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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham, Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight from the BBC Live team

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

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

    Thanks for joining us.

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

    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. 


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    Video caption: Kent teenager says it's daunting not knowing who to vote for
  3. #ThisIsMe: 'I love theatre'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

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

    It's part of our #ThisIsMe series.

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    Video caption: Theatre technician says he’s living his dream
  4. 'It's a way to get things off my chest'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    "I’ll go back to London and big it up", says podcast student Gillian.

    You can see more in our series by searching for #thisisme      

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    Video caption: Podcast student says she loves Canterbury
  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey both ways severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

    M25 Surrey - Delays on M25 between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down box van and a rolling road-block.

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

  6. There's a storm brewing

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Prepare for some turbulent weather ahead. It will be warm though.

    Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has tomorrow's forecast for the South East.
  7. Witness appeal: Did you see an attack in Canterbury?

    A 19-year-old student was reportedly attacked on Saturday, as he walked through Canterbury with two friends. 

    It occurred near Tourtel Road between 02:00 - 03:30 BST when the group were approached by three men.

    The men are reported to have started shouting abuse and attacked the group. 

    The victim suffered facial bruising and swelling when he was reportedly punched and kicked. His friends were not seriously injured.  

  8. Breaking#Southernstrike: GTR responds to latest strike announcement

    The RMT union has announced a new 24 hour strike will take place across the Southern network on Tuesday 30 May.

    Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has just issued this response:

    Quote Message: We are hugely disappointed that once again the RMT has called a strike, particularly since we put a further reasonable offer to the union today.
    Quote Message: The RMT’s proposals would mean cancelling trains and reducing service levels to our passengers. Our service levels are stabilising at the highest we’ve seen in years and we cannot agree to anything which will jeopardise running trains and the service to our passengers." from Andy Bindon HR Director, GTR
    Andy BindonHR Director, GTR
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J12 for A20.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M20 coastbound at J12, A20 (Cheriton), because of an accident.

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

  10. Breaking#Southernstrike: New strike date announced

    The RMT union has announced that its members working on the Southern network will go on strike for 24 hours on Tuesday 30 May.

    The fresh action is part of an ongoing dispute between the union and Southern over the driver-only operation of its trains.

    Quote Message: RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access to rail services for over a year now. We have met with the company but there is a massive gap of over 8000 trains a year that GTR have confirmed will run without an OBS on board. That represents a serious safety and accessibility risk and short of the guarantee of a second safety qualified member of staff on Southern services we have no option but to confirm a further day of strike action. from Mick Cash General Secretary, RMT
    Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT
  11. Woman assaulted by man in Ramsgate

    An e-fit has been released by officers investigating a reported assault in Ramsgate.

    Woman assaulted by man in Ramsgate

    The incident happened near the junction of London Road and Minster Road, between 03.15 and 03.50 BST on Sunday 7 May. 

    A 22-year-old woman was walking home from work when she was approached by a man who is alleged to have placed his arm around her face.

    The victim screamed and the suspect ran away down St Mildred’s Road in the direction of the coast. 

    He is described as being 20-25, about 5ft 11in, slim and with blond hair.

  12. Modeste to leave Dover

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Dover Athletic forward Ricky Modeste has turned down new terms to remain at Crabble and leaves the club.  

    Modeste was one of nine players offered new terms to stay with Whites, but has taken to his twitter to confirm he's on his way out.

    He follows striker Ross Lafayette.

    Ricky Modeste leaves Dover Athletic
  13. Many places staying dry and bright - possibly becoming very warm

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    Many places will remain dry and bright, although outbreaks of rain could reach western areas later.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Kate Kinsella
  14. What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

    We gave three teenagers 20 seconds to outline what they'd do if they were in charge of the country.  

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    Video caption: What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?
  15. Student assaulted in Canterbury

    Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old student was attacked while walking with two friends in Canterbury.

    The incident occurred near Tourtel Road between 02:00 and 03.30 BST on Saturday 13 May 2017 when the group were approached by three men.

    The men are reported to have started shouting abuse and attacked the group. 

    The victim suffered facial bruising and swelling when he was reportedly punched and kicked. His friends were not seriously injured.  

  16. 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
  17. Artwork to celebrate cathedral

    Robin Gibson

    BBC South East Today reporter

    For ten years Grace Ayson has been one of the team of top craftsmen, helping to conserve the huge area of historic stained glass in Canterbury Cathedral. 

    Her work takes her to secret nooks, crannies and corners of the vast building unseen to all but a few. 

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    Video caption: Canterbury Cathedral