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  1. Our live coverage for today has ended
  2. Updates on Friday 3 March 2017

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Hawkins' top tips to becoming a snooker pro

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Want to know what it takes to be a snooker pro?

World number seven Barry Hawkins, from Kent, shares his Top 5 Tips. 

Broadstairs woman filmed during benefits fraud investigation
A woman is filmed dancing after she claimed she could not walk unaided.

Two men arrested over house fire death

Two men have been arrested after a man died at a house fire in Maidstone.

A 48-year-old man died at the scene in Marsham Street on 26 February following the blaze.

Two men, aged 30 and 38, from Maidstone, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson and were bailed until 19 April.

Benefit cheat jailed for fraudulently claiming £150,000

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

A benefit cheat from Broadstairs who was caught dancing to Mariah Carey and fraudulently claimed £150,000 has been jailed for 18 months.

Lisa White, 54, was seen working in a cafe and walking unaided despite saying she needed a walking stick as well as a wheelchair to assist her mobility. 

England Opener Billings out for 52 v West Indies

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Kent's Sam Billings goes for 52 in England's first one-day international against West Indies in Antigua.

You can see the full scorecard here as England open their three-match one-day tour of the Caribbean. 

View more on twitter

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J2 for A20 and J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - M20 partially blocked coastbound between J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit) and J3 M26, because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Magic moments from FA People's Cup

#PeoplesCup

Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

It's getting mild but watch out for showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

This morning's rain may have moved off, but don't leave home without your umbrella.

Here's my forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - M25 lane closed on exit slip road clockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man stabbed in Dover

Kent Police was called at 06:18 GMT on Friday 3 March 2017 after reports of an assault at an address in Frith Road, Dover.

Police officers and South East Coast Ambulance Service went to the scene where a man was treated for stab wounds. He was taken to hospital for medical attention.

Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are on-going.

World champion in action in Nottingham this weekend

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Paralympic and world champion Will Bayley, from Groombridge, heads the list of athletes who will compete in the Para classes at the English National Championships in Nottingham tomorrow. 

World champion in action in Nottingham this weekend
BBC

The 29-year-old men’s class 7 World number one will take on his British team mates Aaron McKibbin (class 8), Billy Shilton (class 8) and David Wetherill (class 6) in the men’s 6-8 event.  

Man charged after fatal collision

A lorry driver from Kent has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, following a fatal crash in Essex.

A 60-year-old woman from Grays died in the incident, at Orsett on 27 July last year.

Trevor Jenkins, 54, from Bogshole Lane in Herne Bay, is due to appear before Basildon Magistrates on 6 April.

Police officer charged with distributing indecent images

A Kent Police officer has been charged with three counts of distributing indecent images, two charges of voyeurism, two counts of taking indecent videos and two counts of distribution of indecent videos. 

Timothy Neville Ryton, 45, formerly of Folkestone, was arrested on 23 January.

He was bailed to an address in Essex.

He was charged on 2 March and is due to appear at Crawley Magistrates Court on 29 March.

Charity 'appalled' at Calais food ban

Hockey: England earn opening win in South Africa

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Holcombe hockey's Sam Ward got on the score sheet as England's men started their 2020 Olympic cycle with a 5-2 win over South Africa in Cape Town.

Goalkeeper George Pinner captained the side, calling it his “proudest moment” in an England shirt.

Club team mate David Ames also featured in the first of the four match series.

Read the full story here .

Cricket: Billings could open for England

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Sam Billings
Getty Images

Kent's Sam Billings could open the batting for England in the first one-day international against the West Indies in Antigua this afternoon.

Captain Eoin Morgan wants his side return to winning ways ahead of this summer's Champions Trophy.

Steve Finn replaces Jake Ball in the team. Play starts at 1.30pm.

Grass fire in North Kent

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A large area of grassland's been destroyed by fire on the Isle of Sheppey.

Four hectares, around the size of six football pitches, caught fire just before 14:00 GMT on 2 March, near Manor Road in Queenborough.

Six fire engines were sent to deal with the blaze, which took two hours to bring under control.

This morning's newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online : Deal mum Robyn Gough reaches fundraising target for blind son's treatment

Kent News:  Jake Bugg and Annie Mac to headline LeeFest’s ‘biggest lineup to date’

Kent and Sussex Courier:  Thieves ransacked this High Brooms couple's home and left their cat cowering behind an Easter egg

It's our #onegooddeed month

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

What will your  #onegooddeed  be in March?

Join us as we try to make Kent a better place.

#ICYMI: Is your child seat fitted properly?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Road safety experts believe around two-thirds of children aren't being strapped in properly, and this week the law is getting tougher.

Our reporter Matt Davison tried fitting one of the latest models.

Hospital trust out of special measures

NHS Improvement has confirmed that East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is to come out of special measures.

The Care Quality Commission published its report into last autumn’s inspection of the Trust’s three main sites in December and found improvements to the quality of care patients receive.

Sir Mike Richards, England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, recommended that the Trust should be taken out of special measures and this has now been agreed by NHS Improvement.

I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of our staff, who have driven these improvements for patients over the last two years, has been recognised. We have made further improvements since the inspection and have plans to continue to reduce delays for patients, recruit staff and make further progress to improve services such as maternity and end of life care.

Matthew Kershaw Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals

Dash cam footage of BMW crashing on A2

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This is the shocking moment a speeding driver lost control of their car on the A2 in Kent, crashing over a roundabout near Bluewater Shopping Centre.

Kent Police are investigating the circumstances around the crash, which was captured by a dashboard camera in another vehicle.

Key facts: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Plans for a new "garden village" in Surrey could force an air ambulance service to relocate, it's feared.  

Redhill Aerodrome is one of five sites shortlisted for the 4,000-home development.

Bosses at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT), which is funded by donations, fear it could cost up to £10m to find a new base.

The proposals are part of Tandridge District Council's  plan  to meet government housing targets.

Read Mark Norman's exclusive story here .

Here are some key facts about the service:

Fly-tipping costs councils £1m to clear up

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

There were more than 19,500 incidents of fly-tipping in Kent last year, costing local authorities more than £1m to remove. 

In total, incidents have risen by nearly a fifth since 2013. 

Below are some before and after pictures of one dramatic incidence of fly-tipping at the Share and Coulter pub in Herne Bay.

Litter on lawn at the Share & Coulter public house
Chestfield Parish Council
Litter dumped outside the Share & Coulter public house
Chestfield Parish Council

          Litter picked up and cleared at the Share & Coulter public house
Chestfield Parish Council

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, at J5 for A249 Stockbury Roundabout.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road London-bound at J5, A249 (Stockbury Roundabout), because of an accident involving one car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

What's the weekend weather looking like?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

It's a miserable start to the day and it's looking like a wet weekend too.

Here's my morning forecast. 

#ICYMI: World Book Day - Your photos

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for sending us your brilliant World Book Day photos yesterday. 

Can you can spot your little Harry Potter, BFG or Cat in the Hat in this montage?

Hawkins' top tips to becoming a snooker pro

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Want to know what it takes to be a snooker pro?

World number seven Barry Hawkins, from Kent, shares his Top 5 Tips. 

It's nearly the weekend...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And for many of us, that means a couple of days off. Yay!

But first we'll be here until 22:00 GMT with your latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county. 

Thanks to Peter Johnson for sending us this snap of Western Heights at Dover. It's our Kent  #photooftheday .

Western Heights
Peter Johnson

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