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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for tonight, but we'll be back again at 06:00 BST tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, you can reach us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

  2. General Election 2017: Will there be more than one issue?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    MPs will vote tomorrow on whether to trigger an early general election.

    South East politicians from each of the main parties gave us their reaction.

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    Video caption: Election preview montage
  3. Is your local beach a deathtrap for wildlife?

    Yvette Austin

    BBC Environment Correspondent

    Environmental campaigners say there's a growing problem of plastic litter washing up on the South East's beaches.

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    Video caption: the problem of plastic litter on beaches
  4. Medway children get their primary school offer

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    More than 97% of Medway children will be starting their school life at one of their preferred primary schools this September - up more than one per cent on last year.

    The latest school admissions figures reveal that just over 89% of children have secured a place at their first preference school (up 2%), just over 6% at their second preference, and just under 1.5% at their third.

    Families across Medway will shortly start receiving news of the primary school their child has been offered for September 2017.

    Classroom
  5. Pensioner scares off burglars

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Detectives are hunting three men who tried to rob a pensioner in his own home.

    The men, described as medium to large build and wearing balaclavas, got into the house of the man in his eighties, in Bradstone Road, Folkestone, around 02:10 BST on April 13.

    The gang fled empty-handed when the homeowner called for help.

  6. Hot water bottles and sunscreen

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Cold nights and sunny days - it's spring in the South East.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  7. Police appeal after man exposes himself to girl

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Witnesses are being sought after a man was reported to have exposed himself to a teenage girl on Easter Sunday.

    The 14-year-old girl was walking along a footpath in Old Loose Hill, in Loose, near Maidstone, just after 15:00 BST when she realised she was being followed by a man.

    After exposing himself, the girl ran to the junction on the path. He did not follow her.

    She told Kent Police she had earlier seen a black car pull over and park at the junction with Linton Road and Rosemount Close.

    The man was described as white, aged 18 to 22 years old, and about 6ft tall with brown hair.

    He was wearing grey jeans and a patterned top.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, before J5 for M26.

    M25 Kent - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

  9. Tonbridge and Malling MP: 'election now will avoid future shenanigans'

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Quote Message: "I can see why the Prime Minister has done it because a clear mandate now avoids any silly shenanigans in the negations with our European partners over the next two years. It makes it clear she has the authority to negotiate on behalf of the country.
    Quote Message: Although I'm surprised, I'm pleased she's doing this." from Tom Tugendhat MP (Con) Tonbridge and Malling
    Tom Tugendhat MP(Con) Tonbridge and Malling
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A28 Kent both ways severe accident, between Manor Road and A253.

    A28 Kent - A28 Canterbury Road in St Nicholas at Wade closed in both directions between the Manor Road junction and the A253 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26 affecting J8 for A217.

    M25 Surrey - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8, A217 (Reigate).

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

  12. General Election 2017: Analysis from our Political Editor

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    Here's my take on what will a snap general election mean for the South East.

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    Video caption: Political Editor Helen Catt explains what a snap general election means for the South East
  13. Kent MPs rally behind Prime Minister

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Quote Message: We have a one-off opportunity to hold an election while the EU agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed Brexit talks begin. This decision cannot be delayed and needs to happen now. That is the only way to end the uncertainty that the other parties are causing." from Julian Brazier MP (Con) Canterbury
    Julian Brazier MP(Con) Canterbury
    Quote Message: It is right though that people will be able to determine who is going to run our country. If Labour win on June 8th Jeremy Corbyn will be our Prime minister and running our country. The thought of that makes me shudder. We cannot allow [him] to spoil the work that Theresa May has started." from Gareth Johnson MP (Con) Dartford
    Gareth Johnson MP(Con) Dartford
    Quote Message: Until recently it was my long-held view that another election was not what our country needed. Westminster party politics of late has made it plain, however, that such a slim majority will surely compromise the Government’s position as we proceed into vital Brexit negotiations. " from Helen Grant MP (Con) Maidstone and The Weald
    Helen Grant MP(Con) Maidstone and The Weald
  14. Gravesham MP: 'We need to be strong to negotiate over Brexit'

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Gravesham MP Adam Holloway has supported Theresa May's call for a general election.

    Quote Message: This is an opportunity to get in the strongest possible position to negotiate with our friends and partners in Europe.
    Quote Message: We can and we will make a success of Brexit. [But not] if we constantly have these people who can't accept the will of the British people - 65% in my constituency want to leave the EU." from Adam Holloway
    Adam Holloway
  15. Cool but mostly dry

    Kate Kinsella

    Weather presenter

    Did you take off your winter duvet? Then this forecast's not for you.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Kate
  16. How the South East voted last time

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The Prime Minister wants a general election on 8 June. Here's the current political make-up of the South East.

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    Video caption: Political make-up of the South East