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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has ended today
  2. Updates on Monday 10 April 2017

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By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

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Nuisance scooter destroyed

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

A scooter has been destroyed by Kent Police after it was being ridden in an anti-social manner. 

Last week officers were called to Ditton Court Quarry near East Malling where two people were seen driving it.

Police later found the scooter abandoned and destroyed it.

Seized Scooter
Kent Police

Leisure centre to close in Folkestone

A leisure centre in Folkestone is to close in the summer, leaving a number of community groups and activities needing to find new homes.

Pent Valley Leisure Centre is part of the technology college which is closing because of falling pupil numbers.

Attempts were made to keep the centre open but no new provider has been found. 

Will you be affected by this? You can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email

A chilly start to Tuesday

Sarah Keith-Lucas

BBC Weather

The weather will turn cloudy in the afternoon. 

#ICYMI: Secret plan to blow up Channel Tunnel revealed

The UK Government considered plans to blow up the Channel Tunnel using a nuclear bomb during the Cold War.      

Who is Poly Styrene?

A new film about South East X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene is in the works.

Here are some facts you might not have known about her...  

Hollands inquest: 'She was just left and labelled'

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The family of a young mother, who died at the Darent Valley Hospital after being incorrectly diagnosed, say they're heartbroken.

Passengers to have their say on Southeastern's rail franchise

A Southeastern train
PA

A public consultation is being held this evening in Sevenoaks.

It's the first of several across Kent this week.

Govia currently operates the line but the franchise comes to an end in December next year.  

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M20 coastbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Hollands inquest: 'I can't believe it's come down to four lines on a piece of paper'

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A coroner's concluded a young mother would probably not have died if doctors at the Darent Valley Hospital had properly diagnosed a pulmonary embolism.

Sian Hollands was told she was well enough to go home, just hours before she died.

Local elections: Deadline approaches for voter registration

Elections to our county councils take place in less than four weeks and the Electoral Commission is warning time is running out for anyone not yet registered to vote.

It says voters must be registered by the deadline of midnight this Thursday. You can do it  here .

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PA

It's not long until the local elections...

Elections to our county councils take place in less than four weeks.

Here's our Political Editor Helen Catt with more details.  

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident involving lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

It's getting cooler this week...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a fantastic weekend, temperatures will fall over the coming days, but it will stay mostly dry. 

Here's my weather update.

Calls for clampdown on airport drinking

There are calls for a clampdown on drinking at airports such as Gatwick following a rise in passengers disrupting flights.

A House of Lords Select Committee has found alcohol is too easily available, and people are drinking even before breakfast.

Sussex Police also sent under 18s to buy alcohol at the airport and found all but one of the premises were selling to them.

The committee wants restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol at airports - which are currently exempt from the 2003 Licensing Act. 

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Tell us why you love going to the beach.

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

And Briohny will have more on this on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST.

Today's newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Man airlifted to hospital after stabbing in Whitstable

Kent News : Motorists facing traffic hell as Thanet Way could be closed until this evening following horror crash

Kent Live : Live updates as Thanet Way is shut after a 'serious crash'

Kick-start your career with street cricket

As the County Cricket season  gets underway today,   England opener Haseeb Hameed gives his support to a different form of the game...

If you want to find out more about how to get into cricket, take a look at the  Get Inspired guide.

Easter getaway: When is busiest by road, rail and air?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

More than 20 million cars are expected to be on the roads and more than 200 rail engineering works are taking place over Easter.

The busiest day for the great getaway will be Thursday, with drivers being warned some journeys could take 90 minutes longer than usual.

Unsurprisingly the M25 is included as well as the Dartford Crossing.

Network Rail is also carrying out a number of works on the railways.

You can read the full guide here

Severe accident: A299 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A299 Kent westbound severe accident, between A291 Canterbury Road and M2 J7.

A299 Kent - A299 Thanet Way closed London-bound between Herne Bay junction in Herne and Brenley Corner in Goodnestone, because of a serious accident involving car transporter. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - M25 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

Southern rail chief's pay hits £495,000 after strike-hit year

Charles Horton
BBC

The chief of the Southern rail network was paid £495,000 during a year in which the service was hit by strikes and falling profits.

Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), was paid £478,000 in pay in the last financial year, while also earning £17,000 from Southern Railway Limited, the groups' accounts showed.

It comes during a prolonged battle between Southern and the unions over so-called driver-only operated trains, which has led to disruption for millions of passengers.

Its parent company also suffered a profit slump of more than £15 million in the last year, latest figures showed.   

GTR runs Southern, as well as Thameslink, Great Northern and the Gatwick Express routes.

GTR's accounts showed Mr Horton, as the group's highest-paid director, was previously paid £493,000 in 2015.

A spokesman for the group said: "As a matter of policy we do not discuss the remuneration of any of our employees." 

Town 'too posh' for cheap Monopoly houses

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Monopoly board
William Warby

Board game creators have dubbed Royal Tunbridge Wells "too posh" to have an equivalent of Old Kent Road in the town’s brand new Monopoly board.

It beat other "royal" cities and towns across the UK to have an official game made to mark the Queen's 65th year on the throne.

More than 2,000 suggestions for places on the board have been sent in, but very few for the modest end of town, and none to take the place of Old Kent Road.

Poll lines have now re-opened for one week to get some ideas.

Human bones investigation 'stood down'

Kent Police says an investigation in Kingsnorth Road, Gillingham, where small, human bone fragments were found has now been stood down.

Officers are still looking into the discovery and say it's being treated as unexplained.

School compensation payouts revealed

Kent County Council paid out compensation running into tens of thousands of pounds over the last three years for incidents and injuries suffered in schools across the county.

But what sort of incidents led to the payouts?

Appeal launched for Parkinson's disease research

More than 5,500 people are thought to be living with Parkinson's disease in Kent and the South East - but there's still no cure.

This morning, Parkinson's UK is launching an appeal to raise more money for research into the condition.

Alan Lander has Parkinson's disease and spoke to John Warnett, along with his wife Anne from their home in Gravesend.

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

Up, up and away

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Did you miss this on Friday? The pictures are just stunning.

A world record attempt took place from Dover for the number of hot air balloons crossing the Channel.  

Organisers say 82 balloons that took off from Dover on Friday morning made it to France.

The previous record for the number of balloons flying over the channel was 49.