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  2. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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  1. That it for the week

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us - we'll be back on Tuesday from 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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  2. 'They're creepy and they're kooky...'

    The Addams Family musical has just started a run at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury - we've caught up with some of the stars of the show.

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    Video caption: The Addams Family musical
  3. It's a bank holiday weekend

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Will it be sunshine or rain?

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  4. Breeding programme has plenty to crow about

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Extinct in Kent for nearly two centuries, Canterbury's symbolic bird could soon make a return.

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    Video caption: The first chough chicks for 160 years have been hatched in Kent
  5. UKIP launches election manifesto

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    UKIP has launched its manifesto at an event in London.

    Here's leader Paul Nuttall on Manston Airport, coastal communities and Brexit.

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    Video caption: Party promises to get tough on border security
  6. Overdone it with the fertiliser?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A record breaking plant is going through the roof in Ramsgate - literally.

    A Mexican agave at the Italianate Greenhouse has flowered - something it does only once, at the end of its decades-long life - producing a giant stalk which now extends through the greenhouse roof.

    Giant Mexican agave plant at Ramsgate

    It's growing at a rate of four inches a day, so could match another agave, which reached 40ft at the same location last year, before it had to be cut down when it died.

    It's thought this is the first time two agaves have blossomed in the same place in the UK, and is expected to bring thousands more visitors to the site.

  7. #MyFirstVote: 'It'll be a birthday to remember'

    Sixth-former Eoin Simpkins will be casting his first ever vote on 8 June.

    He’s been speaking to BBC South East as part of our #MyFirstVote series.

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    Video caption: Sixth-former Eoin Simpkins will be casting his first ever vote on 8 June.
  8. General election: How will fishing and farming be affected?

    Yvette Austin

    Environment Correspondent, BBC South East

    I've been investigating the main issues facing the South East's food producers, as we approach the general election and Brexit.

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    Video caption: How will farming be affected by the election and Brexit?
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J4 for A278.

    M2 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M2 London-bound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident.

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

  10. 'My teacher said just look for the kind people'

    Bryony MacKenzie

    Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

    How do you talk to children about the Manchester Arena bombing?

    I've been to two of the South East's schools to find out how pupils are being helped to understand what happened.

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    Video caption: Schools discuss the Manchester atrocity
  11. Bank holiday events go on despite attack

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    As the country reels in the aftermath of the arena attack in Manchester, how have local events been affected?


    The annual Second World War event runs over the bank holiday weekend with explosive battles, military camps, talks, displays and music

    A spokeswoman for English Heritage said: “Following the Manchester attack and the increase of the UK’s threat level to ‘Critical’, English Heritage is introducing – over the May half-term – additional security checks (including bag searches) at a number of sites in our care, including Stonehenge and Dover Castle.

    “At present, all English Heritage sites remain open and all events are going ahead as planned. Throughout, the safety of our visitors and staff remains our priority.”.

    Dover Castle


    A spokeswoman said it was “business as normal”, adding: “The safety and security of our visitors is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with police and counter terrorism. As such, there have been armed police patrols at Bluewater for a number of months. For the latest information please contact Kent Police.”


    1,000 extra tickets were released for the park's summer event: the visit of The Beast, the world's largest inflatable obstacle course.

    The park confirmed it has its own security firm in for the event


    The foodie feast, combined with a maritime spectacle attracted 15,000 people last year.

    A spokesman said: “We have our own event security, and can call on support from the police if required.”

  12. Honours even at Tunbridge Wells

    Kent 157-4 v Sussex (49.0 overs)

    Adrian Harms

    Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

    This is a good contest at Tunbridge Wells, on what is normally a very good batting track

    Having won the toss, Sussex bowled beautifully to reduce Kent to 58-3, but the Kent fightback has been led by Joe Denley who has reached a half century containing eight fours.

    The in-form Darren Stevens is now at the crease, already looking in ominous form, and he has played some sumptuous shots.

  13. General election: What matters to you in your area

    Bryony MacKenzie

    BBC South East Today

    I've been to speak to a group of knitters - women who live and work in the South East - about what matters to them ahead of the general election.

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    Video caption: Knitters speak politics
  14. Sun, sun, sun!

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    Dry, sunny and hot again. A warm breeze will develop, and it'll be windy along the coast. Here's a look at your weekend weather.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  15. It's not that often we have a satellite image like this!

    Barely a cloud in the sky across the whole UK.

    It's not that often we have a satellite image like this!
  16. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at J1B for A282.

    M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J1b, A282 (Dartford).

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

  17. Kent v Sussex in the County Championship begins

    Matt Cole

    Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

    It’s day one of Kent against Sussex in the County Championship Division Two at the Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells.

    Kent won the toss and chose to bat first, but they’ve lost both openers in the morning session, with Sean Dickson out for a duck, with Daniel Bell Drummond making 14.

    Sussex v Kent cricket

    You can listen to my commentary online here.

  18. Ministry of Defence officers take to Kent's streets

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Ministry of Defence Police officers will be supporting Kent Police as of today, the force has said.

    Firearms officers are already patrolling key locations in Kent, and now additional patrols have been arranged.

    The MOD police officers will be under the command and control of Kent Police.