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  1. Live updates have now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 14 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We're off to get ready for another busy day tomorrow reporting on BBC Music Day and the unveiling of our blue plaques.

We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Remember if there's anything you'd like to tell us about you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

They'll be lovely with a dollop of cream

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The faltering start to the summer might not have pleased everyone. But it's good news for one of the Garden of England's iconic crops.

Bowie's blue plaque on it's way to Maidstone

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's BBC South East Today presenters Rob and Natalie with a blue plaque for David Bowie which will be unveiled in Maidstone tomorrow.

Bowie was in the band, The Manish Boys, in the 1960s. They were based in Kent's county town.

#localmusiclegends

Rob Smith and Natalie Graham
BBC

Bowie's blue plaque: 'It would have made him so pleased'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Friends of David Bowie have been reacting to the news that a blue plaque is to be unveiled in Maidstone in his honour. #localmusiclegends

Life-saving ambulance equipment stolen

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There has been a spate of thefts across Kent of life-saving ambulance equipment.

The most recent incidents took place in the early hours of this morning at Herne Bay and Sheppey ambulance stations.

ambulance
BBC

At Herne Bay, a number of vehicles had their windows smashed and two Community First Responder bags, training equipment and a defibrillator were stolen.

At Sheppey, window bars were forced and life-saving equipment was once again stolen from locked vehicles after their windows were smashed. Three vehicles have been left unusable while they are repaired.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Factfile: Bowie's Maidstone connections

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A blue plaque will be unveiled in Maidstone tomorrow in honour of David Bowie as part of BBC Music Day.

#localmusiclegends

Here's the latest weather forecast

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

The warm, sunny weather is set to continue. Here's my latest forecast.

When are the blue plaques being unveiled tomorrow?

Blue plaque announced in Maidstone for David Bowie

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

David Bowie is to be honoured in Maidstone with a blue plaque as part of BBC Music Day.

Here's one of the judges, Topper Headon, from The Clash, making the announcement.

#localmusiclegends

Kent Police steps up use of drones

Matt Davison

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

After a successful trial, Kent Police has started using drones to assist in its work.

Examples include the search for missing people and road accidents.

I've been to meet the force’s head of tactical operations for a demonstration.

Ambulance thefts 'putting lives at risk'

Life-saving equipment has been taken from two ambulance stations in Kent, and vehicles vandalised, the latest in a series of break-ins and thefts across the county.

Herne Bay and Sheppey stations were broken into, with first aid bags, training equipment and a defibrillator taken at Herne Bay, and other equipment taken at Sheppey.

South East Coast Ambulance vehicle
BBC

Two Herne Bay ambulances had their windows smashed, and three vehicles at Sheppey are off the road while similar damage is repaired.

It follows an attempted burglary at Ashford, where a fence had a hole cut in it, two ambulances being vandalised in Thanet and a support vehicle being being stolen and damaged beyond repair.

Those responsible need to know the seriousness of their actions which undoubtedly have put lives at risk. They have targeted vital pieces of life-saving equipment which has no sell on value. By damaging vehicles, they have also placed even greater pressure on our resources which are already stretched in responding to high levels of demand.'

Chris StampSECAmb Regional Operations Manager Chris Stamp

Britain - share your personal bests!

London 2017

Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
So Let's Go Running Bexley
Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.

Tony Watt

Much-travelled striker Tony Watt hopes to add to his solitary Scotland appearance during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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Grenfell Tower fire: Kent Fire and Rescue statement

Grenfell Tower fire in London
PA

The chief executive of Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is urging people to make sure they know about safety procedures in their buildings after six people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London and our colleagues from London Fire Brigade and all the emergency services working in difficult conditions to deal with this tragic incident.

KFRS has an agreement in place to support neighbouring fire and rescue services where required, however our support was not needed at this time.

KFRS is giving assurances and advice to Kent and Medway residents who may have concerns about fire safety.

It is important to remember that fires of this type are extremely rare and that most fires do not spread further than one or two rooms. High rise buildings are designed to contain and prevent fire from spreading.

Residents are advised to make sure they know the fire safety procedures and evacuation plans for their specific building."

Ann MillingtonChief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Rydon, based in Forest Row, has released a statement saying it completed a refurbishment of the building in the summer of 2016 for Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the Council, which "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

Kent Fire and Rescue says that anyone who is concerned about whether their home is safe from fire should contact its home safety team for advice or for a free visit by calling 0800 923 7000.

Museum unveils unusual discoveries

Peter Whittlesea

BBC South East Today reporter

Major Percy Powell-Cotton was a big game hunter turned naturalist, who travelled the world, and brought thousands of stuffed animals and other extraordinary items back home to Thanet.

Quex Park is now a museum -- and staff rummaging through boxes in storage have found a bizarre array of objects they never knew they had.

There's a penguin collected by Ernest Shackleton, some Ugandan elephant toenail clippings, and a monkey from Dreamland...

Here's your weather forecast

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It'll stay warm and dry, with light winds throughout the afternoon.

Here's my lunchtime forecast.

Bowie blue plaque: 'It would have made him so pleased'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Friends of David Bowie have been reacting to the news that a blue plaque is to be unveiled in Maidstone in his honour.

The star regularly played saxophone and sang with the band the Manish Boys in the town during the 1960s.

The plaque will be unveiled at the Royal Star Arcade – shortly after 13:30 BST.

You'll be able to see it being unveiled live on BBC South East Today's lunch programme at 13:30 BST.

#localmusiclegends

Not bad for a first acting job

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Meet the Dartford actress who'll join Eastenders on Thursday. Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

#ICYMI: Born on the A21

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

Parents told: 'Do not swear'

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Temple Grove Academy, Tunbridge Wells
Google

Parents have been told they could be banned from a primary school playground if they swear in front of the children.

Sam Linton, the head teacher of Temple Grove Academy in Tunbridge Wells said children were being exposed to "upsetting language".

Writing in the newsletter to parents, she said: "Some parents [have been] heard swearing on academy premises and at the gates in front of children.

"If it continues we may have to consider banning these individuals from the premises," she wrote.

She said some children were copying what they had heard.

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J6 for A251 and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M2 London-bound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving a vehicle that has left the carriageway.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down van.

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

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Pile of newspapers
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Kent Online: Motorists driving in Kent have clocked up almost 50,000 speeding fines

Kent News: Calls to limit ‘fare penalties’ on high speed trains between London and Ebbsfleet Garden City

Kent Live: Kent set for the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures soar

Factfile: Bowie's Maidstone connections

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A blue plaque will be unveiled in Maidstone tomorrow in honour of David Bowie as part of BBC Music Day.

#localmusiclegends

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of a broken down truck. Traffic is coping well.

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

#ICYMI: Violence filmed in Calais

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Shocking pictures showing Calais migrants blocking the road with burning branches, to try to stop lorries heading for Kent, and smuggle themselves on board, have been filmed by lorry drivers.

Fake letterbox used to steal mail

Matt Davison

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

A retired Kent couple have told BBC Radio Kent how fraudsters installed a temporary letterbox at their house when they were on holiday in Australia - to steal their post and their identity.

Letters going through the door (generic)
BBC

They stole the couple's letters and applied for cards in their name - and nearly six months on, the husband and wife - who want to remain anonymous - are still sorting out the mess.

You can hear their story throughout the BBC Radio kent Breakfast Show with John and Anna by listening here.

The couple contacted our Breakfast show with their story. If you've got an issue you want us to investigate you can email radio.kent@bbc.co.uk

Blue plaque announced in Maidstone for David Bowie

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

David Bowie is to be honoured in Maidstone with a blue plaque as part of BBC Music Day.

Here's one of the judges, Topper Headon, from The Clash, making the announcement.

#localmusiclegends

Bowie's blue plaque on it's way to Maidstone

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's BBC South East Today presenters Rob and Natalie with a blue plaque for David Bowie which will be unveiled in Maidstone tomorrow.

Bowie was in the band, The Manish Boys, in the 1960s. They were based in Kent's county town.

#localmusiclegends

Rob Smith and Natalie Graham
BBC

A pleasant and warm day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

A dry and mostly sunny day with only a little cloud developing through the day. It will feel very warm with only light winds.

Here's my forecast.

This lovely weather looks set to continue...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Check out this stunning shot of Herne Bay by Marilyn Capewell - it's sure to get you in the mood for summer. It's our Kent #photooftheday.

If you've got a picture of Kent which you think could make our #photooftheday feature, please get in touch.

Herne Bay
Marilyn Capewell

We'll be here with all your latest news, travel, sport and weather for Kent until 22:00 BST.

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