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  2. Updates on Tuesday 25 April 2017

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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.

A chilly start to Wednesday

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

And there's even the possibility of hail. Here's my forecast.

Bluewater expansion gets the go-ahead

Bluewater
PA

The Bluewater shopping centre near Dartford is set to expand, creating more than 2,000 jobs. 

Planning permission has been granted for a major redevelopment, which will see five separate extensions to the shopping centre, and a re-configured layout. 

Bluewater is set to increase in size by 20 per cent.

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - Two lanes blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving A CAR AND A LORRY.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, at J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 westbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Spring has sprung early at Hever

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The unusually warm weather we've been having has meant this year's tulip celebration at Hever Castle and Gardens has come early.

Take a look at these beautiful blooms.

Exercise 'keeps mind sharp' in over-50s

#GetInspired

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Research has suggested that doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50.

So if you're 'of a certain age' - or know someone who is and could benefit from a bit more movement - why not take a look at our Get Inspired guides to find something for them to get moving?    

Justice Secretary response to sex for rent scandal

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Justice Secretary says she'll be looking into the issue of sex for rent, uncovered by a BBC South East investigation.

She was responding to a question by the South East's only Labour MP.

Severe accident: A2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent westbound severe accident, at M25 J2 affecting B260 Green Street Green Road.

A2 Kent - Stationary traffic on A2 westbound in Darenth at Darenth Interchange, because of an accident and a rolling road-block. Congestion on B260 Green Street Green Road to the B260 Green Street Green Road junction.

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

Mum to be flown to UK after shark attack

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Frankie Gonsalves
Family handout

A mother attacked by a shark in the South Atlantic is to be airlifted to a London hospital on Wednesday, her father has said.

Social worker Frankie Gonsalves was swimming with her husband Dean and two children off Ascension Island, when a shark bit down on her foot and leg.

Mr Gonsalves punched the shark on the nose to free his wife, who managed to scramble back to shore.

Doctors confirmed she will not lose her leg, but does need urgent trauma care.

Speaking about the attack her father Irving Benjamin, from Deal, said: "Thank God it wasn't the kids."

Louis, seven, and Katie, 10, were playing just metres away in the shallows of the bay when their mother was attacked.

Mrs Gonsalves had worked as a children's social worker in St Helena for two years. Her contract was due to end this month but a promotion means the family will now stay in the British Overseas Territory another year.

Deceptively sunny

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It may look lovely outdoors, but it's been a chilly morning and that's set to continue through the day. Expect some showers too.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

No decision on airports till June

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There'll be no decision on a new runway in the South East until after the general election.

The Davis Commission recommended expansion of Heathrow, but Gatwick's owners are still hopeful they'll get the go-ahead instead.

Heathrow Airport
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Heathrow

The current public consultation ends on 25 May, but the Department for Transport has told the BBC it'll be for the next government to respond to whatever points it raises.  

Gatwick Airport
PA
Gatwick Airport

Massive fly-tip found near Canterbury

Ian Palmer

Reporter, BBC South East Today

'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.  

Concerns over muscular dystrophy support in South East

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

Have you got a story that needs to be investigated?

If so, get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East Today investigations team.  

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online: Alfie Armstrong dies of kidney disease days after donors stepped forward for transplant

Kent News: Manston Airport should be renamed Sir Winston Churchill Airport say Lib Dems

Kent Live: A man took pictures at Kent beauty spots and was shocked by what he saw

Stolen baby items returned to bereaved parents

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Precious items belonging to the parents of a baby who died have been returned after being stolen from Dartford.  

Dinosaur toy
Kent Police

The red toy dinosaur, a buggy and two car seats were in a black Ford Fiesta taken from Mead Road on 19 April. 

They were left at North Kent Police Station on Sunday evening.

Police are appealing for any information about what happened. 

They say the car has a faulty bonnet that won't close properly. 

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J6 for A251 and J7 for A2 Canterbury Road.

M2 Kent - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M2 coastbound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J7, A2 (Brenley Corner), because of debris on the road.

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

Bluewater expansion gets the go-ahead

Bluewater
PA

The Bluewater shopping centre near Dartford is set to expand, creating more than 2,000 jobs. 

Planning permission has been granted for a major redevelopment, which will see five separate extensions to the shopping centre, and a re-configured layout. 

Bluewater is set to increase in size by 20 per cent.

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J5 M26, because of an accident involving car.

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

Remembering Canterbury's warriors

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Former soldiers have taken part in a ceremony to mark the reopening of Warriors' Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral.  

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

Severe accident: A20 Greater London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A20 Greater London eastbound severe accident, at B2173.

A20 Greater London - A20 in Foots Cray blocked and stationary traffic eastbound at the B2173 junction, because of an accident involving multiple vehicles.

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

Home Secretary to tackle 'sex-for-rent'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Distressed woman (generic)
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The Home Secretary and Hastings MP Amber Rudd has told BBC South East that tackling sexual exploitation is a key government priority.

It follows our investigation into adverts offering free accommodation to people - in exchange for sex.

Charities have condemned "sex-for-rent" as exploitative and preying on the vulnerable.

It comes as another South East MP, Peter Kyle, has revealed he plans to raise the issue in the Commons this week.

Nobody should feel obligated to have sex with anybody else other than by choice – and the law on rape and sexual abuse is clear.

Protecting women and girls and tackling exploitation are issues I care deeply about and both are key priorities for this Government."

Amber Rudd MPHome Secretary

A rubbish day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

After a really chilly start, we've got rain and the chance of thunder on the way.

Here's my forecast.

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.

Good morning Kent

Walmer Castle
Peter Johnson

Are you in a reflective mood like this picture of Walmer Castle by Peter Johnson? It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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