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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 18 April 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for tonight, but we'll be back again at 06:00 BST tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, you can reach us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

General Election 2017: Will there be more than one issue?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

MPs will vote tomorrow on whether to trigger an early general election.

South East politicians from each of the main parties gave us their reaction.

Is your local beach a deathtrap for wildlife?

Yvette Austin

BBC Environment Correspondent

Environmental campaigners say there's a growing problem of plastic litter washing up on the South East's beaches.

Medway children get their primary school offer

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

More than 97% of Medway children will be starting their school life at one of their preferred primary schools this September - up more than one per cent on last year.

The latest school admissions figures reveal that just over 89% of children have secured a place at their first preference school (up 2%), just over 6% at their second preference, and just under 1.5% at their third.

Families across Medway will shortly start receiving news of the primary school their child has been offered for September 2017.

Classroom
BBC

Pensioner scares off burglars

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Detectives are hunting three men who tried to rob a pensioner in his own home.

The men, described as medium to large build and wearing balaclavas, got into the house of the man in his eighties, in Bradstone Road, Folkestone, around 02:10 BST on April 13.

The gang fled empty-handed when the homeowner called for help.

Hot water bottles and sunscreen

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Cold nights and sunny days - it's spring in the South East.

Here's my forecast.

'We need to secure the future of our country'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The MPs for Folkestone and Hythe, and Faversham and Mid Kent lend their support to Theresa May following her announcement. 

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Police appeal after man exposes himself to girl

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Witnesses are being sought after a man was reported to have exposed himself to a teenage girl on Easter Sunday.

The 14-year-old girl was walking along a footpath in Old Loose Hill, in Loose, near Maidstone, just after 15:00 BST when she realised she was being followed by a man.

After exposing himself, the girl ran to the junction on the path. He did not follow her.

She told Kent Police she had earlier seen a black car pull over and park at the junction with Linton Road and Rosemount Close.

The man was described as white, aged 18 to 22 years old, and about 6ft tall with brown hair.

He was wearing grey jeans and a patterned top.

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, before J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

Tonbridge and Malling MP: 'election now will avoid future shenanigans'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

"I can see why the Prime Minister has done it because a clear mandate now avoids any silly shenanigans in the negations with our European partners over the next two years. It makes it clear she has the authority to negotiate on behalf of the country.

Although I'm surprised, I'm pleased she's doing this."

Tom Tugendhat MP(Con) Tonbridge and Malling

Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A28 Kent both ways severe accident, between Manor Road and A253.

A28 Kent - A28 Canterbury Road in St Nicholas at Wade closed in both directions between the Manor Road junction and the A253 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26 affecting J8 for A217.

M25 Surrey - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8, A217 (Reigate).

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

General Election 2017: Analysis from our Political Editor

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Here's my take on what will a snap general election mean for the South East.

Kent MPs rally behind Prime Minister

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

We have a one-off opportunity to hold an election while the EU agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed Brexit talks begin. This decision cannot be delayed and needs to happen now. That is the only way to end the uncertainty that the other parties are causing."

Julian Brazier MP(Con) Canterbury

It is right though that people will be able to determine who is going to run our country. If Labour win on June 8th Jeremy Corbyn will be our Prime minister and running our country. The thought of that makes me shudder. We cannot allow [him] to spoil the work that Theresa May has started."

Gareth Johnson MP(Con) Dartford

Until recently it was my long-held view that another election was not what our country needed. Westminster party politics of late has made it plain, however, that such a slim majority will surely compromise the Government’s position as we proceed into vital Brexit negotiations. "

Helen Grant MP(Con) Maidstone and The Weald

Gravesham MP: 'We need to be strong to negotiate over Brexit'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway has supported Theresa May's call for a general election.

This is an opportunity to get in the strongest possible position to negotiate with our friends and partners in Europe.

We can and we will make a success of Brexit. [But not] if we constantly have these people who can't accept the will of the British people - 65% in my constituency want to leave the EU."

Adam Holloway

Cool but mostly dry

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

Did you take off your winter duvet? Then this forecast's not for you.

How the South East voted last time

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Prime Minister wants a general election on 8 June. Here's the current political make-up of the South East.

Dover MP: 'Will be campaigning to make a success of Brexit'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke has given this reaction to the General Election announcement on 8 June. 

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General election is a 'no brainer' says politics expert

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

It's a no brainer, in the modern political era a political party hasn't enjoyed this situation she's now facing, both in terms of the polling but also in terms of the disarray of the opposition.

There was nothing she could do. These negotiations with the EU are going to get far more complicated and require compromises as time goes on and she only has a very small working majority at the moment."

Richard WhitmanProfessor Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent
Richard Whitman
University of Kent

Child-grooming suspect held at Bluewater

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

A man has been arrested on suspicion of child grooming after he was intercepted at Bluewater Shopping Centre. 

The 29-year-old man was detained after being confronted by self-styled "paedophile hunters", on Sunday. 

A live stream of the interception by The Hunted One was shown on Facebook before a fight broke out at the scene.

More here

Man stopped at Bluewater
The Hunted One

BreakingTheresa May announces general election

The Prime Minister says she wants to hold a general election on 8 June

Severe disruption: A2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at A227 Wrotham Road Gravesend.

A2 Kent - One lane closed on A2 Watling Street westbound at Gravesend, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

ICYMI: New Thames Crossing - here's a look at what it means

Following last week's announcement on the new crossing over the Thames, we take a closer look at the issue.

Man crushed under his own car

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Kent man who was crushed to death under his own car while carrying out maintenance was a health and safety professional who didn't take risks, according to his partner. 

Woman reveals 'sex-for-rent' ordeal

Online adverts are offering vulnerable people a place to stay - in return for sex.  

'We never explained the dangers of the railway'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Her teenage daughter went for a night out and never came back.

Now a Kent woman is warning of the dangers of trespassing on rail lines.

Margate fire investigation continues

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire at a pub in Margate on Sunday.

About 30 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze which started on the roof of the derelict Holly Tree pub, before spreading to other parts of the building. 

The incident is not being treated as suspicious and no one was injured. More here.

Margate fire
Ian Pulman

Engineer 'looking forward to the future'

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

The partner of a man who was killed when his car fell on him said they had been looking forward to building their lives together. 

Nick Jones, a 42-year-old process safety engineer, was working on his Audi outside his home in Sandy Lane in Addington on Friday morning, Kent Police said. 

Keira Hammond who found him when she returned home said Mr Jones was happiest when working on his car. 

Keira Hammond and Nick Jones
Keira Hammond

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A20 and J4 for A228 Leybourne.

M20 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M20 London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of debris on the road.

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

Whatever happened to Spring?

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

It's a chilly start out there with some rain in places. 

Kent rower set to be a film star

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A woman from Kent who rowed thousands of miles across the Pacific is about to feature in a film which follows her and her team on their epic journey.

It's the start of the working week

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

And we're buzzing to be back.

Thanks to Chris Seager for this photo of a bee in Boughton Monchelsea. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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

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