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What was your #onegooddeed this month?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Maybe your #onegooddeed could be donating to a food bank?

If you've done a good deed for someone in March, tell us about it on  FacebookTwitter  or by  email .   

Priest calls for Church of England to change policy on homosexuality

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Throughout his career as a parish priest, he remained celibate, and kept his homosexuality a secret. But now, at the age of 78, the Reverend Phillip Clements says he has finally found love and plans to get married to a 24-year-old Romanian called Florin.

Mr Clements, from Eastry, near Sandwich, says it's time for the Church of England to change its policy on same-sex marriage, so gay clergymen can enjoy a fulfilled life.

Brexit: How the South East voted

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Theresa May is expected to invoke Article 50 tomorrow and formally declare the UK's intention to leave the European Union.

Here's a reminder how the South East voted in the referendum.

John Surtees: 'Unforgettable legend'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The only man to have won a grand prix world championship on two and four wheels, John Surtees has been laid to rest today.

You've been paying your tributes on social media.

You can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email .  

A great man, a great champion and a great ambasador. RiP twitter.com/bbcsoutheast/s…

@bbcsoutheast Great loss to motor sport.Should have been made Sir John Surtees though.R.I.P.John

A grey start to Wednesday...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

But will it get any better? I've some answers for you in my forecast.   

Wet Wet Wet in Rochester

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

No that's not a weather forecast - but the famous 80s and 90s band, fronted by Marti Pellow, who have just been announced as one of the headline acts at this summer's Rochester Castle Concerts.

The band, whose song "Love Is All Around" spent 15 weeks at Number One in 1994, will perform at the castle on Wednesday 12 July.

Wet Wet Wet
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Fergus Wilson

In an email from Fergus Wilson, leaked to The Sun, he banned "coloured" people from renting his homes "because of the curry smell".

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50 years since Jimi Hendrix gig

It's 50 years since Jimi Hendrix played at the Brighton Dome.

Here are some facts you may not know about him.

BreakingCowdrey leaves Kent

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Fabian Cowdrey has left Kent by mutual consent.

The 24-year-old was a graduate of the Kent Cricket Academy and joined the professional staff in 2011 before making his first class debut in 2012. 

Cowdrey leaves Kent
Kent Cricket

I was proud to have followed in the footsteps of my father and grandfather and play for my home county.”

I’d like to thank all those team members and coaching staff who believed in me and offered me support in my toughest times at the club.

Fabian CowdreyCricketer

He is the third generation of the Cowdrey family, after father Chris and grandfather Colin, to play for Kent.

Police investigate sexual assault

A man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault in Margate this morning.

Police were called to Canterbury Road at 05:20 BST.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Remains of Folkestone woman found tied to a porcelain sink

Murdered 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.

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

Two people seriously injured in Lydd crash

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Two drivers are seriously hurt after a collision in Lydd this morning. 

A blue Jaguar XJR and a grey Audi A3 Sport hit each other near the entrance to the nature reserve on Dungeness Road at 08:45 BST. 

A 40-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman are in hospital. 

A 10-year-old boy suffered minor injuries. 

Police want to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of what happened. 

'He was a wonderful, wonderful man'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The funeral of motor racing legend John Surtees took place in Sussex today.

Born in Tatsfield, Surrey, he was the only man to have won a world championship on both two and four wheels. In his later years he owned the karting track Buckmore Park in Kent. 

Making a garden out of scrubland

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

If you've done a good deed for someone in March, tell us about it on  FacebookTwitter  or by  email .  

It's our #onegooddeed month

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Could you help renovate a community landmark? 

Dog dies in Tonbridge house fire

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A pet dog has died in a fire at a house in Tonbridge. 

About 15 firefighters were called to Douglas Road shortly after 05:00 BST. 

The fire destroyed half of the first floor of the house. 

A man was given oxygen at the scene and taken to hospital to be checked over. 

It's not yet known what caused the fire. 

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Delays on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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, between J10 for A20 and J11 for B2068 Hythe.

M20 Kent - Rolling road-block and emergency repairs on M20 coastbound between J10, A20 (Ashford South) and J11, B2068 (Hythe).

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

Twenty20

English cricket's new eight-team, city-based Twenty20 tournament moves a step closer as the ECB reveals further details.

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Wet Wet Wet in Rochester

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

No that's not a weather forecast - but the famous 80s and 90s band, fronted by Marti Pellow,  who have just been announced as one of the headline acts at this summer's Rochester Castle Concerts.

The band, whose song "Love Is All Around" spent 15 weeks at Number One in 1994, will perform at the castle on Wednesday 12 July.

Already announced for Thursday 13 July is Craig David. There'll be a Magic of Motown Soul Party on Friday 15th and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on Saturday 16th.  

Wet Wet Wet
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Make the most of the sunshine

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

It's staying very mild but turning much cloudier.

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.  

#ICYMI: 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?   

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspaper printing press
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Kent Online : 'I desperately needed a last cuddle'

Kent News : South eastern train services in Bexleyheath and Dartford could stop running to most London terminals

Kent and Sussex Courier : The line-up for this year's Castle Concerts is revealed

Inquest into Sian William's death

An inquest has heard how a mother-of-three was declared well enough to be discharged from hospital just hours before her death. 25-year-old Sian Hollands died from a pulmonary embolism at the Darent Valley hospital in Dartford in November 2015. 

Her family say she complained to them about the way staff treated her - and her partner says a nurse told him they needed the bed for another patient. A&E doctor Layla Mohammed said when she examined Sian, there was not significant evidence to consider a pulmonary embolism. 

Tunbridge Wells mural unveiled

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The new Tunbridge Wells station mural was opened by the mayor yesterday, situated as always on platform two. 

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.

#ICYMI: '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.

Remains of Folkestone woman found tied to a porcelain sink

Murdered 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.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, at J3 for M26 affecting J6 for A229.

M20 Kent - Queuing traffic and severe delays on M20 London-bound at J3 M26, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J6, A229 (Chatham).

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

Severe congestion: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe congestion, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Heavier than usual traffic on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

England opener named Kent captain

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

England opener Tammy Beaumont says it's a massive honour to be named captain, having played all of her years of county cricket at Kent.   

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I’ve got pretty big boots to fill – Charlotte [Edwards] is going to be a big loss both in terms of her batting and her captaincy experience.”

I think we’ll have to see how it goes – I’ve obviously got a different style to Charlotte. I’m hopefully going to bring on those youngsters over the next few years which is my goal, to see those girls get more opportunities and see how they go really.”

Tammy BeaumontKent Women's Captain

Khalid Masood mother 'shocked and saddened'


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

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.

Police concerned about London gangs

An anonymous teenager in a hooded top
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Kent Police have become increasingly concerned about the growing problem of criminal gangs from London coming into the county.

Under Operation Jupiter, set up two years ago, the force has made made more than 400 arrests.

BBC Radio Kent's reporter Matt Davison went out with Kent Police on a day of multiple raids in Kent and London.

You can hear his report on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with Maggie and Steve by listening here .

Is the good weather here to stay?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got a dry and sunny day coming up, but it might not last.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This stunning picture of Herne Bay has been sent to us by Alan Glicksman - it's our Kent  #photooftheday .

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

Herne Bay
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