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Summary

  1. Live updates have now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 14 June 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from us

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    We're off to get ready for another busy day tomorrow reporting on BBC Music Day and the unveiling of our blue plaques.

    We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Remember if there's anything you'd like to tell us about you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. They'll be lovely with a dollop of cream

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The faltering start to the summer might not have pleased everyone. But it's good news for one of the Garden of England's iconic crops.

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    Video caption: farmers promise a bumper crop of strawberries because of the weather
  3. Bowie's blue plaque on it's way to Maidstone

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Here's BBC South East Today presenters Rob and Natalie with a blue plaque for David Bowie which will be unveiled in Maidstone tomorrow.

    Bowie was in the band, The Manish Boys, in the 1960s. They were based in Kent's county town.

    #localmusiclegends

    Rob Smith and Natalie Graham
  4. Bowie's blue plaque: 'It would have made him so pleased'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Friends of David Bowie have been reacting to the news that a blue plaque is to be unveiled in Maidstone in his honour. #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Reaction to David Bowie blue plaque announcement in Maidstone
  5. Life-saving ambulance equipment stolen

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    There has been a spate of thefts across Kent of life-saving ambulance equipment.

    The most recent incidents took place in the early hours of this morning at Herne Bay and Sheppey ambulance stations.

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    At Herne Bay, a number of vehicles had their windows smashed and two Community First Responder bags, training equipment and a defibrillator were stolen.

    At Sheppey, window bars were forced and life-saving equipment was once again stolen from locked vehicles after their windows were smashed. Three vehicles have been left unusable while they are repaired.

    South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

  6. Factfile: Bowie's Maidstone connections

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A blue plaque will be unveiled in Maidstone tomorrow in honour of David Bowie as part of BBC Music Day.

    #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Plaque announced in Maidstone for David Bowie
  7. Here's the latest weather forecast

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    The warm, sunny weather is set to continue. Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather Nina 1830
  8. When are the blue plaques being unveiled tomorrow?

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    Video caption: When are the blue plaques being unveiled?
  9. Blue plaque announced in Maidstone for David Bowie

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    David Bowie is to be honoured in Maidstone with a blue plaque as part of BBC Music Day.

    Here's one of the judges, Topper Headon, from The Clash, making the announcement.

    #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Blue plaque announced in Maidstone for David Bowie
  10. 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.

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    Video caption: Kent Police have increased its use of drones.
  11. Ambulance thefts 'putting lives at risk'

    Life-saving equipment has been taken from two ambulance stations in Kent, and vehicles vandalised, the latest in a series of break-ins and thefts across the county.

    Herne Bay and Sheppey stations were broken into, with first aid bags, training equipment and a defibrillator taken at Herne Bay, and other equipment taken at Sheppey.

    South East Coast Ambulance vehicle

    Two Herne Bay ambulances had their windows smashed, and three vehicles at Sheppey are off the road while similar damage is repaired.

    It follows an attempted burglary at Ashford, where a fence had a hole cut in it, two ambulances being vandalised in Thanet and a support vehicle being being stolen and damaged beyond repair.

    Quote Message: Those responsible need to know the seriousness of their actions which undoubtedly have put lives at risk. They have targeted vital pieces of life-saving equipment which has no sell on value. By damaging vehicles, they have also placed even greater pressure on our resources which are already stretched in responding to high levels of demand.' from Chris Stamp SECAmb Regional Operations Manager Chris Stamp
    Chris StampSECAmb Regional Operations Manager Chris Stamp
  12. Britain - share your personal bests!

    London 2017

    Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
    Image caption: Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

    This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

    It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

    It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

    Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

    You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.

  13. Grenfell Tower fire: Kent Fire and Rescue statement

    Grenfell Tower fire in London

    The chief executive of Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is urging people to make sure they know about safety procedures in their buildings after six people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

    Quote Message: Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London and our colleagues from London Fire Brigade and all the emergency services working in difficult conditions to deal with this tragic incident.
    Quote Message: KFRS has an agreement in place to support neighbouring fire and rescue services where required, however our support was not needed at this time.
    Quote Message: KFRS is giving assurances and advice to Kent and Medway residents who may have concerns about fire safety.
    Quote Message: It is important to remember that fires of this type are extremely rare and that most fires do not spread further than one or two rooms. High rise buildings are designed to contain and prevent fire from spreading.
    Quote Message: Residents are advised to make sure they know the fire safety procedures and evacuation plans for their specific building." from Ann Millington Chief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service
    Ann MillingtonChief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

    Rydon, based in Forest Row, has released a statement saying it completed a refurbishment of the building in the summer of 2016 for Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the Council, which "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

    Kent Fire and Rescue says that anyone who is concerned about whether their home is safe from fire should contact its home safety team for advice or for a free visit by calling 0800 923 7000.

  14. Museum unveils unusual discoveries

    Peter Whittlesea

    BBC South East Today reporter

    Major Percy Powell-Cotton was a big game hunter turned naturalist, who travelled the world, and brought thousands of stuffed animals and other extraordinary items back home to Thanet.

    Quex Park is now a museum -- and staff rummaging through boxes in storage have found a bizarre array of objects they never knew they had.

    There's a penguin collected by Ernest Shackleton, some Ugandan elephant toenail clippings, and a monkey from Dreamland...

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    Video caption: Penguin found in naturalists estate
  15. Here's your weather forecast

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It'll stay warm and dry, with light winds throughout the afternoon.

    Here's my lunchtime forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  16. Bowie blue plaque: 'It would have made him so pleased'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Friends of David Bowie have been reacting to the news that a blue plaque is to be unveiled in Maidstone in his honour.

    The star regularly played saxophone and sang with the band the Manish Boys in the town during the 1960s.

    The plaque will be unveiled at the Royal Star Arcade – shortly after 13:30 BST.

    You'll be able to see it being unveiled live on BBC South East Today's lunch programme at 13:30 BST.

    #localmusiclegends

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    Video caption: Reaction to David Bowie blue plaque announcement in Maidstone
  17. 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.

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    Video caption: Clair Norris joins the cast of Eastenders
  18. #ICYMI: 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.

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    Video caption: Baby born in car after parents got lost
  19. Parents told: 'Do not swear'

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    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.