People in the South East of England are reminded to report sightings of the Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars which could be damaging oak trees in the area.
Nests are typically dome or teardrop-shaped, averaging the size of a tennis ball. They are white when fresh, but soon become discoloured and brown. The caterpillars have black heads and bodies, covered in long white hairs which contain proteins which can cause itchy rashes and eye and throat irritations. They can occasionally cause breathing difficulties in people and pets so should not be touched. The greatest risk period is May to July when the caterpillars emerge and feed before pupating into adult moths. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves which can leave the trees vulnerable to other pests, diseases and drought.
Any sightings should be reported to the Forestry Commission via its tree alert online form or alternatively email [email protected]
Removal of the moth nests should be done by trained pest control experts.
Two men have been arrested in Caterham after police officers conducted a drugs warrant.
Early on Wednesday, officers executed a warrant under section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act at a property on Commonwealth Road. The men, aged 62 and 46, were arrested that morning on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs. A large amount of cash was also found at the property. The warrant was executed after officers acted on local intelligence in relation to drug dealing in the area.
The two men have been released under investigation.
As the Alzheimer’s Society launches Dementia Action Week today, Oxted businesses are working with their staff to raise greater understanding of the condition.
Many shops and organisations in the town are ensuring their staff can better support residents with dementia, with many becoming Dementia Friends.
Making small changes in their day to day interactions can encourage people with dementia to maintain independence and to prevent them from becoming socially isolated.
There will be no access to or from Gatwick Airport via the M23 for 36 hours from late Friday until Sunday afternoon.
Both the southbound and northbound exit slip roads will be closed for traffic and there’ll be no access into Gatwick Airport from junction 9. There is expected to be major disruption during the work from 10 pm on Friday until midday on Sunday. The M23 main carriageway will be open for traffic in both directions and there will be a fully signed diversion route in place.
From junction 10 of the M23 to Gatwick a diversion will be in place via the A2011, A23 and Airport Way leading to the North and South terminals. To get to the M25 from the airport, traffic will be diverted via the A264 and A22 towards Godstone joining the M25 at junction 6.
The closure is due to ongoing work on upgrading the 11 mile stretch of the M23 between junction 8 near Merstham and junction 10 at Copthorne to an all-lane running smart motorway.
Crawley Town Football Club has confirmed the release of two players; goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin and defender Bondz N’Gala. Yusuf was signed in 2016 and made 19 appearances for the club. Bondz joined the club at the start of last season and made 16 appearances.
Crawley Town has confirmed that negotiations are ongoing with midfielder Dannie Bulman about a new contract. Dannie has made 399 appearances for the Reds across three spells and has played in 40 league and cup games this season.
13The club has also exercised its option to extend Panutche Camara’s contract for another season.