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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Friday 19 May

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Good night from the BBC Live team

That's all from us for this week, we'll be back on Monday at 06:00 with the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.

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 are more details:

Charges over Medway fires

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's been charged over a number of suspicious fires in Chatham.

Five incidents were reported between 12 November 2016 and 18 April this year, with fires breaking out in commercial bins in the town centre.

A 48-year-old man's been charged with five counts of arson, and has been released on bail.

South East piers and their celebrity links

Lee Gibbs

BBC Live editor

Tomorrow marks one year since Hastings Pier reopened.

A sell-out show by Madness marked the official opening.

So what celebrity links are there to piers across the South East?

The brolly can go away for the weekend

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After this week's rain, the weekend's looking much better.

Here's my forecast.

Grace Road

Rain stops any play being possible on the first day of Leicestershire's Championship fixture against Kent at Grace Road.

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ICYMI: Abuse allegations against dozens of coaches

(Generic) Children playing football
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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.

‘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

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.

'I was coming back, I could walk again'

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

She was told she had months to live, but thanks to an experimental cancer treatment Mavis is still here years later.

Witnesses sought to serious collision in Goudhurst

A man and his passenger have suffered serious injuries after their car hit a tree by Clayhill near to the junction with Smiths Lane at around 22:45 GMT on Thursday.

A man and his passenger have suffered serious injuries after their car hit a tree by Clayhill near to the junction with Smiths Lane at around 22:45 GMT on Thursday 18 May.
Kent 999

Both were taken to a London hospital by ambulance, police are appealing for witnesses.

The sun is set to shine this afternoon

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

It was a gloomy start to the day, but it's going to brighter with some sunny intervals developing this afternoon.

Have you seen Maria?

Police are appealing for information to help locate 15-year-old Maria Calin who is reported to be missing from Chatham.

Police are appealing for information to help locate 15-year-old Maria Calin who is reported to be missing from Chatham.
Kent Police

Maria is last known to have been in the Luton Road area of Chatham at around 18:00 GMT on 30 April 2017.

It's believed she may have connections in Romford, Essex.

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.

'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

Dartford teenager receives Diana Award

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Jonjo Heuerman has become the youngest ever person to receive the award which was set up in memory of the Princess of Wales.

17-year-old dies after crash in Sittingbourne

A 17-year-old from Medway has died after a truck he was a passenger in crashed on the A2 near to the junction of Playstool Road.

Kent Police said the crash happened at 22:01 BST on Thursday 18 May. Three other people were taken to hospital.

Police say work was ongoing to repair a power cable.

A 17-year-old boy has died in a crash that saw three other people injured after a truck crashed in Newington.
Matt Scott

Clinical trial for cancer suffers

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

Patients in Kent suffering from the cancer mesothelioma are being given new hope in a ground-breaking clinical trial.

Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Leicester are trialing a drug that could boost the body's immune system to fight the disease.
SPL

Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Leicester are trialing a drug that could boost the body's immune system to fight the disease.

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of a rolling road-block and an accident involving lorry and car.

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

General Election: Watch our Facebook Live on immigration

Here's your chance to watch a Facebook Live we did in Dover, on immigration.

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Cricket: Rainfall likely to hamper County Championship match

Richard Rae

BBC Radio Leicester Sport

Rain not heavy but outfield sodden here in Leicester with water coming up. I'd be amazed if Leicestershire v Kent play today...

Cricket field
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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.

Former England player Megan Lowe dies aged 101

Oliver Turner

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Former England international cricketer Megan Lowe has died at her home in Canterbury this week at the age of 101.

Former England player Megan Lowe dies aged 101
Kent Cricket

The highlight of her career was touring Australia and New Zealand with England, playing four of the first Women’s test matches in 1948-49.

Patients not turning up for appointments costing thousands

Juliette Parkin

BBC South East Today reporter

Patients failed to turn up for 174,000 hospital appointments in Kent last year - costing the health service millions of pounds.

Patients not turning up for appointments costing thousands
BBC

It's also an issue for GP surgeries - with some practices in the county reporting eight missed appointments every day. Text reminder services are already being used by some hospitals - now Medway is rolling out the service for patients.

#MyFirstVote: 'It'll be a birthday to remember'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Sixth-former Eoin Simpkins will be casting his first ever vote on 8 June.

He’s been speaking to BBC South East as part of a series called #MyFirstVote.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J10 for A20 and J11 for B2068 Hythe.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 coastbound between J10, A20 (Ashford South) and J11, B2068 (Hythe), because of Road management.

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

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBC South East Today logo
BBC

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

  • Patients failed to turn up for 174,000 hospital appointments in Kent last year - costing the health service millions of pounds.
  • Southeastern railway is putting up some of its off-peak fares this weekend.
  • This weekend will mark exactly a year on since Hastings Pier was fully re-opened to the public following a £14.2m refurbishment.

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 anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J2 for A2 affecting Brewers Road.

M25 Kent - M25 entry slip road from A2 westbound closed and queuing traffic anticlockwise at J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion on A2 Watling Street to Cobham.

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

Brighter afternoon, some showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be a rather cloudy morning with showery outbreaks of rain quickly clearing, but it'll become brighter with some sunny spells in the afternoon.

'My biggest concern is Brexit'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, 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.

The end of another week

We loved this aerial shot of Dover Castle by Nayf King, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Dover Castle
Nayf King

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