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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 26 April 2017

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Step back in time

Steps are back and are performing at the Brighton Centre in November.

Here are five, six, seven, eight things you (probably) don’t know about the band.

BreakingHawkins through to World semis

Kent's Barry Hawkins is into the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championships.

Here's a reminder of his top five tips.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise before J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

The chilly weather continues

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A frosty start in some places, turning rainy later. Here's my forecast for Thursday.

Radio 1 says sorry after actor uses offensive slur

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw apologised to listeners this morning after Hollywood star Orlando Bloom used an offensive word on his breakfast programme.

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.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Family of Louise Kerton prepare for 16th anniversary of her disappearance

Kent News: Bluewater is expanding - but what about Gravesend and Dartford’s town centres?

Kent Live: Police appeal for witnesses after a pensioner is punched in the face in Otford

BreakingMP expenses file passed to lawyers

Tanya Gupta

Craig Mackinlay
BBC

Police investigating the 2015 General Election expenses of Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the BBC has been told.

A CPS source confirmed Kent Police had sent the file to lawyers following an investigation.

Mr Mackinlay beat Nigel Farage in the South Thanet seat two years ago.

The CPS will decide whether any charges should be brought against either Mr Mackinlay or his agent.

Mr Mackinlay has said he plans to stand again in the seat in this year's general election.

Former officer jailed over indecent images

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Former Kent Police inspector Tim Ryton has been jailed for nine years, for making and distributing indecent images of children.

The judge described him as "deeply disturbed, calculating and wicked" and said it was one of the worst cases he'd seen.

The force is defending its procedures.

Hot water bottles for one more night

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Another freezing night, then temperatures start to improve.

Here's my forecast.

Cookham Wood prison teen death was from natural causes

Daniel Adewole
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A teenage boy who was found unresponsive in his prison cell died of natural causes, a coroner has concluded.

Daniel Adewole, who was 16, suffered a sudden unexpected death in epilepsy at Cookham Wood jail in Kent in 2015.

The inquest in Maidstone heard that despite repeated attempts to rouse him by kicking his locked door, officers did not enter the cell for 38 minutes.

Senior coroner Patricia Harding said she was not satisfied that Daniel's death could have been prevented had his cell been entered earlier.

Giving her conclusion, she said the events were of "significant concern", but she said she had received information from the prison estate that changes had been made to prevent another such tragedy occurring. 

BreakingMan guilty of driving into traffic warden

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A teenager has been convicted of dangerous driving after bodycam footage was released of a traffic warden being mown down by a motorist.

Cameras captured the moment David Drury asked the driver to move his car from zigzag lines next to a pedestrian crossing on the Isle of Sheppey.

As a parking ticket was being printed, the driver accelerated towards him and knocked him over, before driving off. It was captured on a body worn camera.

Mr Drury suffered neck and shoulder injuries.

Michael Johnson, 18, of Shannon Place, Warden Road, Sheerness, has been convicted of dangerous driving after a trial at Maidstone Crown Court. He'll be sentenced at a later date.

BreakingFormer police inspector jailed making indecent images of children

Bryony MacKenzie

Correspondent, BBC South East Today

A former police inspector who admitted making and distributing indecent images and videos of children has been jailed for nine years.

Timothy Ryton, who worked for the Kent force, appeared at Lewes Crown Court today.

The officer pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing indecent images of children, two of taking indecent videos, two of distribution, and two of voyeurism unrelated to a child at a previous hearing.

The judge described Ryton, a police officer of 27 years and who served in Iraq, as 'deeply disturbed, calculating and wicked'.  

Football: It's down to the last day of the season for the Gills

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Gillingham’s League One status is in the balance after a win for Port Vale last night leaves them one point behind the Gills with one to play.

Chris Eagles' 85th minute strike for Vale at Walsall last night has given 21st placed Vale hope of escape, with one relegation spot still to be decided.

Gillingham’s final match is away at Northampton Town, now managed by former Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh, with Port Vale away at promotion-chasers Fleetwood.

Thanks to Gillingham's superior goal difference, one point won’t be enough for Port Vale to stay up. If Vale win, Gillingham must win too. Any result for Vale other than a win and the Gills are safe.

BBC Radio Kent will be live from Sixfields at 11:00 BST on 30 April, ahead of the midday kick-off.

ICYMI: 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.    

Dozens of fridges dumped in beauty spot

Ian Palmer

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Is this the worst fly-tipping spot in the South East? 

The police are working with Canterbury City Council to find out how a large pile of fridges, tyres and other rubbish were dumped on the banks of the River Stour.

Justice Secretary response to sex for rent scandal

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 disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Kent GPs in 'workforce crisis'

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

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More than a third of Kent GPs are planning to leave their jobs in the next five years and not enough recruits are replacing them, according to a new survey.  

It was carried out by the committee representing the county's GPs, which claims there's a workforce crisis.

Half of the doctors who responded also said there was a vacancy at their practice. 

Southern Strike: 'People have lost their jobs, missed out on family time'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The dispute between the RMT and Southern has its first birthday today and commuters say they've been paying the price.

Arrests made after Dartford shooting

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Three people have been arrested following a shooting in a residential area in Dartford. 

Armed officers were called after gunshots were heard on Hill Rise in Darenth on Monday evening. 

Two men received gunshot wounds, both have been arrested and remain in police custody with a third man. 

The #Southernstrikes one year on

Later today there will be a demonstration outside Parliament to mark a year since the Southern strike began. 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers…  

More cold to come

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got another chilly start, and no sign of improvement.

Watch my latest forecast to find out more.

Southern strike: 'It's worse than the miners' dispute'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

RMT members will demonstrate outside Parliament later to mark a year since the Southern rail strikes began. 

Welcome to Wednesday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Botany Bay
Carole Adams

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

We'll kick things off with this great pic of Botany Bay by Carole Adams - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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