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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 17 May

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham, Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for another night, join us again tomorrow from 06:00 BST for more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

If you'd like to get hold of us in the meantime you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.

They were speaking to BBC South East as part of a series called #PMfortheday.

Curry ban landlord faces legal battle

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

After he issued a ban on "coloured people" renting his properties, controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is facing legal action from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

ICYMI: '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

It's getting fresher but wetter

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We're replacing the muggy weather with sunshine and showers.

Here's my forecast.

Man stabbed by masked men in home

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

Four masked men have broken into a house in Ashford and stabbed a man in the arm.

It happened in the early hours of Monday when the gang entered the house in Hythe Road through the front door.

The 27-year-old victim, who was alone, suffered a stab wound to his arm and a cut to his nose. He needed hospital treatment but has been discharged.

Boyfriend of pregnant woman charged over scooter death

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The boyfriend of a pregnant woman killed in a scooter accident in Thailand is to be charged over her death,

Danny Glass, from Margate, and Sophie Emma Rose Anderson, 41, originally from Blackpool, were living in the country when their scooter collided with a tuck.

Mr Glass was driving but escaped serious injury.

Now he and the truck driver Natt Awut Timsue are to be charged with causing death by reckless driving when they formally hear the charges against them tomorrow.

Sophie Emma Rose was pregnant with Danny Glass's child, he wrote on Facebook
Sophie Emma Rose was pregnant with Danny Glass's child, he wrote on Facebook

#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

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.

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.

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 closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cloudy with further spells of rain today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

The rain will be heavy at times, with some thundery downpours possible later in the day. It will feel rather humid.

Council misses £1m insurance claim deadline

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

A council has admitted it failed to make an insurance claim for up to £1m after it wrongly banned the exporting of live animals.

Thanet District Council was ordered to lift a ban on live animal exports through the Port of Ramsgate by a High Court judge.

The council was told by the judge to pay more than £5m in compensation to the traders affected by the illegal ban.

A spokesman said the council had failed to submit an insurance claim within the required time limit, but there was no certainty the compensation was covered by the policy.

Sheep on a lorry at Ramsgate

One-Day Cup: Kent v Essex

Oliver Turner

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Kent Spitfires are in action in their final fixture in this season’s One-Day Cup against local rivals Essex Eagles in Canterbury.

It’s a day-night fixture at Canterbury so the action starts from 13:30 GMT. Full commentary on MW, DAB and online.

One-Day Cup: Kent v Essex

BreakingThird person charged with murder of man in Tovil

Razvan Sirbu

A third person has been charged with murder of homeless man Razvan Sirbu in Tovil, Maidstone.

Mr Sirbu, 21, was found dead on 7 May.

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

Charlie White, 18, and of no fixed address has now been charged over his murder.

Two other men, Alex McDonald, 18, of Regency Place, Maidstone, and Jimmy Buckley, 19, of Capell Close, Coxheath, were previously charged.

All three have been remanded in custody.

Rail talks hit a brick wall

Southern Train

Passengers on Southern rail face more travel chaos after the drivers' union Aslef decided to launch a fresh ban on overtime.

Unfortunately, the company [Southern] has refused to move its position so we have reluctantly informed them that our members will refuse to work overtime from the end of this month."

Mick WhelanAslef General secretary

This is a hugely significant development. The RMT now calls on the company to agree to tripartite talks involving both unions in an effort to negotiate a settlement to this long-running dispute that puts safety and access to services at the top of the agenda."

Mick CashRMT General secretary

Govia left 'dismayed' by overtime action

Southern logo

Further to reports of an Aslef overtime ban, Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, has issued a response.

After over five months of intense negotiations and two peace deals agreed and recommended by the Aslef executive, we are dismayed the union leadership is taking this action, which is designed to impact as many of our passengers as possible."

We have worked our hardest to resolve this dispute with ASLEF. If this action does go ahead we will run as full a timetable as possible."

Nick BrownGovia Thameslink Railway

Kent property tycoon faces legal action

Fergus Wilson

A property tycoon who has banned certain groups of people from renting his homes is facing legal action.

Kent tycoon Fergus Wilson provoked an outcry when he banned Indians and Pakistanis "because of the curry smell".

Although not included in the latest letting ban, Mr Wilson has said he would still not house them.

He has peviously said: "How many white people are going to go into a house that smells of curry and are going to buy [it]?"

The Equality and Human Rights Commission believes his policy is unlawful and is seeking an injunction.

Fergus Wilson has hundreds of properties in Kent.

In his latest letting criteria dated 1 June, he has also banned "battered wives", single parents and zero hours workers among others.

We have asked the court if it agrees with us that Mr Wilson’s lettings policy contains unlawful criteria and, if so, to issue an injunction. As this is now formal legal action we will release further information at a later date.”

Rebecca HilsenrathEquality and Human Rights Commission Chief Executive

BreakingTrain drivers to 'refuse to work overtime'

Drivers on Southern Railway will refuse to work overtime from the end of the month after talks aimed at resolving the long-running dispute over driver-only trains broke down, Aslef said.

We'll bring you more when we have it.

‘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

'My vote counts and it's important'

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

Fatal collision near Five Oak Green

Kent Police is continuing to appeal for information following the death of a driver who was involved in a collision near Five Oak Green.  

Jonathon Bartlett, 24, died after his van hit a wall on the A228, Colts Hill. He was taken to a London hospital with serious head injuries following the crash, which happened at around 08:00 GMT on Friday.

He later died from his injuries.

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.

Residence evacuated after fire at care home

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

Fire engine (generic)

A care home in Canterbury had to be evacuated overnight after a fire in a first floor bedroom.

Kent Fire and Rescue sent three engines to the residential home in Pilgrims Way at about 01:15 GMT.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known and investigations will take place later today.

This morning's local newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers (generic)
Getty Images

KentOnline: Firefighters called to Pilgrims Lodge care home in Pilgrims Way, Canterbury, after early morning blaze

Kent News: Gravesend is having the hottest day of the year - but it won’t last long

Kent Live: Rex died suddenly in his sleep - now his inspirational mum wants to stop others suffering heartache

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J2 for A228 Strood and J1 for A2 Watling Street.

M2 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M2 coastbound in Cuxton between J2, A228 (Strood) and J1, A2 (Strood), because of an accident involving Two cars.

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

Boy receives compensation for traumatic birth

Ian Palmer

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A boy left brain damaged following his traumatic birth at Medway Maritime Hospital has been awarded £500,000 in compensation.

Boy receives compensation for traumatic birth

The youngster was injured during delivery. He has cerebral palsy. 

The Medway NHS Foundation Trust denied hospital medics were to blame for the boy's injuries.    

Appeal for witnesses to collision in Chatham

Kent Police officers are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Luton Road, Chatham, after a car hit an 18-year-old woman. She suffered minor injuries. 

The incident happened at 21.50 GMT on Tuesday 16 May 2017 when a Blue Ford Focus was travelling along the road and passed a bus at the junction with Pheasant Road.

We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.
We asked teenagers what they would do if they were in charge of the country.

Soggy start to the day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Cloudy with further spells of rain today. The rain is going to be heavy at times, with some thundery downpours possible later in the day.

ICYMI: When is it safe to swim in the sea?

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.

Artwork to celebrate cathedral

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

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. 

Thinking of the seaside

There may be a few days left of the working week, but we thought we'd whisk you away to the coast with this fantastic shot Sue Fewings took in Margate, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Margate beach huts
Sue Fewings

We'll be here with you all the way up until 22:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.  

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