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All the day's news as it happens in the South and South East for Tuesday 15 May.

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Flying visit to Meridian

Parrot
Prince Moto with Eliza Credit: Meridian

We had a flying visit from Prince Moto, a male Eclectus parrot from Bournemouth. He was brought in by a guest for one of our programmes. Production assistant Eliza Barber volunteered to look after a very inquisitive Prince Moto.

Drowned out: Navy open day called off

A Royal Navy open day has been called off after the wettest April on record. The event HMS Collingwood was due to go ahead on Saturday 26 May, but some onsite locations are waterlogged and considered dangerous to the public. The annual event usually attracts up to 6, 000 people.

Thames Estuary Airport: Have your say

Thames Estuary airport
Kent County Council says plans for a new hub should be abandoned Credit: ITV Meridian

Members of the public will be able to have their say about plans to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary. A special forum is being held at Thamesview School in Gravesend this evening.

Last week Kent County Council released a report insisting proposals for a new hub off the coast should be abandoned.

Jenson Button to visit Kent

Jenson Button, Brands Hatch, Kent
Jenson Button will be at Brands Hatch this weekend Credit: ITV Meridian

Former F1 World Champion Jenson Button will be making a special guest appearance at Brands Hatch this weekend

The Maclaren driver will briefly sign autographs for fans before taking part in a question and answer session with ex-F1 star David Coulthard.

Shortly afterwards, Jenson will take the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz DTM ‘race taxi’ with current DTM championship leader Gary Paffett alongside

It's the first time he will have driven the circuit since his British Formula 3 days in 1999.

He said: “Brands Hatch is one of the circuits where I cut my teeth in junior single seaters and I have many fond memories of the place.

“It’s one of the greatest tracks in the world and a place with an awful lot of motorsport history."

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