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  2. Updates on Wednesday 10 May 2017

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  1. That's it for the first half of the week

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it for today, now it's downhill to the weekend from here.

    Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, all the way through to 22:00 BST, with news, sport, travel and weather.

    And if there;s anything you'd like to tell us about, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. Brother of F1 World Champ returns to racing

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    The brother of triple Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has announced he will return to racing this season in the UK Clio Cup championship with the Ashford based team WDE Motorsport.   

    Brother of F1 World Champ returns to racing

    Nicolas Hamilton, who has cerebral palsy, has missed the first three meetings and will start the championship at Oulton Park.

    The 25-year-old has previously raced in the British Touring Car Championship, becoming the first disabled BTCC driver, and raced in the Clio Cup in 2011 and 2012. 

  3. 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.


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    Video caption: Map of the South East's most marginal constituencies
  4. Mental health 'empty promises'

    A young mental health patient has agreed to meet the chief executive of the mental health trust in Kent to try and help them improve services.

    Earlier this week we turned Sophie Goldsmith's story into a special animation to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. Sophie, who's 23 and from Whitstable, has been struggling to get the help she needs after several attempts to take her own life. 

    It was seen by the head of the mental health trust who sent a letter to Sophie admitting she knows changes are needed.

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    Video caption: Mental health patient to meet bosses of NHS trust
  5. Tovil murder: Appeal for witnesses

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Detectives investigating the murder of Rasvan Sirbu, a 21-year-old homeless man whose body was found in the Loose Valley Conservation area at 07:15 BST on 7 May, have appealed for the public's help.

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    Video caption: Police appeal for witnesses over murder of homeless man
  6. You'll be needing your brollies for the rest of the week

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Feeling muggy with thundery showers, and watch out for Friday morning.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weathe rwith Rachel Mackley
  7. '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
  8. UKIP chairman now says he WILL resign

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Richard Palmer, Kent UKIP chairman

    Richard Palmer, chairman of the Kent branch of UKIP, has confirmed he will be standing down from the role, and as the party's candidate in Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

    It was reported that Mr Palmer had resigned as chairman on Monday, following critical comments made on the BBC about party leader Paul Nuttall.

    However, after speaking to the party leader directly, he told the BBC he was considering reversing his resignation.

    Mr Palmer now says he is definitely standing down, but because he "needs a rest".

    He also says the local branch has decided not to field a UKIP candidate in Sittingbourne and Sheppey, because both the Conservative and Labour candidates backed Brexit, although this decision could be overruled at a higher level.

  9. Tractor stolen in West Kent

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Pictures of a tractor, stolen in Hever, have been released.

    The Case JX90 was taken from a barn off How Green Lane, between 5 and 6 May.

    Stolen tractor

    It's believed it was guided through a hole in a hedge on to Tinton Lane.

    The tractor was fitted with an earth bucket and a loader.

    Stolen tractor
  10. #ThisIsMe: '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
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1A for A282.

    M25 Essex - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  12. Sparkles of frost this morning, but short lived

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It was a chilly start this morning, but that sunshine has warmed it up out there. Can we expect the same tomorrow?

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    Video caption: Kate Kinsella lunchtime weather
  13. Reunion for fox cubs

    Fox cub siblings Erica, Leif and Buck were found injured and alone in Sussex.

    But now they've been reunited with their lost brother after being taken to the Fox Project, a Tunbridge Wells-based charity. 

    Orphaned Fox Cub’s Lucky Reunion

    Erica and her brother Leif were picked up on Wednesday 3 May after they become trapped in an enclosed garden in Brighton.

    Erica suffered a fractured back leg, so they were both taken to Arthur Lodge Vets in Horsham for treatment.

    When they were discharged to the centre in Kent they were reunited with Buck, who had become separated from his siblings and brought in several days before.

    Buck was found in the same area as Erica and Leif.

  14. Police appeal to trace missing teenager

    Scarlett King, 14, was reported missing from her home in Rochester at 07:32 BST on Wednesday 10 May.

    Police think she might be in the North Cray area of London.

    Anyone with information about Scarlett’s whereabouts should call Kent Police on 101 quoting 10-0172.

    Scarlett King
  15. Kent's cricketers in action

    Ben Watts

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    After getting their first One Day Cup win against Middlesex on Sunday, Kent's cricketers need to win at Gloucestershire today to keep their qualification aims on course.

    With Wayne Parnell having returned to South Africa and Mitch Claydon absent, loanee James Harris returns and Charlie Hartley is selected.

    Having won the toss and chosen to field first, they've reduced Gloucestershire to 45-1 after 12 overs.

    LIVE commentary here.

  16. Police launch murder inquiry after man's death

    Razvan Sirbu

    Officers investigating the death of a man in Tovil in Maidstone are treating the incident as murder following the results of a post mortem.

    Razvan Sirbu, 21, of no fixed address, was found dead on Sunday 7 May in the Loose Valley Conservation area at 07:15 BST.

    Results from a post mortem examination reveal that he died from 'blunt force trauma' to the head and body.

    Police want to hear from anyone who saw Razvan in the area between 16:00 on Saturday and 07:00 BST on Sunday.

    Officers are carrying out inquiries into the incident and no arrests have yet been made.

    Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting crime reference YY/011763/17.