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  1. Updates have now ended
  2. Updates on Thursday 15 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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Thank You For The Music

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We hope you've all enjoyed BBC Music Day as much as we have.

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

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Rocking all over the South East

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The scene of a famous Eurovision victory, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues have been honoured on BBC Music Day.

M25 disruption: Update

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The Duke of Edinburgh's cousin dies in Kent

Prince Philip's cousin, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, has died aged 93 at her home in Mersham.

Patricia Mountbatten married celebrated film producer Lord Brabourne in 1946, and the pair had seven children.

The couple were among a seven-strong boat party blown up by the IRA at County Sligo, Republic of Ireland, in 1979.

Their son Nicholas, 14, was killed in the attack, as was Lord Brabourne's mother, Dowager Lady Brabourne, and her father Lord Mountbatten.

Prince Charles and Countess Mountbatten
BBC

Southern rail: RMT demands immediate publication of report

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Southern Logo
EPA

A report into the troubled Southern rail franchise should be published immediately by the government, the RMT union has demanded.

It was commissioned last September and written by Chris Gibb, a non-executive director at Network Rail.

The union claims the Department for Transport (DfT) has kept it "under wraps since the back end of last year".

The DfT said the report could not be published in the pre-election period but would be "in due course".

Full story here.

It's going to be a scorcher of a weekend

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Got any plans? It might be time to dust off the barbecue.

Here's my forecast.

Bowie's blue plaque in Maidstone

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

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 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 he's been honoured with a blue plaque in Maidstone.

#localmusiclegends

First pictures from M25 crash

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's first pictures of the scene of a crash at Junction 4 on the M25 in Kent which is causing chaos for motorists tonight. Pictures from Ads Langridge.

Two accidents are causing chaos on the M25

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

M25 Junction 4

Police are at the scene of a collision involving two lorries, a coach and three cars on the anticlockwise carriageway.

The carriageway has been closed at junction 4 and all traffic is being directed to leave using the slip-road.

An air ambulance is attending due to injuries reported to one of the drivers.

A number of school children and teachers were on the coach but are reported to have no physical injuries. The school, which is outside of Kent, is aware and is updating parents.

A282 Dartford Crossing

Officers are at the scene of a serious collision involving a lorry, van and motorbike on the Essex-bound carriageway of the A282 prior to the Dartford crossing.

The carriageway has been closed at junction 2 and a diversion is being put in place to allow traffic to re-join the A282 at junction 1B.

Highways crews are working with our officers to free vehicles that are stuck in the queue after junction 2.

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, at J1A for A282 affecting J30 for A13 Lakeside.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of people slowing to look at an accident. Congestion to J30, A13 (Lakeside).

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

So why have Aslef introduced an overtime ban?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's Mick Whelen from Aslef explaining the union's actions.

‘Aslef suspended the imposition of an overtime ban on Southern Railways for two weeks to allow time for negotiations to find a resolution of all the outstanding issues with the company to be discussed.

Mick Whelan
BBC

‘The company’s failure to engage over Driver Only Operation is the reason our members will no longer work overtime – which, of course, is entirely voluntary – from Thursday 29 June.

Mick WhelenGeneral Secretary, Aslef

BreakingAslef to introduce overtime ban this month

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A train drivers' union has confirmed it will be introducing an overtime ban at the end of June.

Aslef was due to start the ban in May in it's year-long dispute with the train operator, but postponed the action.It will now begin from 00:01 BST on Thursday 29 June.

It is set to affect Southern drivers only across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Dartford Crossing: Rush hour traffic misery

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

An accident on the approach to the Dartford Crossing is causing miles of backlogged traffic - and it's not expected to clear for hours.

A collision on the M25 anticlockwise at junction 2 has caused traffic London-bound on the A2 to grind to a halt before the Gravesend turn off.

On the M25 anti-clockwise, traffic is backed-up to Orpington.

The delays are expected to add more than an hour onto journey times, and Highways England has preicted it will clear at around 20:15 BST.

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, at J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J4, A21 (Orpington), because of accident investigation work and an oil spillage. Diversion in operation - Police have now confirmed that traffic can get by via the exit and entry slip roads.

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

'Victims have not had the service they should'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police's recording of crime has been rated inadequate by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Inspectors found more than 24,000 crimes a year, including rape and domestic abuse, aren't being recorded properly.

But the force's chief constable says those offences were fully investigated.

Maidstone blue plaque unveiled for David Bowie

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's the moment this lunchtime a blue plaque was unveiled in Maidstone in honour of David Bowie.

#localmusiclegends

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J2 for A2 and J1B for A282 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - M25 in Darenth closed, severe delays and queuing traffic anticlockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of a serious multi-vehicle accident. Diversion in operation - exit the M25 at J2 and take the 2nd exit onto the A282 distributor lane (that runs adjacent to the motorway), to then re-join the main carriageway at J1B. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and on A2 to the B255 (Bean Interchange For Bluewater) junction.

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

Creating art in the face of death

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

An exhibition features work by artists with one thing in common - they're all facing execution.

Feeling fresher tonight

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be feeling a bit fresher overnight and tomorrow morning, but temperatures are set to rise and rise over the next few days.

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.

#ICYMI: Not bad for a first acting job

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Meet the Dartford actress who'll join EastEnders today.

Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

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 is appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M20 London-bound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

When are the blue plaques being unveiled?

Church's collection of human skulls

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Why does a Kent church have a collection of a thousand human skulls? Were they pirates or those killed in battle?

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

Huge planning scheme unveiled

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

About 12,000 homes, nine schools, a new high-speed train station and a business park could be built as part of a major new development near Folkestone.

Planners have released more details of the controversial Otterpool Park scheme.

I'll have more on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast programme with John and Anna this morning. You can listen here.

Heating up for the weekend

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a bit fresher today, but getting hotter as we head towards the weekend - we could even get to 30C on Sunday.

Factfile: Bowie's Maidstone connections

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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

#localmusiclegends

It's looking like another sunny day...

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

And this picture puts you in the mood for a lovely summer walk. It's Walmer Castle by Matt Hayward and 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.

Walmer Castle
Matt Hayward

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

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