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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 October

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Sam Morsy saves Wigan from a shock defeat at Gillingham but a 1-1 draw means they fall off the top of League One.

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That's all folks

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for being with us today.

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

Enjoy the rest of your evening.


Late goals from Kristian Dennis and Jordan Flores sees Chesterfield end a run of six successive League Two defeats.

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Blockade of Calais threatened

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Hauliers are threatening to bring cross channel traffic to a complete standstill, unless the authorities in France address the issue of migrants trying to board their vehicles.

Candy on the catwalk

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Could this be the perfect gift for dedicated followers of fashion with a sweet tooth?

Council puts forward its preferred option for A27 Arundel bypass

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

West Sussex County Council has announced its preference for the A27 Arundel bypass is an option which would pass through Binsted Woods, on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

The council says it supports option, known as 5A, with the proviso that a package of environmental mitigation measures is introduced.

Protesters against bypass in Binsted Woods
Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee
A protest was held earlier this month against proposals for a bypass in Binsted Woods

Protesters say the woods could be cut in half if a four-mile bypass around Arundel is approved.

A Highways England consultation ended yesterday.

A preferred route is expected to be announced this winter by the Secretary of State.

Overturned lorry in garden

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's the aftermath of a lorry hitting a railway bridge this morning and toppling into a front garden in Dover.

Coombe Valley Road was closed while the vehicle was removed.

Kent Police are investigating the incident.

Katie Hopkins responds to calls to cancel her appearance at Lewes event

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

The controversial columnist Katie Hopkins has issued a challenge to the people of Lewes who don't want her to speak at a literary festival in the town next month.

The grapes of relaxation

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

How wine production at a Sussex vineyard is helping stressed nine-to-fivers...and not in the usual way.

Under my umbrella

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

We may have got rid of the yellow skies, but the warm, dry weather is on its way out.

Kent firefighters in Dirty Dancing parody
The service's latest video has already had more than 1,300 retweets.

Beach steps lifted after major erosion

The steps being lifted by a crane
Ruth Blacksall
The steps and bridge were designed to be moved but action is being taken earlier than hoped

Work is underway to move the steps down to a popular beach after "significant" erosion.

The new steps at Birling Gap in East Sussex will have a "safer anchorage" as close to the cliff edge as possible, Wealden District Council said.

During the winter storms of 2013/14, seven years of erosion was said to have taken place in just three months.

"Up to four metres of cliff were lost in one day," Wealden Councillor Claire Dowling said.

More than 350,000 people visit the cliffs at Birling Gap each year but while the work is taking place, people will not be able to go down to the beach.

Depending on the weather, the council hopes it will be finished by the end of November, "before the coming winter storms".

UKIP leader sets his sights on being an MP

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Henry Bolton

Now that Henry Bolton, UKIP’s new leader, has revealed he’ll stand in a seat at the next general election the question is which one?

He says he doesn’t want to be “imposed” on a local party and in the process casually throwing shade at Paul Nuttall and his unsuccessful attempts in Stoke-on-Trent and Boston and Skegness.

UKIP’s new leader lives in Folkestone which is Conservative Damian Collins’ seat and he has a majority of over 15,000 so that is a big up-hill battle.

Then there is Nigel Farage’s old stomping ground in South Thanet which he also failed to win despite getting over 16,000 votes in the 2015 general election. He lost out to Conservative Craig Mackinlay by around 2,000 votes. Following in the footsteps of Mr Farage to fight Mr Mackinlay for the seat in 2017 was UKIP’s Rev Stuart Piper and he only got just under 3,000 votes.

It goes to show there isn’t a rich seam of seats Mr Bolton can pick from. It will take a lot of work and activists giving up their spare time to shove leaflets through doors in order to build up the base again.

Mr Bolton will be looking closely for a seat with potential. He’ll want to avoid being added to the list of UKIP leaders who failed to get a parliamentary seat.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J7 for A249 Maidstone and M20 J6.

M20 Kent - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M20 London-bound between J7, A249 (Maidstone) and M20 J6, Maidstone, because of an overturned army truck.

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

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J2 for A228 Strood and J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - Queuing traffic on M2 coastbound between J2, A228 (Strood) and J3, A229 (Chatham), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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, before J10 for A3.

M25 Surrey - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise before J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange), because of earlier emergency repairs. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Two face charges after toddler dog attack

The scene of the attack
The dog was shot by firearms officers after the attack

A man and woman have appeared in court to face charges after a toddler suffered serious injuries in a dog attack.

The 18-month-old girl was attacked in the Jenkins Dale area of Chatham on 4 April.

Michael Thornton, 26, and Hayley Eldridge, 28, both pleaded not guilty to being the owner of the dog which was dangerously out of control in a public place.

Maidstone Crown Court heard Thornton, of Ryde Close, Chatham, and Eldridge, of Hawthorn House, Gorse Avenue, Chatham, would stand trial on 13 August 2018.

Now that's what I call a family home

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Could a social experiment using this terraced house in Thanet be the solution to the housing crisis?

Great Storm of '87 in numbers

Yesterday we commemorated 30 years since the Great Storm of 1987 caused devastation across the South East.

Police concerned for missing woman

Elaine Stripp
Sussex Police

Elaine Stripp, from Eastbourne, has been reported missing.

The 39-year-old was staying in the town but she left recently to attend a support centre near Maidstone in Kent.

On 10 October she left there saying she was going back to Eastbourne but has not been seen since.

She has links to Hawkhurst in Kent and Croydon.

Anyone with information should contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 813 of 12/10.

If you're heading to Dover, beware of this...

Great Storm stories: The baby

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Andrea was born in dramatic circumstances, 30 years ago, during the Great Storm of '87.

Marathon man chalks up another milestone

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Six months after completing the London Marathon, a disabled man from Shorne has notched up another long-distance triumph.

Police concern for missing man

Peter Sparkes
Sussex Police

Police and family are concerned for the welfare of 65-year-old Peter Sparkes, from Rustington.

On Tuesday 10 October he travelled by train from Angmering to Brighton, and had told a neighbour he was going to visit relatives in Sutton, South London.

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101 or online quoting serial 387 of 13/10.

Great Storm stories: The victim

Tanya Gupta

BBC News Online

Bob Homewood was killed in his bed at home when the roof collapsed during the Great Storm of '87, 30 years ago.

Standing up to the body shamers

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

This burlesque dancer and former teacher from Tonbridge has been a hit at the Bodykind Festival in Devon.

Katie Hopkins

Attempts are being made to get the controversial columnist withdrawn from Lewes Speakers Festival.

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Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 entry slip road closed London-bound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

'You can't get scared of what you can't see'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The visually impaired teenager from Canterbury who's going for gold in downhill skiing at next year's Winter Paralympics.

Great Storm stories: The gardener

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The landscape of the South East was decimated by the Great Storm of 87', 30 years ago.

One Sussex garden, Wakehurst, lost 20,000 trees overnight.

New laws not enough, says acid attack victim

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

After reports of possible acid throwing in Sussex this weekend, a Reigate man scarred for life two years ago is welcoming tough new laws.

House prices higher in Kent, but lower elsewhere

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

House prices in more than 80% of Kent are higher, in real terms, than they were a decade ago, the BBC has discovered.

Research shows that in one part of Tunbridge Wells prices doubled. Meanwhile in Sussex, houses in the Preston Park area of Brighton increased by 35%.

This comes in stark contrast to the figures for all of England and Wales, which show that house prices had fallen in real terms in more than 50% of neighbourhoods.

Crimewatch axed after 33 years

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Crimewatch logo

The BBC is calling time on the night time edition of Crimewatch, after 33 years of helping police solve some of Britain's most notorious crimes.

In 1996 a 45-year-old woman, her two daughters and dog were tied up and beaten with a hammer in a savage attack in Chillenden, Kent.

Lin Russell and her six-year-old daughter Megan both died. Nine-year-old Josie miraculously recovered and the Crimewatch reconstruction featured a description of the attacker.

He was identified as Michael Stone after a tip-off from a psychiatrist. Stone was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.

The show was first broadcast in 1984.

The BBC will now increase the number of episodes it makes of the Crimewatch Roadshow, which will be broadcast during the day.

Mother and son rescued from coastal mud

A woman and her young child had to be rescued after getting into difficulty at Herne Bay.

The Coastguard rescue team were called at about 16:00 BST on Sunday to help the pair who were stuck in thick mud.

Inflatable stretchers were used to take them back to the beach.

Both mother and son were unharmed.

(Video from Neil Green)

How should we treat the homeless?

Do you give money or food to homeless people, or just walk on by?

On this morning's phone-in Jeni Barnett is discussing the growing issue of homelessness.

Join her on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey from 09:00 BST.

Thieves strip community orchard

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thieves have taken almost every single apple from a community orchard, fruit that was destined for local food banks.