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  2. Updates on Thursday 27 April 2017

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Goodnight from the Local Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for tonight, but we'll be back again at 06:00 BST tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, you can reach us on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.   

Step back in time

Steps are back and are performing at the Brighton Centre in November.

Here are five, six, seven, eight things you (probably) don’t know about the band.

What's the bank holiday weather going to be like?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A milder start to Friday, with a mixed outlook for the bank holiday weekend. Here's my forecast.  

Southern Strike: 'People have lost their jobs, missed out on family time'

The dispute between the RMT and Southern had its first birthday yesterday and commuters said they've been paying the price.  

Increase in crime across Kent

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Police generic

I've taken a look at the latest crime figures in Kent:

  • There's been a 13% rise in crime across Kent.
  • That compares with 9% nationally. 
  • Over 14,000 more crimes were reported in 2016 compared with the year before.
  • One of the biggest increases was for violence against the person, which rose 31%.
  • The number of offences where people were caught with an offensive weapon went up 30%. 
  • But there have been falls in burglary, drugs and theft offences.
Hampshire batsman Tom Alsop

Tom Alsop's unbeaten century guides Hampshire to a commanding win over Kent in their opening One-Day Cup group game.

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ICYMI: Actor Bloom uses 'pikey' term on Radio 1

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw apologises to listeners after Orlando Bloom used the term on his show.  

Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A20 Kent both ways severe accident, between Huntsman Lane and A249 Wat Tyler Way.

A20 Kent - Slow traffic on A20 Ashford Road in both directions in Maidstone between the Huntsman Lane junction and the A249 Wat Tyler Way junction, because of an accident involving two cars earlier on.

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

'Frankie might have survived' if mum acted quicker

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Judge Jeremy Carey sentenced Lucy King for manslaughter in relation to her daughter's death.

You knew there was a real likelihood she had drunk the Methadone. You took a chance in the hope it would not come back on you.

Had you acted as you should have done, and as any right-minded parent would have done... Had the emergency services been called straight away, there is the overwhelming probability Frankie would have survived."

Judge Jeremy CareyMaidstone Crown Court

Woman faces three years behind bars

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Lucy King

Lucy King, found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence, has been sentenced to three and a half years behind bars.

The former heroin addict was taking methodone as a substitute, but left a cup of it within reach of the two-year-old daughter Frankie Hedgecock.

Just a few hours after drinking it, the toddler was pronounced dead.

She was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

BreakingMother responsible for death of toddler

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The mother of a two-year-old girl, who swallowed a fatal dose of heroin substitute, has been found guilty of manslaughter through gross negligence.

Lucy King, 39, denied the charge but was convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court.

The jury heard Ms King waited two hours to call 999 after her daughter swallowed the methadone. 

Instead of acting quickly, she messaged her friends on Facebook and watched The Jeremy Kyle show.

She will be sentenced imminently.

Lucy King

ICYMI: Woman attacked by shark in front of children

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A father from Deal has told us how his son-in-law punched a shark on the nose until it let go of his daughter.      

Canterbury gets a poet laureate

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

World-famous writer, poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay has been named as Canterbury’s first ever Poet Laureate. 

Lemn Sissay

In partnership with The Marlowe Theatre and with funding from Arts Council England, the laureateship has been developed to further cement Canterbury’s status as a dynamic centre for literature.

The three-year laureateship will begin on 3 May to coincide with Lemn’s appearance at the Wise Words Festival in the city.

ICYMI: The #Southernstrikes one year on

There was a demonstration outside Parliament yesterday to mark a year since the Southern strike began. 

Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

Eight goldfinches pinched from aviary

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Two goldfinches

Kent Police is appealing for information following the theft of eight goldfinches from an aviary in Margate.

The birds are valued around £700 each and went missing from a property in the Canterbury Road area of Garlinge between 22:45 - 23:00 BST on Monday.

It is believed those responsible gained access to the aviary by climbing over a metal gate. Both are believed to be white men, with one wearing a dark jacket and the other a light-coloured baseball cap.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Child hit by car thrown 30ft into the air

Kent News: Olympic hero Heather Stanning raises £5,000 for Kent-based Royal British Legion Industries at London Marathon

Kent Live: The Tunbridge Wells headmaster of an 'excellent' rated school says it is not a 'pushy hot house'

Hawkins through to World semis

Kent's Barry Hawkins is into the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championships.

Here's a reminder of his top five tips.

ICYMI: Spring has sprung early at Hever

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The unusually warm weather we've been having has meant this year's tulip celebration at Hever Castle and Gardens has come early.

Take a look at these beautiful blooms.

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 on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, after J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

Sculpture to celebrate Prince's life

Tanya Gupta

BBC News

Guy Portelli and his Prince sculpture
Guy Portelli

An artist has turned a Corvette bonnet into a sculpture to celebrate the life of the US singer Prince, who died last year.

Kent sculptor Guy Portelli, known for his series of "pop Icon" artworks, said he began with the car hood as a canvas, to start with one of the most popular of Prince's songs, and then created patterns, to add a Paisley Park theme - and birds, for When Doves Cry.

"Before you know it you have a portrait of the artist through song titles," he said.

The sculpture will be on show at Chelsea Art Fair from Thursday.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J4 for A228 Leybourne and J3 for M26 affecting J6 for A229.

M20 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M20 London-bound between J4, A228 (Leybourne) and J3 M26, because of an accident. Congestion to J6, A229 (Chatham).

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

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.

Former officer jailed over indecent images

Former Kent Police inspector Tim Ryton has been jailed for nine years, for making and distributing indecent images of children.

The judge described him as "deeply disturbed, calculating and wicked" and said it was one of the worst cases he'd seen.

The force is defending its procedures.

When is it going to get warmer?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got another chilly day ahead of us, and tomorrow doesn't look much better.

Watch my latest forecast to find out more.

Dozens of fridges dumped in beauty spot

Is this the worst fly-tipping spot in the South East? 

The police are working with Canterbury City Council to find out how a large pile of fridges, tyres and other rubbish were dumped on the banks of the River Stour.

Storm clouds gathering

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Storm above Ramsgate
John Smith

This was the scene in Ramsgate yesterday as storm clouds gathered. It's a great pic taken by John Smith and is our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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