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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another day.

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

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Philip Hammond carrying the budget box

As Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled the Budget 2017, BBC audiences got in touch to ask questions about the meaning of the government's economic plans.

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Budget 2017: Five key points
Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his Spring Budget. Here are five key points from his speech.

Honour for Medway war hero

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

France's highest military decoration, the Legion d'Honneur has been awarded to a war hero from Medway. 

93-year-old Ray Grose was part of the second wave of troops that landed on the Normandy beaches in June 1944. 

Ray lost many of his friends during the Normandy landings, and was also wounded himself. 

Ray Grose
Medway Age UK

What's your #onegooddeed this month?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We launched #onegooddeed this week, with a spring clean for Thanet.

If you do a good deed for someone in March, tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

An improving weather picture

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's getting drier and staying very mild. Here's my latest forecast.

Why the promise of free transport to grammar schools may not be all it appears for Kent

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

In today's Budget, the Chancellor announced he'd be extending free transport for children who get free school meals to their nearest grammar school.

It's been welcomed as good news for Kent, by several of the county's MPs.

But in reality it won't make all that much difference.

Philip Hammond
Jeff Overs

Kent County Council already offers this so there's no real change for parents.

There is one key difference though and that's in the distance.

Kent County Council's cut-off point is 6 miles, while the Government will fund travel to a school up to 15 miles away.

It is good news too for the County Council money men, as it means the Government will fully cover the cost in future.

Hospital praised for reducing injury during childbirth

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent has become one of the best in the country at preventing women from suffering injury during childbirth. 

Update: Car park death latest

Kent Police has told us that the victim of the suspected murder in a car park in Tunbridge Wells was aged in his 40s, not his 20s as previously stated.

Earlier today officers arrested two men - aged 34 and 19 - on suspicion of murder.

The body of the victim was found in the Torrington Road car park yesterday.  

Chancellor Philip Hammond

The chancellor upgrades growth forecasts and outlines £2bn more for social care in a Budget Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says shows "utter complacency".

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Budget 2017: Social care gets a boost.

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

A major announcement on funding for social care.

£2 billion 'additional funding' for social care to be given to councils between now & 2020 #Budget2017

BreakingArrests over car park death

Officers have arrested two men on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in a public car park in Tunbridge Wells.

The body of the victim, a man aged in his twenties, was found during the early hours yesterday,  after police were called to a stairway on the first floor of the Torrington Road car park by Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

Today a 34-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, both from Tunbridge Wells, have been apprehended.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place on Thursday.

It's dull and wet

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

Will the wet and mild weather continue? Here's my latest forecast.   

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.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J6 for A229 and J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M20 London-bound between J6, A229 (Chatham) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Couple check paperwork

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter

Here is how the first of two Budgets this year could have a big impact on your household finances.

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Budget 2017: More on free school transport

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Some Kent pupils already qualify, regardless of the Chancellor's announcement.

In Kent, children on free school meals can already apply for 'transport assistance' to a grammar if it's nearest on……

Budget 2017: Help for pupils on free school meals

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

More help for children on free school meals announced by the Chancellor, if they get into grammars.

Children on free school meals will get free transport to selective schools. Chancellor says they travel, on average,3 x as far #Budget2017

Budget 2017: Cheers for breweries

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Good news for the South East's breweries.

Pubs are looking like winners in the Budget - £1k discount on business rates and no rise in alcohol duty #Budget2017

Budget 2017: National Insurance

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

A big announcement on National Insurance.

National Insurance for self-employed is going up by 1% - and then another 1% in 2019 #Budget2017

2017 Budget underway

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The Chancellor Philip Hammond starts with some important news for small businesses.

Chancellor says he's listened to concerns over business rates.Says he'll give £300m to councils to help businesses affected by big rises

There'll also be £1k business rate discount for pubs with a rateable value of less than £100k #Budget2017

Business rate rises is something a number of South East MPs have been raising with government #Budget2017

Great news that campaigning and discussing with @hmtreasury and @CommunitiesUK is seeing a reform to #businessrates #highstreetsmatter

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

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn

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. 

Car park reopens after man's body found in stairwell

The Torrington car park in Tunbridge Wells has reopened after a man's body was found in a stairwell there yesterday morning.

Kent Police says there is an officer still at the scene.

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.   

Arrests over fatal shooting 16 years on

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a man almost 16 years ago.

46-year-old Leonard Naylor suffered multiple gunshot wounds on the driveway of his home in Bracondale Avenue, Istead Rise, Gravesend on 18 April 2001.

Leonard Naylor
Leonard Naylor

Robert Blackwell, 51, of Atlas Road in Plaistow, London, has been charged with conspiracy to murder and will appear before Medway magistrates later.

A 51-year-old man from Colchester, a 52-year-old man from Upminster and a 43-year-old man of no fixed address remain in custody.

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.    

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. 

#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.

This is what to expect in the spring 2017 budget

Philip Hammond will announce how the government will spend its money later today.

Charlton Athletic 2-1 Scunthorpe United

Getty Images

Charlton deliver a blow to Scunthorpe's hopes of promotion as a home win secures their first victory in nine. 

Read the full story here .

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J2 for A2 and J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - Heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of several problems earlier.

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

South East actress up for Olivier Award

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

South East actress Sophie-Louise Dann has just been nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Gary Barlow’s new West End musical, based on the Calendar Girls story.    

But what's it like working with the Take That star?  

Severe congestion: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe congestion, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe).

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, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting before J2 A2.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic for four miles on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Travel time is only 10 to 15 minutes. Congestion to before J2, Darenth Interchange.

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

It's our #onegooddeed month

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We carried out our first  #onegooddeed  event with a litter pick in Broadstairs yesterday - and it was a huge success.

What will your  #onegooddeed  be in March? Watch this short video to see how you can get involved.

It's a cloudy, damp but mild day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

And I'm taking an early look at the all important weekend weather.

Check out my morning forecast.

Investigation continues after man's body found in car park stairwell

Kent Police at scene after man's body found

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

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