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  1. Our live coverage for the day has ended
  2. Updates on Tuesday 13 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We're off home for the night so we can be back bright and early at 06:00 BST to bring you all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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Not bad for a first acting job

Charlie Rose

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Meet the Dartford actress who'll join Eastenders on Thursday.

Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

Long delays on the M2

There are long delays on the M2 eastbound tonight after an accident involving a car transporter and two lorries.

It's between J6 A251 (Faversham) and J7 A2 Canterbury Road/A299 Thanet Way/Brenley Lane/ Homestall Lane (Brenley Corner).

There is congestion on the M2 to J5 A249 (Sittingbourne/Stockbury Roundabout) due to a diesel spillage.

There is a diversion in operation - traffic is advised to leave M2 J6 and take the A251 North towards Faversham.

Take the A2 East and re-join the M2 J7. Long distance traffic is advised to use the M20 and A20.

Traffic on M2
Cheryl Rose

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 entry slip road closed and slow traffic coastbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

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

Born on the A21

Did you miss this amazing story?

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

Father-of-one Leonard Naylor

Three others accused of conspiracy in connection with the Gravesend driveway shooting are to go on trial.

Read more

Forget the brolly, but don't forget your sunglasses

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The sunshine's arrived and it's staying for a while.

Here's my forecast.

Severe accident: A291 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A291 Kent both ways severe accident, between Sweechgate and Popes Lane.

A291 Kent - A291 Herne Bay Road in Canterbury closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Sweechgate junction and the Popes Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Parents told: 'Do not swear'

Temple Grove Academy, Tunbridge Wells

Parents have been told they could be banned from a primary school playground if they swear in front of the children.

Sam Linton, the head teacher of Temple Grove Academy in Tunbridge Wells said children were being exposed to "upsetting language".

Writing in the newsletter to parents, she said: "Some parents [have been] heard swearing on academy premises and at the gates in front of children.

"If it continues we may have to consider banning these individuals from the premises," she wrote.

She said some children were copying what they had heard.

General view of Medway Secure Training Centre

Ofsted say staff at the Medway Secure Training Centre are poorly trained and "largely unqualified".

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Violence filmed in Calais

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Shocking pictures showing Calais migrants blocking the road with burning branches, to try to stop lorries heading for Kent, and smuggle themselves on board, have been filmed by lorry drivers.

Creating art in the face of death

An exhibition features work by artists with one thing in common - they're all facing execution.

Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M26 Kent - Heavy traffic on M26 westbound between J2a A20 and M25 J5, because of a rolling road-block and a police incident.

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

We're loving this sunny weather

Severe accident: A278 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A278 Kent both ways severe accident, between M2 J4 and Sharsted Way.

A278 Kent - A278 in Bredhurst blocked in both directions between Gillingham and Hempstead Valley Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Child generic

Ofsted's rating of "good" comes seven years after Kent's services were judged to be "inadequate".

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At home with Winston

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

New exhibits at the home of the country's most famous prime minister get the royal seal of approval.

Severe accident: A2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent eastbound severe accident, at B255 affecting M25 J2.

A2 Kent - A2 in Bean closed and slow traffic eastbound at the B255 (Bean Interchange For Bluewater) junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Darenth Interchange.

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

Fed up with politics? This should make you smile

As the South East baked in soaring temperatures last week, we asked how your pets kept cool in the sun.

You sent us 10 photos of delicious doggies leaping through waves, chilling in the long grass and even sporting a sunhat.

Serious collision in Faversham

A man in his eighties has sustained serious injuries after he was hit by a car in North Lane just after 09:20 BST this morning.

Officers would like to speak with a woman who was driving a small, blue hatchback which was in the area at the time.

The driver is not suspected of any wrongdoing, but it's thought she may have important information on how the collision happened.

'We've got a secretary of state who knows what he's dealing with'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

A senior South East Conservative MP is defending the decision to keep Chris Grayling as Secretary of State for Transport.

Many commuters are angry at Mr Grayling for not intervening directly to try to end the Southern Rail dispute, which began in April 2016.

But Reigate's Crispin Blunt is backing him.

Born on the A21

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

Commemorating one of Kent's most important battles

Events are being held to mark the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway.

It was one of England's worst naval defeats, with Dutch troops occupying Sheerness fort and their fleet destroying and capturing several Royal Navy ships in Chatham.

The Dutch have sent a navy warship to take part in the council's two-week commemoration of the event.

'It hasn't got us very far so far'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Southern Rail passengers say they're disappointed that Chris Grayling's kept his job as Secretary of State for Transport.

Passengers have faced widespread disruption and more than a year of strike action over Driver Only Operated trains.

Mr Grayling's faced criticism for refusing to intervene directly to help bring an end to the dispute.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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Kent Online: Failing nursing home could be shut down

Kent News: Kent Police has received no reports of hate crime ‘as a direct result’ of Manchester and London terror attacks

Kent Live: The 63-year-old man knocked down on the A21 had been helping a friend, say police

Hotel deal for Paramount Resort

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A deal has been reached between the planned Paramount Resort in north Kent and InterContinental Hotels Group to bring 4,000 guest rooms to the site.

The resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula, near Dartford, would be twice the size of the Olympic Park and include 5,000 hotel rooms and a water park.

Planned Paramount Park site
Paramount Park

The latest plans for the entertainment resort will go on public display in autumn this year, before a Development Consent Order is submitted to the Secretary of State.

The £2bn resort is scheduled to open in 2022.

Top of the range racers stolen

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Four racing bikes worth thousands of pounds each have been stolen from a garage in Tunbridge Wells.

They were taken sometime between 17:00 BST on 5 June and 07:45 BST on 6 June, from a property in Pembury Road.

stolen bike 1
Kent Police

The bikes are a Trek Concept 9.9, a Colnago Zipp 404, a Pinarello Full Set and a Pinarello Graal.

stolen bike
Kent Police

Police are hoping someone may spot the bikes being offered for sale.

stolen bike
Kent Police

'We need a fresh pair of eyes, we need more energy'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The Association of British Commuters says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is being "rewarded for failure" by being allowed to keep his job in the cabinet reshuffle.

It follows widespread disruption and a year-long strike on Southern Rail, over the introduction of Driver Only Operated trains.

New service for eating disorder sufferers

A new early intervention service is being launched in Kent for people with eating disorders.

It's hoped the move will reduce the number of people ending up in hospital with anorexia and bulimia.

There have been nearly 300 admissions for eating disorders in Kent in the last six years.

The BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Anna will be speaking to Jenny Langley, a mother from Sevenoaks who nearly lost her son to the illness when he was a teenager.

You can listen to the programme here.

Kent Police steps up use of drones

Matt Davison

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

After a successful trial, Kent Police has started using drones to assist in its work.

Examples include the search for missing people and road accidents.

I've been to meet the force’s head of tactical operations for a demonstration.

You can hear more on the BBC Radio Kent breakfast show here.

Slap on the suncream

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Dry, warm, with plenty of sunshine! Even if the cloud creeps in, it'll still be bright.

Here's my forecast.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

This stunning shot of Margate has been sent to us by Mel Chennel. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a very worthy #photooftheday.

If you've got a picture of Kent which you think could make our #photooftheday feature, please get in touch.

Margate beach
Mel Chennel

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