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  2. Updates on Wednesday 29 March 2017

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That's it for tonight

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today - we'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, weather and travel.

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

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Renovating community landmark - #onegooddeed

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Could you give your time to renovate a community landmark?

Mother says eating disorder death 'could have been prevented'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An NHS Trust has admitted a young man from Kent didn't receive appropriate treatment for the eating disorder which eventually led to his death.

ICYMI: Wallaby spotted in Bethersden garden

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

When Lucy Austin opened her son's window she spotted a very unusual visitor to her Bethersden garden. 

The wallaby was happily finding its breakfast among the trees and didn't seem put off by its human observers.

Lucy said the animal remained in her garden all day and was still there as she closed her son's curtains at 19:00 BST. 

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.

The age of steam may have long passed - but some people just can't Lego

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An exhibition of Lego charting the history of Britain is just about to open on the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden with one of the world's most famous trains at its centre.  

Could we be in for the warmest day of the year?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's a little rain, some sunshine and some real warmth in my forecast.

Brexit: How the South East voted

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Theresa May has invoked Article 50, formally declaring the UK's intention to leave the European Union.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

March has been our #onegooddeed month

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We launched #onegooddeed with a spring clean for Thanet.

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

Historic Article 50 letter delivered

The clock has started ticking after we formally handed in our official divorce notice to the European Union.

We will have two years to unwind four and a half decades of EU membership, start replacing reams of EU law with a domestic equivalent and work out our future ties to the continent.

So what are some of the main areas of negotiation? 

Wallaby spotted in Bethersden garden

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

When Lucy Austin opened her son's window she spotted a very unusual visitor to her Bethersden garden. 

The wallaby was happily finding its breakfast among the trees and didn't seem put off by its human observers.

Lucy said the animal remained in her garden all day and was still there as she closed her son's curtains at 19:00 BST. 

Severe accident: A249 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A249 Kent eastbound severe accident, between M20 J7 Maidstone and Scragged Oak Road County Showground.

A249 Kent - A249 Detling Hill in Detling closed eastbound between Maidstone and County Showground, because of an accident.

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

The Flying Scotsman - made out of Lego

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This. Is. Amazing.

I've been along to see an eight-metre-long Lego model of the Flying Scotsman and three Pullman carriages which are going on display at the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden, Kent.

The models were created by Bright Bricks, which featured in Channel 4’s “Inside Lego at Christmas”.

I'll bring you more on this later.  

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'He was a wonderful, wonderful man'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

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

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 .  

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.

Another wild wallaby sighting

Wild wallaby
Lucy Austin

My dad Stephen Theobald, also from Millfields Place, Bethersden, saw the wallaby the morning before Lucy saw it.

It was bouncing along the grass bank near the park, my dad had to move his van into middle of the road so that not to spook it whilst it hopped alongside the van at approx 5-5.30am. What a wonderful thing that the wallaby is still living happily in the wild.

Louise Theobald

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Council bans villagers from litter-picking

Kent News : The four best places to enjoy bluebells in Kent this sping revealed

Kent and Sussex Courier : 'Two men dressed in black' reportedly behind Tunbridge Wells burglary spree

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Wild wallaby spotted in garden

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

A wild wallaby
Lucy Austin

A woman from Bethersden near Ashford has told how she spotted a wild wallaby at the bottom of her garden.  

Lucy Austin said: "About 7 o’clock I opened the bedroom windows in my son’s bedroom and saw the wallaby just outside.

“It was here all day long until I closed my son’s curtains at seven in the evening.

“He was about two-and-a-half feet and didn’t mind us being around at all.”

She took this picture of the animal.

Have you spotted the Kent wallaby? You can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J4 for A278 and J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 London-bound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J3, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Teenager charged over Sittingbourne assault

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A teenager's been charged with assaulting another man in Sittingbourne. 

Troy Reeve is accused of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. 

The 18-year-old from Whiting Crescent in Faversham is due to appear at Maidstone magistrates on 19 May. 

It's after a 20-year-old man was attacked in Sittingbourne High Street on Saturday 4 February.

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

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 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
BBC

More and more people being rescued by lifeboat

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Lifeboat
BBC

More than 2,000 people in the South East were rescued by the RNLI last year. 

Figures show the number of lifeboat launches are up by 13% on the year before.

The charity's asking people to take more care at the coast and respect the water.

Brexit: How the South East voted

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

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

Increase in animal cruelty cases in the South East

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RSPCA says there's been a sharp rise in the number of animal cruelty cases in Kent and Sussex in the last year. 

Cat
BBC

The charity investigated almost 5,500 complaints in Kent, up 3% on the year before. 

East Sussex saw more than 2,200 allegations, up 13% on the year before. 

Nationally the RSPCA says it received a call every 27 seconds.  

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?

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

A grey start to the day...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

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

The sun has risen over Kent...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

As this great pic from Dean Spinks in Broadstairs attests. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Broadstairs
Dean Spinks

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

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