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  2. Updates on Thursday 13 April 2017

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Bob Dale

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Who is Poly Styrene?

A new film about South East X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene is in the works.

Here are some facts you might not have known about her... 

Easter message from the Archbishop

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Terrorism, migration and sex abuse scandals in the Church of England.

Rob Smith spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby ahead of his annual Easter message.

Rob began by asking if it was possible to forgive Khalid Masood, who grew up in Kent and Sussex, and went onto kill five people in a terrorist attack in Westminster last month. 

Who's my mummy?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A 3,000-year-old mystery has been solved, thanks to a visit to Chiddingstone Castle by a group of experts.

Now we know who the Castle's famous Egyptian coffin was made for.

Lower Thames Crossing reaction

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Those for and against the preferred route for a new Lower Thames Crossing have been giving their reaction following its announcement by the government.

It will create a new link between the A2 in Kent and the M25 in Essex in an attempt to reduce the burden on the busy Dartford Crossing. 

Film about films

Gemma Arterton from Dartford has a new film which sees her in a production about a British film crew's attempts to lift spirits during World War Two. 

"Their Finest" also stars Bill Nighy and it comes ahead of Gemma Arterton's starring role in a new film about the love affair between Vita Sackville West and Virginia Woolf in Kent.

Dry and Bright

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

The Easter weekend is looking mainly dry and bright. Here's my forecast.

Rise in obesity hospital admissions

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Is the NHS prejudiced against obese people? 

One Sussex woman says she was forced to go private for life-saving weight-loss surgery.

Last year obesity was a factor in more than 33,000 hospital admissions in Kent, Sussex and Sussex. 

Charge over stolen stickers

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A teenager's been charged with stealing £127.50's worth of football stickers from a shop in Maidstone.

The 18-year-old appeared before magistrates in the town, charged with one count of theft.

He was bailed to reappear on 28 April.

Four new schools for Medway

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

More than 3,500 extra places will be created at four new free schools in Medway. 

It comes following an announcement from central government revealing the latest round of successful applications for free schools, with 27 across the south east out of 131 in England.

• The Maritime Academy - will accommodate nearly 2,000 pupils aged four to 19.

• Medway Academy - a secondary school with places for 1,150 pupils.

• Rochester Riverside Church of England Primary School - primary school with 420 places

• The Beeches - for 35 excluded children.

Medway Council must now consider viable locations and it has envisaged all four to be open between 2019 and 2021.

Have you got a story which needs to be investigated?

If so get in touch with the award-winning BBC South East investigations team. 

Emin's face for the nation

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An artwork by Margate's Tracey Emin, a bronze death mask of her own face, has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery. The Kent artist helped to fund the purchase, so that it would remain in Britain and go on show to the public. 

Tracey Emin
Online adverts are offering homeless people a place to stay - in return for sex.
Online adverts are offering vulnerable people a place to stay - in return for sex.

Illegal waste mountain man is jailed

A man responsible for a 40,000 tonne mountain of illegal waste near Sittingbourne is jailed for eight months.  

In a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, John Millen from Murston, near Sittingbourne pleaded guilty to dumping the waste at the Kent site without a permit

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - M20 exit slip road closed and slow traffic coastbound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a fuel spillage.

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

Nurse 'rightly sacked for religious fervour'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A nurse was rightly dismissed for "imposing" her religious beliefs on patients, an employment tribunal has ruled.

After 15 years of nursing Sister Sarah Kuteh was sacked for gross misconduct in August 2016 because of her "religious fervour" resembling a "Monty Python sketch". 

The Kent nurse, with eight complaints against her, said the dismissal was "a hugely disproportionate punishment", adding, "how could it ever be harmful to tell someone about Jesus?".

Sarah Kuteh

But a tribunal in Ashford ruled her claim was "not well founded", there was no evidence her human rights had been breached and the trust's actions were fair.

A cancer patient about to have major surgery complained after being told by Mrs Kuteh prayer would give him a better chance of survival.

Getting cloudier

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

But it will still be nice and dry this afternoon.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

ICYMI: Up, up and away

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Did you miss this on Friday? The pictures are just stunning.

A world record attempt took place from Dover for the number of hot air balloons crossing the Channel.  

Organisers say 82 balloons that took off from Dover on Friday morning made it to France.

The previous record for the number of balloons flying over the channel was 49.

Kent's local newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Suicidal teenager kept waiting 23 hours

Kent News: Thanet drama school teacher wins a prestigious Olivier Award for tireless work inspiring youngsters

Kent Live: A man was left with serious facial injuries after a broad daylight attack in a Margate park

Grammar schools must serve 'ordinary families'
The education secretary wants England's schools, including new grammars, to do more for "ordinary working families".

Rise in rail trespassers

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

More people than ever are risking their lives by trespassing on train tracks in the South East according to Network Rail and the British Transport Police.

Last year there were more than 1,000 trespassing incidents in the region. That's a 17 per cent rise on the previous year. 

Police say trespassing increases during the spring and summer holidays. 

Justine Greening is planning to introduce reforms to make grammars more open
Justine Greening is planning to introduce reforms to make grammars more open

A behind-the-scenes look at BBC South East

Thames Crossing: 'More con than consultation'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A historic Kent church will be cut off from its parish by the new Lower Thames Crossing.

Its vicar's hitting out at the consultation process which lead to the decision.

Sacked judge continues to deny claims

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A lawyer from Kent, sacked as a part-time judge over allegations he used social media to post comments about cases he was involved in, is protesting his innocence.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office found the behaviour of Jason Dunn-Shaw fell below the expected standard, after one man was called a "donkey" and another "stupid".

But speaking to BBC Radio Kent, he claimed someone else left the posts on a newspaper website.

Grammar schools must serve 'ordinary families'

Justine Greening

Education Secretary Justine Greening wants England's schools, including a new generation of grammars, to do more to help "ordinary working families".

The school system needs to find ways to support those who are struggling - and not "the privileged few", she will say in a speech later.

New government analysis shows a majority of selective school places go to more affluent families.

Recent figures showed that most child poverty is now in working families.

These "ordinary working families" are defined as not the poorest, but living on "modest incomes", and likely to live in suburbs and coastal towns away from London.

Helping these struggling, working families, missed by other poverty measures, has become the focus of Ms Greening's education reforms.

You can read the full story here.

Thames Crossing: 'This is a scandal'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The MP in whose constituency the new Lower Thames Crossing will be sited says 'a historic opportunity' has been missed. 

New Thames Crossing: Here's a look at what it means

Following yesterday's announcement on the new crossing over the Thames, we take a closer look at the issue.  

Online adverts 'exploit homeless for sex'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Young, vulnerable people are being targeted with online classified adverts offering accommodation in exchange for sex, a BBC investigation has found.

The deals, which are legal, are on classified ad sites such as craigslist.

Charities have described the adverts as exploitative and South East MP Peter Kyle wants them made illegal. Craigslist, which on one day carried more than 100 such adverts, has not commented.

One student described how she felt her only option was a "sex-for-rent" deal.

The woman said: "He took me into his living room, got me drinks, and then after that it was just straight upstairs and go for it."

You can read the full story here.

And you can hear more on this story on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening here

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A dry, sunny day

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

But it will be mostly mild, with some patches of cloud.

Here's my forecast.

Do you have a spring in your step?

Well, this little lamb at Hucking Estate does. It's a great picture taken by Chris Seager and it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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Spring lambs at Hucking Estate
Chris Seager