inspect again in due course to assess whether or not adequate progress is being made.”

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals

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VIDEO: The Queen meets Battle of Britain pilots

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been Kent today - to meet some of the last remaining members of The Few - the pilots who defended Britain from invasion in 1940. The Queen opened the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust's new visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne - following in the footsteps of her mother, who unveiled the memorial at the cliff-top site in 1993. As the events of World War two fade from living memory the centre is designed to teach and remind the younger generations of the sacrifices made. Sarah Saunders reports.

'Too many' dogs given Prozac to treat anxiety

Vets across the south are warning that too many dog owners are are giving their pets the drug Prozac to help them deal with stress and anxiety.

With a growing number of pets being left alone all day while their owners are out working, veterinary surgeons say that more and more of them are suffering from 'separation anxiety'.

Sam Holder went to meet one owner who says the drug has helped her dog:

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