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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 23 May 2017

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Possible detonator and backpack remnants

A seventh person is arrested in the UK over the arena attack, as pictures emerge appearing to show the bomber's detonator and backpack.

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Composite picture of victims

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

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That's it for Wednesday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for us for today, thanks for taking time to be with us.

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, with all the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

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

'My teacher said just look for the kind people'

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

How do you talk to children about the Manchester Arena bombing?

I've been to two of the South East's schools to find out how pupils are being helped to understand what happened.

‘It’s our future, it’s up to us’

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

It's going to be a scorcher

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's plenty more sunshine and rising temperatures for the rest of the week.

Here's my forecast.

Armed patrols increased

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

In the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, be prepared to see more armed police on the streets of Kent and Sussex.

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.

Arrests over reported squirrel scam in Tunbridge Wells

Two people have been arrested following reports of a roofing scam in Tunbridge Wells involving a dead squirrel.

A 34-year-old man from the Tunbridge Wells area is being held on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

It was alleged a man has been knocking on doors offering unnecessary roof repairs.

On at least one occasion this person inspected the roof of a property, before producing a dead squirrel and demanding money to clear a pest infestation.

A 22-year-old woman from the Tunbridge Wells area was also arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. She has been released, pending further investigation.

#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.

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.

Severe disruption: A2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at A256 Whitfield Hill.

A2 Kent - Very slow traffic on A2 eastbound in Whitfield at the A256 Whitfield Hill junction, because of a rolling road-block.

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

'They're altogether ooky...'

The Addams Family musical has just started a run at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury - we spoke to two of the stars (and you might recognise them...)

Have you seen Sasha Broad?

Officers from Kent Police are appealing for information to help locate a 31-year-old woman who has been reported missing from Dartford.

Have you seen Sasha Broad?
Kent Police

Sasha Broad was last seen in the North Dartford area this morning.

Armed police spotted in Lewes

These two armed police were spotted patrolling Lewes train station this morning.

Police have stepped up their presence across the South East in the wake of yesterday's attack in Manchester.

Thanks to Emma Fielding for the picture.

Armed police at Lewes train station
Emma Fielding

Heightened security checks at Port of Dover

The Port of Dover has released a statement after the Manchester attack.

The Port of Dover

The Port of Dover is open for business and continues to provide an environment for government to pursue its national security objectives as administered by the relevant government agencies working at the Port - heightened security checks have been conducted at the Port for a period of time.

As always, the safety and security of our customers, community and staff is paramount and to ensure a smooth transit customers are reminded to have passports ready for inspection and allow plenty of time for their journey.

The Port’s thoughts and condolences are with those affected by the tragic incident in Manchester on Monday.

'They're creepy and they're kooky...'

The Addams Family musical has just started a run at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury - we've caught up with some of the stars of the show.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Dog fouling case dropped against Janet Booker, from Dartford, who refused to pay litter fine

Kent News: Gold jewellery stolen in Dover burglary

Kent and Sussex Courier: Police confirm a man was found 'hanging from a bridge' between Sittingbourne and Sheerness

Turner Contemporary to host Turner Prize 2019

Turner Contemporary
Turner Contemporary

It's been announced that the host venue for Turner Prize 2019 will be Turner Contemporary in Margate.

The Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London.

Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary said: "We are thrilled to host the Turner Prize here at Turner Contemporary in 2019.

"This is a truly transformative opportunity for Margate to be part of something which invites conversations on an international scale, connecting our audiences to outstanding contemporary art and inspiring future generations of creative talent."

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, before J1B for A282 affecting A282 Dartford Tunnel.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise before J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of an accident involving car and lorry earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to A282, Dartford River Crossing.

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

Blue Flags for South East beaches

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter


There's lots of dry and sunny weather on the way over the next few days so this is good news if you're thinking of heading down to one of Sussex or Kent's beaches.

Thirteen of them have received Blue Flag awards.

Joss Bay, Sheerness and Tankerton in Kent, as well as St Leonards and Brighton in Sussex have reached the required standard for cleanliness and water quality.

Additional patrols expected at Channel Tunnel after Manchester attack

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

If you're planning to use the Channel Tunnel you may see an increased security presence, which is a result of the Manchester attack.

Eurotunnel has just issued this statement addressing the changes:

As a general rule, we do not comment on the specifics of security on our site but, as the UK is now at its highest level of alert, the government has said that it is stepping up security at key locations.

Customers may see additional, visible security patrols on our terminals and, whilst we do not expect this to disrupt our traffic flows, customers would be advised to have their passport in hand, open and ready to present as they go through both sets of border controls on their outbound and return crossings."

Eurotunnel spokesperson

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

Getting help quickly is vital for stroke patients. So what impact could an urgent review of services in Kent have?

Police seek to reassure public

Colin Campbell

Special Correspondent, BBC South East

Extra police are patrolling train stations, including Brighton.

But police chiefs in the region are trying to reassure people.

Stabbing victim's father writes song

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

'Hear Me' is being released today in memory of Robert Knox who died nine years ago.

Time to get out the sunscreen

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

We've got another bright, sunny day, and it only looks set to get better.

Watch my latest forecast for more.

ICYMI: 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.

It's the middle of the week

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And we'll be here with all you latest news, travel, sport and weather until 22:00 BST.

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