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  1. Our live coverage has finished for the day
  2. Updates on Monday 22 May

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Goodnight and thanks for spending time with us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for this sunny Monday, thanks for joining us at the start of this week of lovely weather.

We'll be back bright and early tomorrow, from 06:00 BST, bringing you all the local news, weather, sport and travel, right through till 22:00 BST.

You can get in touch with us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Have you seen Daniil Iminov?

A teenage boy has gone missing in Dartford, Kent Police has said.

Have you seen Daniil Iminov?
Kent Police

Daniil Iminov, 13, is reported to have last been seen in the Dartford Town Centre area, at around 10:00 BST on Saturday.

He is described as being 5ft tall with a slim build and short, light brown hair that is long on top.

'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.

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.

London council houses

George Greenwood

BBC Freedom of Information researcher

London boroughs breach the law by not telling councils when they send homeless families to their area.

Read more

It's getting hot, hot, hot

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

With a glorious week of weather ahead, I was allowed outside to enjoy the sunshine.

Here's my forecast.

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident.

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

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.

#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 our #MyFirstVote series.

Darren Stevens

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens hits a 96-ball century to guide them to a draw with Leicestershire at Grace Road.

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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

Conservationists chuffed at success

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Plans to reintroduce one of the UK's rarest birds to Kent have taken a step forward.

Experts at the Wildwood Trust conservation centre near Canterbury say a breeding pair of choughs have produced the first chick born in the county for 150 years.

The chough, a member of the crow family famed for its acrobatic flying displays, hasn't been seen in Kent's skies for over a century.

In King Lear, Shakespeare described choughs flying in fields near Dover, and they're featured on the coat of arms of both Canterbury City and the University of Kent.

Choughs at Wildwood
Wildwood Trust

I am so thrilled we have bred this remarkable baby bird and this marks a landmark in reversing the damage done to our countryside. Our expert keeper team are on a long and difficult journey to allow us to breed enough birds to fill Kent's skies once again.'

Peter SmithWildwood Trust

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an earlier vehicle fire and an accident involving two cars earlier on.

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

'It's incredibly important to get to a hospital that's near you'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Getting help quickly is vital for stroke patients.

So what impact could an urgent review of services in Kent have?

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J2 for A2 and J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down lorry and a rolling road-block.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26 affecting J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J9, A243 (Leatherhead).

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

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.

Monday, sun day!

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to stay rather sunny through today. The cloud may increase this afternoon (boo) but it should stay dry (yay). Here's my lunchtime forecast.

Beaumont and Marsh in World Cup Squad

Kent's Tammy Beaumont and Laura Marsh have been named in the England squad for this summer's Women's World Cup.

England's first match is against India at Derby on 24 June.

Beaumont and Marsh in World Cup Squad
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Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J7 for A249 Maidstone and J6 for A229.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 London-bound between J7, A249 (Maidstone) and J6, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Nobody is representing young people'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A University of Sussex student says she feels young people aren't being represented in Parliament.

#MyFirstVote

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

(Generic) Stack of newspapers
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Kent Online: Care Home in Tenterden charges man after mum's death

Kent News: Last chance to have your say on future of Southeastern rail franchise

Kent and Sussex Courier: These Kent jobs are perfect for hot weather and you can apply for them today

‘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

Legal highs 'still an issue' in the South East

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's a year this week since the government banned so-called legal highs, but there's concern they're still being widely used in the South East's prisons.

Legal highs
BBC

The Prison Officers Association in Kent believes they're still the drug of choice for those behind bars and in August a former prison officer told the BBC their use was rife.

The Ministry of Defence says it's trained more than 300 dogs to detect the substances.

ICYMI: Curry ban landlord faces legal battle

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

After he issued a ban saying he didn't want "coloured people" renting his properties, controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is facing legal action from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Election 2017: Have you registered to vote? The deadline looms

BBC Politics

Ballot box
BBC

The clock is ticking down on the deadline for registering to vote in the 2017 general election.

Eligible voters have until 23:59 BST to register online through the official website.

More than two million people have joined the register in the month since Theresa May revealed there would be a snap election on 8 June.

The highest number of applications so far was on 18 April - the day the prime minister made her announcement.

The latest official figures published in March show that 45.7m people were registered to vote in a general election as of 1 December 2016.

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 accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at A282 Dartford Tunnel.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at A282, Dartford River Crossing.

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

Councils' concern over homeless families

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Councils in the South East say they're often not told when homeless families are sent to their areas by London boroughs who can't house them.

More than 2,000 families were placed outside the capital in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, three times as many as in 2012.

Of those, nearly a quarter were housed in Kent.

Children in a playground
BBC

One local authority in the county also says they're not always given crucial information about child-welfare concerns.

South East piers and their celebrity links

Lee Gibbs

BBC Live editor

This week marks the first anniversary of Hastings Pier's reopening.

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

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

Man charged with pensioner murder

A 62-year-old man is due in court later charged with the murder of a 75-year-old man in Faversham on Friday afternoon.

The man was found dead in Crispin Close in Faversham at about 16:50 BST.

The two men were thought to have known each other, a police spokesman said.

Crispin Close, Faversham
BBC

A lovely start to the week

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got a mild morning followed by a sunny, warm afternoon.

Here's my latest forecast.

Mum starts charity after toddler's death

Lynda Hardy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Camilla Gooden's son Rex died aged 22 months, after going for a nap from which he never awoke.

She decided to set up a charity to help other parents in the UK affected by sudden unexplained death in childhood.

Welcome to a new week

It looks like Birchington-on-Sea was in for some turbulent weather when David Brown took this shot. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Birchington-on-Sea
David Brown

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