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And it's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for this week. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 06:00 GMT on Monday, with all Kent's news, sport travel and weather.

We hope you have a great weekend.

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

All change for the weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Take a brolly and a jumper out with you this weekend. Here's my latest forecast.

Medway Maritime out of special measures

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

After nearly four years of hard work, staff at Medway's hospital finally reap the reward.

Medway NHS Foundation Trust to come out of special measures

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A hospital trust branded "inadequate" has been taken out of special measures after nearly four years.

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has made "substantial improvements", the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

Medway Maritime was one of 11 hospitals in England put into special measures following Sir Bruce Keogh's review of hospitals in July 2013. 

Previous inspections had highlighted concerns over patient safety, organisation and governance.   

Medway NHS Foundation Trust sign
BBC

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt said: "Their journey hasn't been an easy one - some of the problems at Medway were deeply entrenched - which makes the achievement all the greater."

Chief inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, checked the trust over five days at the end of last year.

In his inspection report, he said: "There is no doubt that substantial improvements have been made. The leadership team is now fully established and there is a strong sense of forward momentum."  

Read the full story  here

Medway Maritime out of special measures

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Medway Maritime Hospital has come out of special measures, after nearly four years.

The Care Quality Commission says it still requires improvement, but has made great strides.

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 coastbound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J6, A229 (Chatham), because of an accident.

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

Medway boss 'absolutely thrilled'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

The boss of the health trust which runs the Medway Maritime is delighted that the hospital has come out of special measures.  

The moment staff were told Medway Maritime had come out of special measures

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

I was given exclusive access as Medway NHS Trust Chief Executive Lesley Dwyer told staff it was being taken out of special measures.

Here's how the staff reacted.

Medway Maritime: 'Congratulations to everyone involved'

Councillor David Brake, Chairman of the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board, said he was pleased to hear "significant improvements have been made at Medway Maritime Hospital" and offered his congratulations to everyone involved.

The community of Medway will be as pleased as I am to learn of this good news. Staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust work hard to ensure patients receive the care they deserve and I hope we continue to see further improvements.

Having met with the leadership team at the hospital, I am aware of their determination to continue making steady progress to provide good quality care in Medway."

Cllr David Brake Chairman, Medway Health and Wellbeing Board

Medway Maritime: More reaction

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

The Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, Rehman Chishti, has given his view on the news that Medway Maritime has come out of special measures.  

Medway Maritime: Analysis from our Health Correspondent

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Medway Maritime was in special measures for 41 months. 

It was supposed to come out after 12 months. 

It was in special measures longer than any other hospital in England. 

So when the chief executive stood up in front of a packed staff canteen and said the words "out of special measures", yes there was a cheer, but there was also relief and even a few tears of joy. 

Four and a half thousand people work for the trust. One of their senior staff told me they have endured four years of being told they were no good at their jobs. Today's news changes all that. 

Medway Foundation Hospital Trust sign
BBC

Yes, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have some ongoing concerns. But when I first interviewed  Lesley Dwyer almost two years ago she said she thought her biggest "difficulty" would be to engage the staff and to "reignite" a sense of belief in those staff.

She would appear to have done that. The CQC highlighted the "commitments and hard work of the staff" in achieving this turnaround.

Coming out of special measures will endorse the work already done and encourage the belief from the Chief Executive that the trust can continue its progress towards a "good" or even "outstanding" rating in the future. 

Hundreds of South East drug drivers caught

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Drug driving arrests in Kent and Sussex have doubled in two years.  

Which South East building deserves an architecture award?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

i360
BBC

Fourteen buildings, including the i360 viewing tower in Brighton, have been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects South East awards 2017.

Other buildings nominated across the South East include Kingsdown House in The King's School in Canterbury, Command of the Oceans at Chatham's Historic Dockyard, Hastings Pier and Brighton College.

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 25 May.

'It would be a financial disaster to carry on'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A world-renowned Catholic college in Margate says new Home Office rules are forcing it to close.

Have fun at the fair all summer

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Dreamland heritage theme park in Margate
BBC

Ever wanted to run away and join a fun fair? Well now's your chance.

Dreamland in Margate is holding a recruitment drive for summer staff this afternoon, between 13:00 GMT and 16:00 GMT.

Bosses of the heritage theme park are looking for retail and customer services staff, ride operators, restaurant and bar staff and entertainers.

A 'well done' from the very top

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

The Health Secretary adds his congratulations to staff at the Medway Maritime hospital.

All change for the weekend

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

Well the Spring-like weather couldn't go on for ever, could it? 

There's rain and wind on the way for the weekend. Here's my latest forecast. 

Medway Maritime: More reaction

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, Rehman Chishti, has given his view on the news that Medway Maritime has come out of special measures.

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 about what happened to him.  

This morning's newspaper headlines

A newspaper printing press
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Kent Online : Stranger tries to snatch boy outside Herne Bay Infants School

Kent News:  Chatham’s new fire station opened yesterday replacing the 60-year-old former building

Kent Live:  This revealing aerial photo shows the new A21 flyover taking shape

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J10 for A20 and J11 for B2068 Hythe.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 coastbound between J10, A20 (Ashford South) and J11, B2068 (Hythe), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

#ICYMI: 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 in cricket.   

#ICYMI: 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?

BreakingSouthern: Fresh strike scheduled

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RMT says its members on Southern rail will stage a fresh 24-hour strike on 4 April in their row over staffing and the role of conductors. 

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.  

Here's how they got on.

Medway Maritime out of special measures

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Medway Maritime Hospital has come out of special measures, after nearly four years.

The Care Quality Commission says it still requires improvement, but has made great strides.

#ICYMI: BBC News School Report: Interview with South East actor

Tristan, Tobi and Jamie

BBC News School Report

For BBC News School Report day we spoke to South East actor and producer Tom Swift about what he's been working on.

You can find out more about School Report  here#bbcschoolreport

What's the weather got in store?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather presenter

A chilly start but more sunshine to come.

Here's your forecast.

Rise in drug driving arrests

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

A police officer next to a police car
BBC

The number of motorists in Kent arrested on suspicion of drug driving has doubled in a year.

New figures obtained by BBC Radio Kent show there were 218 arrests in 2016 - up from 103 the year before.

It coincides with the introduction of road-side testing kits two years ago.

Campaigners say there needs to be more awareness of the dangers of drug driving.

Michaela Groves from Biggin Hill has campaigned since the death of her 14-year-old niece Lillian in Croydon, south London.

You can hear what she thinks about the figures on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening here .

Medway Maritime: Analysis from our Health Correspondent

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Medway Maritime was in special measures for 41 months. 

It was supposed to come out after 12 months. 

It was in special measures longer than any other hospital in England. 

So when the chief executive stood up in front of a packed staff canteen and said the words "out of special measures", yes there was a cheer, but there was also relief and even a few tears of joy. 

Four and a half thousand people work for the trust. One of their senior staff told me they have endured four years of being told they were no good at their jobs. Today's news changes all that. 

Medway NHS Foundation Trust sign
BBC

Yes, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have some ongoing concerns. But when I first interviewed  Lesley Dwyer almost two years ago she said she thought her biggest "difficulty" would be to engage the staff and to "reignite" a sense of belief in those staff.

She would appear to have done that. The CQC highlighted the "commitments and hard work of the staff" in achieving this turnaround.

Coming out of special measures will endorse the work already done and encourage the belief from the Chief Executive that the trust can continue its progress towards a "good" or even "outstanding" rating in the future. 

Medway boss 'absolutely thrilled'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

The boss of the health trust which runs the Medway Maritime is delighted that the hospital has come out of special measures.

The moment staff were told Medway Maritime had come out of special measures

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

I was given exclusive access as Medway NHS Trust Chief Executive Lesley Dwyer told staff it was being taken out of special measures.

Here's how the staff reacted.

Medway NHS Foundation Trust to come out of special measures

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A hospital trust branded "inadequate" has been taken out of special measures after nearly four years.

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has made "substantial improvements", the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

Medway Maritime was one of 11 hospitals in England put into special measures following Sir Bruce Keogh's review of hospitals in July 2013. 

Previous inspections had highlighted concerns over patient safety, organisation and governance.   

Medway Maritime to come out of special measures
BBC

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt said: "Their journey hasn't been an easy one - some of the problems at Medway were deeply entrenched - which makes the achievement all the greater."

Chief inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, checked the trust over five days at the end of last year.

In his inspection report, he said: "There is no doubt that substantial improvements have been made. The leadership team is now fully established and there is a strong sense of forward momentum."  

Read the full story here . And you can hear more on this story on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening  here .  

It's nearly the weekend...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And to get you in the weekend mood we bring you this lovely picture taken in Viking Bay by Carole Adams - it's our Kent  #photooftheday .

We'll be here throughout the day with all your news, sport, travel and weather for the county. 

Viking Bay
Carole Adams

Is there something you'd like to tell us about? We'd love to hear from you.

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

And if you get there before us - have a great weekend.