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  2. Live updates on Wednesday 19 April 2017

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And it's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow, bringing you news, weather, sport and travel until 22:00 BST.

And if there's something you think we should know about, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

Mother warns of drug dangers after death of her teenage son
Michelle Fraser said her son Robert did not understand the risks he was taking.

How the South East voted last time

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

MPs have voted in favour of holding a general election on 8 June.

If you're not already au fait with the political make-up of the South East, we've compiled it into a handy video for you.

It's still too soon to switch to the lighter duvet

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Another chilly night, with more spring sunshine tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

Meet Countryfile's newest presenter

So what do we know about Steve Brown?

Severe disruption: A229 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A229 Kent both ways severe disruption, between B2079 Maidstone Road and Stilebridge Lane.

A229 Kent - A229 Linton Hill in Stile Bridge closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B2079 Maidstone Road junction and the Stilebridge Lane junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Severe accident: B2075 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

B2075 Kent both ways severe accident, between A259 Lydd Road and Lydd Town Crossing.

B2075 Kent - B2075 Romney Road in New Romney closed in both directions between the A259 Lydd Road junction and the Lydd Town Crossing junction, because of an accident involving motorcycle and car. Traffic is coping well.

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

'We need to be more aware for our children's sake'

Leanne Rinne

BBC Reporter

Her son's life was about to begin, but it was cut short by a drugs overdose.

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.    

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down flat bed truck and recovery work. Congestion to J8, A217 (Reigate).

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

The sunny and chilly weather continues

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

Have you put your winter jumpers away? You may want to rethink. 

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.

What's your challenge?

#IRunFor

2017 is a big year for championship athletics - a good excuse to celebrate why we run

Whether you're running an international championship race or out for a weekly jog, we all have a reason to run.

In London Marathon week, BBC Sport is launching the #IRunFor campaign for the 2017 summer of athletics.

Find out more about the campaign here and follow the London Marathon on the BBC Sport website from 08:30 BST on Sunday.

'Lost' Archbishops of Canterbury found

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

The remains of five Archbishops of Canterbury have been found beneath a medieval parish church next to Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury's official London residence.  

Builders found a hidden crypt containing 30 lead coffins at the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth. 

The remains date back to the 1660s.

More here

Archbishops' remains
Garden museum

#ICYMI: 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.  

Jessica is overcoming severe ME to walk down the aisle

Jessica Taylor-Bearman, from Upnor in Kent, has been bedridden for more than a decade after being diagnosed with a severe form of the chronic fatigue condition, ME.

She has spent the last two years learning to walk again and is determined to make it down the aisle at her wedding next month.

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 heavy 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

Kent's local newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online: Travellers who took over the Neptune car park in Herne Bay let off parking tickets

Kent News: Could controversial plans in south eastern rail franchise cause small stations in Kent to close?

Kent and Sussex Courier: North Sevenoaks to be transformed by major new masterplan as blueprint unveiled

ICYMI: Man crushed under his own car

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.     

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.

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.  

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

Appeal after pet is stabbed

Dog
Kent Police

The public is being asked to come forward with information after a dog was stabbed in Gillingham earlier this month.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was brought into an animal charity in Edenbridge with stab wounds and had to undergo two emergency operations. 

The dog is now on the mend. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Kent Police.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Chilly start to the morning

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

But will it brighten up later? Watch my forecast to find out.

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

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

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

Good morning from the BBC Live team

This gorgeous sunset at Reculver was sent to us by Eddie Hadlow, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Reculver
Eddie Hadlow

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