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Thursday's news with Amanda

A look at what's happening in the ITV News Meridian region this Thursday the 14th February with Amanda Piper. And after snow showers and chilly nights, Simon Parkin warms things up with today's weather forecast.

The Headlines:- Victim Named - A homeless man found dead on the seafront in Hove has been named as Lee Williams from Hastings. A post mortem examination has revealed the 45 year old father had suffered severe injuries to his face and head caused by a heavy object.

Massive Savings - £60 million - that's how much Kent County Council is looking to save as it sets out its budget for the next financial year. Proposals including reducing adult social care and children's services while losing 500 council workers.

Happy Valentine! Armed Forces Love - Despite being thousands of miles from home, soldiers and sailors from the south haven't escaped the romance. The company of Portsmouth based HMS Monmouth created a giant heart on the flight deck for a bespoke card.


The headlines today

A look at the stories making the news this Wednesday with Amanda Piper on ITV News Meridian online. And to find out if there is more snow on its way, Simon Parkin has today's forecast.

Today's top stories:- Suspected Shooting - A man has been found on a street with what's believed to be a gunshot wound. He died later in hospital. Part of Dartford was cordoned off as investigations were carried out.

Homeless Death - Further searches have been made to find those responsible for the death of a man sleeping rough in Hove. Believed to be in his 40s, he was found next to the pitch and putt golf course on the seafront. Police say he was killed in a "vicious attack".

Pride of Place - 57 rhinos have appeared at Marwell Wildlife Park in Hampshire. The sculptures will be painted by school children then displayed in Southampton. It's hoped they will raise awareness of the animal's dwindling numbers in the wild.

The top stories today

If you missed our Daybreak bulletins this morning, here's a chance to catch up with Amanda Piper. And to find out what the weather has in store for us today, Helen Plint has the forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Council Demonstration - Two sets of campaigners are coming together to show their anger at an East Sussex County Council meeting. Opponents to the Bexhill to Hastings link road will take their fight to the local authority as will those against cuts to services.

Stay Away from Beaches - The coastguard is asking people to avoid beaches affected by landslips. The ongoing wet weather has left the ground waterlogged, meaning cliffs are unstable.

A 'Flipping' Good Time! The south's MPs will be flipping a pancake or two this Shove Tuesday all in the name of charity. They'll be taking part in the annual Parliamentary pancake race which last year, Chatham and Aylesford's MP Tracey Crouch crossed the finish line first.


Amanda's news headlines

The latest news in the ITV News Meridian region this Friday with Amanda Piper. And if you want to know if you'll need your umbrella today or sunglasses and thermals, Simon Parkin has the forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Candidate Announced - The Conservatives have announced who will be their candidate in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election caused by Chris Huhne's resignation. Maria Hutchings was runner up to Huhne in the last general election.

Teenager Arrested. It's been reported a teenager has been arrested in connection with the death of a teacher from Kent on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean more than a year ago. Carl Davies from Sittingbourne had been working as a security guard on a ship when he died.

Read All About It! Libraries Minister Ed Vaizey will be reading to children in Oxfordshire today as part of National Libraries Day. Events will be held across the south this weekend aimed at encouraging us all to read more.

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