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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 17 May

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham, Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for another night, join us again tomorrow from 06:00 BST for more of 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.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

  2. What would you do if you were #PMfortheday?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.

    They were speaking to BBC South East as part of a series called #PMfortheday.

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    Video caption: We asked a group of teenagers - and gave each one 20 seconds to outline their plan.
  3. Curry ban landlord faces legal battle

    Charlie Rose

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    After he issued a ban on "coloured people" renting his properties, controversial landlord Fergus Wilson is facing legal action from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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    Video caption: The Equality and Human Rights Commission is seeking an injunction against Fergus Wilson
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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

  5. ICYMI: '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
  6. It's getting fresher but wetter

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    We're replacing the muggy weather with sunshine and showers.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  7. Man stabbed by masked men in home

    Rosemary Crick

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

    Four masked men have broken into a house in Ashford and stabbed a man in the arm.

    It happened in the early hours of Monday when the gang entered the house in Hythe Road through the front door.

    The 27-year-old victim, who was alone, suffered a stab wound to his arm and a cut to his nose. He needed hospital treatment but has been discharged.

  8. Boyfriend of pregnant woman charged over scooter death

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    The boyfriend of a pregnant woman killed in a scooter accident in Thailand is to be charged over her death,

    Danny Glass, from Margate, and Sophie Emma Rose Anderson, 41, originally from Blackpool, were living in the country when their scooter collided with a tuck.

    Mr Glass was driving but escaped serious injury.

    Now he and the truck driver Natt Awut Timsue are to be charged with causing death by reckless driving when they formally hear the charges against them tomorrow.

    Sophie Emma Rose was pregnant with Danny Glass's child, he wrote on Facebook
    Image caption: Sophie Emma Rose was pregnant with Danny Glass's child, he wrote on Facebook
  9. #GetsMyVote: 'Higher hospital car park charges'

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    We're asking people across the country to tell us what #GetsMyVote as the general election on 8 June draws closer.

    Royston Lucas

    Royston Lucas, 64, used to work in the former Pembury Hospital, in Tunbridge Wells, as a domestic supervisor and the funding of the NHS is a key issue for him.

    "I'd like to see the government help the NHS a bit more," he said.

    He thinks spending more on nurses is very important.

    "We should claw back money from people from Europe who use the NHS. They should pay the first £1,000 back. We don't get that back."

    Mr Lucas, who also lives in Tunbridge Wells, is now semi-retired but still works part time "to keep the wolf from the door".

    He said he was happy for hospital car park charges to be raised "by a couple of quid", but that should go directly to the hospital to fund new equipment.

  10. Do you want to get involved in our general election debate?

    Ahead of next month's general election, we're hosting a special Question Time-style debate in St Leonards on Bank Holiday Monday -- 29 May.

    If you live or work in the South East and you'd like to be in the audience, send an email to with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate.

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    Video caption: Here's how you can get involved in the BBC South East Today general election debate trail
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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Cloudy with further spells of rain today

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    The rain will be heavy at times, with some thundery downpours possible later in the day. It will feel rather humid.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Kate Kinsella
  13. Council misses £1m insurance claim deadline

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    A council has admitted it failed to make an insurance claim for up to £1m after it wrongly banned the exporting of live animals.

    Thanet District Council was ordered to lift a ban on live animal exports through the Port of Ramsgate by a High Court judge.

    The council was told by the judge to pay more than £5m in compensation to the traders affected by the illegal ban.

    A spokesman said the council had failed to submit an insurance claim within the required time limit, but there was no certainty the compensation was covered by the policy.

    Sheep on a lorry at Ramsgate
  14. One-Day Cup: Kent v Essex

    Oliver Turner

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Kent Spitfires are in action in their final fixture in this season’s One-Day Cup against local rivals Essex Eagles in Canterbury.

    It’s a day-night fixture at Canterbury so the action starts from 13:30 GMT. Full commentary on MW, DAB and online.

    One-Day Cup: Kent v Essex
  15. BreakingThird person charged with murder of man in Tovil

    Razvan Sirbu

    A third person has been charged with murder of homeless man Razvan Sirbu in Tovil, Maidstone.

    Mr Sirbu, 21, was found dead on 7 May.

    A post mortem examination revealed he died from blunt force trauma to the head and body.

    Charlie White, 18, and of no fixed address has now been charged over his murder.

    Two other men, Alex McDonald, 18, of Regency Place, Maidstone, and Jimmy Buckley, 19, of Capell Close, Coxheath, were previously charged.

    All three have been remanded in custody.

  16. Rail talks hit a brick wall

    Southern Train

    Passengers on Southern rail face more travel chaos after the drivers' union Aslef decided to launch a fresh ban on overtime.

    Quote Message: Unfortunately, the company [Southern] has refused to move its position so we have reluctantly informed them that our members will refuse to work overtime from the end of this month." from Mick Whelan Aslef General secretary
    Mick WhelanAslef General secretary
    Quote Message: This is a hugely significant development. The RMT now calls on the company to agree to tripartite talks involving both unions in an effort to negotiate a settlement to this long-running dispute that puts safety and access to services at the top of the agenda." from Mick Cash RMT General secretary
    Mick CashRMT General secretary
  17. Govia left 'dismayed' by overtime action

    Southern logo

    Further to reports of an Aslef overtime ban, Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway, has issued a response.

    Quote Message: After over five months of intense negotiations and two peace deals agreed and recommended by the Aslef executive, we are dismayed the union leadership is taking this action, which is designed to impact as many of our passengers as possible."
    Quote Message: We have worked our hardest to resolve this dispute with ASLEF. If this action does go ahead we will run as full a timetable as possible." from Nick Brown Govia Thameslink Railway
    Nick BrownGovia Thameslink Railway