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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Tuesday 9 May 2017

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It's the end of another day

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, bringing you all the county's news, sport, travel and weather, all the way through till 22:00 BST.

And if there's something you think we need to know, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

Danny Glass reaction to girlfriends death in Thailand
Danny Glass speaks of his grief in a You Tube video after his pregnant girlfriend was killed.

#ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

This 26-year-old theatre technician says he's "living his dream". 

#thisisme

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.

#SEVote

There's plenty of sunshine tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

But make the most of it, because it's back to cloud and rain for the rest of the week.

Here's my forecast.

Could the South East be hit by a drought?

There's concern the combination of a dry winter and spring could result in a drought.

Billings not returning to IPL

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

England international Sam Billings will make his first Kent cricket appearance of the season this week, after being made available to play in the One Day Cup.

The 25-year-old wicketkeeper was originally due to return to the Indian Premier League, but his Delhi Daredevils team cannot now qualify from the group stages.

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BBC

Billings could be called upon by the Spitfires to play against Gloucestershire, Surrey and Glamorgan.

He’ll then head off to Spain for a training camp with England ahead of the ODI series against South Africa, which begins in two weeks’ time.

'I wanted to say sorry personally'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The head of Kent's mental health trust has apologised to a young patient, after BBC South East told her story.

Sophie, who's in her early twenties and from Whitstable, says she's struggled to get the help she needs.

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J3 for M20 and J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

'It's really daunting not knowing who to vote for'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We've been speaking to first-time voters across the South East to find out what the key issues are for them in the forthcoming general election. 

#myfirstvote#SEVote

Cornwall death crash trucker gets another year on his sentence

BBC Spotlight

A lorry driver who was using his mobile phone before a crash in Cornwall which killed a great-great-grandmother has seen his 32-month prison term increased by a year.

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Police handout

Judges at the Court of Appeal in London agreed with the Attorney General that the two years and eight months sentence passed on former soldier Joseph David Smith at Truro Crown Court in February was unduly lenient.

Smith, 30, of Gillingham, Kent, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers during 10 years in the Army, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. 

He was reaching down to tune the radio just before his Skania car-transporter hit the back of a car in which 79-year-old Jeanette Wattmore was travelling back to Bristol from holiday in May last year on the A30 near Bodmin in Cornwall.

Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A28 Kent both ways severe accident, between A252 and The Street.

A28 Kent - A28 Canterbury Road in Chilham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A252 junction and The Street junction, because of an accident involving car and bike.

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

Mural

The words "the Clash" have been added to the artwork since it appeared near Dover's ferry terminal.

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BreakingHealth boss apologises for mental health 'failings'

A young woman who spoke about her problems with mental health services as part of a specially-commissioned BBC South East animation has received an apology from the NHS trust.

Sophie, who is in her early twenties, said that despite a series of suicide attempts, she wasn't given the help she needed.

Months later she's still on a waiting list for specialist support. 

Today Helen Greatorex, the Chief Executive of Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, said: "I saw the film about your experience of our services and felt so sorry about what happened to you Sophie that I had to write to you."

She added: "It is not right or fair that people in distress (as you were) feel unsupported by mental health services.

"My letter to you Sophie, therefore has two purposes. The first is to offer you my personal and unreserved apology that your experience of services was not what we would want for anyone.

"The second is to say that we completely agree that things need to change, and as you can see, we are working on those changes now."

Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

Banksy's graffiti is graffitied

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Banksy mural which appeared on the wall of a building in Dover at the weekend has been vandalised.

The picture shows a workman chipping a star from an EU flag, and the words "the Clash" have now been written between the rungs of the ladder on which he's standing.

Dover District Council says arrangements are in place to use CCTV to monitor the artwork, which is beside the A20 close to the the Eastern Docks.

Vandalised Banksy mural
David Joseph Wright
Banksy unvandalised
BBC

The cold's gone, but the cloud's still here

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's gradually starting to warm up and that looks set to continue, but it's staying cloudy.

Here's my latest forecast.

Sittingbourne puppies stolen

Kent Police is appealing for information after a dog and her litter of puppies were stolen during a burglary near Sittingbourne.

Lost puppies
Kent Police

At around 15:00 BST on Thursday 4 May 2017 a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and her four puppies were stolen from a house in Oak Road, Murston. 

The puppies are reported to be about two weeks old, three are brown and one is black. 

'Somebody wake me from this nightmare'

The boyfriend of a pregnant woman who died in a scooter crash in Thailand has released an emotional video on his social media account just days after her death. 

Sophie Emma Rose, 41, originally from Blackpool, died in the accident when she was six months pregnant. 

Her boyfriend, Danny Glass, 29, from Margate, was also injured.

Six month wait for mental health treatment 'sets you up for failure'

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Sophie tried to kill herself three times in the space of a week, months later she's still waiting for specialist treatment.

She told us her experiences of the mental health system in our special feature to mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. #sophiesstory

Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

Could there be a summer drought?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

With winter rainfall in the South East at its lowest for two decades, one water company has already had to top up a major reservoir.    

Children's centre closures to be discussed

Plans to close 19 children centres in Medway and replace them with four so-called 'superhubs' will be discussed by councillors today.

Protests were held over the weekend against the move after the authority said it was looking at how to support youngsters while also saving money.

A six-week public consultation on the proposals is expected to be announced and the council has admitted it could put some jobs at risk.

A protest is being held outside the meeting today.

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Have you got a question about the general election?

Throughout the election campaign, our News Correspondents will be taking your questions about the big issues and talking points.

If you've got something you'd like to ask, then let us know.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and Clacket Lane Services.

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

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

Breaking the law of graffiti

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A £1m piece of street art appears in your town overnight.

So do people in Dover like their Brexit-themed Banksy?

Council courts controversy over children's centre cuts

Lynda Hardy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Plans to close nineteen children's centres in Medway and replace them with four 'superhubs' will be discussed by councillors today. 

Protests were held over the weekend against the move, after the authority said it was looking at how to support youngsters while also saving money.

A six-week public consultation on the proposals is expected to be announced and the council has admitted it could put some jobs at risk. 

Fresh RMT and Southern talks

Fresh talks have been announced to try to resolve the year-long dispute over the role of conductors on Southern Railway.

Southern rail talks
BBC

The company will meet the RMT union next week, although an exact date hasn't yet been set. 

The union has already held 31 days of strike action over the issue and all previous attempts to find common ground have ended in failure. 

Separate negotiations with the train drivers' union, Aslef, are also continuing.  

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, at J1A for A282 affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of an accident and a rolling road-block. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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

'She was pregnant, I have lost my child too'

Lynda Hardy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A pregnant British woman has been killed and her boyfriend from Kent injured, in a scooter accident in Thailand. 

Danny Glass, who's 29 from Margate paid tribute to his partner on Facebook. 41 year old Sophie Emma Rose died in the crash in Phuket yesterday.

ME sufferer Jessica Taylor determined to walk for wedding

A woman managed to walk down the aisle on her wedding day despite being bed-ridden for almost half her life.

Jessica Taylor suffers debilitating fatigue and painful muscles caused by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

The 25-year-old, of Cliffe Woods, met Samuel Bearman, 24, through friends and married last weekend.

She worked with a physiotherapist to walk down the aisle. Here's her story.   

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'It's a way to get things off my chest'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

 ‘I’ll go back to London and big up Canterbury’, says podcast student Gillian. #thisisme

Warmth at last!

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

The chilly spell looks set to start improving over the next few days.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J9 for A20 Ashford and J8 for A20 Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Heavenly Hever

Looking sublime in the sunshine, this photo of Hever Castle was sent to us by Scott Sinden. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Hever Castle
Scott Sinden

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