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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us this week, we'll be back bright and early on Monday at 06:00 BST, bringing you news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a great weekend.

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'You're more of a man if you're willing to speak about your problems'

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

This musician rebuilt his life after depression, and is urging others to seek help.

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Derbyshire's bowlers chip away with regular wickets to prevent Kent from getting a foothold at Canterbury on day one.

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Watch out for rogue traders

If you live in the Maidstone area, Kent Police is warning you to watch out for rogue traders.

Officers are investigating after an elderly woman in Maidstone paid to have her roof restored but was then approached a couple days later to be told it needed to be restored again.

Rogue traders often cold call at people’s homes in order to offer services or goods. They also sometimes overcharge for unnecessary work, damage property deliberately to get money, leave work unfinished and intimidate people to get money. 

There are many reputable companies out there, especially on the internet, which can be found easily and I’d always encourage people to carry out their own research rather than to accept work from door knockers."

Inspector Jody Gagan-CookMaidstone Community Safety Unit, Kent Police

Kent gymnast jumps onto the podium

James Hall - of the Pegasus Gym Club in Maidstone - has won all around bronze at the European Gymnastics Championships in Romania.

The 21 year-old scored 84.664 to finish behind the gold medallist Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine, and Russia's Arthur Dalaloyan.

Read more here.

What does the weekend have in store?

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Prepare for cloud and a little bit of rain too.

Here's my latest forecast.

Funeral for murder victim 20 years on

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

A funeral has been held for a murdered woman whose remains were found in a reservoir almost 20 years after her disappearance.

Sandie Bowen, 53, who was originally from Folkestone, went missing from her home in Llandogo, near Monmouth, in August 1997.

Her husband, Michael Bowen, was convicted of her murder in 1998, but he never revealed the location of her body.

Her remains were discovered in Wentwood Reservoir, near Newport, earlier this year. 

An inquest heard her body had been tied to a heavy ceramic sink. The cause of death was not known.

The funeral for Mrs Bowen took place at Gwent Crematorium, in Cwmbran. 

Sandie Bowen
Family photo

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 blocked and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car.

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 J1B for A282 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Delays on M25 anticlockwise at J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of earlier load spillage. 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

Are you running in London this weekend?

#GetInspired

Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

London Marathon 2017: Beating the bullies, Fran's inspiring story

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day. 

Woman taken to hospital after being hit by train

A woman has been taken to hospital after she was struck by a train at Margate station this afternoon.

Officers from British Transport Police and Kent Police were called to the station shortly before 14:30 BST.

The woman's injuries are believed to be serious. 

This incident is not being treated as suspicious.

'Take the leg away, and he will run another marathon'

#Get Inspired

Seven inspiring runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday
BBC

Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.

Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. 

Read more about there story here and follow the live text commentary on this website from 08:25-16:00 BST on the day.

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!

Concerns over muscular dystrophy support in South East

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

People supporting patients with the muscle-wasting condition muscular dystrophy say they're getting a raw deal from the NHS in the South East.  

Firefighters called to court

Firefighters and Kent Police were called to Maidstone Magistrates' Court at 23:30 BST yesterday.

It was reported that there was a small fire on the ground outside the front doors.

The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious and an investigation has been launched. 

What's the weekend weather got in store?

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

It's going to be mild with a lot of cloud. Here's my latest forecast.

Kent's local newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online: A head teacher says a caretaker involved in an outburst in front of shocked pupils is no longer employed at the school. 

Kent News: Investment in Folkestone seafront regeneration project hits £74m

Kent and Sussex Courier: The "shocking" figures which show how the NHS in Kent is struggling

Battle of Medway commemorations

There will be 10 days of events to mark the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway, it has been announced.

The battle, in which the Dutch launched a daring assault on the English, is being remembered by a series of events including a retelling of the battle "using flames" and is expected to attract 50,000 people.

Gills midfielder given extra two-game ban

Bradley Dack
Getty Images

Bradley Dack will miss Gillingham's final two Sky Bet League One fixtures of the season after the FA confirmed he'll serve an additional two-game ban.

He's already served a two-match suspension after getting his second red card of the season in the away game against MK Dons on 1 April.

The increased ban is effective immediately. The club says its appeal against the ban was rejected. 

Shaky's coming to town

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Shakin' Stevens was the biggest-selling UK singles artist of the 80s. 

He's got gigs coming up in Tunbridge Wells and Hastings. 

Here are some facts you might not know about him.   

Fundraising campaign for injured teenage racer

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An online campaign raising money for a teenage racing driver who had part of both legs amputated after a crash has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds.

South East rape figures soar

The number of rapes reported to police in Kent and Sussex has more than trebled over the past four years.

Police think the rise could be down to increased confidence in people coming forward. 

Which South East constituencies are most vulnerable to change?

The electoral map of the South East is almost exclusively blue at the moment, but whilst there are several very safe seats, there are also plenty of constituencies that could see a change in the upcoming election.

We've compiled this list of the most vulnerable seats in Kent and Sussex.

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

Leanne Rinne

Reporter, BBC South East Today

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

Kent's local newspaper headlines

Newspapers
Getty Images

Kent Online: A head teacher says a caretaker involved in an outburst in front of shocked pupils is no longer employed at the school. 

Kent News: Investment in Folkestone seafront regeneration project hits £74m

Kent and Sussex Courier: The "shocking" figures which show how the NHS in Kent is struggling

Actress to unveil seafront artwork

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Brenda Blethyn
BBC

Award winning actress and Ramsgate resident Brenda Blethyn will later unveil some colourful new artwork along the town's seafront at 16:00 BST.

Ramsgate artwork
Proiject MotorHouse

Projection SEAS has given students from the Royal Harbour Academy the opportunity to work with some of the best creative professionals in East Kent to create huge panels on the site of Ramsgate's former Pleasurama funfair site.

It has been organised jointly by Project MotorHouse, a local heritage scheme, and the South East Archive of Seaside Photography.  

What's the weather got in store?

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

It's a warmer start to the day than of late. Here's my forecast. 

Meet Countryfile's newest presenter

So what do we know about Steve Brown?    

The weekend's almost here

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

This colourful shot of Stone Bay in Broadstairs was sent to us by Mel Chennell. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Beach huts
Mel Chennell

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