Kent, West Sussex and Surrey Councils have handed out thousands of fines to parents who take their children out of school during term time. Kent has issued the highest number of fines in the country, over 4366. West Sussex handed out 2,402 fines and Surrey 1904.
The new rules were introduced two years ago by the government to crack down on absence and fines introduced. Many parents though, have carried on taking their children out so they can go on holiday at a time when its much cheaper.
The Local Government Association though is angry at the blanket ban on unauthorised leave, calling the system unfair.
A team of 150 workers is to carry out Southern Electric's biggest ever tree cutting programme - in a bid to reduce the number of power cuts in West Sussex.
Fallen trees hitting power lines or interfering with the network have caused nine power outages in the past year alone. The firm is spending £350,000 on the one-day operation which will see tree cutters, engineers and contractors working in Milland, Redford and Linch. Power will be turned off between 8am - 6pm in the areas with electricity being provided through temporary power generators where possible.
"We are not just minimising the risk of a power cut during high winds, but we are also reducing the number of planned outages that are needed to carry out installation of new equipment and routine tree cutting work. By doing the work in one day, and on this scale, means we don't have to keep switching off the network in the area."
The entire project will cover an area of 200,000 sq. metres. The firm has reassured the public that only vegetation and dead trees will be removed if they pose a significant threat to the network and are within falling distance of an overhead line.
The company is setting up a mobile welfare and information point to provide free hot food and drinks, as well as charging facilities for customers' mobile phones and tablets.
Five cars have been involved in a serious accident on the M23 London bound in West Sussex. The road is closed between junction 10 A2011/ A264 (Crawley) and M25 junction 7, congestion is to junction 11 A23 (Pease Pottage).
The accident happened at 12:05 this afternoon, two miles after junction 9. The carriageway is now fully closed back from junction 10, and is likely to remain closed until late afternoon for investigation work and recovery.
Trapped traffic is being release in one lane
Brighton & Hove's homeless crisis has reached unprecedented levels according to a new report by the city's housing trust.
In the last year almost six hundred people have been reported as sleeping rough in the city. A lack of affordable homes, alcohol and drug abuse, and a poor support network for people with mental illnesses have all been blamed for the rise.
In the video below, Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust tells ITV Meridian how the situation is worsening.
A 27 year old man from Worthing has died after a van crashed into a tree.
Four men from Sussex - two in their twenties and two in their thirties - have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They have since been bailed.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the junction between Offington Avenue and Offington Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The four survivors were treated for their injuries at Worthing Hospital.
A coroner has expressed concern over a bedside cot after a newborn baby from Haywards Heath was killed while she slept.
Seven-week-old Grace Roseman died while using a crib which could be joined onto her parents' bed.
She had manoeuvred herself over the edge of the Bednest - cutting off the supply of oxygen to her brain.
‘We are greatly saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to Grace’s parents.
We are doubly upset to hear this news, since the concept behind Bednest’s design is first and foremost about baby health and safety and came originally from highly experienced neo-natal nurses.
It is not the case that the coroner has called the cot “dangerous” and asked for it to be withdrawn.
The coroner has highlighted that all safety guidelines for the correct use of the crib are laid out in the instruction manual, but due to a growing second-hand market for our Bednest cribs, these instruction manuals may not be passed on. This may be, sadly, what happened with Grace’s crib.
We are now considering displaying basic instructions on the side of the crib itself.'
The A27 westbound in Arundel is blocked with stationary traffic due to an accident. Three vehicles were involved in the collision near the A284 Lyminster Road (Crossbush Junction), just before the traffic lights.
Law lords will rule today on a landmark bid to register a beach as a village green.
The stretch of sand at the port of Newhaven has been fenced off since 2006 over safety concerns.
If campaigners win, the public will once again be able to access the beach.
The A27 Chichester Bypass is closed westbound with queueing traffic due to an accident between A259 (Fishbourne Roundabout) and A259 (Emsworth Junction).
Police are directing traffic. The accident happened approximately 1.5 miles after the Fishbourne Roundabout, in the direction of Havant. Emergency services are at the scene. Motorists are using the A259 as an alternative route which is becoming congested.
A large-scale sea search was launched in West Sussex this evening after a member of the public reported seeing a body floating in the water.
Emergency services were called to the coastal town of Worthing at around 6pm.
A police helicopter as well as two Shoreham RNLI lifeboats were deployed.