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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Thursday 18 May

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  1. Goodnight from the BBC Live team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

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

    Want to get hold of us in the meantime? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. ICYMI: Abuse allegations against dozens of coaches

    Alex Bish

    Investigative journalist, BBC South East

    (Generic) children playing football

    There has been allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour against more than 50 coaches from 14 different sports in the last four years in Kent.

    These are the number of reports made to Kent County Council and Medway Councils “designated officer” because of child welfare concerns.

    Thirty-one of the allegations have been referred to Kent Police.

    Meanwhile Kent Police has now received 28 allegations of historic abuse in football, since a group of former players spoke out in November.

  3. You're going to need your wellies

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's going to be cool and wet for a couple of days, but getting better at the weekend.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  4. Two men in Thanet drugs arrest

    Two men have been charged with drug offences after being arrested by police in Thanet.

    Michael Morgan, 57, and Louie Baguley, 29, were detained by officers investigating suspicious activity at a car park off Manston Road on Monday.

    A quantity of cash and class A drugs were seized from the location.

    Both men have subsequently been charged with possession of criminal property and being concerned in the supply of cocaine, and appeared before Medway magistrates on Wednesday.

    They were bailed to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 14 June.

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    Severe accident: A249 Kent northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A249 Kent northbound severe accident, at Church Hill.

    A249 Kent - A249 in Stockbury closed and slow traffic northbound at the Church Hill junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  6. Border security and the general election

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    How will leaving the EU affect the way we police our borders? And how will being on the front line of the fight against illegal immigration sway the South East's voters?

    Do you have any questions about immigration in the South East, or about the election campaign so far?

    I'll be giving you answers on Facebook Live from 19:00. Join us here.

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    Video caption: How will border security affect the election in the South East?
  7. Jobseeker gets shock in email

    Jon Hunt

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    This has been one of the most read stories on the BBC News website over the past few days.

    "Oddball...tree hugger...worth interviewing for a laugh."

    Not what a young woman from Horsmonden expected to read about herself in an email from a prospective employer.

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    Video caption: Jobseeker gets shock in email
  8. This afternoon's Kent newspaper headlines

    Stack of papers (generic)

    KentOnline: Mum speaks out after teen cleared of killing her son

    Kent News: Rare map emerges as 350th anniversary of Battle of Medway approaches

    Kent and Sussex Courier: Tunbridge Wells school issues stranger danger warning after 'abduction attempt'

  9. 'My biggest concern is Brexit'

    Bryony MacKenzie

    BBC South East Today

    With just three weeks until the General Election, we've taken to the water once again to find out what's important for you.

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    Video caption: Swimmers talk Brexit
  10. A lovely day for a paddle

    An attempt to become the first paddle-boarder to cross the English Channel is well underway.

    Lizzie Carr left Dungeness for Boulogne this morning, and is hoping to make the 24-mile journey in nine hours.

    Lizzie Carr prepares to leave

    She's using the trip to raise awareness of the amount of plastic waste around our coast and in our canals and rivers.

    Last year she became the first person to paddle board all 400 miles of England's waterways.

    Lizzie Carr paddle boards

    You can follow Lizzi's progress here.

    Lizzie Carr paddle boards
  11. 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
  12. Boy injured by Disney cup 'couldn't speak or eat for six days'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    James Andrews tongue became wedged in the drinking cup
    Image caption: James Andrews tongue became wedged in the drinking cup

    The mother of a boy from Sevenoaks, whose tongue became trapped in a Disney drinking mug, is joining calls for the product to be recalled.

    Christine Andrews had bought the Monsters Inc mug for her five-year-old son James from the Disney store in Bluewater two days earlier, when the accident happened.

    Paramedics were unable to free James, and he was taken to hospital, where a doctor was eventually able to remove the cup lid.

    Christine and James Andrews
    Image caption: Christine and James Andrews

    His mother, who was 26 weeks pregnant at the time, says the damage to his tongue left James unable to speak or eat solid food for six days, and needing to be treated with antibiotics.

    Following a similar incident involving a girl in Scotland, Disney says it's removed the cup from sale and will destroy existing stocks, but the families want any that have already been sold to be recalled.

    Quote Message: James was also starting to get more distressed and cold to touch and his legs had started to shake with the fear of what was happening to him. I requested the product was removed because I did not want any mothers or children going through the same experience." from Christine Andrews James' mother
    Christine AndrewsJames' mother
  13. ICYMI: When is it safe to swim in the sea?

    Planning a trip to the beach soon?

    Lifeguards will soon be stationed at Camber Sands, where seven men drowned last year.

    The RNLI says if the beach you’re at doesn’t have lifeguards, take extra care if you are going into the water.

    If lifeguards are on patrol, then you’ll need to know your flags.

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    Video caption: Camber sands lifeguards begin training
  14. My vote counts and it's important'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Undecided first-time voter Callie from Rochester says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.

    Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

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    Video caption: A student from Kent says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.
  15. Family reunited after Spanish hospital stay

    Ian Palmer

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    A man from Sittingbourne missing for six years has visited the family home. Matthew Green disappeared in 2010. His parents never gave up hope of finding him.

    Pauline and Jim Green handed out flyers pressing the authorities to continue looking for him. Their son was found last year in Spain.

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    Video caption: Man missing for six years doing well
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    Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J6 for A251 and J7 for A2 Canterbury Road.

    M2 Kent - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M2 coastbound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J7, A2 (Brenley Corner), because of a broken down car.

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