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  1. Updates Thursday 5 October

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Bug from Europe threatens Kent's pear crop

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

A tiny insect which has devastated pear crops in Europe has been found in Kent for the first time.

The Anthonomus Spilotus bug was identified by scientists at East Malling Research using a French text book published in the 1930s.

Farmers say up to a quarter of their pear crop is being destroyed by the insect.

Tomorrow's weather

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

A chilly start to Friday and a mixed forecast for the weekend.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J2 for A2 and J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Woman killed in Eastbourne crash

Lucy Vladev

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A woman has died following a collision outside the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne.

The 75-year-old from Seaford, had been driving a silver Saab which collided with four parked cars on the B2103 King Edward Parade at around 10:00 BST.

King Edward Parade, Eastbourne
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The woman was taken by air ambulance to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she died from her injuries.

No one else was involved in the collision.

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J3 for A229 Chatham and J4 for A278.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 coastbound between J3, A229 (Chatham) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

#PhotoOfTheDay regulars: Meet Carole

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

School nurse Carole Adams uses her love of photography to get to know the South East better.

She grew up in Surrey before moving to Kent and works in Canterbury.

She's the latest in our films featuring our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

Poplar Avenue in Gravesend

The 18 and 19-year-old are accused of taking over a house and using it as a base to supply drugs.

Read more

Remembering one of the original SAS heroes

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

His exploits in the SAS read like a Hollywood movie, and now medals and mementos from a Maidstone war veteran are being auctioned.

Newly restored pier can't cover costs

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

The newly restored Hastings Pier hasn't made enough money this summer to cover its costs, and now some staff are at threat of redundancy.

Teenagers charged for 'cuckooing'

Lucy Vladev

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Police car
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Two teenagers have been charged by police following the alleged "cuckooing" of a property in Gravesend.

Kent Police raided a property in Poplar Avenue where crack cocaine, heroin and drug equipment was seized.

Cuckooing is when the home of a vulnerable person is taken over as a base for drug dealers who commonly use intimidation, bullying and violence to maintain control.

An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old have been charged.

Amputee teen racer completes charity walk

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Billy Monger, who lost both legs in a crash, has walked the pit lane at Brands Hatch to raise money for the air ambulance that helped him.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A322 Lightwater and J2 for M25.

M3 Surrey - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M3 London-bound between J3, A322 (Lightwater) and J2 M25, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

War War Two grenades detonated

Lucy Vladev

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Kent Fire and Rescue Service have carried out a controlled explosion following the discovery of around 120 World War Two phosphorous grenades.

They were found in a back garden of a property on Woodside Road in Sevenoaks. The devices were detonated in a special trench dug in a field opposite the property.

Crews have been working alongside the Ministry of Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and the scene is now safe.

Floods in Kent

Lucy Vladev

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Flood alerts have been issued for parts of Kent as high winds combine with tidal surges.

In some places water levels are causing disruption to traffic.

View more on twitter

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident.

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

Sixty seconds with the PM

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Ahead of her speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today, I spoke to Prime Minister Theresa May about elections, the economy and rail strikes.

Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

BBC News Travel

M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A23.

M23 West Sussex - M23 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J11, A23 (Pease Pottage), because of an earlier vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

Man caught with egg full of drugs

Lucy Vladev

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A drug dealer from Margate has been jailed after being caught with a plastic egg full of class A drugs.

Twenty-year-old Elvis Stirkis, of Norfolk Road, was arrested after Kent Police officers suspected he was dealing drugs in an alleyway not far from his home.

Stirkis was found holding a plastic egg containing heroin and cocaine. The drugs were seized along with a mobile phone and cash. After a search at his home address more cash was also seized.

Elvis Stirkis
Kent Police

Stirkis pleaded guilty to possessing criminal property and two counts of possessing a controlled class A drug.

He's been jailed for 31 months at Canterbury Crown Court.

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

M3 Surrey - One lane blocked on M3 southbound between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Hong Chin, Li Wei Gao and Ting Li Lu

Two women and a man have been found guilty of bringing women to the UK from east Asia as sex workers.

Read more

Nobel prize for Ishiguro

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, who grew up in Surrey and studied in Kent, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Born in Japan, he moved to England at the age of five, when his oceanographer father was offered a job in Guildford.

After leaving school in Woking, he studied English and Philosophy at the University of Kent.

Kazuo Ishiguro
PA

His novels include The Remains of the Day, which was made into a film starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins, and Never Let Me Go, which was also filmed, with Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.

He's written eight novels in all, as well as TV and film screenplays.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J7 for M23.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J7 M23, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Flu jab plea

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Vulnerable people across the South East could die unless more people take up the free flu jab.

That's the stark warning from NHS managers.

Naomi Oxley appearing at Hastings magistrates court

Naomi Oxley crashed into Debbie Masters after drinking two bottles of wine, a court hears.

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Sharp rise in rural homelessness

Jimmy, who lives in a forest near Faversham, is one of a growing number of rural homeless.

BreakingWorld War Two device found in Sevenoaks

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A controlled explosion is due to be carried out after a World War Two device was discovered in Sevenoaks.

The device was found in the garden of a house in Woodside Road.

Roads have been closed and people living nearby are being warned to keep their doors and windows closed.

View more on twitter

BreakingProstitution ring traffickers found guilty

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Three people have been found guilty of trafficking women for a prostitution ring in a network of hotels across the south east.

Hong Chin, 45, his former partner Li Wei Gao, 44, and Ting Li Lu, 47, lured women to the UK from China and Korea, jurors at the Old Bailey heard.

They advertised the woman on sex websites and set them up as sex workers in hotels across Brighton, Maidstone, Eastbourne, Guildford and Gatwick Airport.

Chin from Staffordshire, and Lu from from Portsmouth, were both charged with trafficking people within the UK for sexual exploitation.

Gao, from from Oxshott in Surrey, was charged with controlled prostitution for again and acquiring or possessing criminal property, alongside Chin and Lu.

None of the three defendants gave any evidence during the trial.

In just over two years more than £150,000 was paid into bank accounts operated by the gang.

Secamb: 'Issues within the service where they're just not getting the basics right'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The South East Coast Ambulance Service is to remain in special measures, following the latest report from the Care Quality Commission.

The Trust was placed in special measures last year.

Battle crash driver jailed for killing mother-of-three

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Naomi Oxley
Eddie Mitchell
Naomi Oxley pleaded guilty to two charges at Lewes Crown Court

A woman driver who killed a mother-of-three when her car ploughed into her has been jailed for four years.

Debbie Masters, who was 37, had been walking with her husband and pushing her seven-month-old son in a pram in Battle, East Sussex, on 19 March.

Naomi Oxley, 35, of Beachy Head View, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

She was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court where she was also banned from driving for five years.

Debbie Masters
Sussex Police
Debbie Masters had been enjoying a Sunday walk with her family

Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, between J3 for A322 Lightwater and J2 for M25.

M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 London-bound between J3, A322 (Lightwater) and J2 M25, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Chimes of joy

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Five years ago Aaron Lindridge travelled from Gravesend to the USA for treatment for a rare cancer.

Now he's celebrating its success.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J7 for M23.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J7 M23, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Secamb special measures: Analysis from our health correspondent

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

The ambulance service at all levels - from the Chief Executive down - will be disappointed but not surprised at the inspectors decision to leave the trust in special measures.

It’s been an eventful year. A new Chief Executive. A move to new headquarters in Crawley. Staff having to learn a new operating system in their emergency call centre and all against the background of a significant increase in emergency calls every month.

On the plus side inspectors have acknowledged that staff were “consistently compassionate" and the Trusts NHS 111 service has been rated as “good”

However some of those of staff must feel frustrated that some apparently simple issues remain unresolved more than a year after inspectors highlighted serious concerns.

Staff training, managing medicines safely, maintaining and servicing equipment and the accurate recording of 999 calls remain outstanding issues for inspectors.

The CQC returned unannounced to the trust last week and tell me they have seen improvement since their May inspection and they told me they hope to see continued improvement throughout the winter.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. On the roundabout.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, around J9 for A243.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 clockwise around J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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