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  1. Our live coverage has ended
  2. Updates on Tuesday 11 April 2017

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By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Our day has ended - thanks for joining us. We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

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Hatton Garden film: 'I can't forgive Reader'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Today sees the release of a film about the Hatton Garden heist, masterminded by Brian Reader from Dartford.

But in 1985, along with M25 murderer Kenneth Noye, Reader was involved in the death of a Kent police officer.

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.  

Lorry driver denies charges over M20 bridge collapse

Bridge crash
PA

A lorry driver has denied dangerous driving charges over the collapse of a pedestrian bridge on to a motorway.

A motorcyclist suffered broken ribs when the bridge fell on to the London-bound carriageway of the M20 in Kent on 27 August last year.

Alan Austen, 63, of Darlington, Durham, pleaded not guilty to two charges of dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Maidstone Crown Court set a trial date for 19 February 2018. Read more here.

Thames Crossing announcement expected

Land near Dartford
BBC

A long-awaited decision on the location of a new Thames Crossing linking Kent and Essex is expected tomorrow.

Highways England has been recommending a new tunnel east of Gravesend, but ministers have also been considering another crossing at Dartford.

The decision follows the largest ever public consultation for a UK road project.

We'll have the announcement as soon as it's made.

The spring sunshine is here for a while.

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

There's plenty of sunshine coming up, but the nights are staying cold.

Here's my forecast.

Huge fire destroys camp housing 1,500 migrants in France

A camp housing 1,500 migrants in northern France has been destroyed in a fire that officials said began during a fight.

At least 10 people were injured when the fire tore through closely-packed huts at the Grande-Synthe camp, near the port of Dunkirk.

Last month, officials said the camp would be dismantled because of unrest.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down van and a rolling road-block.

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

Rise in obesity hospital admissions

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Is the NHS prejudiced against obese people? 

One Sussex woman says she was forced to go private for life-saving weight-loss surgery.

Last year obesity was a factor in more than 33,000 hospital admissions in Kent, Sussex and Sussex. 

What was school like in Kent during WW2?

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

A book containing a series of paintings by a wartime art teacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls has been published.

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.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A206 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 westbound between J2a A20 and M25 J5, because of emergency repairs.

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

Gatwick's 'zero tolerance approach' to passengers who drink too much

Man drinking alcohol (anonymous)
PA

Gatwick Airport says it has a 'zero tolerance approach' to passengers who drink too much.

It comes after a House of Lords Select Committee found that alcohol is too easily available at some airports and that some people were drinking even before breakfast.

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

Here's Gatwick's statement.

The vast majority of our 44 million passengers behave responsibly, but the airport operates a zero tolerance approach for the very small number that cause disruption through the consumption of too much alcohol.

As a signatory of UK Aviation’s Industry Code of Conduct, Gatwick works closely with airline, retail and security partners to minimise the impact of disruptive passengers and, where possible, to prevent the issue occurring in the first place. Measures taken include intelligence-led security patrols targeting both potential problem flights and also individuals or groups identified as intoxicated, and early intervention measures so staff can report problem passengers to the police at the earliest possible stage, including at check-in or in licensed premises. Frequent public facing awareness campaigns highlighting the consequences of excessive drinking at an airport are also run in conjunction with Gatwick Police.

Gatwick does not tolerate underage drinking and all outlets selling alcohol operate a strict challenge policy and will refuse to serve alcohol to any customers who are unable to prove their age when challenged.

Evidence suggests that Gatwick’s policy on disruptive passengers is working with fewer incidents reported in 2016, compared to the previous year. These measures are being improved during 2017 and are kept under constant review to ensure they are as robust as possible.

Gatwick AirportSpokesman

It's a dry and bright day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

And it's looking fine in the run up to the Easter Bank Holiday.

Here's my forecast.

Dreamland bosses confident for new season

Dreamland
BBC

The operators behind Dreamland in Margate have told BBC South East about their multi-million pound plans for expanding and revamping it this summer.

In their first interview since being placed in administration, Sands Heritage have revealed there will be new rides and a £15,000 capacity music stage.

The theme park has had financial struggles since it was restored in 2015. 

But it's received £25m in private investment and operators say it will be "massively different" when it reopens next month.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online : Daughter turns detective to catch thief

Kent News : Dozens of council chiefs across county raking in more than £100k a year

Kent Live : A Dover man landed a very unusual catch on a late night fishing trip

Severe accident: A249 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A249 Kent westbound severe accident, at M2 J5 Sittingbourne.

A249 Kent - A249 in Stockbury closed and very slow traffic westbound at Sittingbourne, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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

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.  

Rise in obesity hospital admissions

An anonymous woman walking down the street
PA

A woman who paid privately for weight loss reduction surgery says she would have died without the treatment.

There were more than 780 admissions in Sussex, Kent and Surrey last year, a 6% rise on the year before.

In a programme tonight on BBC2 Karen Hardwicke, from East Sussex, describes the choice she had to make in deciding whether to wait or pay for her own surgery.

We'll have more on this on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST.

ME sufferer determined to walk for wedding

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

A woman from Rochester who has suffered from a debilitating version of ME plans to walk down the aisle this month on her wedding day.

The illness has left Jessica Taylor virtually unable to walk for more than a decade and she has written a book about her experiences.

'I can't forgive Reader'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Today sees the release of a film about the Hatton Garden heist, masterminded by Brian Reader from Dartford.

But in 1985, along with M25 murderer Kenneth Noye, Reader was involved in the death of a Kent police officer.

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." 

France migrants: Huge fire guts Grande-Synthe Dunkirk camp

A camp housing 1,500 migrants in northern France has been destroyed in a fire that officials said began during a fight between Afghans and Kurds.

At least 10 people were injured when the fire tore through closely-packed huts at the Grande-Synthe camp, near the port of Dunkirk.

Last month officials said the camp would be dismantled because of unrest.

The French north coast has been a magnet for migrants trying to reach Britain, many through Dover.

Read the full story here .

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between M25 J3 and J2 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound between M25 J3, Swanley Interchange and J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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?

One-in-three South East care homes 'unsatisfactory'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

More than a third of care homes in Kent and Sussex are unsatisfactory, according to a charity.

Independent Age says more than a third of homes in the South East are rated as "inadequate" or "requires improvement".  

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between Clacket Lane Services and J6 for A22 affecting J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down van. Congestion to J5 M26.

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

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

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Easter eggs
Getty Images

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  . 

'She was just left and labelled'

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

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

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

A lovely day

We've got plenty of sunshine around today, but there will be a few bits of cloud too.

Here's my forecast.

Flapping our way through the week

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

What a great picture of a butterfly in spring taken by Brian Whitehead in Stodmarsh. It's our  #photooftheday .

Can you take a great photo of Kent? If you can we'd love to see it.

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

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

Butterfly
Brian Whitehead