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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 May 2017
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Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST. 

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The Hawk's top snooker tips

He may have got knocked out of the snooker World Championships at the semi-final stage, but he's still pretty good. 

I went to meet Ditton's Barry Hawkins and asked him what advice he would give to budding snooker players.

Here are his top five tips.

Can we look forward to sunshine tomorrow?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Sorry to get your hopes up, but I'm afraid not.

Here's my forecast for Wednesday. 

‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says Wheelchair Rugby League changed his life. #thisisme

Council Twitter account hacked

Medway Council has confirmed that its Twitter account was hacked tonight.

In the last hour a tweet was posted saying the account had been taken over by the 'citizens of Medway'.

A series of tweets followed. One said: "First policy - free council tax for all" while another read "Second policy - park where you want. No more tickets."

The tweets were deleted a short time ago. 

Tweets after Medway Council's Twitter account was hacked
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Celia Glynn-Williams, head of communications at Medway Council, said: "We took action to secure the account as quickly as possible.

"We are sorry for any offence caused by the messages that were tweeted. We take the security of our account very seriously and are looking into how this happened.”

Man injured during reported robbery in Maidstone

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted during a reported robbery in the centre of Maidstone.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday 30 April, 2017, and the man received treatment for injuries to his face. 

It is reported the victim had been in the Gabriel’s Hill area of town at around 03:00 BST, when he was approached by three men.

The suspects are alleged to have followed him down an alleyway, where they then punched and kicked him in the face.Following the assault the victim reported his wallet was missing.  

Armed police arrested six people

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

This was the scene when armed police raided a home in Margate earlier.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of drug offences at the home in King Street.

Another three were apprehended later in the day.

the scene when armed police raided a home in Margate
Dennis Jackson

Lib Dem leader visits Sussex on campaign trail

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Lewes is one of the seats Tim Farron's party hopes to win back in the general election.

Kelly Marie-Blundell will contest the seat currently held by Conservative Maria Caulfield. 

Woman arrested after car theft

A 45-year-old woman has been arrested after a grey Citroen C4 was stolen from Gillingham while parked in the High Street on Sunday 23 April 2017. 

Inside the car was a medal awarded for running the London Marathon and a child's toys. The medal was located in the garden of a nearby home and has been returned to the owner.

The woman was released from custody pending further enquiries. The car was recovered in Boundary Road, Chatham on 27 April.

Kent Police
Kent Police

Trying to catch a glimpse of a nightingale

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's one of our most celebrated songbirds, but it's under threat of extinction.

David Sillito spent a night in a wood in Ashford to try and catch a glimpse of the endangered nightingale.

Man trapped after 'bumpstarting' car

A man has been taken to hospital with "serious injuries" after he tried to bumpstart his car but became trapped.

Kent Police said the accident happened in Bower Road, Maidstone, at 14:20 BST on Sunday when a driver attempted to start his car but it picked up speed and rolled down the road.

He then became trapped between his car's door and a stationary vehicle.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J3 for M20 and J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Armed raid on Margate home

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Armed police officers raided a home and arrested three people on suspicion of drug offences.

Kent Police attended a property in King Street, Margate, earlier.

One man and two women were arrested at the scene, and after a search of the local area a further three people were arrested.

A spokesman said the armed units were present "as a precaution".

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J3 for M20 and J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of a broken down lorry.

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

BBC South East Today lunchtime headlines

BBC South East Today
BBC

Here are the lunchtime headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • Southern Rail would be stripped of its franchise and re-nationalised if the Liberal Democrats were to have their way, according to the party's leader Tim Farron on a visit to Lewes.
  • A hospice in Brighton which supports people with HIV has been saved from closure thanks to donations from the public.
  • The number of nightingales has fallen by 90% over the last 50 years and Kent is said to be one of their last strongholds. 

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A251 and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 London-bound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an overturned vehicle. Matrix sign set to 50 mph.

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

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.  

Farningham crash: Victims named

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Two men who died in a crash near Dartford at the weekend have been named. 

Eight other people were injured.

Police are still looking for witnesses to what happened.

Company fined over care home death

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.  

Biker seriously injured in accident

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A motorcyclist is in a critical condition after a collision near Tunbridge Wells.

The man was airlifted to a London hospital.

It happened on the A26 Eridge Road, near its junction with Broadwater Down, at 14:50 BST on 1 May.

It involved a black Aprilia motorbike and a silver Volkswagen Caddy van.

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.

Mind the funding gap

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's set to be one of the biggest issues in next month's general election, and this week the Sunday Politics asked two of the South East's leading Conservative and Labour politicians how they see the future of adult social care.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online: Motorcyclist fights for life after van crash in Eridge Road, Tunbridge Wells

Kent News: Full week of closures starts tomorrow on M25 as maintenance work continues at Dartford Crossing

Kent Live: A car burst into flames on the M20 near Maidstone and caused traffic tailbacks

‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says Wheelchair Rugby League changed his life. #thisisme

Kent man jailed in France for murder

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Robert Plant killed mum of three Joudia Zimmat while she was out jogging.

Don't leave home without your brolly

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

A bright start, but showers later.

Here's my forecast.

BBC South East Today morning bulletin

BBC South East Today
BBC

Here are this morning's headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • A hospice in Brighton which supports people with HIV has been saved from closure thanks to donations from the public. The Beacon, which opened 25 years ago, offers overnight beds and day patient services. 
  • Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of two teenage girls who've gone missing from home in Crawley. Jessica McCubbing, 14, and Olivia Joel, 13, were last seen getting on to a rail replacement bus on Sunday morning.
  • An investigation has been launched after a man was left seriously injured in a collision in Margate. Police and fire crews were called yesterday afternoon to All Saints Avenue to a crash between two vehicles.

Folkestone quake remembered 10 years on

Last week was 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. 

It's the start of the working week

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

And we'll be here until 22:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.  

John Smith took this radiant picture of Ramsgate - its' our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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