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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 March 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today. We'll be back at 06:00 GMT.

And remember, you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email . We look forward to hearing from you.  

#ICYMI: Your amazing pictures

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.

Coles back in training

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Kent fast bowler Matt Coles is back in training after opting not to travel to Dubai to take part in the North-South series due to a toe injury.


          Kent fast bowler Matt Coles is back in training after opting not to travel to Dubai to take part in the North-South series due to a toe injury.
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Hampshire batsman Joe Weatherley also joins up with the group this week - head coach Matt Walker says he's pleased to have such a "a very fine young batter" on board.

The wait goes on though for an announcement regarding Allan Donald's interim replacement as assistant coach - Jason Gillespie remains the favourite.

#ICYMI: Visiting the South East's beautiful gardens

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Gardens across the South East that are opening to the public under the banner of the National Gardens Scheme have been announced.

You can see more details  here .   

BBC News School Report: Interview with South East actor

Tristan, Tobi and Jamie

BBC News School Report

For BBC News School Report day we've been speaking to South East based actor and producer Tom Swift about what he's up to.

You can find out more about School Report  here . #bbcschoolreport   

'I felt not human'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Florence was diagnosed with an eating disorder at the age of 14. 

She's been telling us about her experience as part of BBC News School Report day.

Pupils in three-day 'phone fast'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Pupils at a school in Kent gave up their mobile phones for three days to try and encourage them to reduce their reliance on digital technology.

Tributes to man found dead in car park

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The family and friends of a man found dead in a car park in Tunbridge Wells say they're shocked and devastated at what happened to him.

Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A20 Kent both ways severe accident, between Oxley Shaw Lane and Town Hill.

A20 Kent - A20 London Road in West Malling closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Oxley Shaw Lane junction and the Town Hill junction, because of an accident involving car and motorbike.

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.     

BBC News School Report: Interview with South East actor

Tristan, Tobi and Jamie

BBC News School Report

For BBC News School Report day we've been speaking to south east based actor and producer Tom Swift about what he's up to.

You can find out more about School Report here .

Enjoy the spring sunshine while you can

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

The weekend's looking wet and windy.

Here's my forecast.

Severe accident: A268 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A268 Kent both ways severe accident, near Lomas Lane.

A268 Kent - A268 in Linkhill blocked and slow traffic near the Lomas Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

What's your #onegooddeed?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

All this month BBC Radio Kent is asking you to do  #onegooddeed .

Maybe it could be donating to a food bank?

Truck Racers to get season underway in style

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Brands Hatch
Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch is revving up for its first major event of the year next weekend (25/26 March), when the British Truck Racing Championship heads to the famous Kent circuit this weekend.

If you're not aware of what this entails, five-tonne trucks race around the circuit - they hit speeds of around 100mph - with drivers very much not afraid of a few bumps...

Rather them than me!  

Rendezvous at Rochester Castle

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Big news! Well, that's all relative, but Craig David is set to headline this year's Castle Concerts.

He'll take centre stage in front of an intimate audience of 4,500 on Thursday 13 July in the grounds of Rochester Castle Gardens ahead of his UK tour.

Craig David
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Dartford sprinter named in 4x100m squad

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili has been named in Great Britain 4x100m athletics squad for the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas next month.

Adam Gemili
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We are taking these championships incredibly seriously"

We really only have two competitive chances to test out our teams ahead of the World Championships in London this summer - this April in Nassau and at the European Team Championships in June"

Neil Black British Athletics performance director

The top eight finishers in the 4x100m and 4x400m for both men and women will earn automatic entry for the London 2017 World Championships.

Missing Folkestone girl found

A 13-year-old girl who was reported missing from Folkestone on Monday 13 March has been found safe and well.

This morning's newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Baby rushed to hospital days after parents' wedding

Kent News:  Family of man whose body was discovered in Tunbridge Wells’ car park have paid tribute

Kent Live:  A woman passenger has died after a car collided with a telegraph pole in Gravesend

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J1A for A206 and J31 for A1306.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an accident involving two lorries earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Billings inspires the next generation of disability cricketers

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Kent and England cricketer Sam Billings has launched an ambassador programme to get young people with disabilities involved with cricket. 

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, after J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J5, M26 (Sevenoaks), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Fatal collision in Gravesend

A 20-year-old woman, who was a passenger, has died after a car she was travelling in collided with a telegraph pole and flipped over in Gravesend last night.

The driver, a 26-year-old man from Gravesend, sustained a minor head injury and was taken to a local hospital.

He has been arrested in connection with the incident and currently remains in police custody.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A20 and J4 for A228 Leybourne.

M20 Kent - M20 partially blocked and queuing traffic London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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

Southern Rail: what's in the ASLEF deal?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

I've seen a copy of the deal announced yesterday between train drivers' union ASLEF and Govia Thameslink, who own the Southern franchise.

The differences between this one and the deal that got rejected are subtle, but potentially significant. 

There are slightly fewer circumstances a train could be sent off without an onboard supervisor (OBS). Upgrades to CCTV cameras (used to dispatch a train by the driver) would be rolled out a year earlier. And all new OBSs would be given 'PTS' training - safety training that enables them to walk on the track. 

Will this wash with drivers? Does it answer their safety concerns? Remember - the margin was pretty close last time, so not too many minds need to change for a deal to stick.

In any case, we'll see on 3 April, when their ballot delivers its results. 

You can see the full details of the deal below.

Page one of Aslef deal
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Is the sunshine here to stay?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Yesterday was the warmest day of the year, but what's in store for us today?

Watch my forecast to find out.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between Clacket Lane Services and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26, because of a broken down van.

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

Rizzle Kicks star meets school reporters

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's a look at a story we're featuring today on BBC News School Report day.

We'll bring you updates throughout the day.

Not a bad way to start the day...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This stunning picture taken in Molash near Canterbury has been sent to us by Adam Aylward - it's our Kent  #photooftheday .

We'll be here until 22:00 GMT with all your news, sport, travel and weather for the county. 

Sunset in Molash near Canterbury
Adam Aylward

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