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Claire Cottingham

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Murdered Sandie Bowen's body was 'tied to sink in lake'

Folkestone woman Sandie Bowen's decomposed remains were found tied to a porcelain sink at the bottom of a reservoir, an inquest has heard.

The 53-year-old's body was recovered last month at  Wentwood Reservoir, near Newport  - 20 years after she was murdered by her husband Michael.

Coroner David Bowen recorded that Mrs Bowen had been "unlawfully killed".

Mrs Bowen was identified as a result of dental records and DNA testing, the inquest in Newport heard.

Sandie Bowen's daughter, who still lives in Kent, says she keeps hoping her mum will walk through the door.

School's advice about childrens' packed lunches

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The headteacher of a south east primary school has written to parents asking them to make sure their children's packed lunches are healthy.

But should schools dictate what's in a child's lunchbox?  

Woman charged after man stabbed in Ashford

A 53-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed at a house in Ashford. 

Officers seized a knife from the property after being alerted to the incident at 01:45 GMT on Friday 24 March. 

A 55-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged. 

Gillian McKenzie, of Hunter Avenue, Ashford, appeared before Canterbury magistrates on Saturday 25 March 2017, when she was remanded in custody to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 21 April 2017. 

Man airlifted to hospital after collision

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious collision near Birchington.

Two motorcycles were reported to be travelling towards Brooks End when they were involved in a collision.

One man was airlifted to a London hospital with serious injuries, and another was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

Is this sunshine set to stay?

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

We've been enjoying another glorious day in the South East, but can we expect more?

Mural unveiled by Tunbridge Wells mayor

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The new Tunbridge Wells station mural was opened by the mayor today. 

The Tunbridge Wells Civic Society campaigned for it.

It’s been paid for by Southeastern, designed by local artist Christopher Burke and charts the history of the town.

London attack: Khalid Masood mother 'shocked and saddened'

Khalid Masood
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The mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood has said she is "shocked, saddened and numbed" by his actions.

Janet Ajao said she had "shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident".

Masood killed three people when he drove a car into pedestrians last Wednesday. He then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.

Meanwhile, police say no evidence has been found of links between Masood and so-called Islamic State or al-Qaeda.

Mrs Ajao, from Trelech in Carmarthenshire, said: "I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.

"I wish to thank my friends, family and community from the bottom of my heart for the love and support given to us."

Masood, 52, who was born in Kent and stayed in Brighton before the attack, was previously known as Adrian Ajao.

BreakingMasood mother 'shocked and saddened'

Mother of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood says she is "shocked, saddened, and numbed" by his actions.

More follows.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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

Masood known as 'a bit of a head case'

The landlord of a pub where the Westminster terror attacker Khalid Masood carried out a knife attack 17 years earlier says he was known locally as "a bit of a head case".

Alan Bellfield was behind the bar at the Crown and Thistle in Northiam on the night Masood got into an argument with another customer and slashed his throat.

Masood, who was born in Kent, was jailed for two years after admitting the attack.  

Man rescued after car crashes into river

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man's been rescued after his car came off the road and plunged into a river in Ashford. 

Fire crews were called to Godinton Lane just after 00:30 BST. 

They had to use a thermal imaging camera to find the man, who'd managed to free himself from the vehicle.

He was eventually found 100 metres downstream and taken to hospital in an ambulance.

'I'm gutted. Nobody will buy it like this'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This is the mess that was left by tenants of a house in Sheerness. 

Police are investigating after the landlady was left with a huge clean-up bill.

Beaumont succeeds Edwards as captain

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

England opener Tammy Beaumont has been appointed captain of Kent’s double-winning women’s team.

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The 26-year-old Kent Cricket Academy graduate has scored more than 3,000 runs in 110 matches for Kent since her debut in 2007. 

Beaumont will work with new player-coach Lydia Greenway and succeeds Charlotte Edwards CBE who moved to Hampshire after leading Kent to a seventh County Championship and a third T20 title in 2016.

Tunbridge Wells all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards will serve as vice-captain.

The return of the pre-fab?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Could ready-made pod homes, assembled in Scotland and transported to Kent, ease the South East's housing crisis? 

Enjoying the sunshine?

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's going to be with us for a couple of days to help start the week.

Here's my forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - Lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of emergency repairs.

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

25 firefighters called to 'suspicious' blaze

Three tractor units have been destroyed by a fire in the early hours of this morning in Whitfield. 

Up to 25 firefighters were called to battle the blaze in Menzie Road which also damaged three other vehicles. 

The cause of the fire is believed to be suspicious.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between Clacket Lane Services and J6 for A22.

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of repairs earlier. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Printing press
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Kent Online : Nurse found dead had been abused on Facebook

Kent News : MP Craig Mackinlay hits out over 135% hike in hourly car parking rates in popular beach front car parks in Thanet

Kent and Sussex Courier : A man was rescued from the River Stour after his car plunged into the water in Ashford

'Give us a bit of peace in our lives'

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The dying father of a Kent woman who was raped and battered to death almost 30 years ago has made a final appeal to her killer to give himself up, so that he can go to his grave in peace.  

More than 1,000 referrals to extremism prevention scheme

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A scheme designed to stop home-grown terrorists and radicalisation in the South East has had more than 1,000 referrals in four years. 

The Prevent programme works across five police forces, including Sussex and Kent. 

Schools, prisons, the NHS, and local councils all have a legal obligation to spot "at risk" individuals.

Arrest after Gillingham police chase

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A 28-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a police chase in Gillingham.

Officers tried to stop a black Vauxhall Astra in the Victoria Street area just before 20:30 GMT on Friday. 

It didn't pull over and they pursued it for a short distance until the vehicle was abandoned by the driver. 

A man was arrested in West Street and later released on bail until 23 April. 

ICYMI: Westminster attacker's Northiam connection

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Westminster terrorist, Khalid Masood, lived in Northiam for a while, on the Sussex-Kent border, where he attacked an innocent man with a knife in the village pub.  

'I'm gutted. Nobody will buy it like this'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This is the mess that was left by tenants of a house in Sheerness. 

Police are investigating after the landlady was left with a huge clean-up bill.

Teenager attacked in Folkestone

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A 16-year-old boy has been assaulted by another teenager in Folkestone. 

It happened on Shellons Street at about 22:40 GMT on Saturday. 

Police say the victim was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been discharged. 

A misty start...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

But that'll soon turn into a warm, sunny day.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

The start of a new week

We're here until 22:00 BST with all of Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

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Rochester Cathedral
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