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Goodnight from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Want to get hold of us in the meantime? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

ICYMI: Abuse allegations against dozens of coaches

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

(Generic) children playing football
Getty Images

There has been allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour against more than 50 coaches from 14 different sports in the last four years in Kent.

These are the number of reports made to Kent County Council and Medway Councils “designated officer” because of child welfare concerns.

Thirty-one of the allegations have been referred to Kent Police.

Meanwhile Kent Police has now received 28 allegations of historic abuse in football, since a group of former players spoke out in November.

You're going to need your wellies

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to be cool and wet for a couple of days, but getting better at the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Two men in Thanet drugs arrest

Two men have been charged with drug offences after being arrested by police in Thanet.

Michael Morgan, 57, and Louie Baguley, 29, were detained by officers investigating suspicious activity at a car park off Manston Road on Monday.

A quantity of cash and class A drugs were seized from the location.

Both men have subsequently been charged with possession of criminal property and being concerned in the supply of cocaine, and appeared before Medway magistrates on Wednesday.

They were bailed to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 14 June.

Severe accident: A249 Kent northbound

BBC News Travel

A249 Kent northbound severe accident, at Church Hill.

A249 Kent - A249 in Stockbury closed and slow traffic northbound at the Church Hill junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Border security and the general election

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

How will leaving the EU affect the way we police our borders? And how will being on the front line of the fight against illegal immigration sway the South East's voters?

Do you have any questions about immigration in the South East, or about the election campaign so far?

I'll be giving you answers on Facebook Live from 19:00. Join us here.

Jobseeker gets shock in email

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

This has been one of the most read stories 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.

This afternoon's Kent newspaper headlines

Stack of papers (generic)
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KentOnline: Mum speaks out after teen cleared of killing her son

Kent News: Rare map emerges as 350th anniversary of Battle of Medway approaches

Kent and Sussex Courier: Tunbridge Wells school issues stranger danger warning after 'abduction attempt'

'My biggest concern is Brexit'

Bryony MacKenzie

BBC South East Today

With just three weeks until the General Election, we've taken to the water once again to find out what's important for you.

A lovely day for a paddle

An attempt to become the first paddle-boarder to cross the English Channel is well underway.

Lizzie Carr left Dungeness for Boulogne this morning, and is hoping to make the 24-mile journey in nine hours.

Lizzie Carr prepares to leave
Lizzie Carr

She's using the trip to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste around our coast and in our canals and rivers.

Last year she became the first person to paddle board all 400 miles of England's waterways.

Lizzie Carr paddle boards
Lizzie Carr

You can follow Lizzi's progress here.

Lizzie Carr paddle boards
Lizzie Carr

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.

Boy injured by Disney cup 'couldn't speak or eat for six days'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

James Andrews tongue became wedged in the drinking cup
Leigh Day
James Andrews tongue became wedged in the drinking cup

The mother of a boy from Sevenoaks, whose tongue became trapped in a Disney drinking mug, is joining calls for the product to be recalled.

Christine Andrews had bought the Monsters Inc mug for her five-year-old son James from the Disney store in Bluewater two days earlier, when the accident happened.

Paramedics were unable to free James, and he was taken to hospital, where a doctor was eventually able to remove the cup lid.

Christine and James Andrews
Leigh Day
Christine and James Andrews

His mother, who was 26 weeks pregnant at the time, says the damage to his tongue left James unable to speak or eat solid food for six days, and needing to be treated with antibiotics.

Following a similar incident involving a girl in Scotland, Disney says it's removed the cup from sale and will destroy existing stocks, but the families want any that have already been sold to be recalled.

James was also starting to get more distressed and cold to touch and his legs had started to shake with the fear of what was happening to him. I requested the product was removed because I did not want any mothers or children going through the same experience."

Christine AndrewsJames' mother
Jamie Grimes (left)

Dover defender Jamie Grimes is to join League Two Cheltenham Town on a one-year deal as his contract expires on 1 July.

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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.

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

Family reunited after Spanish hospital stay

Ian Palmer

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A man from Sittingbourne missing for six years has visited the family home. Matthew Green disappeared in 2010. His parents never gave up hope of finding him.

Pauline and Jim Green handed out flyers pressing the authorities to continue looking for him. Their son was found last year in Spain.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J6 for A251 and J7 for A2 Canterbury Road.

M2 Kent - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M2 coastbound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J7, A2 (Brenley Corner), because of a broken down car.

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

Grieving couple raise £12k for wood in baby son's name

JO MEEKE AND MATT GURNEY
JO MEEKE AND MATT GURNEY

A couple who lost their newborn baby have raised more than £12,000 towards buying an area of woodland in his name.

Jo Meeke and Matt Gurney's son Puck died in hospital following complications in labour.

They have set up an appeal to create an outdoor space for other grieving families and hospital staff.

Ms Meeke, from Bosham in West Sussex, said she hoped the woodland would help people on the "long journey" of coping with the death of a child.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspaper
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KentOnline: Mystery gravestone found dumped near Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham

Kent News: Campaigners for cleaner air and better public transport will be rallying in Gravesend tommorrow

Kent and Sussex Courier: Stump up £1 million to help community beg Sevenoaks town council chiefs

#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.

Do you know which way you're voting?

Natalie Graham

South East Today reporter

Well here's your chance to hear from all the parties - we're hosting a special general election TV debate which you can watch on Tuesday 30 May at 22:45 on BBC One. Here's more details.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin

BBC South East Today logo
BBC

Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin:

  • Local councils in the South East have received more than 200 allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour by coaches in 28 different sports in five years.
  • A 15-year-old boy from Kent who raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities is being given an award. Jonjo Heuerman, from Dartford, began fundraising at the age of eight after his grandmother died of cancer.
  • Brighton and Hove Albion's Manager Chris Hughton and Chairman Tony Bloom are to be given Freedom of the City.

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.

Abuse allegations against dozens of coaches

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Children playing football
Getty Images

There has been allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour against more than 50 coaches from 14 different sports in the last four years in Kent.

These are the number of reports made to Kent County Council and Medway Councils “designated officer” because of child welfare concerns.

Thirty-one of the allegations have been referred to Kent Police.

Meanwhile Kent Police has now received 28 allegations of historic abuse in football, since a group of former players spoke out in November.

Cloudy start, but brighter later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

We will see a dry but cloudy start across the south east, with the odd spot of rain at first.

‘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

One day closer to the weekend

This fantastic silhouette was shot at Reculver by Peter Johnson, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay

Reculver castle silhouette
Peter Johnson

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