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  2. Updates on Thursday 25 May 2017

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

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  2. Do you want to get involved in our general election debate?

    Ahead of next month's general election, we're hosting a special Question Time-style debate in St Leonards on Bank Holiday Monday -- 29 May.

    If you live or work in the South East and you'd like to be in the audience, send an email to with your name, address and daytime phone number -- and you could be part of our election debate.

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    Video caption: Here's how you can get involved in the BBC South East Today general election debate trail
  3. 'They were crying and upset'

    Charlie Rose

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    Newington Church of England primary school in Sittingbourne has apologised after pupils were upset by a lesson as part of Christian Aid week.

    They were told the building would be evacuated and they wouldn't be able to see their parents, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

    The children were told it wasn't real afterwards, but parents I spoke to were still angry.

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    Video caption: Parents angry at school's Christian Aid lesson
  4. Facebook Live: General election - environment and education

    Click on to our Facebook page to see and hear our correspondents discuss environment and education. Coming up after 19:00 BST.

  5. Sunshine or umbrellas?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    There's a bank holiday weekend on the horizon, so will the sunny weather hold?

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  6. 'My vote counts and it's important'

    Undecided first-time voter Callie from Rochester says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.

    Get involved and see our other films by searching for #MyFirstVote

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    Video caption: A student from Kent says tuition fees will be the big issue that sways her vote on 8 June.
  7. '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
  8. Stones to bid farewell to Flish

    After eight years with Maidstone United, Alex Flisher will be leaving the club this summer. Flisher has turned down a deal due to work and personal commitments with the players training three mornings a week rather than two evenings.

    Stones to bid farewell to Flish
    Quote Message: It’s been a pleasure to have him here at the club and I can only wish him well in his future career. Like everyone connected with the club, I’d have loved to have seen him in a Stones shirt next season but I respect his decision to put his family first – that’s the way it should be.” from Jay Saunders Maidstone United boss
    Jay SaundersMaidstone United boss
  9. BreakingTeen jailed after 15 hurt in crash

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A crashed car on Medway City Estate

    A teenager has been jailed for dangerous driving after crashing his car into pedestrians.

    Harlee Pendergast, 18, of Green Lane, Eltham, in south-east London, faced four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    The crash happened on Sir Thomas Longley Road, on the Medway City Estate in Strood, Kent, at about 22:15 BST on 30 September 2016.

    Four men were seriously injured and a further five also required hospital treatment.

    He must now serve 18 months in a youth offenders institute and has been disqualified from driving for four years.

  10. General election: How will fishing and farming be affected?

    Yvette Austin

    BBC Environment Correspondent

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

    We'll be live from Hastings in the latest of our election specials from 18:30 BST, and you can send me your questions about the environment in a Facebook Live from 19:00 BST.

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    Video caption: How will farming be affected by the election and Brexit?
  11. Not sure the old glass and paper manoeuvre will work here...

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    A Sevenoaks man got quite a fright when he spotted a huntsman spider clinging to the brick wall of his home.

    Huntsman found in Sevenoaks

    The man, who opted against running away and screaming, instead called the RSPCA to the large, exotic arachnid.

    RSPCA animal collection officer Louis Horton went to the house in The Meadway on 15 May, and was just as surprised.

    Quote Message: I honestly expected to get there and find a big house spider or a toy spider or something silly but it was a huntsman.
    Quote Message: It was clinging to the outside wall of the man’s house and he said it had barely moved since he first spotted it. I removed it, confined it in a box and took it to experts at Heathrow’s Animal Reception Centre to be quarantined." from Louis Horton RSPCA animal collection officer
    Louis HortonRSPCA animal collection officer
  12. Summer is here (for now at least...)

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    It's going to stay dry and warm day with copious amounts of sunshine today. Here's my lunchtime forecast.

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    Video caption: Elizabeth Rizzini 1330 weather
  13. Three men charged over Edenbridge cannabis factory

    Three men have been charged with producing cannabis in Edenbridge.

    Michael Anderson, 36, of Hadley Road, Belvedere, was charged with two counts of producing cannabis, along with William Saunders, 29, of McKillop Way, Sidcup, who was charged with one count of producing cannabis.

    Police found around 400 cannabis plants at various stages of growth during a search at a property in Station Road in January. The house had been fitted out with lighting and watering systems to aid the cultivation.

    Michael Anderson was also charged with a second count of producing cannabis which was unconnected to the property in Station Road.

    All three men have been released on bail following their charges and are due to appear before West Kent Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 27 June.

  14. Two Shetland ponies stolen in Tunbridge Wells

    Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after two Shetland ponies were reportedly stolen from a field in Tunbridge Wells.

    The ponies were alleged to have been stolen at around 09.30 GMT on Tuesday from a field on Brewer Street.

    One pony is described as white and the other phone is tan in colour.

  15. New Zealand fast bowler to join Kent after Champions Trophy

    Josh Hunt

    BBC Sport

    New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne will join Kent after the Champions Trophy finishes next month.

    The 25-year-old is available to play in both the County Championship and T20 Blast, which starts in July.

    New Zealand fast bowler to join Kent after Champions Trophy

    Milne has played 34 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 games for the Black Caps and is a handy lower-order batsman.

    Quote Message: I'm delighted to be joining Kent and working with such a talented squad pushing for promotion" from Adam Milne
    Adam Milne
  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J7 for A2 Canterbury Road.

    M2 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M2 coastbound at J7, A2 (Brenley Corner), because of an accident.

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

  17. #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.
  18. #PMfortheday: Teens on education, wages and the homeless

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    We asked teenagers from across the South East what they would do if they were in charge of the country.


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    Video caption: #PMfortheday: Teens on education, the minimum wage and the homeless.