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Good night from the BBC Live team

That's it from us for another week, we'll be back on Monday at 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Have a lovely weekend!

General 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?

Marathon drive for charity

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

If you're on the M25 this weekend, you might see a very special car, taking part in a gruelling charity challenge.

A sunny weekend ahead

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

This fantastic weather continues (mostly) throughout the weekend.

Watch my latest forecast for more.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Kent and Canterbury hospital evacuated over bag fears

Kent News: Dartford Heath’s on fire for the third time within two days

Kent and Sussex Courier: A boy, 9, is fighting for his life after a serious two-car crash near Shell in Sevenoaks

'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.

Boy left fighting for his life

A nine-year-old boy has been flown to hospital with life threatening injuries after a car he was travelling in crashed with a Volvo Estate on the A20, London Road, Sevenoaks.

The female driver of the vehicle was also taken to a London hospital with serious injuries. Both people remain in hospital at this time.

Rape reported in Canterbury

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are investigating a reported rape in Canterbury.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are currently at the scene, in University Road.

Officers were called at 03:41 BST today.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic coastbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Southern to run no trains without second crew member

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

For the next two weeks no Southern trains, aside from the Brighton mainline, will run in Sussex if a second member of staff isn't available.

The operator has spent the last year in a dispute with the RMT and Aslef unions over the introduction driver-only operated trains, with the unions seeking a guarantee of a second member of staff on board at all times.

Southern trains
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Yesterday the drivers' union Aslef suspended its overtime ban for a fortnight.

Today the BBC has learned Southern has agreed that, during this time, no trains will run without a second member of staff present, except on mainline and metro services.

Southern trains
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BBC Radio Kent Breakfast set for a new wake up call

After three years alongside John Warnett, Maggie Doyle is to leave the BBC Radio Kent breakfast show.

The former Absolute radio breakfast presenter is to return Ireland after delivering 3 years of strong growth for the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast show.

BBC Radio Kent Breakfast set for a new wake up call
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Joining John Warnett the long standing BBC Radio Kent Breakfast show host will be ex LBC, Capital and BBC Radio London presenter Anna Cookson.

It’s been a great 3 years working with Maggie, I have learnt a lot about Ireland! I’m Really looking forward to building on the current success with Anna who will bring a youthful vigour to the sound of breakfast in Kent”
BBC

It’s been a great 3 years working with Maggie, I have learnt a lot about Ireland! I’m really looking forward to building on the current success with Anna who will bring a youthful vigour to the sound of breakfast in Kent”

John WarnettBBC Radio Kent breakfast presenter

Is summer here for good?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's staying sunny for most of us, but don't risk leaving the umbrella at home.

Here's my forecast.

Morehall Academy Primary School, Folkestone

An academy chain that operates nine primary schools in Sussex and Kent is handing over the responsibility of running them.

Read more

Two injured in Herne Bay

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man's suffered serious injuries to his hand, in an incident in Herne Bay.

Police were called to the property in Charles Street at 22:09 BST last night.

The 27-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were both taken to hospital.

Officers recovered what they're describing as a bladed weapon from the scene.

No arrests have been made.

Charles Street, Herne Bay
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Bluewater has now reopened after a small fire

Bluewater has now reopened after a small fire
KentGuildHTT

Kent Fire and Rescue say Bluewater Shopping Centre has reopened after a small fire in the Winter Garden area of the building.

Bluewater has now reopened after a small fire
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Road sealed off in Maidstone

Kent police and ambulances are on the scene at Peel Street, Maidstone after concerns were raised for a man's welfare.

The road is currently closed.

Fire at Bluewater forces evacuation

'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

#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

Craig Mackinlay: CPS statement

The Crown Prosecution Service has released a statement in relation to Craig Mackinlay, who's been charged over election expenses.

The South Thanet Conservative candidate beat Nigel Farage in the 2015 general election.

On 18 April we received a file of evidence from Kent Police concerning allegations relating to Conservative Party expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign. We then asked for additional enquiries to be made in advance of the 11 June statutory time limit by when any charges needed to be authorised.

Those enquiries have now been completed and we have considered the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have concluded there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to authorise charges against three people.

Craig Mackinlay, 50, Nathan Gray, 28, and Marion Little, 62, have each been charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 4 July 2017."

Nick VamosHead of Special Crime, CPS

BreakingBREAKING: Craig Mackinlay charged over election expenses

Craig Mackinlay, who beat Nigel Farage in the South Thanet seat at the 2015 General Election, is charged over election expenses

#MyFirstVote: 'I regret I didn't register'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Faye Ashworth from Hastings is disappointed she won't be able to have a say on 8 June.

The 20-year-old has been speaking to BBC South East as part of the #MyFirstVote series.

Road closed in Maidstone

Kent Police was called at 6.35 GMT this morning to a report of concern for the welfare of a man in Peel Street, Maidstone.

The road has been closed to assist police who are conducting their enquiries.

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between Clacket Lane Services and J5 for M26 affecting J7 for M23.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic for 11 miles on M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26, because of an accident involving van and recovery work. Congestion to J7 M23.

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

Kent's local newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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KentOnline: Thieves target memorial to murder victim Razvan Sirbu

Kent News: Officers investigating smashed window in Dartford ask for witnesses to come forward

Kent and Sussex Courier: This M25 dashcam footage shows 'every driver's worst nightmare'

Search teams launched to find missing man

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

Fears are growing for the safety of a missing Sevenoaks pensioner.

Specialist search teams have been sent out along with a Kent Fire and Rescue service drone to try to find eighty year old Ken Henson, who's been missing since last Thursday.

His family have made an emotional appeal to help find him.

Search teams launched to find missing man
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Medway identified as worst hospital for patients

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

A survey by the Care Quality Commission has identified Medway Maritime as the worst hospital in the country for patient experience.

Medway identified as worst hospital for patients
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People who stayed overnight at the hospital last year were asked to rate categories from the quality of staff communication to hospital cleanliness. But the Trust says significant improvements have been made since then.

Commuters' misery turned into musical

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A musical has been written, using the experiences of commuters' misery over more than a year of strikes on Southern rail.

Southern Fail: The Musical will premiere at this weekend's Brighton Fringe Festival.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

Lynda Hardy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

BBC South East Today logo
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Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin:

  • A survey has identified the Medway Maritime as the worst hospital in the country for patient experience.
  • The parent company of Southern Rail has welcomed the announcement that drivers will be postponing their planned overtime ban.
  • Farmers in the South East are being urged to look out for signs of a deadly virus in their livestock after it was detected in a previously disease-free area of northern France - less than 150 km from the south coast of England.

Bright start with thundery showers this afternoon

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

After a bright and warm start, it'll cloud over and a few showers are possible in the afternoon, which could be heavy and thundery in the north.

'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.

The weekend's almost here

This stunning shot of Botany Bay was sent to us by Dean Spinks, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Botany Bay
Dean Spinks

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