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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Thursday 20 April

Live Reporting

By Hamish Mureddu-Reid and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for Thursday

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 BST, and with you right through to 22:00.

    If you want to get in touch with us you can do so on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Which South East constituencies are most vulnerable to change?

    The electoral map of the South East is almost exclusively blue at the moment, but whilst there are several very safe seats, there are also plenty of constituencies that could see a change in the upcoming election.

    We've compiled this list of the most vulnerable seats in Kent and Sussex.

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    Video caption: These constituencies are the most vulnerable in the South East
  3. ICYMI: Man crushed under his own car

    A Kent man who was crushed to death under his own car while carrying out maintenance was a health and safety professional who didn't take risks, according to his partner.       

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    Video caption: Kent man crushed to death by his car.
  4. Robbers strike in Ashford

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Two masked men have robbed a convenience store in Ashford.

    It happened about 10:30 BST on 19 April, at the One Stop Shop in Beaver Lane.

    The men threatened two female members of staff and escaped with several hundred pounds.

  5. Faversham fire to be investigated

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are treating a fire in Faversham as suspicious.

    The blaze broke out in a commercial premises in Preston Street at about 21:00 last night, and spread to two neighbouring properties.

    Nobody was in any of the buildings at the time.

  6. BreakingFarage won't stand for election

    The former UKIP leader and South East MEP, Nigel Farage, has told the BBC that he will not stand in the forthcoming general election. 

  7. It's clouding over

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    There's the chance of rain on the horizon, although it will be feeling warmer.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Nina Ridge
  8. Appeal over fatal crash

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    There's an appeal for drivers who may have witnessed an accident in which a motorcyclist died to come forward.

    It happened at 16:14 BST on the B2075 Romney Road yesterday, when a grey Yamaha bike collided with a silver Ford Mondeo, near the A259 junction at Hammonds Corner.

    The bike rider, a man in his sixties, died at the scene.

    Police are particularly keen to speak to the occupants of a pick-up truck travelling from Lydd towards Hammonds Corner, as they may have important information about how the accident happened.

  9. South East rape figures soar

    The number of rapes reported to police in Kent and Sussex has more than trebled over the past four years.

    Police think the rise could be down to increased confidence in people coming forward. 

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    Video caption: The number of recorded rapes in Kent and Sussex has tripled in four years
  10. Appeal after pet is stabbed

    Dog

    The public is being asked to come forward with information after a dog was stabbed in Gillingham earlier this month.

    The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was brought into an animal charity in Edenbridge with stab wounds and had to undergo two emergency operations. 

    The dog is now on the mend. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Kent Police.

  11. Flying squad arrests

    Three men have been arrested by Met Police flying squad officers after a vehicle was stopped on the A21 near Pembury. 

    They were arrested on suspcion of attempting to commit commercial burglary and attempting to cause an explosion.

    The three men were taken to a south London police stations where they remain in custody, a Kent Police spokesman said. 

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  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206 affecting halfway between J30 - J29.

    M25 Essex - Delays and one lane blocked on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry. Congestion to halfway between J30 - J29.

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

  13. Actress to unveil seafront artwork

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Brenda Blethyn

    Award winning actress and Ramsgate resident Brenda Blethyn will tomorrow unveil some colourful new artwork along the town's seafront.

    Pleasurama artwork

    Projection SEAS has given students from the Royal Harbour Academy the opportunity to work with some of the best creative professionals in East Kent to create huge panels on the site of Ramsgate's former Pleasurama funfair site.

    It has been organised jointly by Project MotorHouse, a local heritage scheme, and the South East Archive of Seaside Photography.  

  14. Shaky's coming to town

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Shakin' Stevens was the biggest-selling UK singles artist of the 80s. 

    He's got gigs coming up in Tunbridge Wells and Hastings. 

    Here are some facts you might not know about him.   

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    Video caption: Shakin' Stevens is touring the South East
  15. Clouding over but warmer tomorrow

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    This afternoon cloud is spreading across most of Kent and Sussex from the north west. 

    Tomorrrow will be warmer than today. I've got your latest weather forecast. 

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for the South East
  16. Kent's local newspaper headlines

    Newspapers (generic)

    Kent Online: Eva Giles' heartbroken dad told of her infectious laugh and inspiring spirit as her family said a final goodbye after the five-year-old died from a rare brain tumour. 

    Kent News: "He is a loser." Sir Roger Gale rips into Nigel Farage as the former UKIP leaders ponders standing again in Thanet. 

    Kent and Sussex Courier: Why was smoke coming from the hills in Folkestone last night?

  17. Meet Countryfile's newest presenter

    So what do we know about Steve Brown?  

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    Video caption: Meet Countryfile's newest presenter Steve Brown
  18. Disused pub fire 'suspicious'

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    Holly Tree pub fire

    The cause of a fire at the Holly Tree pub in Holly Tree Lane, Margate over the weekend is being treated as suspicious, Kent Police say. 

    The fire started in the roof of the disused pub at about 08:40 BST on Sunday. 

    The blaze was brought under control at about 11:00. There were no reported injuries. 

  19. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J3 for M20 and J4 for A21.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of wheelbarrow on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  20. 'We need to be more aware for our children's sake'

    Leanne Rinne

    BBC Reporter

    Her son's life was about to begin, but it was cut short by a drugs overdose.  

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    Video caption: Mother warns of drug dangers after death of her teenage son