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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 30 March 2017

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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us - we'll be back tomorrow with your latest news, sport, travel and weather in Kent.

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Bouncing bomb found off Kent coast

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A large piece of one of the famous bouncing bombs of World War Two has been discovered off Reculver.  

The warmest day of the year

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's been a stunning day in many places with temperatures peaking at 21.8C. 

But will it last? 

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?

Appeal for witnesses to Maidstone assault

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Detectives investigating an assault and robbery in Maidstone have made a fresh appeal for witnesses.

A man's bike was stolen while he was inside a shop in Sutton Road. 

Police say when he challenged two people outside he was punched in the face. 

Officers want to hear from anyone who saw what happened during the incident, which took place at about 18:30 GMT on 26 February. 

Two teenage boys were arrested and released on bail until 4 April. 

Walking on sunshine

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's officially been the warmest day of the year with temperatures hitting 21.8C in Gravesend.

That makes it the warmest March day in five years.

We'd love to see pictures of how you've been enjoying the sunshine.  

This lovely image of Teston Lock was sent in by Sheila Eddy.

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

Teston Lock
Sheila Eddy

Severe congestion: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe congestion, at J4 for A228 Leybourne affecting J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - Very slow traffic on M20 coastbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne). Congestion to J3 M26.

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

Carl Gregory was 'well-liked and hard-working'

A young man who was murdered by John Dickson in a row over a social media post, was well-liked and hard-working, Det Sgt Russ Gurden from Kent Police said. 

Paying tribute to Carl Gregory following Dickons's conviction at Maidstone Crown Court, he said his life had been "cruelly cut short".

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26 affecting J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - Long delays on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving two lorries and two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J9, A243 (Leatherhead).

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

Severe disruption: M26 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M26 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between M25 J5 and J2A for A20.

M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 eastbound between M25 J5 and J2a A20, because of recovery work.

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

Will the sunshine continue?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Will this bright and sunny weather last until the weekend?

Dutch navy sinks the English fleet

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

In June 1667 in a daring raid, the Dutch navy sank the English fleet moored in the River Medway. 

Admiral Michiel de Ruyter led his fleet up the Medway and captured the flagship HMS Royal Charles. 

The ship's stern piece is now on display in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

CCTV image released after attack on taxi driver

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police are seeking this man who may have information about an assault in Ashford. 

CCTV image
Kent Police

It's after a man driving a taxi in Cuckoo Lane was assaulted. 

The attack happened on Sunday 26 March at about 00:45 BST.   

Food bank donation - #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?

Let us know what you've done.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers (generic)
Getty Images

Kent Online : Veteran's daughter sees her hospital petition go to PM

Kent News : Kent Police officer bailed after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing indecent images

Kent and Sussex Courier : Kent Police need to talk to this man after a robbery in Canterbury left a man with a fractured skull

Life in prison for social media choke hold killer

A man has been sentenced to life in prison after choking a video game fan to death during a fight over a social media post. 

John Dickson
Kent Police

John Dickson, 27, confronted 20-year-old Carl Gregory in a shopping centre car park in Broadstairs, Kent. 

During the scuffle, Dickson, placed Mr Gregory in a choke hold which killed him.

Dickson was convicted of murder after a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

He will now serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Grammar Schools

Grammar schools, social mobility and the Tory party's love of educational selection.
Grammar schools are back on the agenda courtesy of Theresa May. Why has the Conservative party's love affair with an almost extinct system of educational selection endured? Step into The Briefing Room with David Aaronovitch to discover the history of the Conservatives' attitude to grammar schools - and the impact the system has on exam performance and social mobility.

Contributors:
Newsnight's Policy Editor Chris Cook
Sir David Bell, former Department of Education Permanent Secretary and now Vice Chancellor of Reading University 
Social historian David Kynaston
Laura McInerney, editor of 'Schools Week' 
Nick Hillman, former special advisor to David Willetts and now director of the Higher Education Policy Institute. 


Producers: Matt Booker and Wesley Stephenson
Researcher: Kirsteen Knight.

Article 50 letter delivered - what next?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

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.

Here's a reminder how the South East voted.

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. 

Dartford Crossing: Fines up, journey times down

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Dartford Crossing
BBC

A report from Highways England says journey times have improved at the Dartford Crossing since the toll booths were removed.

Dart Charge, a cashless system, began in 2014. 

The report also says it made about £60m extra in revenue compared to the previous year - mainly because of fines.

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 - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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

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.    

Dover pupil's #onegooddeed

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Tell us about your act of kindness this month.

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.

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, after J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - Heavy traffic on M25 clockwise after J5 M26, because of an accident involving lorry and car earlier on.

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

Bright and sunny

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got a mild start, but it's going to get rather warm in the afternoon.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

Magnificent magnolias in full bloom

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's that time of year when the magnolia plants are in full bloom. Thanks to Peter Johnson for this wonderful shot in Canterbury - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Canterbury
Peter Johnson

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

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