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Verdict on Caroline Lucas MP today

Caroline Lucas MP in court in Brighton today Credit: PA

She was among a group of protesters who'd linked arms outside the site, during an anti-fracking protest last summer.

During the trial at Brighton Magistrates' Court alongside her four co-defendants, Lucas said she "wanted to express solidarity" by protesting peacefully.

The 53-year-old told the court that she felt it was important to protest about fracking in a bid to prevent the UK being locked into using more fossil fuels.

"And I want to do all I can do peacefully to address that before it's too late.''

Lucas told the trial that governments were failing to urgently address the issues surrounding climate change.

She denies two charges - wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.

Josef Dobraszczyk, 22, from Bristol; Ruth Jarman, 50, from Hook, Hampshire; Sheila Menon, 42, from London; and Ruth Potts, 39, from Devon, also deny both charges.

Jarman is expected to give evidence this morning.

District Judge Tim Pattinson is due to return verdicts on all five defendants this afternoon.

Man arrested following M26 crash

Kent Police have arrested a man in connection with the multi vehicle crash that brought the M26 to a standstill yesterday.

Officers were called at 9:37am on Wednesday 16 April to a report of a multi-vehicle collision on the Londonbound carriageway of the M26, near Kemsing.

The collision involved five vehicles - two HGVs, two cars and a box van.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Car drives off after clipping cyclist in Copthorne

A cyclist training for the London to Brighton bike ride was knocked off his bike by a car, which then drove off.

The 23-year-old man from Horley was cycling with a friend on Wednesday evening when he was hit by a black Peugeot's wing mirror.

It happened at the Duke's Head roundabout in Copthorne Common Road at around 6:25pm.

The car stopped briefly but then drove off.

The victim was taken to East surrey Hospital where he was treated for a broken collarbone.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 1203 of 16/04.

Rats as big as cats? Have you seen bigger?

A giant rat found in Kent. Credit: Sue via Radio 2 Twitter

It's not the sort of find you want to make in an Easter egg hunt this weekend - a rat the size of a cat, you'd need a rather large rat trap to catch this one.

The rodent was found dead in Gravesend in Kent - just the latest example around the country.

This photo was tweeted by BBC Radio 2 after the problem was discussed on the Jeremy Vine show.

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This Easter weekend expected to busier than last years

It could be busier on the region's roads this Easter weekend than it was over last year's bank holiday weekend.

That's the prediction from the AA which thinks that 55% of drivers are planning to take to the roads.

Over half a million people are also expected to fly from Gatwick and Heathrow, heading to popular destinations such as Spain and Turkey to catch some Spring sunshine.

We spoke to Edmund King, AA President.

Section of M26 where crash happened now re-opened

A section of the M26 closed following a serious crash yesterday which killed two people has now re-opened.

Two lorries, two cars and a box van were involved in the crash near Kemsing, Kent yesterday morning.

Seven people were also taken to hospital in a "serious condition" by South East Coast Ambulance Service following the crash.

The eastbound stretch was reopened yesterday evening but the London-bound carriage way where the crash happened was shut overnight.

Hundreds of motorists were stranded in traffic for several hours following the collision.

Any witnesses who may have seen the lead up to the collision or the crash itself should call 01622 798538.

Verdicts due to be returned in Caroline Lucas trial

Caroline Lucas will appear in court later charged with public offences Credit: ITV Meridian

Verdicts are due to be returned today in the trial of Green Party MP who were arrested during an anti-fracking protest.

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was arrested in Balcolmbe in August last year.

She was among a group of protesters who had linked arms outside Cuadrilla's site in Sussex

She denies wilful obstruction of the highway.

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