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  1. Our live page coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Friday 5 May

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale, Claire Cottingham and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for now

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel.

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

    Have a fantastic weekend.

  2. Your guide to election results in the South East

    Take a look at this graphic which outlines who won what in the local elections.


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    Video caption: Your guide to election results in the South East
  3. Analysis: Where is the opposition at Kent County Council?

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    UKIP are no more at Kent County Council.

    It arrived with a bang in 2013 to become the official opposition and now the party has left just as rapidly. 

    What happened? Some unsuccessful UKIP candidates suggested the national party didn't focus on the right issues.  

    The lack of a UKIP vote has given the Conservatives a plump majority. It is once again in control of the council. Not a surprise really. This is a Conservative heartland that voted to leave the EU referendum. 

    The real question is where is the opposition? The Conservative have 67 of 81 seats. The Liberal Democrats are now the official opposition with 7 seats, while Labour are left with 5. While the parties can ask questions it doesn’t have the votes to really oppose anything the Conservatives want to put through. Labour and Liberal Democrats will need to make new rebellious Conservative friends if they want to block anything.

    Apart from the Conservatives there were a few other happy councillors. Martin Whybrow of the Green Party managed to hold onto a seat despite worries over boundary changes. Peter Harman from the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents’ Association will also be back. 

  4. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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  5. ICYMI: 'I love theatre'

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


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    Video caption: Theatre technician says he’s living his dream
  6. Sick bug followed Halloween pool party

    Tanya Gupta

    BBC News

    Splashes swimming pool in Rainham

    A council has said it will no longer use dye in its swimming pools after a Halloween party last year was followed by a norovirus outbreak.

    Medway Council dyed the pool red at Splashes in Rainham to look like blood, but scores of people reported a sick bug afterwards, a report said.

    Health officials said chlorine checks failed and the bug was likely to be linked to reduced chlorine levels.

    The council said chlorine is lowered for dye to work, but within guidelines.

    Read the full story here.

  7. Local Election results - in full

    Kent County Council

    You can get a breakdown of council results across the country here

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J3 for M26.

    M20 Kent - Slow traffic on M20 London-bound at J3 M26, because of a broken down lorry. On the hard shoulder.

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

  9. Rooting out the next generation


    Kids playing All Stars Cricket

    Know any young children who might be interested in having a go at cricket?

    Now's the time to get them involved with the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) grassroots programme for five- to eight-year-olds called All Stars Cricket.

    All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course that is being introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport.  

    Sign up here and children will receive a backpack of cricket gear. 

  10. Properties evacuated after gas leak

    Libby Sutcliffe

    News Editor, BBC Radio Kent

    Emergency services are at the scene of a gas leak in Church Road, Folkestone. 

    A 60m cordon has been put in place and nearby properties evacuated for precautionary purposes. Gas engineers are working to make the scene safe.

  11. A better weekend ahead

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    After this week's disappointing weather, things are looking better for the weekend.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Elizabeth Rizzini
  12. UKIP miss out and lose all seats

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    UKIP have lost all 17 seats it won in 2013 in Kent County Council.

    New KCC council is: Conservative 67, Liberal Democrats 7, Labour 5, Green, 1 Independent, 1 UKIP, 0. 

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26 affecting J9 for A243.

    M25 Surrey - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J9, A243 (Leatherhead).

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

  14. UKIP out as Tories take the seats

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    UKIP has lost every seat it held at Kent County Council, and the Conservatives picked up their wards to retain control of the county.

    The Tories currently have 66 seats, compared to 47 last year.

    Labour have four, compared to 13 last time around.

    Lib Dems have lost one seat, and now have six.

    UKIP had 17 seats but now have none.

    The number of county councillors reduced from 84 to 81 following a boundary review in 2016.