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  2. Live updates on Thursday 1 June 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

That's it from us for another night, join us again tomorrow from 06:00 BST for more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

'My vote counts and it's important'

Student Callie Lovell says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.

We've been speaking to first-time, undecided voters as part of our #MyFirstVote series.

#SEVote

'We all miss him loads'

Leanne Rinne

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The family of a missing grandfather from Sevenoaks say they're losing hope.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle and a rolling road-block.

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J3 for M26 and M25 J3.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 London-bound between J3 M26 and M25 J3, Swanley Interchange, because of an accident involving a car. Traffic is coping well.

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

General election: How will fishing and farming be affected?

Yvette Austin

Environment Correspondent, BBC South East

I've been looking at the main issues facing the South East's food producers, as we approach the general election. #SEVote

Summer's here at last

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The first official day of summer was a beauty, but will the sunshine stay?

Here's my forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Delays and one lane closed on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel, because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

'If I were prime minister for the day'

We asked teenagers what they would do if they were in charge of the country as part of a series called #PMfortheday

Severe accident: A21 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A21 Kent both ways severe accident, between B2160 Maidstone Road and A262.

A21 Kent - A21 in Pembury blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between Kipping's Cross Roundabout and Forstal Farm Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

BreakingSouthern bosses respond to suspension of overtime ban

In the last few minutes Southern's parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has responded to the news that Aslef is suspending a ban on overtime.

We are pleased that ASLEF has suspended the drivers’ overtime ban that was due to start this Sunday. This will allow talks to continue, on a wide range of issues including pay. We aim to continue to find a way forward over the next few weeks and finally bring matters to a conclusion."

Nick BrownChief Operating Officer, GTR

BreakingTrain drivers' overtime ban suspended

Southern trains and passengers
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A train drivers’ overtime ban on Southern rail which was due to start on Sunday 4 June has been suspended for two weeks, according to the Aslef union.

They say it is to allow time for negotiations to find a resolution to the long-running dispute over driver-only operation and to "allow all outstanding issues to be discussed".

The union says it will also sit down with the company to try to resolve a range of issues including drivers’ terms and conditions, industrial relations and pay.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘We met Southern today, ahead of our overtime ban, which was due to start on Sunday.

"Industrial action is always the last resort; we would much rather talk, and negotiate, than take industrial action.

"The company has indicated that it is prepared to negotiate with us on a range of outstanding issues and, therefore, we have suspended our overtime ban.

"We now have a fortnight to try and find a resolution which will work for passengers, for staff, and for the company, too."

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J4 for A21 and J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J4, A21 (Orpington) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident.

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

Election: What's the future for our businesses?

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Will the South East's businesses prosper or struggle outside the European single market?

From 19:00 I'll be taking your questions on business and the overall election campaign, live on Facebook.

If there's something you'd like answered, let me know.

Pluckley: The Most Haunted Village in Britain

What is life like in Britain's most haunted village? Helen Mark is in Pluckley to find out
Helen Mark visits Pluckley, a village with the reputation as the most haunted in Britain. While genuine ghosthunters, with an interest in all things paranormal, bring with them a welcome boost to local businesses, this reputation is not without problems. In recent years the village has seen an increased police presence due to the sheer number of visitors, particularly around the time of Halloween. There have been problems of anti-social behaviour which last year led to the parish council cancelling the Halloween festivities. 

For this week's Open Country Helen meets some of the villagers, both believers and sceptics, about their experiences in Britain's most haunted village and the impact this has on village life. During the course of one evening, Helen chats with several residents and finds out about the 12 ghosts that are said to haunt Pluckley before heading back to her hotel room at the haunted Elvey Farm Hotel.

Man killed in jet ski crash

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A man killed in a jet ski accident off the coast of Herne Bay has been named locally as Jordan Lupton.

Mr Lupton, who was 25, died following the crash between his, and another, jet ski on Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Lupton
BBC

Our thoughts go out to Mr Lupton's family and friends. The jet skis involved were being used in the permitted area and in accordance with the appropriate bylaws. Our public launching ramp at Hampton is very popular and our attendant helped with the rescue of the casualty."

Matthew YoungCanterbury City Council's foreshore manager

Secamb were called as Mr Lupton was pulled ashore off Western Esplanade, and he was flown to Kings College Hospital.

Kent Police is now preparing a report for the coroner, for an inquest to be held at a later date.​

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - M20 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic London-bound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of a broken down lorry.

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

'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 us directly, to ask why so few people have heard of Neurofibromatosis.

It's a sunny start to a new season

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today is officially the start of summer, and the weather got the memo.

Here's my forecast.

Teenager 'daunted' by general election

Student Bailey Richardson says he isn't sure who to vote for next month.

We've been speaking to first-time, undecided voters as part of our #MyFirstVote series.

#SEVote

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.

'If I were prime minister for the day'

We asked teenagers what they would do if they were in charge of the country.

It's part of our #PMfortheday series leading up to the general election.

#SEVote

Southern Rail users' misery into musical satire Southern Fail
Southern Fail: The Musical is a new stage show, mocking the firm after more than a year of union disputes.

Have you seen Robert Barton-Hanson?

Kent Police is appealing for information about a missing Gravesend teenager.

Robert Barton-Hanson, 16, was reported missing on Tuesday 27 May in the Northfleet area.

He is believed to have links to the Cooling area.

Have you seen Robert Barton-Hanson?
Kent Police

#PMfortheday: Teens on education, wages and the homeless

We asked teenagers from across the South East what they would do if they were in charge of the country.

It's part of our #PMfortheday series leading up to the general election.

#SEVote

Missing man from Sevenoaks

Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing pensioner from Sevenoaks.

Search teams are using a drone to find 80-year-old Ken Henson. He was last seen at the Shell Petrol Station in Tubbs Hill.

Missing man from Sevenoaks
Kent Police

He is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with grey hair and bald on top with a short beard.

Kent local newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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KentOnline: Mum calls for CCTV and more lighting in Sheerness after son stabbed

Kent News: Lifeguards return to north Kent beaches ahead of summer

Kent and Sussex Courier: Plans for a new £600m tramline connecting Kent and Essex have been unveiled

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 entry slip road closed and slow traffic London-bound at J3, A229 (Chatham), because of an overturned lorry. Police directing traffic.

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

Mother of stalking victim calls for more support

Maggie Doyle

BBC Radio Kent breakfast presenter

A mother, whose daughter was shot dead by a stalker, says Kent needs a dedicated coordinator to support victims. More than a decade after calling for the crime to be taken more seriously, Tricia Bernal, from Tunbridge Wells, says women still need greater protection from stalkers.

Mother of stalking victim calls for more support
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They would be a go-between, they would be the ones to recognise high risk.

What the coordinator would do, would be to work between the police, social services, children services or whatever services there are, because there may be children involved, it may even be stalking within a relationship - but it is safely guiding the victim through to safety."

Tricia BernalMother of stalking victim

Hate crime arrests on the Isle of Sheppey

Officers investigating a reported hate crime at Minster beach on Sunday 28 May 2017 have arrested two teenagers.The 18-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were arrested on 30 May on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence and have been released pending further enquiries.

BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin

Ian Palmer

BBC South East Today

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BBC

Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • A woman in her 90s has died after a car collided with her wheelchair in the grounds of Maidstone hospital.
  • Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing pensioner from Sevenoaks.
  • The former US president hopeful Bernie Sanders is to deliver a speech in Brighton.

Theme park reopens for summer

Dreamland in Margate has reopened for the summer season.

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

Don't say it too loud...but I think summer is here

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Some of us woke up to some early mist and fog patches - but that'll quickly clear. It will be a dry, bright and warm day across all parts with increasing amounts of sunshine and light winds.

'People have written in with their stories, the silly announcements they've heard'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Turning tears of frustration into tears of laughter - the Brighton Fringe show based on woes of Southern commuters.

The weekend's almost here

This gorgeous Margate sunset was sent to us by Andrew Holloway, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Margate sunset
Andrew Holloway

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