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  2. Updates on Monday 6 March 2017

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Goodnight

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today. 

We'll be back tomorrow between 06:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT, with all the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

If there's anything you think we should know you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email

More controversy over Lush and Labour

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

There's fresh controversy tonight over hundreds of pounds of cosmetics that should have gone to needy people but were instead sold by a Labour party member in Ramsgate to help fund her County Council election campaign.

BBC South East Today has spoken to one woman who told us she was led to believe the sale was in aid of charity - and says she feels "deceived".

The equivalent amount of money raised has now been given to good causes.

Herald victims remembered

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Events have been held in Dover to mark the 30th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise tragedy.

Dartford Crossing designated 'rural road'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Pollution levels around the Dartford Crossing have been excluded from government air quality assessments because it was classed as a "rural" road, the BBC has discovered. 

Are living room gigs the future of pop?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

When you think of watching live music, you probably don't expect to do it from the comfort of your own home.

But as more and more small venues in London and the South East are closing down, is the future of music the living room gig?

We've been to the village of Eccles in Kent to find out.

Spring is in the air

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The weather takes a turn for the better over the next couple of days.

Here's my forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle and a rolling road-block.

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

Severe accident: A2 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent both ways severe accident, between Union Street and Magpie Hall Road.

A2 Kent - A2 New Road in Chatham closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Union Street junction and Luton Arches, because of an accident.

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

'Deception' claims over Labour cosmetics sale

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

A woman claims people were “misled” into thinking the sale of cosmetics, which funded a Labour councillor’s election campaign, were for charity.

Karen Constantine - who is vying for a Ramsgate seat in Kent County Council - sold a selection of Lush products for £415.

The items were donated by Lush to The Kindness Offensive charity on the condition they should not be resold.

Some were shared with the charity Food for All, but these were passed on to the Ramsgate Labour Party and sold in a pub drive.

Natalie Garrett
BBC
Natalie Garrett was working at the pub during the sale

Ms Constantine’s Facebook page had made clear the money was destined for Labour coffers, but Natalie Garrett was working at the pub during the sale and said a board at the sale indicated the money would be going to charity.

A former charity volunteer herself, she said she feels misled and added: "I asked her what she wanted written on the board and the word charity was clearly, absolutely there.

"Some of my friends and even some of my family purchased some of the goodie bags, a couple of items. Again they feel the same, if they'd have known that it was for a political party, it just wouldn't have been supported.”

Ms Constantine previously apologised for “not knowing the election funding laws regarding charities” and gave the money to local good causes, but declined to comment on the fresh claims.

Concern over plans for huge theme park

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Traders and business on the Swanscombe Peninsula in north Kent are worried they could be forced to sell up if a huge theme park gets the go-ahead. 

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J3 for M26 and J4 for A228 Leybourne.

M20 Kent - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M20 coastbound between J3 M26 and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M20 coastbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Zeebrugge remembered: 'There were people crying help'

One rescuer remembers trying to save people after the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. 

View more on twitter

Tunbridge Wells' 20mph zone

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The final sections of what will be Kent's largest 20mph zone will be completed this week before it's officially opened on Friday.

The go-slow zone in Tunbridge Wells has cost more than £40,000 and covers 50 residential streets and two primary schools. 

Zeebrugge disaster document found in skip

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

This document, asking for tenders for the scrap remains of around 100 cars from the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, was found in a skip in Throwley near Faversham.    

View more on twitter

Rise in attacks against ambulance crews

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Ambulance driving along road
SECAMB

There's been a rise in the number of assaults recorded on South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) crews.

In total there were 207 attacks logged last year, a 64% increase on the year before. 

The majority of the incidents in the last year were alcohol-related but also involved people who were using recreational drugs and those suffering a mental health problem. 

Last week MPs debated whether there should be a specific offence for assaulting doctors and nurses.  

Ambulance trusts nationally are looking at whether to introduce body worn video cameras for the first time.

England lose but Kent man excels

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond top scored with 51 as the England Lions lost the third one-dayer in their series against Sri Lanka A. 

The 23-year-old, batting in an unfamiliar number three position, helped the tourists post 184 all out.

But Sri Lanka comfortably chased that score to take a 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Read the match report here .

Daniel Bell-Drummond
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Spring is in the air

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

It's a dry and mild outlook. But will it last? 

Dartford Crossing designated 'rural road'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Pollution levels around the Dartford Crossing have been excluded from government air quality assessments because it was classed as a "rural" road, the BBC has discovered. 

Full story on Inside Out tonight on BBC One in London and the South East at 19:30 GMT  

Thirty years since the Zeebrugge disaster

Duncan Kennedy

BBC South of England Correspondent

It's the 30th anniversary of The Herald of Free Enterprise disaster where 193 people lost their lives.

I'm in Dover for the memorial today. 


          It's the 30th anniversary of The Herald of Free Enterprise disaster where 193 lost their lives
BBC
Gillian's mum

Bethan Bell

BBC News

Thirty years ago the Herald of Free Enterprise capsized, killing 193 people. This is the story of those affected by the disaster.

Read more

Dartford Crossing excluded from pollution assessments

Pollution levels around the Dartford Crossing have been excluded from government air quality assessments because it was classed as a .

Despite carrying 50 million vehicles a year, the status meant nitrogen dioxide recordings were not reported to the EU.

Consisting of the Dartford Tunnel and QEII Bridge, the crossing - officially known as the A282 - connects the M25 north and south of the River Thames.

It has now been reclassified.

Dartford Crossing
BBC

Rise in attacks against ambulance crews

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

South East Coast Ambulance
SECAMB

There's been a dramatic rise in the number of assaults recorded on South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) crews.

In total there were 207 attacks logged last year, a 64% increase on the year before. 

The majority of the incidents in the last year were alcohol-related but also involved people who were using recreational drugs and those suffering a mental health problem. 

Last week MPs debated whether there should be a specific offence for assaulting doctors and nurses.  

Ambulance trusts nationally are looking at whether to introduce body worn video cameras for the first time.

Ferry disaster 30th anniversary marked

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Zeebrugge disaster
Getty Images

Events are being held both sides of the English Channel to mark the 30th anniversary of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster.

The accident caused 193 deaths among the passengers and crew of the Herald of Free Enterprise which capsized on 6 March 1987.

The names of those who died are being read out at St Mary's Church in Dover.

The passenger ferry began taking in water shortly after leaving the Belgian port on its way to Dover.

The crew had failed to shut the bow doors and the ship capsized in 90 seconds. 

Two arrested following rape in Canterbury

Two people from Canterbury have been arrested following a report of a rape at a graveyard in Longport.  

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was attacked at around 04.15 GMT on Thursday 23 February 2017.

An 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the incident and have been released on police bail until Saturday 4 June 2017 pending further enquiries.

Zeebrugge remembered

Duncan Kennedy

BBC South of England Correspondent

Thirty years ago a ferry left dock in Belgium. Within minutes the ship was in trouble and in just 90 seconds it capsized, killing 193 people. 

Here are the names of the people who lost their lives that day.


          The 193 names of those who died on the Herald of Free Enterprise
BBC

What happened at the Zeebrugge ferry crossing?

It's 30 years since the Zeebrugge ferry crossing disaster, in which 193 passengers died.

It was the deadliest maritime disaster involving a British ship in peacetime since the sinking of the Iolaire in 1919.

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.  

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J7 for A2 Canterbury Road and J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - Lane blocked on M2 London-bound between J7, A2 (Brenley Corner) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

This morning's newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online : 30th anniversary of Zeebrugge disaster marked

Kent News:  Infant remains found in Sheerness as police search for girl’s mother

Kent Live:  Revealed: How your child's allocated school ranks against others in Kent

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. 

Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster: Chaplain recalls 'traumatising' tragedy 30 years on

Zeebrugge ferry disaster
Getty Images

On 6 March 1987, passenger ferry the Herald of Free Enterprise pulled out of its berth at the Belgium port of Zeebrugge carrying 459 passengers and 80 crew.

Just minutes after leaving harbour, the ferry capsized. 193 people were killed in the tragedy.

Belfast man Bill McCrea was more than 1,500 miles away in Kent, when the ship began its final journey.

A chaplain for the Sailors' Society, Bill was on duty at the Merchant Navy and National Sea Training College in Gravesend.

You can read his interview here .

Where are the M25 traffic hotspots?

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

Motorway (generic)
PA

It's one of the most congested motorways in Europe, with thousands of people driving on it every day.

But where are the "traffic hotspots" on the M25?

Latest figures from Highways England shows the junction that had the longest average delays between 2015 and 2016 was the A282 in Kent going northbound between the A296/A225 and A206, near the Dartford Crossing.

Most of the others in the top ten were around junctions 12, 13, 14 and 15 in Surrey.

Business groups are warning about the impact of congestion on roads across the region, if it gets worse in the future.

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership says that future economic growth could "choked off" if there is no investment to reduce it and suggests some firms could eventually move out of the area.

Gills ease their relegation worries

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock was clearly delighted with his win at the weekend, in particular praising his forwards in their 2-1 victory away at Bury .

Cody McDonald
Getty Images

Goals from Bradley Dack and Cody McDonald helped the Gills move six points clear of the League One relegation zone.  

Zeebrugge Herald of Free Enterprise disaster remembered

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Gillian Lashbrooke's parents
Gillian Lashbrooke
"I couldn't believe I was looking at my mum. I loved her so much and she was dead in front of me."

Thirty years ago a ferry left dock in Belgium.

Within minutes the ship was in trouble and in just 90 seconds it capsized, killing 193 people.

Here is the story of the Herald of Free Enterprise - told by those whose lives were forever affected by the disaster. You can read the full story here .

Sheerness dead baby girl 'was newborn'

Police at the scene after a baby girl's remains were found
PA

A baby girl whose remains were found in a Kent street was believed to have been newborn, police have said.

Officers are keen to locate the mother of the child after the remains were found in Broadway, Sheerness, on Saturday afternoon.

Kent Police said the identity of the dead child is still not known and neither is the cause of death.

Det Insp Richard Vickery said the remnants of a small fire were found at the scene.

The fire is thought to have been started between 10:00 GMT and 12:30.

Officers received a report the remains had been found just before 12:50 GMT.

Det Insp Vickery said: "We're very keen to locate the mother of this girl as we are concerned for her wellbeing and want to make sure she is receiving the necessary emotional and medical support."

He appealed to hear from anyone who was in Broadway on Saturday morning. Officers have said information will be handled sensitively.

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