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  2. Updates on Friday 28 April 2017

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Goodnight from the Local Live team

Kathryn Langley

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.   

Teenage racing driver 'will race again'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The family of Billy Monger, the teenager who lost both legs in a motorsport crash, say he will race again.

The 17-year-old from Charlwood suffered the injuries during the crash at Donnington Park 10 days ago.

Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.....


Images from the 2017 FA People's Cup
BBC Sport

....there'll be just under a hundred teams taking part in the FA People's Cup finals this weekend hoping to book their trip to Wembley.

Each of the winners in the 16 categories in the free five-a-side competition will win tickets to the FA Cup final on 27 May, where they will be presented with their trophies.

You can catch up with what's been going on in the competition here - and you'll be able to follow live coverage from the finals in Birmingham on Sunday and Monday.

Dozens of fridges dumped in beauty spot

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.

Kent man finishes marathon

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man from Kent who has cerebral palsy has completed the London Marathon. 

He's one of 40,000 people to finish the race this year.

What will the weather be like this weekend?

There's sunshine and rain this bank holiday weekend. Here's your forecast from Sarah Keith-Lucas.  

Cricket: Kent crash in first one-day game

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Kent's opening One Day Cup match ended in defeat as Hampshire chased down the required target of 259 with six wickets in hand at Canterbury.

After the Spitfires posted 258 from their 50 overs, with Daniel Bell-Drummond and Darren Stevens hitting fifties, 69 from James Vince, an unbeaten century from Tom Alsop saw Hants home with 29 balls to spare.

Tom Alsop, Hampshire CC
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Tom Alsop led Hampshire to victory against Kent

Read the full match report here.

Next up for Kent is a trip to Somerset on Tuesday.

Folkestone was struck by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake 10 years ago, on 28 April 2007.
The seaside town was struck by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake 10 years ago, on 28 April 2007.

Company fined over care home death

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The former owners of a Kent care home where a worker was killed when she was crushed in a lift have been fined for health and safety breaches.

Severe congestion: M26 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M26 Kent eastbound severe congestion, at J2A for A20.

M26 Kent - Very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on M26 eastbound at J2a A20.

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

'Noxious substance' sprayed on woman

Kent Police
Police have released a CCTV image of the attacker

A woman had a "noxious substance" sprayed in her face after being woken by a burglar, police said.

The attack happened at 07:00 BST on Thursday in the Wincheap area of Canterbury.

The woman, who is in her 50s, told officers a man broke into her home while she was sleeping and demanded money. 

When she shouted at him he sprayed a "noxious substance" in her face.

She was then trapped in her room until he left. 

The female victim was taken to hospital and treated for minor facial injuries, police said. 

Folkestone quake remembered 10 years on

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's exactly 10 years since Folkestone was struck by an earthquake.

It was so strong that it was felt as far away as Norwich, in Norfolk.

Lots of buildings were declared too unsafe for residents to live in after chimney stacks, tiles and brickwork came crashing down on to the pavements and roads outside.

The total cost of the damage was estimated at £15m. 

Welcome to Kent, Joey

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There are two new arrivals for the Wildwood Trust near Canterury.

Reindeer Holly gave birth to a calf on 20 April, while at the end of march a tiny head was spotted poking from a female wallaby's pouch.

reindeer calf at Wildwood
Wildwood Trust
Baby wallaby and mother
Wildwood Trust

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.

Conservative MP's aide denies rape

An aide for the Conservative MP Craig Mackinley has denied raping a woman at the Palace of Westminster last October. 

Samuel Armstrong, who is 23 and from Danbury in Essex, has been suspended as chief of staff to the South Thanet MP. 

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court this morning - his trial has been set for December.

'An earthquake in Kent!'

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

I was the only journalist on shift at BBC Radio Kent when the Folkestone earthquake struck early Saturday morning, 10 years ago today.

I knew something very serious had happened when suddenly all of the phone lines started ringing at the same time. Then a call came into a studio where a member of the public said they had felt shaking in East Kent.

I had the most frightening ten minutes of my career as I repeatedly tried to get through to Kent Police. It was sheer hell for a few minutes. I knew I had another news bulletin in a matter of minutes, and I needed to inform the public and to reassure them. Eventually I got the conformation that it was an earthquake! 

You could hear the incredulity in my voice when I first read out the words "an earthquake in Kent" on the radio.

Folkestone resident recalls the day she was shaken from her bed

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Folkestone made headlines around the world when, on this day 10 years ago, it was struck by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake.

Residents were shaken from their beds at 08:19 BST.

The quake was the largest to hit Britain since one in the West Midlands five years earlier.  

Folkestone earthquake aftermath
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Kay McLoughlin remembers the day well.

"You could hear rattling and things coming off the roof, and you just didn't have a clue what was going on... there were car alarms going off everywhere," she said. 

Do you remember the earthquake? Were you there and what are your memories?

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Fox cub rescued from sewer

Kent News: Growing concern for missing Sydenham teenager with links to Margate

Kent Live: Police issue warning to Sevenoaks residents over fake door salesmen

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.

Sculpture to celebrate Prince's life

An artist has turned a Corvette bonnet into a sculpture to celebrate the life of the US singer Prince, who died last year.

Kent sculptor Guy Portelli, known for his series of "pop Icon" artworks, said he began with the car hood as a canvas, to start with one of the most popular of Prince's songs, and then created patterns, to add a Paisley Park theme - and birds, for When Doves Cry.

"Before you know it you have a portrait of the artist through song titles," he said.

The sculpture is on show at Chelsea Art Fair.

Guy Portelli

The earthquake that rocked Folkestone to its core

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Ten years ago today, at 08:19 BST, the earth moved in Folkestone and residents were awoken by a massive rumble and a "roaring noise".

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale had rocked the seaside town to the core.

People who rushed outside in their pyjamas and dressing gowns were greeted by smashed chimney pots littering their roads and fresh cracks scarring the brickwork of their homes.

Folkestone earthquake aftermath
Getty Images

No-one was badly injured but hundreds were made homeless as buildings were declared unsafe.

The earthquake had lasted just seconds but its effects would be felt for many months afterwards. 

Do you remember the earthquake? Were you there and what are your memories?

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

Hawkins 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.

Snooker: Barry battles back

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

In the semi-finals of the World Championship snooker, Ditton's Barry Hawkins fought back from 4-0 down to trail John Higgins by 5-3 at the close last night.

Hawkins said before the tie that if he didn't raise his game after an unconvincing quarter-final victory over Stephen Maguire, he would get his bum "smacked" by Higgins.

The first-to-17 tie at the Crucible resumes later today.

Follow the action here.

Barry Hawkins

ICYMI: Actor Bloom uses 'pikey' term on Radio 1

BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw apologises to listeners after Orlando Bloom used the term on his show.    

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206.

M25 Essex - Heavy traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Crash victim named

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The motorcyclist killed on Romney Marsh last week has been formally identified.

Rodger Smith was 62 and from Hawkinge.

He died when he was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Tiguan, at 16:14 BST on 19 April.

It happened at Hammonds Corner, on the B2075 Romney Road, with both vehicles travelling towards New Romney at the time.

Rodger Smith
Kent Police

Woman arrested in Kent terror probe

Four people have been arrested in an anti-terror operation in north-west London and Kent, Scotland Yard says.

Officers say the operation was not connected to the earlier arrest of a man near Parliament.

A woman in her 20s was shot by police in Willesden and is in a serious but stable condition.

Two men, 20 and 16, and a woman, 20, were held after the Willesden shooting and a woman, 43, was arrested in Kent.

The Metropolitan Police said they were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts.

They are in custody at a south London police station.

The chill is over!

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got a fairly mild, sunny day to look forward to, although there may be a few showers.

Here's my latest forecast.

Increase in crime across Kent

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Kent Police

I've taken a look at the latest crime figures in Kent:

  • There's been a 13% rise in crime across Kent.
  • That compares with 9% nationally. 
  • Over 14,000 more crimes were reported in 2016 compared with the year before.
  • One of the biggest increases was for violence against the person, which rose 31%.
  • The number of offences where people were caught with an offensive weapon went up 30%. 
  • But there have been falls in burglary, drugs and theft offences.

It's the end of the week

But fear not - we'll be here all the way up until 22:00 BST with all your latest news, sport, travel and weather.

To kick things off here's an epic pic of the sky at Wye taken by Nic Evennett. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Nic Evennett

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