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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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That it for the week

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us - we'll be back on Tuesday from 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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'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.

It's a bank holiday weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Will it be sunshine or rain?

Here's my forecast.

Breeding programme has plenty to crow about

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Extinct in Kent for nearly two centuries, Canterbury's symbolic bird could soon make a return.

UKIP launches election manifesto

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

UKIP has launched its manifesto at an event in London.

Here's leader Paul Nuttall on Manston Airport, coastal communities and Brexit.

Overdone it with the fertiliser?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A record breaking plant is going through the roof in Ramsgate - literally.

A Mexican agave at the Italianate Greenhouse has flowered - something it does only once, at the end of its decades-long life - producing a giant stalk which now extends through the greenhouse roof.

Giant Mexican agave plant at Ramsgate
Italianate Greenhouse

It's growing at a rate of four inches a day, so could match another agave, which reached 40ft at the same location last year, before it had to be cut down when it died.

It's thought this is the first time two agaves have blossomed in the same place in the UK, and is expected to bring thousands more visitors to the site.

#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.

General election: How will fishing and farming be affected?

Yvette Austin

Environment Correspondent, BBC South East

I've been investigating the main issues facing the South East's food producers, as we approach the general election and Brexit.

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J4 for A278.

M2 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M2 London-bound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident.

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

'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.

Bank holiday events go on despite attack

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

As the country reels in the aftermath of the arena attack in Manchester, how have local events been affected?

DOVER CASTLE

The annual Second World War event runs over the bank holiday weekend with explosive battles, military camps, talks, displays and music

A spokeswoman for English Heritage said: “Following the Manchester attack and the increase of the UK’s threat level to ‘Critical’, English Heritage is introducing – over the May half-term – additional security checks (including bag searches) at a number of sites in our care, including Stonehenge and Dover Castle.

“At present, all English Heritage sites remain open and all events are going ahead as planned. Throughout, the safety of our visitors and staff remains our priority.”.

Dover Castle
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BLUEWATER

A spokeswoman said it was “business as normal”, adding: “The safety and security of our visitors is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with police and counter terrorism. As such, there have been armed police patrols at Bluewater for a number of months. For the latest information please contact Kent Police.”

BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK

1,000 extra tickets were released for the park's summer event: the visit of The Beast, the world's largest inflatable obstacle course.

The park confirmed it has its own security firm in for the event

  • CHATHAM MARITIME FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAM

The foodie feast, combined with a maritime spectacle attracted 15,000 people last year.

A spokesman said: “We have our own event security, and can call on support from the police if required.”

Honours even at Tunbridge Wells

Kent 157-4 v Sussex (49.0 overs)

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

This is a good contest at Tunbridge Wells, on what is normally a very good batting track

Having won the toss, Sussex bowled beautifully to reduce Kent to 58-3, but the Kent fightback has been led by Joe Denley who has reached a half century containing eight fours.

The in-form Darren Stevens is now at the crease, already looking in ominous form, and he has played some sumptuous shots.

Cricket
BBC Sport
Sussex
BBC Sport

General election: What matters to you in your area

Bryony MacKenzie

BBC South East Today

I've been to speak to a group of knitters - women who live and work in the South East - about what matters to them ahead of the general election.

Sun, sun, sun!

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Dry, sunny and hot again. A warm breeze will develop, and it'll be windy along the coast. Here's a look at your weekend weather.

It's not that often we have a satellite image like this!

Barely a cloud in the sky across the whole UK.

It's not that often we have a satellite image like this!
BBC

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at J1B for A282.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J1b, A282 (Dartford).

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

Kent v Sussex in the County Championship begins

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

It’s day one of Kent against Sussex in the County Championship Division Two at the Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells.

Kent won the toss and chose to bat first, but they’ve lost both openers in the morning session, with Sean Dickson out for a duck, with Daniel Bell Drummond making 14.

Sussex v Kent cricket
BBC

You can listen to my commentary online here.

Ministry of Defence officers take to Kent's streets

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Ministry of Defence Police officers will be supporting Kent Police as of today, the force has said.

Firearms officers are already patrolling key locations in Kent, and now additional patrols have been arranged.

The MOD police officers will be under the command and control of Kent Police.

ICYMI: '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?

Three arrested over Canterbury stabbings

Two men have been taken to hospital after being stabbed in Plumpton Walk last night.

Their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Three men, aged 17, 18 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and are currently in police custody.

Officers are carrying out enquiries at the scene.

‘We might get our voices heard’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Student Courtney Private wants young people to make sure they cast their ballot on 8 June.

She’s been speaking to BBC South East as part of our #MyFirstVote series.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online: Police and ambulance crews at Plumpton Walk, Canterbury, after double stabbing

Kent News: Teenager who ploughed car into 15 people at double the speed limit jailed for 18 months

Kent and Sussex Courier: A sonic boom was heard over Medway and Kent

'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

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.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, at J6 for A229.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on entry slip road and queuing traffic westbound at J6, A229 (Chatham), 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 J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic anticlockwise at J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down lorry.

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 Clacket Lane Services and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Take a trip on a model railway...

There is a reason behind it - honest.

We've used a GoPro to film a model railway as we take a look at more than a year of issues on Southern Rail - and hear from commuters.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A20 and J4 for A228 Leybourne affecting J6 for A229.

M20 Kent - Queuing traffic and two lanes closed on M20 London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident. Congestion to J6, A229 (Chatham).

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

Theme park to reopen for summer

Dreamland in Margate is due to reopen on Friday for the summer season.

Here’s a look at (nearly) 100 years of the famous attraction.

Lovely weather (for now)

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got another warm and sunny day, but there's a storm on the horizon.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services affecting J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

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

'They were crying and upset'

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Newington Church of England primary school in Sittingbourne has apologised after pupils were upset by a lesson as part of Christian Aid week.

They were told the building would be evacuated and they wouldn't be able to see their parents, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

The children were told it wasn't real afterwards, but parents I spoke to were still angry.

It's the end of the week...

And what a lovely way to start things this Friday than this picture of Dover Castle by Ian Holiday. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Dover Castle
Ian Holiday

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