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  2. Updates on Monday 13 March 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us - we'll be back at 06:00 with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

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Hat-trick hero: 'Over the moon'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Gillingham FC's Josh Wright - brother of Towie's Mark - describes the incredible moment he scored a hat-trick of penalties, to grab victory over Scunthorpe United at the weekend.

Tributes to Kent actor Tony Haygarth

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Tony Haygarth
Haygarth family

The family of Tony Haygarth have paid tribute to him after he died aged 72.

The actor, who lived in East Peckham, was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2014 and moved into residential care a year later. 

He died peacefully on Friday with his wife, Carol, and two daughters, Becky and Katie, at his side.

Becky said the amount of support the family had been shown since her dad's death, particularly on social media, had been overwhelming.

She described him as an "amazing person and a community-spirited man".

He struggled so much towards the end. He'd been in hospital three times since January, his body was exhausted. But when he passed away it was so peaceful. We were all there, there was no fight, no pain. We want people to know that."

Becky HaygarthDaughter

This time of year was dad's favourite, he loved new life, baby lambs, new bulbs shooting through, so we're feeling very much like he's around at the moment."

Katie HaygarthDaughter
Tony Haygarth with his family
Haygarth family

Spring was in the air for this deer...

Unfortunately the animal nearly crashed into BBC Radio Kent journalist Alex Ward as she drove to Tunbridge Wells earlier.

Warm weather continues

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to be more of the same on Tuesday after a warm start to the week.

Southern strike: 'I've lost my regular customers'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern says most of its service are operating as normal today but staff at Brighton Chippy near the station say the ongoing strike action is affecting business.

This afternoon's newspaper headlines

A newspaper press
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Kent Online : Riot squad unit sent to Cookham Wood jail, Rochester

Kent News:  X Factor auditions at Margate's Dreamland had a dismal turnout but line-up did contain familiar faces

Kent Live:  A thug who beat up a man in a Tonbridge kebab shop went back for his chips

Farmers' warning to dog owners

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Dog owners are being warned they could be prosecuted and their pets shot dead if they allow them to chase sheep.

It's lambing season, and farmers across the South East are already reporting cases of sheep worrying.

One Sussex farmer is counting the cost of an attack which saw 14 of his ewes killed. 

Riot squad 'called to hostage situation'


Riot unit members were called to a youth jail after a reported hostage situation between inmates, KentOnline has reported

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “Staff successfully resolved an incident involving a small number of offenders at HMYOI Cookham Wood on Monday 13 March.

"No-one was injured and there was no threat to the public.”

Amazing Humans: The One-handed Concert Pianist

When Nicholas McCarthy had a dream to be a concert pianist, there were those who said it couldn't be done.  

He visited Kent school pupils today to speak about his journey.

Spring has sprung

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's a lovely afternoon out there for most of us.

Check out my lunch-time forecast.

Political activist jailed for election fraud

The right-wing political activist Steve Uncles has been jailed for seven and a half months after being convicted of election fraud.

Steve Uncles was regional leader for the English Democrats and put forward fake candidates to stand in local government elections in Kent in 2013. 

Last year he stood as a candidate in the police and crime commissioner elecions, coming last in the vote

#ICYMI: Frustration over plans to change hospital services

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

There were angry scenes in Canterbury on Saturday as NHS bosses clashed with residents over plans for possible changes to acute hospital services in East Kent.

Campaigners believe the urgent care centre at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital has been earmarked for closure.

Managers said no decision has been made, but there had been problems trying to recruit doctors. 

Middlesex Road, Maidstone

Paramedics discovered the body when they were called to a house in Maidstone on Saturday morning.

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - Heavy traffic on M20 London-bound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a rolling road-block and emergency repairs.

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

Peter Green

Police are appealing for help to trace a man reported missing from Pembury in Kent who was last seen in Inverness.

Read more

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: Your amazing pictures

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for all of the amazing pictures you've been sending us on  TwitterFacebook  and by  email .

We loved them so much that we decided to create a music montage of just some of the best.

Please keep them coming.

RMT strike: Analysis by BBC Transport Correspondent

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

A Southern train

It's the South and the North today, but could this dispute keep spreading across England?

The government's made it clear that it wants an expansion of "driver-only-operated" trains and that puts it at loggerheads with the unions.

The Department for Transport talks about introducing them in the next two franchises about to be awarded, South Western and West Midlands.

The unions say it's a long-term ploy to get rid of all train guards and save money - they claim it puts passenger safety at risk.

But rail bosses argue it's about modernising the service, freeing up the second on-board person to deal with passengers rather than closing the train doors.

Handing all the safety jobs to the driver means you don't HAVE to have two people on every train before it can leave the station. That would shrink the power of the RMT, because more trains would be able to run if their guards went on strike in the future.

It's our #onegooddeed month

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

BBC Radio Kent launched  #onegooddeed  with a spring clean for Thanet last week. You can see how we got on by watching this video.

And on Wednesday the breakfast show will be in Maidstone for our next event.

You'll be able to get involved by listening to the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening here .

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

'The RMT action continues to hold firm'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The RMT union has released this statement as its members take industrial action on the Southern network, as well as on Northern and Merseyrail. 

The RMT guards' and drivers' action continues to hold firm in the fight for rail safety nearly a year on‎.

RMT members on Southern have shown incredible courage and resilience in the year-long battle to put passenger safety before private profits‎.

It is about time Southern/GTR got out of the bunker and got back round the t‎able with the union in serious and meaningful talks.

General SecretaryMick Cash

BreakingSecond person charged after Tunbridge Wells murder

A second person has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Tunbridge Wells.

James Marshall-Gunn, 29, is due to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court later following his arrest yesterday.

The body of Giles Metcalfe, who was 43 and from the local area, was found during the early hours of Tuesday 7 March. Provisional post-mortem results indicate he died as a result of the effects of a fire.

Dean Lewis, 34, has also been charged with murder. He is next due in court on 10 March. 

          Giles Metcalfe was found during the early hours of Tuesday 7 March
Kent Police
Giles Metcalfe was found during the early hours of Tuesday 7 March

RMT strike: Your comments

Claire Cottingham

BBC South East

You've been having your say on the latest strike by members of the RMT union on the Southern network on our Facebook page.

And it's fair to say there's still a lot of anger about the situation.

Southern rail Facebook message
Southern rail Facebook message
Southern rail Facebook message
Southern rail Facebook message

RMT strike: Southern's guide for passengers

RMT strike: Which trains aren't due to be running today?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This list, although very long, will be really useful for anyone planning to travel on Southern rail services today.

Southern says: 

  • Any services between Clapham Junction and Watford Junction/Milton Keynes will not run
  • Most Brighton to Hove and Hove to Brighton shuttle services will not run 

Services not running to and from London

  • 07:12 Eastbourne to London Bridge
  • 07:32 Brighton to London Bridge
  • 17:41 London Bridge to Littlehampton
  • 17:57 London Bridge to Brighton

Services not running between Rye and Ashford International 

  • 06:35 Ashford International to Rye
  • 07:06 Rye to Ashford International
  • 07:41 Ashford International to Rye
  • 08:14 Rye to Ashford International
  • 18:00 Ashford International to Rye
  • 18:31 Rye to Ashford International
  • 19:02 Ashford International to Rye
  • 19:33 Rye to Ashford International
A Southern train
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Services not running between Hastings and stations to and from the East

  • 05:46 Hastings to Ashford International
  • 17:09 Hastings to Ashford International
  • 19:59 Ashford International to Hastings

Services not running between Brighton and stations to and from the West

  • 05:49 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton
  • 06:35 Littlehampton to Bognor Regis
  • 07:36 Bognor Regis to Littlehampton
  • 07:45 Littlehampton to Brighton
  • 08:01 Littlehampton to Brighton
  • 08:53 Brighton to West Worthing
  • 09:43 West Worthing to Brighton
  • 11:13 West Worthing to Brighton
  • 17:13 West Worthing to Brighton
  • 15:57 Littlehampton to Portsmouth and Southsea
  • 16:24 Brighton to West Worthing
  • 16:59 Portsmouth and Southsea to Littlehampton
  • 21:53 Littlehampton to Brighton

Southern is advising passengers to avoid travelling at peak times and to allow extra time for their journey.

For more details from Southern about the RMT strike and which services are affected, go  here .

RMT strike: What services are affected?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Southern says most services will operate as normal today.

Gatwick Express will operate a full service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport/Brighton.

On the map below - which you can also see  here  - routes with an altered service are shown in brown or grey.

  • On routes shown in grey there will be no Southern service.
  • On routes shown in brown, passengers are advised that there will be a reduced service.
Southern's RMT strike map

Key alterations include:

  • No Southern services between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central via Kensington Olympia/Watford Junction
  • No Southern service between Leatherhead and Guildford
  • No Rye–Ashford International shuttle services during the morning and evening peaks. However Southern plans to operate most services between Ashford International and Brighton. Replacement buses are planned between Rye and Ashford International.
  • Some trains between London Bridge and Brighton, Eastbourne or Littlehampton will not operate
  • Some services between Brighton and Seaford/Eastbourne/Hastings/Ashford and between Brighton and Bognor/Littlehampton/Portsmouth Harbour/Southampton Central will not operate and others will have fewer carriages than normal
  • Most services that only run between Brighton and Hove will not operate

Replacement bus services will operate between Ashford International, Rye and Hastings. 

For full details from Southern about which services are affected during today's strike, go  here .  

Fencing secured at animal park after cheetah got out of enclosure

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Visitors to a wild animal park had to be ushered to safety after a cheetah got out of its enclosure for almost 30 minutes yesterday afternoon.

The cheetah was eventually enticed back in when some food was thrown into the enclosure at Port Lympne.

The park's Animal Director says the cheetah posed ' no real threat' to visitors and that the enclosure's perimeter fencing has been secured to ensure that the cheetah cannot climb out again.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, at J31 for A1306 affecting J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic for five miles on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise at J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Travel time is about 20 minutes. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Get your sunglasses out...

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's a glorious morning, and the sunshine is set to continue throughout the day.

Here's my forecast.

Kent's largest 20mph zone: The facts

It's been the first weekend of a new 20mph zone in Tunbridge Wells.

It launched on Friday and is the largest in Kent

So what do we know about it?  

But do 20mph zones actually work?

You can join the conversation on  TwitterFacebook  or by sending us an  email .    

Thieves cut microchip out of stolen dog

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

A cocker spaniel
Working dogs, like cocker spaniels, are among the dogs most commonly stolen

A man has described how thieves stole his dog and cut out the animal's microchip to stop it being found again.

Graham Denning from Staplehurst has spoken out as new figures show nearly 500 dogs were stolen in Kent since 2011.

He told me how Kent Police managed to rescue his cocker spaniel Isla after it was stolen from the kennels outside.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has renewed his call for tougher sentencing and for police forces to take the issue seriously.

We reported last year how more than 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen to police forces in England and Wales since the start of 2013

You can hear more on this issue on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening  here

RMT Southern rail strike underway

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A Southern train

Today is the 30th day of strike action on Southern rail by the RMT union.

But with the train company saying the majority of services will be running, will commuters notice a difference?

During the last walkout on 22 February, Southern said it ran 87% of its services.

The company says "most services will operate to the normal timetable".

But the RMT union says the company is "spinning fantasies" about the impact of their industrial action.

We'll bring you details of the services that are being affected throughout the day. 

Meanwhile, guards and drivers working for Merseyrail and Northern are taking action over similar DOO proposals.  

You can hear more on this during the BBC Sussex Breakfast Show with Neil Pringle by listening here  and the BBC Surrey Breakfast Show with James and Suzanne by listening here .

How are you being affected today? You can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email

Happy Monday

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

It's the start of a new week which means we'll be here until 22:00 GMT bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county. 

To kick the week off we bring you this moody shot of Leeds Castle by Matt Hayward - it's our Kent #photooftheday

Leeds Castle
Matt Hayward

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