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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today.

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

If you'd like to get in touch with us in the meanwhile, you can find us on  Twitter , Facebook  or send us an  email

Pocahontas: The Gravesend connection

A parade has been held in Gravesend to mark the 400th anniversary of the burial of Pocahontas. 

So what do we know about her?

Junior doctors removed from hospital after watchdog concerns
More than 40 junior doctors have been removed from the Kent & Canterbury Hospital amid safety concerns.

Dover residents turn wasteland into community garden

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A Dover schoolgirl who decided to do something to help her community is the story of our latest #onegooddeed.

Wet wet wet

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The rain is finally arriving. And it's feeling pretty cool too. 

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

Printing press
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Kent Online : Police investigate after brawl at boxing match

Kent News : ‘The Switzerland of local government’ has no plans to create merged west Kent council

Kent and Sussex Courier : 'My £450k dream Tunbridge Wells home did THIS to me'

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 in Riverhead and Clacket Lane Services in Tatsfield, because of a broken down motorcycle.

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

Dame Vera Lynn: Factfile

There were huge celebrations yesterday for the 100th birthday of The Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.

Here are some facts you may not know about her.   

Happy birthday BBC Introducing in Kent

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

BBC Music Introducing in Kent is about to celebrate its ninth birthday. 

A night of live music is taking place on Sunday 26 March at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford. 

It'll feature some of the radio programme's most exciting discoveries over the last 12 months, including The Bay Rays, Matt Wills and SHELLS. 

BBC Introducing in Kent 9th birthday party information
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Tickets are available here .

BBC Music Introducing in Kent airs every Saturday at 20:00 GMT on BBC Radio Kent and is hosted by Abbie McCarthy.

Junior doctors removed from hospital after watchdog concerns

More than 40 junior doctors are being removed from the Kent and Canterbury Hospital after concerns were raised over patient safety by a health watchdog. 

Health Education England has requested the removal - which equates to more that half of the hospitals trainee doctors - because of a shortage of permanent consultants who oversee training. 

The Trust has written to all its inpatients to reassure them that there will be no immediate changes to their care.  

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A251 and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 London-bound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J9 for A20 Ashford.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 coastbound at J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingNew Southern strike date announced

Members of the RMT union working on the Southern network will strike on 8 April, the day of the Grand National.

More to follow as we get it.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Did you see the fly by this morning?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Sue on Twitter did - we'd love to see your pictures and videos - you  tweet , or  Facebook  us or drop us an  email  us. 

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What's in store weather-wise?

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather presenter

Staying sunny this afternoon but there's rain on the way.

Here's your forecast.

Twins found dead in Dover 'carried ashes of parents in rucksacks'

Langdon Cliffs in Dover
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Twins whose bodies were found at the White Cliffs of Dover on New Year's Day had rucksacks containing the ashes of their dead parents, an inquest heard.

A coroner said Muriel and Bernard Burgess, 59, had been struggling to come to terms with their parents' deaths, particularly their mother's in 2014.

The siblings fell more than 200ft at Langdon Cliffs in Dover and were found by rescue teams searching for Gulf War veteran Scott Enion, 45, whose body was also recovered.

One rucksack recovered near the twins contained ashes with their mother's name and a second rucksack had their father's ashes inside.

An inquest in Maidstone into all three deaths heard Mr and Miss Burgess were recluses who lived together in a static caravan in Cheshire and were single and had no children. 

Senior coroner Patricia Harding recorded an open conclusion for both Mr and Miss Burgess.

In the case of Mr Enion, of Greater Manchester, Mrs Harding recorded a conclusion of suicide.

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.   

The latest from our #onegooddeed

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A251 and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M2 London-bound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Dover councillor makes use of the new park bench for today's #onegooddeed

Our #onegooddeed is taking shape...

This is who inspired today's #onegooddeed

This is our #onegooddeed - what's yours?

Junior doctors moved 'to ensure safety'

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

The Kent and Canterbury Hospital
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A hospital has been told to transfer more than half its junior doctors to protect patient safety because of a lack of consultants to train them.

Health Education England said 42 out of 76 trainees doctors at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital should be moved.

East Kent Hospitals trust said some emergency services will be affected.

The junior doctors are to be transferred to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and the QEQM in Margate, also run by the trust.

The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has admitted some emergency care would be affected at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital over the next few months, particularly in acute stroke care and services for elderly patients with serious illnesses such as pneumonia. 

Julie Screaton, Health Education England's regional director for London and the South East, said: "Quality supervision of junior doctors is key to ensure patient safety." 

"The lack of consultant cover meant that trainees were not adequately supported in their clinical practice and were consequently unable to receive the education and training for which they were placed in the trust." 

A spokesman for the trust said about a quarter of those attending the Kent and Canterbury's urgent care centre would be taken to the trust's hospitals in Ashford and Margate instead. 

He said: "The changes will be temporary and will not be immediate, to allow time for the trust to develop its plans and test them to make sure patients will be safe and well looked after." 

The Trust was put into special measures in September 2014. The latest report by the Care Quality Commission in December 2016 concluded the trust "requires improvement", but recommended it be taken out of special measures. 

Spitfire flypast to mark Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday

#ICYMI: 'She resides in interiors of opulence'

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A panel from the home of one of Henry VIII's wives is going on display in Kent.  

Bring in the heavy machinery...

We speak to the man behind today's #onegooddeed idea

#ICYMI: Community honours war hero

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

 An emotional service has been held to replace medals stolen from a 94-year-old war veteran in Rolvenden.  

Our #onegooddeed has got off to a good start

Our #onegooddeed event is underway

This morning's newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Thugs hurl bricks at mum's car windscreen

Kent News:  ‘Extraordinarily rare’ wooden panel made for Anne of Cleves has been unveiled at Hever Castle

Kent Live:  A woman killed in a car crash near Gravesend has been named

It's our latest #onegooddeed

Almost £9m given out in rail compensation

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Rail Minister has revealed that nearly 40,000 Southern rail season ticket holders have been given refunds as part of a one-off  compensation scheme .  

You can find more details on the scheme from Southern rail here

TRAVEL: Serious crash on A2 into London

A serious crash on the A2 westbound into London is expected to cause delays this morning.

Our latest #onegooddeed event is being held today

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

BBC Radio Kent's  #Onegooddeed  campaign is heading to Aycliffe near Dover this morning to carry out a garden makeover.

You can hear how it goes on our special programme from 09:00 GMT by listening here .

And check out how our last event went in Maidstone by watching this video.

Lower Thames Crossing decision 'could be announced later this week'

Leanne Rinne

BBC Reporter

BBC South East has been told that a decision on the location of a new Lower Thames Crossing could be announced later this week.

Last year ministers promised an announcement "in due course" following the largest public consultation for a road project the country's ever seen.

Highways England is  recommending option 'C'  - which would see a road connect the M2 with the M25 from the east of Gravesend across to Tilbury in Essex - tunnelling under the Thames near the village of Higham.

Here's analysis from BBC South East reporter Leanne Rinne.

This decision has been controversial because while most people agree that the congestion at Dartford is a problem, when it comes to building new tunnels and new roads, not many people want it on their doorstep.

Highways England have made it very clear that they think the best option is to go from Gravesend to Tilbury. They say that will provide the economic benefits and cut journey times.

But for many years there have been campaigners who say they want to see a new crossing near the existing one. They say that will tackle the congestion more head on.

Just last year a study found that the road leading to the Dartford Crossing is one of the slowest in the UK and just last month the Federation of Small Businesses wrote to the Government urging ministers to guarantee the earliest delivery of the new crossing.

They say delays in making an announcement threatens to bring the South East to a standstill. After years of discussions and proposals, we understand this announcement could be as early as Thursday.