More than 30 recommendations have been made in a Serious Case Review, looking at the "institutionalised abuse" at a care home in Sussex.
A gang of men have been convicted of tying up a student and torturing him to try to make him hand over money.
Primary schools in Medway are among the worst performing in the country, according to new league tables released by the Government.
The inquest into Peaches Geldof's death has found that she died after taking high purity heroin at her home in Wrotham.
There is an ongoing investigation into who supplied Ms Geldof with the heroin.
The last known movements by Peaches on Sunday 6th April saw Peaches post a picture with her mother onto 'Instagram’.
The last known contact Peaches had is at 7:45pm when she had a telephone conversation with a friend she had recently sent a message to.
Various people, including Thomas Cohen made attempts to contact Peaches as the evening progressed; Thomas made a call to Peaches that night but got no response.
On Monday 7th April, Thomas Cohen made repeated efforts to contact his wife but had no success.
He arrived at the home address with his mother where he went upstairs thinking that Peaches was asleep.
Thomas then located Peaches in a spare bedroom - where it became obvious to him that she was dead.
Peaches was located on the edge of a bed and was slumped forward onto the bed.
The initial assessment of the scene found that Peaches had taken heroin and collapsed and died on the bed.
Detailed searches of the whole premises took place and located heroin and various items used for the preparation and consumption of heroin.
Next to the bed was a box containing a capped syringe with a small amount of a brown fluid left in the main chamber and some residue/fluid inside the cap - which forensics have found to contain traces of heroin.
– Dr Harris
Persons taking heroin on a regular basis develop a tolerance to the drug, and such individuals can use doses that would be toxic, or fatal, to people with no tolerance. However, tolerance to heroin (and other opiate drugs) appears to be lost fairly rapidly when users cease to use the drug, and deaths commonly occur in people who have previously been tolerant and have returned to using heroin”
The South was the hottest place in the country yesterday and temperatures are set to reach sizzling highs again today
With a high of 30C (86F) expected in the south of England Britons will be bathing in warmer climes than parts of Portugal and Spain.
Yesterday's high of 29.9C (85F) in Solent, Hampshire could be beaten, according to the Met Office, which predicted highs will continue until the weekend.
The hot weather brings with it a risk of heavy downpours though, forecasters warned, adding that rain could hit the south west this week.
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a 52-year-old man who was attacked on the cycle track by the A23 at Gatwick. The victim was walking to the airport to fly home to see his family when the assault took place between 8.15pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 19th July.
He suffered head and shoulder injuries from being struck with an object from behind, facial injuries from being punched and bruising from being kicked on the ground.
A cyclist was seen to pass the victim just after the attack, travelling towards Gatwick's south terminal just before the cycle track passes under the terminal.
Missing 15-year-old Caylan Park from Hailsham was found safe and well on Friday. Caylan had gone missing after last being seen at his home on Friday 11th July.
The worst driving distraction has been revealed in a nationwide poll as adult passengers.
In a survey of more than 18,000 people, 38% said their attention was diverted by other people in the car.
The survey asked “Have you been distracted, had a near miss or a crash caused by any of the following whilst driving over the past 12 months?” and found the more traditional distractions still pose the biggest threat...
- Adult passengers – 18%
- Twiddling with the radio – 16%
- Children in the car – 14%
- Operating the sat nav – 13%
- Mobile phone conversation – 12%
- Eating a sandwich – 9%
- Drinking a coffee, water, etc – 7%
- Texting – 5%
- Emailing – 1%
- Checking social media – 1%
- Smoking – 1%
Overall, of the 6,867 respondents distracted, 548 had a near miss and 106 had a crash.
However, mobile phones, the only technology category in the ‘impairment or distraction’, showed a higher death rate compared to other in-car distractions.
The 17 deaths, set against a total of 548 casualties attributed to use of mobile phones, gives a fatality rate of 3%.
– Edmund King, the AA’s president
Although human distractions remain the biggest in-car threat, the figures for sat-navs and mobile phones give a warning for what might happen in the future as ‘infotainment’ and other technology become more commonplace.
The higher kill rate for mobile phone-related reported accidents provides a strong wake-up call.
The Transport Secretary has floated the idea of 6 penalty points for using a hand-held mobile.
If this proposal was backed by an information and enforcement campaign, it could begin to change the daily dangers that the majority of our members see with drivers texting and tweeting at the wheel.”
As the school holidays are approaching, the Highways Agency are warning caravan drivers to be extra cautious on the roads. In the south of England alone, there are two hundred and eighty incidents. David Wood has this report.
A teenager from Sussex has been jailed for four years after his car overturned, killing the front seat passenger of his car and paralysing another.
Harry Smith, 18, from Haleybridge Walk in Tangmere admitted causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal collision in Halnaker in September 2013.
Judge Christopher Parker QC also disqualified Smith from driving for four years and ordered him to take an extended re-test before holding a licence again.
Smith was driving a Vauxhall Corsa car travelling south, when it came off the road and overturned.
Passenger Jasmine Elkasmi, 16, of Carlton Avenue, Bognor, died of her injuries.
Two other 16-year-old girl passengers who were in the car were seriously injured, one being left paralysed from the waist down and other suffering facial and dental injuries - both can not be named for legal reasons.
– Sergeant Paul Wood, of the Arundel road policing unit
Smith was 17 at the time of the collision and he had only held his driving licence for about seven weeks.
"He had been stopped by police before the collision on a number of occasions due to the manner of his driving and he had been issued with a section 59 warning, which meant that if he had been stopped again, his vehicle would have been seized.
"A girl died as a result of his dangerous driving and two other girls were left with serious injuries, one of them life-changing."
A 50-year-old woman had to pay £45,000 after she turned her Bexhill home into a cannabis factory.
Sally Peake was found growing the drug at her home in Seabourne Road in 2011.
She was charged with producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.
She pleaded guilty when she appeared in court and was given a 16-month suspended prison sentence.
Now, she has been told she must hand over £45,000 she made by producing cannabis at her home and has six months to repay the money or she could be jailed.
Lewes Crown Court was told the cannabis factory was discovered by uniformed officers on patrol who noticed the distinctive smell as they walked in the area.
Officers found cannabis worth more than £5,000 that had been cut, ready to be sold and its thought the plants could produce £40,000 of cannabis a year.
Police also found more than £7,000 in her home, cannabis seeds and a large quantity of cannabis in the freezer. Peake also had £55,000 in the bank.
She denied ever selling it and insisted she grew it for her own use, smoking a joint a day. However, the plants were producing more cannabis each month than Peake would use at that rate in a year.
The cannabis farm was using more than £220 a month of electricity to grow the drugs.