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  2. Updates on Thursday 11 May 2017

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Just Friday left to go

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for Thursday, with just one day left until the weekend.

Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, with all of Friday's local news, weather, sport and travel, right through till 22:00 BST.

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

Murder victims' families 'were let down'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The country's top lawyer is apologising to the family of a Canterbury woman who was stabbed to death.

Missing: Have you seen Ross?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police searching for a man who's gone missing from Snodland say they're increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Ross Parsler, who's 39-years-old, was last seen around 10:00 BST this morning.

He was wearing grey jeans, a dark shirt and a maroon hooded jacket, and is believed to be travelling in a black Mini One, with a registration which starts LL62.

Ross Parsler
Kent Police

Are you making plans for the weekend?

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

At least the weather's looking good for it.

Here's my forecast.

General election Facebook Live is now over

Our correspondents have finished their Facebook live on the NHS, but you can watch the whole thing here:

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Live on Facebook now!

BBC South East Today is currently live on Facebook with health correspondent Mark Norman and political editor Helen Catt.

They're answering your questions on the NHS. Get involved now.

Facebook Live

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

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

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

The six-year-old boy who's one in a million

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Eddison Miller has a rare condition that stops him going outside without a special mask.

He's been telling us how it makes him feel.

Have you got a question for our experts?

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

I'm live on Facebook from Chatham at 19:00 BST tonight, along with Helen Catt our political editor.

Have you got any questions about the NHS or the election you think we can answer?

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How much cable do you need for an outside broadcast?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Rob Smith is live from Chatham for a South East Today election special from 18:30 BST.

And that means a lot of plugging and cabling.

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Tovil murder: Appeal for witnesses

Detectives investigating the murder of Rasvan Sirbu, a 21-year-old homeless man whose body was found in the Loose Valley Conservation area at 07:15 BST on 7 May, have appealed for the public's help.  

Floating voters?

We've set sail to find out what you think are the biggest issues in the general election.

Rob Smith will be live in Chatham from 18:30 BST.

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Did your hospital hit the target?

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

How is your local A&E unit performing? The latest figures are released today, and they show how much strain the system appears to be under. 

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down car.

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

Severe accident: A274 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A274 Kent both ways severe accident, between Pheasant Lane and B2163 Norton Road.

A274 Kent - A274 Sutton Road closed in both directions between the Pheasant Lane junction in Langley and the B2163 Norton Road junction in Warmlake, because of a serious multi-vehicle accident.

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

Warm, but we could see some showers later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

It's going to stay partly cloudy this afternoon with the chance of a few showers.

Have you got a question about the election?

Our Political Editor Helen Catt and Health Correspondent Mark Norman will be taking your questions in a Facebook Live at 19:00 BST.

If you want to post a question before, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.  

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Mental health 'empty promises'

A young mental health patient has agreed to meet the chief executive of the mental health trust in Kent to try and help them improve services.

Earlier this week we turned Sophie Goldsmith's story into a special animation to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. Sophie, who's 23 and from Whitstable, has been struggling to get the help she needs after several attempts to take her own life. 

It was seen by the head of the mental health trust who sent a letter to Sophie admitting she knows changes are needed.

Money from Banksy would go to charity

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

The owners of the building in Dover where a new Banksy mural has been painted say if they sell it, they'll donate any money to charity. 

Money from Banksy would go to Charity

The artwork appeared near Dover's ferry terminal on Sunday on a building that is due to be demolished.

The Godden family, which owns the property, said they were looking at options with the Bankrobber Gallery in London for the latest Banksy creation.

#ICYMI: ‘Wheelchair rugby changed my life’

Ben, who has cerebral palsy, says wheelchair rugby league has changed his life.

We interviewed Ben as part of our #thisisme series. 

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between Clacket Lane Services and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26, because of a broken down van and a rolling road-block.

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

#ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

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

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

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. 


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

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

Image released following attempted robbery in Ramsgate

Kent Police officers investigating an attempted robbery in Ramsgate have released a computer-generated image of a man they want to speak to.

Image released following attempted robbery in Ramsgate
Kent Police

The incident happened on Sunday 9 April 2017 in Wilfred Road at about 14:30 BST. 

Police say a woman in her 20s was walking away from the railway station when a man approached her from behind and attempted to grab her handbag from her shoulder. The victim screamed and the suspect was seen running away in the direction of the station. 

Missing teen found

A missing Medway teenager has been found safe and well.

The 14-year-old girl was reported missing from her home in Rochester at 07:30 BST on Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Do you want to get involved in our general election debate?

Ahead of next month's general election, we're hosting a special Question Time-style debate in St Leonards on Bank Holiday Monday -- 29 May.

If you live or work in the South East and you'd like to be in the audience, send an email to with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate.

Warm today, but a risk of a few thundery showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Will we really see rain?

Take a look at my morning forecast.

Defeat for Kent despite 90 for Bell-Drummond

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Kent suffered a batting collapse as they were beaten by 11 runs in the One-Day Cup against Gloucestershire, leaving their hopes of qualifying in tatters. 

Defeat for Kent despite 90 for Bell-Drummond
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Gloucestershire scored 275-8 thanks to 134 from Australia's Michael Klinger. 

Matt Coles and James Harris took late wickets to restrict the hosts to 275-8. 

In reply, Kent started strong, with Daniel Bell-Drummond (90), Sean Dickson (50), and Sam Northeast (44) all adding to the run count, until seamer Chris Liddle tore through the order.  

He dismissed five of their top six, including Bell-Drummond to restrict the visitors to 264-9.

Full scorecard here. 

Health 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. 

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, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

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

Obese patients force ambulance changes

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Ambulance services across England have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds to ensure vehicles can cope with a growing number of obese patients, BBC South East has discovered.    

Marvellous margate

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

What a great way to start the day - Mark Johnson-Cooper's great pic of Margate. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Mark Johnson-Cooper

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

Is there anything you'd like to tell us about? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email