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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham, Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for tonight, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks for joining us.

'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. 

#myfirstvote#SEVote

#ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

It's part of our #ThisIsMe series.

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

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

You can see more in our series by searching for #thisisme      

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey both ways

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey both ways severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - Delays on M25 between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down box van and a rolling road-block.

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

There's a storm brewing

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Prepare for some turbulent weather ahead. It will be warm though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Witness appeal: Did you see an attack in Canterbury?

A 19-year-old student was reportedly attacked on Saturday, as he walked through Canterbury with two friends. 

It occurred near Tourtel Road between 02:00 - 03:30 BST when the group were approached by three men.

The men are reported to have started shouting abuse and attacked the group. 

The victim suffered facial bruising and swelling when he was reportedly punched and kicked. His friends were not seriously injured.  

RMT strikers

Guards and drivers at three rail companies will hold strikes on 30 May, the RMT union confirms.

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Breaking#Southernstrike: GTR responds to latest strike announcement

The RMT union has announced a new 24 hour strike will take place across the Southern network on Tuesday 30 May.

Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has just issued this response:

We are hugely disappointed that once again the RMT has called a strike, particularly since we put a further reasonable offer to the union today.

The RMT’s proposals would mean cancelling trains and reducing service levels to our passengers. Our service levels are stabilising at the highest we’ve seen in years and we cannot agree to anything which will jeopardise running trains and the service to our passengers."

Andy BindonHR Director, GTR

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J12 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M20 coastbound at J12, A20 (Cheriton), because of an accident.

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

Breaking#Southernstrike: New strike date announced

The RMT union has announced that its members working on the Southern network will go on strike for 24 hours on Tuesday 30 May.

The fresh action is part of an ongoing dispute between the union and Southern over the driver-only operation of its trains.

RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access to rail services for over a year now. We have met with the company but there is a massive gap of over 8000 trains a year that GTR have confirmed will run without an OBS on board. That represents a serious safety and accessibility risk and short of the guarantee of a second safety qualified member of staff on Southern services we have no option but to confirm a further day of strike action.

Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT

Woman assaulted by man in Ramsgate

An e-fit has been released by officers investigating a reported assault in Ramsgate.

Woman assaulted by man in Ramsgate
Kent Police

The incident happened near the junction of London Road and Minster Road, between 03.15 and 03.50 BST on Sunday 7 May. 

A 22-year-old woman was walking home from work when she was approached by a man who is alleged to have placed his arm around her face.

The victim screamed and the suspect ran away down St Mildred’s Road in the direction of the coast. 

He is described as being 20-25, about 5ft 11in, slim and with blond hair.

Modeste to leave Dover

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Dover Athletic forward Ricky Modeste has turned down new terms to remain at Crabble and leaves the club.  

Modeste was one of nine players offered new terms to stay with Whites, but has taken to his twitter to confirm he's on his way out.

He follows striker Ross Lafayette.

Ricky Modeste leaves Dover Athletic
Twitter

Many places staying dry and bright - possibly becoming very warm

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Many places will remain dry and bright, although outbreaks of rain could reach western areas later.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

We gave three teenagers 20 seconds to outline what they'd do if they were in charge of the country.  

Student assaulted in Canterbury

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old student was attacked while walking with two friends in Canterbury.

The incident occurred near Tourtel Road between 02:00 and 03.30 BST on Saturday 13 May 2017 when the group were approached by three men.

The men are reported to have started shouting abuse and attacked the group. 

The victim suffered facial bruising and swelling when he was reportedly punched and kicked. His friends were not seriously injured.  

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

Artwork to celebrate cathedral

Robin Gibson

BBC South East Today reporter

For ten years Grace Ayson has been one of the team of top craftsmen, helping to conserve the huge area of historic stained glass in Canterbury Cathedral. 

Her work takes her to secret nooks, crannies and corners of the vast building unseen to all but a few. 

‘It’s our future, it’s up to us’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Student Dom will cast his first vote next month. 

He’s one of a number of first-time voters we’ve been speaking to ahead of the general election. 

Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

#GetsMyVote: 'Higher hospital car park charges'

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

We're asking people across the country to tell us what #GetsMyVote as the general election on 8 June draws closer.  

Royston Lucas
BBC

Royston Lucas, 64, used to work in the former Pembury Hospital, in Tunbridge Wells, as a domestic supervisor and the funding of the NHS is a key issue for him. 

"I'd like to see the government help the NHS a bit more," he said. 

He thinks spending more on nurses is very important. 

"We should claw back money from people from Europe who use the NHS. They should pay the first £1,000 back. We don't get that back." 

Mr Lucas, who also lives in Tunbridge Wells, is now semi-retired but still works part time "to keep the wolf from the door". 

He said he was happy for hospital car park charges to be raised "by a couple of quid", but that should go directly to the hospital to fund new equipment.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 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

BreakingTwo men charged with murder of homeless man

Detectives have charged two men with the murder of homeless man Razvan Sirbu in Tovil, Maidstone.  

Mr Sirbu, 21, was found dead on 7 May 2017 in the Loose Valley Conservation Area. 

Results from a post mortem examination revealed he had died from blunt force trauma to the head and body.

Alex McDonald, 18, of Regency Place, and Jimmy Buckley, 19, of Capell Close, Coxheath, have both been charged and remanded in custody.

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, who were also arrested in connection with the incident have been bailed pending further enquiries until 8 June.

Razvan Sirbu
Kent Police

'My vote counts and it's important'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Undecided first-time voter Callie from Rochester says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.

Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

Kent's local newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
Getty Images

KentOnline: Donna Hill fights falsely issued Dartford Crossing fine

Kent News: Government urged to ‘commit’ to future of small train stations by Kent County Council chiefs

Kent Live: Water bosses have issued a warning because Kent's largest reservoir is a third empty

Jobseeker gets shock in email

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

This has been one of the most read stoies on the BBC News website over the past few days.

"Oddball...tree hugger...worth interviewing for a laugh."

Not what a young woman from Horsmonden expected to read about herself in an email from a prospective employer.

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 SEVote@bbc.co.uk with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate. 

New bars not open past midnight

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

New bars or clubs in Canterbury won't be able to open beyond midnight unless they can justify it after rising complaints from locals. 

The idea was to keep anti-social behaviour to a minimum by moving away from fixed closing times. 

But nearly 15 years on from MPs relaxing licensing laws, Canterbury City Council says any new bars or clubs won't be able to open beyond midnight unless they can justify it - after rising complaints from locals.  

Humid but mostly dry and warm

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Many places will remain dry and bright, after any early patchy rain soon clears, but we could see some outbreaks of rain in the afternoon.

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

General Election: Facebook Live on NHS

Our health correspondent Mark Norman and political editor Helen Catt answered your questions on the NHS during a Facebook Live. You can watch it here:    

View more on facebook

Swim safe this summer

Planning a trip to the beach soon?

Lifeguards will soon be stationed at Camber Sands, where seven men drowned last year.

The RNLI says if the beach you’re at doesn’t have lifeguards, take extra care if you are going into the water. 

If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags.

A stunning view to wake up to

Thanks to Dean Spinks, who took this wonderful shot of Minnis Bay. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Minnis Bay
Dean Spinks

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