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  1. Updates on Friday 6 October

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  1. Thanks for joining us

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

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  2. Green co-leader's defends drop in share of votes in the South East

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Ahead of the Green party conference this weekend in Harrogate, Rob Smith sat down with the Green party's co-leader Caroline Lucas to talk about what makes her party so different.

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    Video caption: The Green party's co-leader tells the BBC what makes her party so different
  3. 999 response times by Kent Police taking longer

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Police car

    Kent Police are taking longer to reach daytime emergency calls than four years ago, according to data obtained by BBC South East.

    In 2011, police took an average of 9.37 minutes to arrive at a 999 call, however since April this year, that waiting time has increased to 16.29 minutes.

    Despite the number of 999 calls made to the police rising to 306,714 last year, up by nearly a fifth over four years, Kent Police has 500 fewer officers since 2010.

    The force says it ensures it prioritises the most urgent calls.

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    Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J31 for A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1A for A282.

    M25 Essex - Three lanes closed on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31 A1306 Arterial Road West Thurrock and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. #PhotoOfTheDay regulars: Meet Carole

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    School nurse Carole Adams uses her love of photography to get to know the South East better.

    She grew up in Surrey before moving to Kent and works in Canterbury.

    She's the latest in our films featuring our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

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    Video caption: Carole's photography helps her get to know Kent
  6. Serious collision on M2 near Rochester

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent Police say they are currently attending a report of a serious collision on the M2 near Rochester.

    Officers were called to the scene near Junction 1 at 17:46 BST earlier.

    The London-bound carriageway of the M2 from Junction 2 near Strood towards the A227 junction remains closed while work is ongoing by emergency services.

    Motorists are warned to avoid the area as delays are expected.

    Highways England has said they expect the area to remain closed for several more hours.

    Traffic
  7. Home Secretary 'impatient' for faster rail services

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    Huw Merriman, Paul Maynard and Amber Rudd attended the summit in Hastings
    Image caption: Huw Merriman, Paul Maynard and Amber Rudd attended the summit in Hastings

    A summit about rail services organised by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been discussing the possible plans for high-speed links to the capital from Hastings.

    The rail minister, Paul Maynard was also at the public event, together with Hew Merriman, the MP for Bexhill and Battle, and bosses of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).

    The 18-month-long dispute between Southern, owned by GTR, which has cost the South East's economy around £350m, was raised at the meeting.

    Mr Maynard responded: "Ever since I took on the role as rail minister I have been apologising to passengers for the inadequate service they have been experiencing, but since the start of the dispute we have seen big improvements in GTR's performance."

    Amber Rudd, who is also the Hastings and Rye MP, said she was "impatient" about getting faster rail services for her constituency, but was "realistic" about getting things to happen.

  8. Secamb: 'Issues within the service where they're just not getting the basics right'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The South East Coast Ambulance Service is to remain in special measures, following the latest report from the Care Quality Commission.

    The Trust was placed in special measures last year.

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    Video caption: SECAMB to remain in special measures after report
  9. Piano prodigy comes to Kent

    Lucy Vladev

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    Allan Schiller was invited to study in Moscow as a teenager because of his gift for playing the piano. He's performed around the world but is now coming back to Kent to meet and play for school children.

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    Video caption: Allan Schiller will perform to school children
  10. Your weekend weather

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    It's going to be a cloudy Saturday but it's set to get brighter and drier on Sunday.

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has your forecast
  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, between J13 for A30 and J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

    M25 Surrey - Delays, three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an accident involving five cars, a lorry and a box van. Congestion to J12 M3.

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

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    Severe accident: A320 Surrey both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A320 Surrey both ways severe accident, near Heathside Road.

    A320 Surrey - A320 Station Approach in Woking blocked near the Heathside Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and a bicycle. Congestion to Six Cross Roads.

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

  13. How impersonating the King helps Kent man's bipolar

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Aaron Richie from Deal uses music and performing as a way to cope with his Bipolar disorder.

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    Video caption: Kent performer speaks about coping with Bipolar disorder
  14. Bug from Europe threatens Kent's pear crop

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    A tiny insect which has devastated pear crops in Europe has been found in Kent for the first time.

    The Anthonomus Spilotus bug was identified by scientists at East Malling Research using a French text book published in the 1930s.

    Farmers say up to a quarter of their pear crop is being destroyed by the insect.

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    Video caption: Bug from southern Europe threatens Kent's pear crop
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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  16. Sharp rise in rural homelessness

    Jimmy, who lives in a forest near Faversham, is one of a growing number of rural homeless.

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    Video caption: Jimmy Shilling has been living in a broken down van for 14 years.
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    Severe congestion: A2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A2 Kent westbound severe congestion, at M2 J1.

    A2 Kent - Slow traffic on A2 Watling Street westbound at Strood. All lanes have been re-opened.

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