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  2. Updates on Tuesday 23 May 2017

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Schoolgirls, parents waiting to pick up children, and an off-duty police officer are among the dead.

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Goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today.

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, with local news, sport, weather and travel, taking you all the way through to 22:00 BST.

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BreakingBREAKING: UK terror threat has been raised to 'critical'

Theresa May has said the UK terror threat has been raised to "critical" and soldiers will be deployed alongside police at key locations.

Debut director supports terror victims

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A young Brighton film director, whose debut work is being premiered as part of the Brighton Festival, has decided to donate tonight's profits to the Manchester appeal.

Elliot Hasler's film, Charlie's Letters, is based on his great-grandfather's experiences in Italy during the Second World War.

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Stars and audience pay tribute to Manchester victims

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A performance of the Addams Family at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre included a tribute to those who died at the Manchester Arena bombing.

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'It's not a real understanding of how it affects people'

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

It can cause cancer, blindness and disfigurement, and affects one in 3,000 children.

But one young woman contacted me directly, to ask why so few people have heard of Neurofibromatosis.

A hot week ahead

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

As the week goes on, temperatures are still rising.

Here's my forecast.

'We grabbed each other and ran'

Ryan Denyer, from Brighton, has told the BBC how he was within metres of the bomb exploding at the Manchester Arena.

Ryan Denyer
Ryan Denyer

The concert had just finished and we were following the crowds out to the foyer through a walkway to get access to the car park when the bomb exploded.

A few feet in front of us the wall had burst open and we could feel the heat and see the smoke and fire. We just grabbed each other and ran for the doors, people were screaming and getting trampled on. The police were on the scenes within seconds and got everybody away from the area.

Outside there were still members of the public trying to sell us t-shirts and I don't think they knew what was going on. Some people were saying it was balloons, fireworks or a bomb - everyone was saying something different."

Ryan Denyer

Kent Police react to Manchester attacks

A statement has been released by Kent Police regards the terrorist attack in Manchester.

Kent Police’s sympathies are with those affected by the events which took place in Manchester on the evening of 22 May 2017.

There is no current information to suggest there is a direct threat to Kent and we remain in regular contact with the Home Office to assess the country’s threat levels.

Kent Police asks that people continue to enjoy our county and stay alert, not alarmed."

Kent Police statment

Manchester attacks: The county reacts

The county has been reacting to the news that 22 people have died following a suicide bomb in Manchester Arena.

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Tracey Crouch,Conservative Candidate for Chatham & Aylesford and Sports Minister.

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Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Chatham & Aylesford Vince Maple.

My thoughts with the families of those killed and injured in #Manchester. Indescribable evil against innocent youngsters. We mourn with you.

Craig Mackinlay, Conservative candidate for South Thanet.

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Greg Clark, Conservative candidate for Tunbridge Wells.

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South East MEP and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Prince William 'shocked and saddened'

The Duke of Cambridge has sent a message of condolence

pic of Jayden Parkinson

Lamia Estatie

BBC News

Mistake or fake? The pictures and stories trending on social following the Manchester attack.

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Rochester Cathedral sets up 'prayer point' for Manchester attack

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Rochester Cathedral has set up a "prayer point" for people wanting to pay special respects to the victims of the Manchester attack.

The area is surrounded by candles and while no set vigil is being held, the victims are being remembered during prayers in all of the day's usual services.

Rochester Cathedral

Police move to reassure the public

Colin Campbell

BBC South East Special Correspondent

Police patrols are being stepped up across the South East in the wake of the Manchester attack.

BreakingRMT suspend strikes after terror attack

The RMT union has suspended the 24-hour strike scheduled for Tuesday 30 May on Southern Rail following the attack in Manchester.

Twenty-two people died when a suicide bomber targeted a pop concert at Manchester Arena.


In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT’s executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action scheduled for Tuesday 30th May on Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Southern Rail."

Mick CashRMT General Secretary

'Dark evil cannot overcome it'

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has reacted to the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

A lone attacker set off a homemade bomb in the foyer at 22:33 BST on Monday, in what PM Theresa May called an "appalling, sickening" terrorist act.

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Manchester attack: Vigil to be held in Chatham

Kent Messenger

A vigil will be held in Chatham town centre tonight remember those who have lost their lives in the Manchester terrorist attack, the Kent Messenger reports.

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Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Kent Police Mind Force Control Room project extended

Kent News: Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne leads tributes to former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden

Kent and Sussex Courier: A 'police incident' has closed the A20 near West Kingsdown

Manchester attack: Kent County Council leader's statement

In light of the terrorist attack in Manchester, the flags above Sessions House in Maidstone will are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect for those killed or injured in Monday night's attack."

We send our deepest condolences to all of the families affected and our support to the City of Manchester as it recovers and pulls together after this terrible atrocity”

Paul CarterLeader, Kent County Council

Manchester attack: Flags fly at half mast across the South East

Injured people after the Manchester attack

Flags will fly at half mast on council buildings across the South East in respect of people killed, injured or affected by the Manchester attack.

Twenty-two people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in an attack at Manchester Arena.

The blast happened in the foyer at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, detonated an improvised explosive device.

Relatives are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones, and an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.

In the South East, flags are flying at half mast on Kent County Council and West Sussex County Council buildings, at East Sussex County Council's headquarters County Hall in Lewes, at Medway Council in Chatham and at Brighton and Hove town halls. A flag is also flying at half mast at Rochester Castle.

A minute's silence will be held ahead of a performance of The Addams Family at The Marlowe theatre in Canterbury tonight.

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

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.

Mum starts charity after toddler's death

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.

Rail consultation extended

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southeastern train

Rail passengers now have longer to give their views on how they'd like trains to be run in Kent and East Sussex in the future.

At the moment Southeastern oversee almost 2,000 train services every weekday but their current contract to run the franchise expires in December 2018.

A public consultation asking commuters what they'd like to see delivered by the next operator has been extended until the end of June.

Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A20 Kent both ways severe accident, between Scratchers Lane and Millfield Road.

A20 Kent - A20 Main Road Gorse Hill in Farningham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Scratchers Lane junction and the Millfield Road junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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

Calls for tougher policy over aircraft noise

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Campaigners from around the UK's major airports have been demanding better regulation to control the expanding aviation industry.

Plane taking off at Gatwick

A group from Gatwick were among those who went to Downing Street to ask the next government to take more interest in people living near airports and under flight paths.

They'd like to see tougher policy to control aviation noise and emissions.

Conservationists choughed 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

Another beautiful day

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

We've got a lovely warm day ahead, but you might see a few bits of cloud later.

Watch my latest forecast to find out more.

'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?

Fireworks above Dover

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It's Tuesday and we'll start the day with this great pic from Matt Hayward of fireworks above Dover. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Matt Hayward

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