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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 October

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  1. That's it from us

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Our live coverage has come to an end for today, but we'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about?

    You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. Cat shot eight times with an airgun

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The owners of a pet cat left for dead after being shot at least eight times have offered a reward for any information that helps catch whoever did it.

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    Video caption: Cat shot eight times with an airgun
  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M26 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J2A for A20 and M25 J5.

    M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 westbound between J2a A20 and M25 J5, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Deadly Portuguese man-of-war swept up on south coast beaches

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    People are being warned to take extra care following reported sightings of Deadly Portuguese man-of-war in Brighton and Hove over the last week.

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    Video caption: Public told to take extra care following sightings of deadly Portuguese man-of-war
  5. Here comes the rain again

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    Make the most of the calm conditions before heavy rain and wind arrive for the weekend.

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    Video caption: Weather RAchel
  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, at J13 for A30.

    M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J13, A30 (Staines).

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J10 for A3 and J9 for A243.

    M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J10, A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J9, A243 (Leatherhead), because of a vehicle fire.

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

  8. 'Politicians should relax and indulge in more long baths'

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    MP Tim Loughton

    A Sussex MP has recommended others in politics should relax more, by spending an hour in the bath every morning.

    Worthing East & Shoreham Conservative representative Tim Loughton said time in spent the baths helps to "cleanse the body and clear the mind", according to The Times.

    The co-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on mindfulness was speaking at a conference exploring how meditation and greater self-awareness can improve the conduct of politics.

    He added: "One of the greatest causes of stress in the world was the invention of the shower."

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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, at J7 for M23 affecting J8 for A217.

    M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J7 M23, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Congestion to J8, A217 (Reigate).

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

  10. Great Storm stories: The victim

    Tanya Gupta

    Bob Homewood was killed in his bed at home when the roof collapsed during the Great Storm of '87, 30 years ago.

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    Video caption: Kent victim of Great Storm remembered 30 years on
  11. Great Storm stories: The gardener

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The landscape of the South East was decimated by the Great Storm of 87', 30 years ago.

    One Sussex garden, Wakehurst, lost 20,000 trees overnight.

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    Video caption: Remembering Wakehurst in Sussex devastated by the Great Storm
  12. Pedestrian who died after van collision named

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A pedestrian who died after suffering serious injuries from a collision with a van has been named as Stephen Smith.

    The family of Mr Smith, 49, of Trench Road, Tonbridge, Kent, have been informed.

    Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision on Wednesday 27 September, on the A264 at Holtye Common, near East Grinstead.

    Mr Smith died on Thursday 12 October.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A30 and J12 for M3 affecting J15 for M4.

    M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J12 M3, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J15 M4.

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

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    Video caption: Julia Dawson said she constantly asked the trust to clear away discarded cigarette butts

    Anthony Dawson, 64, had an eating disorder and craved non-food items, including cigarette butts.

  15. Nominate your Unsung Hero

    Get Inspired

    Get Inspired

    The deadline to nominate your BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero is on Sunday at 23:59 BST.

    The award recognises someone who devotes their free time to help people in grassroots activity and sport.

    Smiling, encouraging, mentoring and lifting spirits - a person who is dedicated to helping others in your community or club.

    Who do you know who fits the bill?

    Regional winners will attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool on Sunday, 17 December, when the overall winner will be announced.

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    Video caption: The search is on for the BBC South Unsung Sports Hero