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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day.
  2. Updates on Friday 31 March 2017

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Boat Race: Warr of Oxford and Cambridge

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

William Warr, from Frant near Tunbridge Wells, is set to make history this weekend by becoming the first man to row for both Oxford and Cambridge in The Boat Race. 

A weekend of two halves

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There'll be heavy showers on Saturday, but lots of sunshine on Sunday.  

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J1B for A282.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of a broken down car. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

When tackles go wrong...

#PeoplesCup

Just how did those legs end up there? Find out with our top 10 magic moments from last weekend's FA People's Cup semi-finals.

For more FA People's Cup action, watch our semi-final highlights programme,  available on the iPlayer from 06:00 BST on Saturday morning, 1 April, and on the Red Button at 13:50 BST and repeated throughout the weekend.

A special constable and her special horse

A volunteer police officer will start her patrols in New Ash Green on her horse.

Special Constable (SC) Alaine Benardis and her horse, Jack, will be able to patrol more isolated parts of the community, Kent Police said.

Alaine responded to a call by for horse owners and riders with access to a horse to consider volunteering as mounted officers with the Special Constabulary.  

Special Constable Alaine Benardis and her horse, Jack
Kent Police

Chiddingstone's mummy's name is…

"Irethorru!" 

Translated as "the eye of Horus is against them”, the name was discovered on the lid of the coffin after three days of multispectral imaging by scientists.

The mummy's home is Chiddington Castle and it is thought to be 3,000 years old.  

Maria Esain, who is the curator at the castle, said “Our Ancient Egyptian coffin lid that has been exhibited here for many years has undergone some careful conservation and advanced digital imaging by experts from UCL to determine if it is possible to read the name of the person that would have been interred within it 3,000 years ago."

Staff at Chiddingstone Castle’s
Chiddingstone Castle

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, at J2 for A2 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

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 queuing 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

Large fire in Dartford woodland

Firefighters are tackling a large fire in woodland in Dartford. 

About 100 sq m of woodland and undergrowth at Joydens Wood is alight.

Kent Fire and Rescue said three fire engines were on the scene fighting the blaze.

Fire engine leaving station
BBC

Manicurist to the stars aiming for a world record

Stephanie Staunton from Kent is aiming for a nail polish world record this weekend.

Watch her story below.

View more on twitter

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J11 for B2068 Hythe and J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 London-bound between J11, B2068 (Hythe) and J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of debris on the road.

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

#ICYMI: 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.  

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 debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Not quite as warm as yesterday

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've had a morning of mixed weather, but this afternoon it should become pleasant with temperatures in the mid teens.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

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.

Counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco are being sold on Facebook
The cut-price products are being advertised by people using fake profiles.

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.

Police release CCTV after money stolen from bookmakers

CCTV
Kent Police

Police investigating a burglary in Faversham have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

It was reported that between 19:30 and 19:45 on 16 March 2017 a man entered a bookmakers in Preston Street and stole money from behind the counter before leaving in the direction of Stone Street.

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 01795 419119 quoting XY/12016/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

MP's aide in court on rape charges

Samuel Armstrong
Twitter

A Conservative MP's aide has appeared in court charged with two counts of rape following an alleged incident at the Palace of Westminster.

Samuel Armstrong, 23, from Danbury in Essex, is also charged with sexual assault in relation to the alleged attack in October last year.

The charges relate to an alleged incident last October at the Palace of Westminster.

He was bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on April 28. 

Men who tortured elderly couple to be sentenced

Two men who tortured an elderly couple with boiling water in their home at Halstead near Sevenoaks will be sentenced today. 

Kacey Adams from Ilford and Daniel Wallace of no fixed address tied up their victims demanded money while pouring boiling water from a kettle. 

The couple in their 60's were also beaten and threatened with a knife and a hot iron. 

Both men admitted burglary and assault at an earlier hearing at Maidstone Crown Court.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online : Kent police officer sacked after looking at porn 2,000 times from work computer

Kent News : Everything you need to know about the Kent & Canterbury Hospital crisis as under-fire health trust explains all

Kent and Sussex Courier : A 'shed load of concrete' has stopped traffic on the M25

Missing: Have you seen Caine?

Caine Hawkesford
Kent Police

Caine Hawkesford went missing yesterday, and Kent Police is appealing for information to try and find him.

Caine was last seen leaving his work in the Ramsgate Road area of Broadstairs at about 11.20 BST. 

He's 43 years old and described as being vulnerable. He's white with a tanned complexion, around 5ft 11in and of stocky build with short black hair and a goatee beard.

Caine is believed to be wearing a green polo shirt and green sweatshirt, with black trousers and a black suede coat with fur inside. He wears an earring in his left ear and also wears an orange watch.  

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare, and believe it is highly likely Caine will be on foot and may have headed in the direction of Reculver or Herne Bay.

Counterfeit tobacco sold on Facebook

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

An undercover BBC South East investigation has discovered fake cigarettes and tobacco are being sold on Facebook.

You can see more on this story on tonight's Inside Out South East, on BBC One at 19:30.

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.

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.

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?

Can we beat yesterday's weather?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Unfortunately not - but it should still be fairly warm.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

It's the end of the working week...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And what nicer way to ease us into Friday than this reflective photo of Broadstairs by Mel Chennell.

Broadstairs
Mel Chennell

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