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Harnessing social media to make teenage lives happier

It may come as little surprise, but in a recent study half of the teenagers surveyed admitted they felt addicted to their mobile devices.

And over a third of parents said they argued with their children about their phone use on a daily basis.

Now, a project is underway in Sussex to help young people take control of social media and use it as a force for good.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to students Lola Ray and Chloe Turnbull, and Jane Keating and Tayler Cresswell of Brighton5.

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Ancient skulls stolen from crypt in Kent

Skulls from Britain's biggest ancient collection of bones have been stolen from a church in Kent.

Thieves broke in to St Leonard's Church in Hythe and stole 21 skulls - all of them thought to be around 700 years old. Sarah Saunders spoke to Rev Andrew Sweeney and volunteer Brinley Hughes.

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The Last Word, July 2018

Brexit: the Chequers 'deal' that was good for less than 24 hours. Plus .... Donald Trump: as he starts his visit in Oxfordshire this evening, we ask - why should we welcome him? And .... Defence: how much should we spend, when demands on the Treasury are going up?

To debate all that - and what we can learn from Gareth Southgate's England squad:-

  • Stephen Morgan, Labour MP for Portsmouth South
  • Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, and
  • Tobias Ellwood, Tory MP for Bournemouth East and Defence Minister


Maidstone soldiers to deploy on challenging UN mission to world's newest country

Seven years ago today the world's newest country declared independence - but since then life for the people of South Sudan has continued to be a violent, desperate struggle.

A United Nations peace-keeping force is now in place while the country's civil war rages. And that's where Maidstone's 36 Engineer Regiment comes in.

They're heading out to Africa this week in one of the first deployments of its kind, to help. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Lt Col Mark Jones, Maj Alanda Scott, L/Cpl Charles Onslow and and Maj Jamie Walker.

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