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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 7 March 2017

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It's goodnight from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from your Local Live team for another busy day. 

We're back at 06:00 GMT with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

And remember you can get in touch on   Twitter  , on   Facebook  , or by sending us an   email  .      

 

Robbery in Canterbury town centre

Kent Police is appealing for information after a man reported being knocked unconscious in Canterbury.The 28-year-old suffered serious head injuries in the incident in which his wallet, passport and mobile were stolen in the early hours of 25 February.He reported to police that he been drinking with friends in the town centre and walked from Stour Street to Castle Street at the end of the night.The man then continued onto Wincheap and in the direction of Heaton Road.At some point during his journey he was reportedly knocked to the floor and had his possessions stolen, but he has no memory of the incident itself.  

450 homes to be built on green land in Capstone Valley

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Over the years campaigners have fought off development in the Capstone Valley.

Today, the government has given a win to developers. 

The green light has been given for 450 homes to be built on Gibraltar Farm, despite opposition from local people, Medway Council and local MP and minister Tracey Crouch. There were concerns over infrastructure, wildlife and the loss of green space. 

Tracey Crouch says there is a worry more development will follow.

Once you start developing one area of Capstone Valley then I'm afraid it unlocks all the other areas because all of a sudden the special aspects of Capstone Valley that had protected it from development have suddenly been taken away."

She also says local people have been ignored.

Tracey Crouch is a minister in the government and says of course she lobbied her colleagues over the plans, but it hasn't worked. 

Perhaps a drive to meet government housing targets is outweighing the concerns of Conservative councils and MPs?

There's a lot of disappointment from those who have campaigned against it and there is talk of what the next possible step could be the challenge the decision.

Wet wet wet

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's a lot of rain on the way. Here's my latest forecast.

Man's body found in car park stairwell - update

Police at the scene of Tunbridge Wells chemical spill
BBC

Police say their enquiries are ongoing to formally identify a man after his body was found in a car park in Tunbridge Wells this morning. 

Kent Police officers are still at the scene in Vale Road.

Police were called to a stairway on the first floor of the car park by Kent Fire and Rescue Service at 04:04 GMT. 

The force says the death is currently being treated as unexplained and officers will be reviewing post-mortem examination results, which will take place in due course. 

The car park is expected to be reopened by 22:00 GMT tonight. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 01622 604100, quoting reference 07-0088. 

#ICYMI: Herald victims remembered

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A service was held in Dover on Monday, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Zeebrugge tragedy.

#ICYMI: 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.

Government urged to tackle 999 ambulance abuse callers

An ambulance control centre worker
BBC

Calls have been made for harsher penalties to protect ambulance control room workers from abusive callers.

Figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information laws revealed hundreds of verbal attacks in the past three years including threats to kill, racist and sexual slurs.

The union Unison has urged the government to bring in tougher punishments to deter abusive callers.

The Home Office said sufficient laws were already in place.

In one example recorded by other ambulance trusts:  

  • South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust confirmed threats to kill, threats of violence and sexually inappropriate comments had been made to its staff

Read the full story here .

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J3 for M20 and J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is about 70 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Investigation continues after man found dead in car park stairwell

Police at the scene in Tunbridge Wells
BBC

Investigations are continuing after a man was found dead in the stairwell of a car park.

Police officers were called to Vale Road in Tunbridge Wells shortly after 04:00 GMT after firefighters discovered the man's body "lying on the ground" in the Torrington car park.

The car park is currently closed for investigation.

The body of 17-year-old Terry Edmonds was found in a suitcase underneath a ramp in the same car park in 2006.

She had been sexually assaulted and strangled by 23-year-old homeless man Philip Bell before being put into the case on April 17.

Her body was discovered 12 days later. Bell was convicted of murder in 2009 and jailed for 28 years. 

Bomb disposal robot deployed to London Bridge

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

London Bridge station is closed because of a security alert relating to a suspect vehicle. 

At this stage Scotland Yard says it's a "precaution". A bomb disposal robot has been deployed.

London Bridge security alert causing travel disruption

London Bridge Station is evcauted
@PoshPeckham

Trains, buses, cars and workers are affected in the London Bridge Station area, which has been closed by police for a security alert:

The bus station has been evacuated

Southern is not running any services into or out of London Bridge  

The A3 is closed in both directions at London Bridge

London Bridge Station staff are evacuated for a security alert


          Station staff are evacuated at London Bridge for a security alert
@TobyLuckhurst

London Bridge station closed

The police have closed London Bridge station due to a security alert.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said it was due to a suspicious vehicle. 

Southern 'aiming to run most of its services' during strike

Train operator Southern says it's aiming to run most of its services during the RMT’s strike on Monday, 13 March.

The company says that during the RMT's last strike, on 22 February, it ran almost nine out of 10 trains.

Passenger Services Director Angie Doll said: “We've shown that we can now run almost all our services during an RMT strike.

"Our on-board supervisors are now established in their roles and passengers are beginning to see the benefits of having someone whose sole job is customer service.”

What's the rest of the day's weather looking like?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Check out my lunchtime forecast to find out.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

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

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

#ICYMI: 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.     

Gorillaz announce first UK live performance since 2010 at their own festival

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn
BBC

British band Gorillaz have announced their first UK live performance since 2010 - and it will be at their very own festival.

The animated group posted a message on Twitter revealing they will be hosting a festival named Demon Dayz - the title of their second record - on June 10 at Dreamland in Margate.

So far Gorillaz are the only act on the bill, although the message says other performers will be announced. 

In January, Gorillaz debuted Hallelujah Money, their first track since 2012.

The virtual band was created by created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist and designer Jamie Hewlett, who studied at Northbrook College in Worthing, in 1998 and put out four studio albums. 

Update: Car park death treated as 'unexplained'

Officers from Kent Police are still at the scene after a man's body was found in a car park in Tunbridge Wells this morning.

The man's body was discovered in the stairwell of a public car park in Vale Road.

Officers were called to the first floor of the car park by Kent Fire and Rescue Service at 04:04 GMT.

The force is currently treating the death as unexplained and the car park is likely to remain closed for several hours while officers carry out their investigation.

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. 

Car park death investigation

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has released this statement after a man was found dead in the town this morning.

“We can confirm that Torrington car park is currently closed due to a police investigation.

“Tunbridge Wells Borough Council car park season ticket holders can park in any council pay and display car park while Torrington remains closed.”

Severe accident: Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

Kent both ways severe accident, at A254 Margate Road.

Kent - Pyson's Road in Ramsgate partially blocked and slow traffic in both directions at the A254 Margate Road junction, because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

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

Have you got a story that needs to be investigated?

If so, get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East Today investigations team. 

#ICYMI: 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.

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, after J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 blocked and queuing traffic London-bound after J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident.

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

Tunbridge Wells death update

Libby Sutcliffe

News Editor, BBC Radio Kent

Tunbridge Wells
BBC

BBC Radio Kent News Editor Libby Sutcliffe reports from the scene.

It was just after 04:00 GMT that Kent Police were called to the car park by Tunbridge Wells railway station in Vale Road.

It was Kent Fire and Rescue Service which contacted the force after they were called to reports of a fire in the stairwell of the car park.

When officers arrived they found a man dead lying on the ground.

At the moment there are police officers at the entrances to the car park.

Kent Police say it's too early to give any more details about the circumstances surrounding the man's death. 

Police are investigating after a man was found dead in Tunbridge Wells

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Kent Police was called to Vale Road in Tunbridge Wells by firefighters at 04:04 GMT after the death of a man who was found lying on the ground. 

Officers are currently carrying out an investigation and remain at the scene.