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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 March 2017

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  1. That's it from us

    Thank you for joining us today. We'll be back at 06:00 GMT with more news, sport, weather and travel.

    Don't forget, if you've got a story for us, please get in touch.

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  2. #ICYMI: What does Sun Baby look like now?

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

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    Video caption: What does Sun Baby look like now?

    It's 20 years since the Teletubbies first bounced onto TV.

    So what does the Sun Baby - Jess Smith from Medway - look like now?  

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    Video caption: Southern rail passengers give their reaction to Aslef strike deal

    Southern rail passengers in Eastbourne give their reaction to the Aslef strike deal which was announced today

  4. Lucky escape air for this deer...

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    And for BBC Radio Kent journalist Alex Ward who caught this video on her dash-cam as she drove to Tunbridge Wells yesterday.  

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    Video caption: Deer dashcam
  5. Hot Hot Hot

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    It's been the warmest day of the year out there, with temperatures peaking at 18.6C in Gravesend.

    Don't forget to send us your spring photos.

    You can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email .  

    Sunshine and clouds
  6. Southern rail passengers give their reaction to Aslef strike deal

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    Video caption: Southern rail passengers give their reaction to Aslef strike deal

    Southern rail passengers in Eastbourne give their reaction to the Aslef strike deal which was announced today

  7. Have you got a story that needs to be investigated?

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    If so, get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East Today investigations team.       

  8. The National Trust's biggest restoration project

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A £20m investment is underway to restore historic Knole House in Sevenoaks.

    You can read the full story  here .  

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    Video caption: Investment underway to restore Knole House
  9. Southern strike deal: Analysis

    Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

    This is not a done deal – yet. 

    Last month the drivers rejected a deal that had been brokered by their own union. Neither the union nor the company had expected that.

    The margin wasn’t large – 55% against – and the two sides have been talking ever since to find a way of bringing a majority of the union members back on board.

    Aslef picket line

    We’ve not been told the details of the revised agreement.

    But it’s likely to include further improvements to the CCTV monitoring systems that drivers use when closing the train doors.

    That agreement will now be put to a second ballot among drivers, with the result due on 3 April.

    Passengers will be crossing their fingers that this time the deal will be strong enough to stick.

    But the separate dispute involving train guards is not part of this deal, and the year-long action by the RMT union continues.

    Crowded Southern train
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    Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

    M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic coastbound at J3, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  11. Southern strike deal: RMT statement

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Quote Message: RMT has not seen the detail of the proposed outline agreement between GTR and Aslef and we are of course requesting a full copy as it goes to the heart of our disputes with the company. In the meantime RMT is pressing yet again for urgent talks with the company in our guards and drivers disputes. from Mick Cash General Secretary, RMT
    Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT
  12. BreakingDeal agreed over Southern strike

    Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the parent company of Southern railway, and Aslef today announced they have agreed a deal to settle their dispute.

    The agreement will now be put to Aslef members in Southern in a referendum, with a recommendation from the union's Executive to accept.

    The two sides say that subject to securing the support of Aslef members, the dispute between the union and Southern will be over.

    Mick Whelan, General Secretary of Aslef, said: "Aslef members now have the opportunity to decide on the new terms of the agreed resolution with GTR Southern.

    "This agreement has the full support of the negotiating team and the executive committee, and offers solutions to our concerns, as well as restoring the confidence of all parties, and the travelling public".

    Southern trains

    GTR Director Andy Bindon said: "We've had constructive talks with Aslef and we're pleased we've been able to secure a recommended deal, subject to approval from its members, to end their dispute.

    "It's been an extraordinarily difficult period for passengers, staff and the regional economy and we are glad we've found a way to move forward together. We look forward to restoring good industrial relations with Aslef".

    The result of the referendum will be on 3 April. Until then, GTR and Aslef intend to make no further statements.

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    Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J4 for A278.

    M2 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M2 London-bound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

  14. #ICYMI: Your amazing pictures

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

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    Video caption: Montage of weather pictures

    Thank you for all of the amazing pictures you've been sending us on  TwitterFacebook  and by  email .

    We loved them so much that we decided to create a music montage of just some of the best.

    Please keep them coming.

  15. #ICYMI: What does Sun Baby look like now?

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

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    Video caption: What does Sun Baby look like now?

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    It's 20 years since the Teletubbies first bounced onto TV.

    So what does the Sun Baby - Jess Smith from Medway - look like now?  

  16. Rapist jailed over girl's 1996 attack

    A "predatory" rapist who plied a girl with alcohol before subjecting her to a " horrific ordeal " has been jailed for more than 20 years.  

    John Tracey

    John Tracey, of Station Road in Gillingham, Kent, denied raping the 14-year-old at a flat in Thornton, near Blackpool.

    But the 42-year-old was found guilty at Preston Crown Court of the November 1996 attack and jailed for 10 years.

  17. #ICYMI: Hat-trick hero: 'Over the moon'

    I spoke to Gillingham FC's Josh Wright - brother of Towie's Mark - who described the incredible moment he scored a hat-trick of penalties, to grab victory over Scunthorpe United at the weekend.    

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    Video caption: Josh Wright's penalty hat-trick
  18. What's your #onegooddeed?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

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    Video caption: the Maidstone Day Centre helps the homeless

    All this month BBC Radio Kent is asking you to do #onegooddeed.

    Maybe it could be donating to a food bank?