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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 12 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for today

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us - we'll be back in tomorrow at 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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  2. Thames Crossing: 'This is a scandal'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The MP in whose constituency the new Lower Thames Crossing will be built says a "historic opportunity" has been missed.

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    Video caption: Adam Holloway MP unhappy with crossing decision
  3. Charge over stolen stickers

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A teenager's been charged with stealing £127.50's worth of football stickers from a shop in Maidstone.

    The 18-year-old appeared before magistrates in the town, charged with one count of theft.

    He was bailed to reappear on 28 April.

  4. #ICYMI: Huge fire destroys camp housing 1,500 migrants in France

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    Video caption: Huge fire destroys camp housing 1,500 migrants in France

    A camp housing 1,500 migrants in northern France was destroyed in a fire that officials said began during a fight.

    At least 10 people were injured when the fire tore through closely-packed huts at the Grande-Synthe camp, near the port of Dunkirk.

    Last month, officials said the camp would be dismantled because of unrest.

  5. Sacked judge continues to deny claims

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A lawyer from Kent, sacked as a part-time judge over allegations he used social media to post comments about cases he was involved in, is protesting his innocence.

    The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office found the behaviour of Jason Dunn-Shaw fell below the expected standard, after one man was called a "donkey" and another "stupid".

    But speaking to BBC Radio Kent this afternoon, he claimed someone else left the posts on a newspaper website.

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    Video caption: Barrister fired as part-time judge
  6. Illegal waste mountain man is jailed

    A man responsible for a 40,000 tonne mountain of illegal waste near Sittingbourne is jailed for eight months.  

    In a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, John Millen from Murston, near Sittingbourne pleaded guilty to dumping the waste at the Kent site without a permit

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    Video caption: A mountain of illegal waste totalling around 40 thousand tonnes - the man responsible is j
  7. There's the chance of some showers

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    Well, it is spring, after all.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Nina Ridge
  8. Thames Crossing: Grayling says he's listened

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, turned up 40 minutes late to his own press call. Unfortunately the traffic gods didn't look favourably upon him today. It gave him a taste of what it's like for some people in Dartford on a daily basis. 

    Despite some people feeling Option C was a foregone conclusion, I'm told it wasn't, and the Transport Secretary gave serious consideration to option A. But in the end he didn't change his mind from what Highways England proposed.

    But Chris Grayling told me, he'd listened to people's concerns, saying he'd opted for the road to go west of Shorne “precisely because I thought it was going to have a really negative impact on the village”. 

    Is that perhaps an olive branch for people who are fierce campaigners against Option C altogether? There will be more environmental surveys and public consultations and campaigners have already said they won't be giving up the fight. 

  9. Who is Poly Styrene?

    A new film about South East X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene is in the works.

    Here are some facts you might not have known about her... 

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    Video caption: Who is Poly Styrene?
  10. Thames Crossing: Good news for Dartford?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The announcement of a new tunnel between Gravesend and Tilbury to ease pressure on the Dartford Crossing is going down well in Dartford town centre.

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    Video caption: vox pop in Dartford on Lower Thames Crossing
  11. New Thames Crossing: Here's a look at what it means

    Following today's announcement on the new crossing over the Thames, we take a closer look at the issue.

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    Video caption: New Thames crossing infographic
  12. Have you got a story which needs to be investigated?

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

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    Video caption: South East Today investigates promo
  13. Kent mental health services improve

    Dan Maclaren

    BBC Live reporter

    The mental health trust serving Kent and Medway has been rated as "Good" by inspectors. Two years ago it was assessed as "requiring improvement". 

    The Care Quality Commission said Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership is now good overall and outstanding for being caring, but still has serious safety issues it needs to address.

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    Video caption: KMPT is now good overall
  14. Thames Crossing: 'More con than consultation'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A historic Kent church will be cut off from its parish by the new Lower Thames Crossing.

    Its vicar's hitting out at the consultation process which lead to the decision.

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    Video caption: Vicar of Chalk, disappointed at Lower Thames Crossing decision
  15. Thames Crossing: Our reporter's on her way... slowly

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    Oh the irony. I'm on my way to report on the announcement of a new Lower Thames Crossing but we're stuck in traffic. At the Dartford Crossing.

    The fact that something needs to be done about congestion here is barely disputed.

    The government thinks its new tunnel east of Gravesend is the answer, promising an £8 billion boost to the economy in return for it's £4-6 billion spend.

    But critics dispute how much traffic it will actually take away from Dartford and worry about how much it will put on to the A2.

    Perhaps the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling can answer their concerns? Provided, of course, the traffic doesn't keep him from his own press call.

  16. Thames Crossing: 'Over 70% additional capacity on the road'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The Freight Transport Association says today's announcement that a tunnel will link Gravesend and Tilbury is great news for the haulage industry, and the east of Kent.

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    Video caption: FTA welcomes new Thames crossing
  17. Travel delays on Dartford Crossing

    Drivers are being warned to allow extra time for journeys following an accident on the Dartford Crossing.

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  18. Up, up and away

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Did you miss this on Friday? The pictures are just stunning.

    A world record attempt took place from Dover for the number of hot air balloons crossing the Channel.  

    Organisers say 82 balloons that took off from Dover on Friday morning made it to France.

    The previous record for the number of balloons flying over the channel was 49.

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    Video caption: Hot air balloons 'break cross-channel record'