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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Tuesday 9 May 2017

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  1. It's the end of another day

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it for today, thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, bringing you all the county's news, sport, travel and weather, all the way through till 22:00 BST.

    And if there's something you think we need to know, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

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    Video caption: Danny Glass reaction to girlfriends death in Thailand

    Youtube footage from Margate's Danny Glass after his pregnant girlfriend from the UK was killed in a scooter accident in Thailand.

  3. #ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

    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
  4. Which South East constituencies are most vulnerable to change?

    The electoral map of the South East is almost exclusively blue at the moment, but whilst there are several very safe seats, there are also plenty of constituencies that could see a change in the upcoming election.

    We've compiled this list of the most vulnerable seats in Kent and Sussex.

    #SEVote

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    Video caption: Map of the South East's most marginal constituencies
  5. There's plenty of sunshine tomorrow

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    But make the most of it, because it's back to cloud and rain for the rest of the week.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  6. Could the South East be hit by a drought?

    There's concern the combination of a dry winter and spring could result in a drought.

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    Video caption: There's concern the combination of a dry winter and spring could result in a drought.
  7. Billings not returning to IPL

    Ben Watts

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    England international Sam Billings will make his first Kent cricket appearance of the season this week, after being made available to play in the One Day Cup.

    The 25-year-old wicketkeeper was originally due to return to the Indian Premier League, but his Delhi Daredevils team cannot now qualify from the group stages.

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    Billings could be called upon by the Spitfires to play against Gloucestershire, Surrey and Glamorgan.

    He’ll then head off to Spain for a training camp with England ahead of the ODI series against South Africa, which begins in two weeks’ time.

  8. 'I wanted to say sorry personally'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The head of Kent's mental health trust has apologised to a young patient, after BBC South East told her story.

    Sophie, who's in her early twenties and from Whitstable, says she's struggled to get the help she needs.

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    Video caption: Mental health trust chief apologises
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    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J3 for M20 and J2 for A2.

    M25 Kent - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

  10. 'It's really daunting not knowing who to vote for'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    We've been speaking to first-time voters across the South East to find out what the key issues are for them in the forthcoming general election. 

    #myfirstvote#SEVote

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    Video caption: Kent teenager says it's daunting not knowing who to vote for
  11. Cornwall death crash trucker gets another year on his sentence

    BBC Spotlight

    A lorry driver who was using his mobile phone before a crash in Cornwall which killed a great-great-grandmother has seen his 32-month prison term increased by a year.

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    Judges at the Court of Appeal in London agreed with the Attorney General that the two years and eight months sentence passed on former soldier Joseph David Smith at Truro Crown Court in February was unduly lenient.

    Smith, 30, of Gillingham, Kent, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers during 10 years in the Army, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. 

    He was reaching down to tune the radio just before his Skania car-transporter hit the back of a car in which 79-year-old Jeanette Wattmore was travelling back to Bristol from holiday in May last year on the A30 near Bodmin in Cornwall.

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    Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A28 Kent both ways severe accident, between A252 and The Street.

    A28 Kent - A28 Canterbury Road in Chilham closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A252 junction and The Street junction, because of an accident involving car and bike.

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

  13. BreakingHealth boss apologises for mental health 'failings'

    A young woman who spoke about her problems with mental health services as part of a specially-commissioned BBC South East animation has received an apology from the NHS trust.

    Sophie, who is in her early twenties, said that despite a series of suicide attempts, she wasn't given the help she needed.

    Months later she's still on a waiting list for specialist support. 

    Today Helen Greatorex, the Chief Executive of Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, said: "I saw the film about your experience of our services and felt so sorry about what happened to you Sophie that I had to write to you."

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    Video caption: Despite three suicide attempts, Sophie has been waiting for months to receive treatment.

    She added: "It is not right or fair that people in distress (as you were) feel unsupported by mental health services.

    "My letter to you Sophie, therefore has two purposes. The first is to offer you my personal and unreserved apology that your experience of services was not what we would want for anyone.

    "The second is to say that we completely agree that things need to change, and as you can see, we are working on those changes now."

    Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 564 756.

  14. Banksy's graffiti is graffitied

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The Banksy mural which appeared on the wall of a building in Dover at the weekend has been vandalised.

    The picture shows a workman chipping a star from an EU flag, and the words "the Clash" have now been written between the rungs of the ladder on which he's standing.

    Dover District Council says arrangements are in place to use CCTV to monitor the artwork, which is beside the A20 close to the the Eastern Docks.

    Vandalised Banksy mural
    Banksy unvandalised
  15. The cold's gone, but the cloud's still here

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It's gradually starting to warm up and that looks set to continue, but it's staying cloudy.

    Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Lunchtime weather with Kate Kinsella.