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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 with the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

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

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Calais exhibition goes on show

    Ian Palmer

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    A new exhibition highlighting the Calais Jungle has opened at the UK's first museum dedicated to migration.

    Migrants have camped in Calais for years with hope of securing a better life in the UK.

    In recent times tens of thousands of migrants and refugees have flocked to the French port - hoping to embark on an often perilous journey to Kent, using whatever means possible.

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    Video caption: Calais exhibition
  3. What do we know about Canterbury's first Poet Laureate?

    Poet, writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay is Canterbury’s first ever Poet Laureate. So what do we know about him?

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    Video caption: Poet, writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay is Canterbury’s first ever Poet Laureate.
  4. Meet the seven-year-old avid Addick with a Charlton-themed prosthetic leg

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Charlie Hewson, a Charlton Athletic season ticket holder from Lindfield, loves the club so much he has Charlton’s colours painted on his new leg.  

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    Video caption: Meet seven-year-old Charlie, an avid Addick with a Charlton-themed prosthetic leg
  5. A grey day ahead

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's looking like tomorrow will be cold and a bit soggy.

    Find out more in my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Evening weather with Rachel Mackley
  6. Family thanks emergency services with donation

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    The family of a teenager who died after falling into the River Medway have thanked emergency services for their efforts to find him.

    The 18-year-old was last seen in Sun Pier, Chatham, on December 6, 2016. His body was found in the river in February 2017.

    An inquest into his death is being held today, but his family will not be attending.

    His parents, Tara and Martin released a statement thanking Kent Police for keeping them informed throughout the ordeal and said "there are no further questions to be answered".

    Quote Message: We'd also like to again thank the rest of the emergency services; and we hope that the £600 we, Ben's family and friends, raised for the RNLI and Kent Search and Rescue will aid your ongoing work." from Statement from Tara, Martin and the family of Ben Savage
    Statement from Tara, Martin and the family of Ben Savage
    Ben Savage
  7. South covered in blanket of cloud

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Some parts of the UK have been enjoying sunshine and highs of 19C but, as you can see from this striking satellite image, the south has not.

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  8. Man stabbed in Tonbridge

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man in his twenties was found stabbed in the chest on The Ridgeway. 

    The assault is believed to have taken place between 20:15 and 20:45 BST yesterday in Nursery Close, Tonbridge.

    A 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman have both been arrested on suspicion of assault and remain in custody at this time. The suspects are believed to be known to the victim.

  9. Who'll be voting on Thursday?

    Although there's a lot of talk at the moment about the General Election, we mustn't forget that many of us have Local Elections on Thursday.

    So what areas are going to the polls? Here's what you need to know.

    #SEVote

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    Video caption: What's happening with the Local Elections in the South East?

    Here are links to local candidates in each area:

    Kent County Council here.

    East Sussex County Council here.

    West Sussex County Council here.

    Surrey County Council here.

  10. It's been a grey day

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloud and drizzle today, with a slight improvement tomorrow.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Elizabeth Rizzini
  11. BBC South East Today lunchtime headlines

    BBC South East Today logo

    Here are this lunchtime's headlines from BBC South East Today:

    • Parliament is dissolved and now there are no MPs - just candidates - until the votes are counted following the 8th June General Election. So today marks the official start of the battle to win your votes.
    • Medway Council has apologised after its Twitter account was hacked. Someone took control of the authority's feed last night and posted false messages offering free council tax and parking.
    • Winemakers in the South East say that some of their crops have been "decimated" by last week's frosts, despite drastic attempts to keep the vines warm.
  12. Belgium and Lyon now being targeted by migrants

    Alex Bish

    Investigative journalist, BBC South East

    After the demolition of the so-called Calais Jungle, the Freight Transport Associaton told me they're concerned about an apparent rise in stowaways trying to board trucks as far away as the south of France.

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    Video caption: FTA is concerned at migrants boarding trucks in Belgium.
  13. The #Southernstrikes one year on...

    Can you believe that we've had more than a year of Southern rail strikes? 

    Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

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    Video caption: A look at the Southern strikes in numbers
  14. Maternity unit celebrates 'baby boom'

    Staff at a Kent maternity unit are showing they "practise what they preach" after 25 workers gave birth to 26 babies in the space of 14 months.

    Darent Valley Hospital has released a picture to mark the International Day of the Midwife on Friday. 

    Mothers from unit

    The hospital said many of the women had care from community and hospital midwives and its own obstetric team.

    The NHS trust said it was testament to the trust staff had in their colleagues and friends to provide the best care.  

  15. #ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    This 26-year-old theatre technician says he's "living his dream". 

    #thisisme

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    Video caption: Theatre technician says he’s living his dream
  16. Migrants trying to hide in lorries two hours outside Calais

    Alex Bish

    Investigative journalist, BBC South East

    Calais migrant camp known as the 'Jungle'

    BBC Radio Kent understands that migrants are now trying to hide in lorries more than two hours from Calais in a bid to cross the Channel to Kent.

    They're now targeting locations further into France and up into Belgium after the Calais jungle was cleared six months ago. 

    Meanwhile for the last six months we've been asking the Home Office how many migrants were caught in 2016 trying to enter Britain via the British border in France and Belgium. 

    The information has been released in previous years - but despite repeated emails and phone calls they still haven't answered our Freedom of Information Request.

    It was first submitted in October - it's still not been answered - no explanation has been given for the delay.