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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Friday 19 May

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    That's all from us for this week, we'll be back on Monday at 06:00 with the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.

  2. Do you know which way you're voting?

    Natalie Graham

    South East Today reporter

    Well here's your chance to hear from all the parties - we're hosting a special general election TV debate which you can watch on Tuesday 30 May at 22:45 on BBC One.

    Here are more details:

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    Video caption: #SEVote #GE2017
  3. Charges over Medway fires

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A man's been charged over a number of suspicious fires in Chatham.

    Five incidents were reported between 12 November 2016 and 18 April this year, with fires breaking out in commercial bins in the town centre.

    A 48-year-old man's been charged with five counts of arson, and has been released on bail.

  4. South East piers and their celebrity links

    Lee Gibbs

    BBC Live editor

    Tomorrow marks one year since Hastings Pier reopened.

    A sell-out show by Madness marked the official opening.

    So what celebrity links are there to piers across the South East?

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    Video caption: These celebrities have links to the South East's piers.
  5. The brolly can go away for the weekend

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    After this week's rain, the weekend's looking much better.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Georgina Burnett
  6. ICYMI: Abuse allegations against dozens of coaches

    (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.

  7. ‘It’s our future, it’s up to us’

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Student Dom will cast his first vote next month.

    He’s one of a number of first-time voters we’ve been speaking to ahead of the general election.

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

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    Video caption: First-time voter Dom Platts believes it's important for young people to cast their ballot.
  8. 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
  9. 'I was coming back, I could walk again'

    Jon Hunt

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    She was told she had months to live, but thanks to an experimental cancer treatment Mavis is still here years later.

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    Video caption: Kent woman hails miracle cancer cure
  10. Witnesses sought to serious collision in Goudhurst

    A man and his passenger have suffered serious injuries after their car hit a tree by Clayhill near to the junction with Smiths Lane at around 22:45 GMT on Thursday.

    A man and his passenger have suffered serious injuries after their car hit a tree by Clayhill near to the junction with Smiths Lane at around 22:45 GMT on Thursday 18 May.

    Both were taken to a London hospital by ambulance, police are appealing for witnesses.

  11. The sun is set to shine this afternoon

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    It was a gloomy start to the day, but it's going to brighter with some sunny intervals developing this afternoon.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Elizabeth Rizzini
  12. Have you seen Maria?

    Police are appealing for information to help locate 15-year-old Maria Calin who is reported to be missing from Chatham.

    Police are appealing for information to help locate 15-year-old Maria Calin who is reported to be missing from Chatham.

    Maria is last known to have been in the Luton Road area of Chatham at around 18:00 GMT on 30 April 2017.

    It's believed she may have connections in Romford, Essex.

  13. 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 SEVote@bbc.co.uk 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
  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. Dartford teenager receives Diana Award

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Jonjo Heuerman has become the youngest ever person to receive the award which was set up in memory of the Princess of Wales.

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    Video caption: Jonjo Heuerman has raised £300,000 in memory of his grandmother.
  16. 17-year-old dies after crash in Sittingbourne

    A 17-year-old from Medway has died after a truck he was a passenger in crashed on the A2 near to the junction of Playstool Road.

    Kent Police said the crash happened at 22:01 BST on Thursday 18 May. Three other people were taken to hospital.

    Police say work was ongoing to repair a power cable.

    A 17-year-old boy has died in a crash that saw three other people injured after a truck crashed in Newington.
  17. Clinical trial for cancer suffers

    Rosemary Crick

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

    Patients in Kent suffering from the cancer mesothelioma are being given new hope in a ground-breaking clinical trial.

    Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Leicester are trialing a drug that could boost the body's immune system to fight the disease.

    Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Leicester are trialing a drug that could boost the body's immune system to fight the disease.