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  1. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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Goodbye from the Kent Live team

Bob Dale

Thanks for joining us today.

I'll be back tomorrow from 09:00 BST, with Kent's news, sport, weather and travel.

Of course you can get in touch - you can tweetFacebook or email us.  

What does rush hour hold in store?

The traffic in Kent is currently running smoothly. Keep up-to-date with the BBC Travel website.

Traffic map

This afternoon's headlines

A delay for the new runway decision, more bad news for the South East's train companies and a shortage of teachers - it's this afternoon's #3in30.

This afternoon's top stories

Staff warned over lateness 'caused by Southern'

Staff are being given written warnings over lateness caused by problems with Southern rail, an MP has claimed.

Watch Peter Kyle MP ask the government when things will change.

Peter Kyle rail question

Punk poet teaches next generation

Watch punk poet John Cooper Clarke on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST.

Lovely morning @HerneBayJuniors with #punkpoet #johncooperclarke & next generation watch @bbcsoutheast 6.30 tonight
Lovely morning @HerneBayJuniors with #punkpoet #johncooperclarke & next generation watch @bbcsoutheast 6.30 tonight

Lovely morning @HerneBayJuniors with #punkpoet #johncooperclarke & next generation watch @bbcsoutheast 6.30 tonight

'Football banning orders cannot change the culture'

After the fan violence at Euro 2016, the Dartford MP Gareth Johnson had told a debate in parliament that banning orders alone won't tackle the problem.

Gareth Johnson, MP for Dartford

Where is summer?

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter

It's the middle of the year. So where is summer? Here's the lunchtime forecast.  

Lunchtime weather

Boris exit: A knock-out blow for Gatwick expansion?

Piers Hopkirk

BBC South East Today political reporter

Boris Johnson
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Boris decided not to stand in the leadership election

So could the exit of Boris Johnson from the Conservative leadership race be a game changer for airport expansion in the South East?

I will lie down with you in front of those bulldozers and stop the building, stop the construction of that third runway"

Boris Johnson when elected as Uxbridge MP

With him at the Prime Ministerial helm it appeared Heathrow would be a no-go - opening the door for a second runway at Gatwick.

Now though with Mr Johnson deciding not to run for the PM post, Gatwick it appears has lost a potentially powerful ally.

All eyes in the aviation world are now on the leadership campaign and who will take the helm come September.

Boris Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Gone for now, but will Boris be back?

Unhappy Kent rail travellers

Kent's rail operators have the worst passenger satisfaction ratings in the UK, according to the latest figures from a watchdog.

In the survey carried out by Passenger Focus, Southern and Southeastern scored just 69% for overall passenger satisfaction.

Southern train
Southern rail is the midst of industrial action

Long delays on M2 after crash

BBC Travel

There are five-mile queues on the M2 coastbound between junction 5 (Sittingbourne) and junction 6 (Faversham) due to an earlier accident.

M2 Accident

Teaching: 'It's a horrible job'

Stuart Maisner

Kent County Council say the number of teaching positions advertised on its recruitment website has gone up 15% in the last two years - to more than 3,000 a year.

Here's the view of recently retired maths and science teacher Colleen, speaking on BBC Radio Kent earlier.

Number of teaching jobs rising significantly

Tory leadership contest

Kent's Conservative MPs have begun to align themselves behind their favoured candidate to be the next party leader and PM.

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale on Theresa May's speech : 'I feel a real sense of hope where before there was despair.'

Folkestone MP @DamianCollins backs Theresa May to be the next Tory leader, saying she has 'the experience to lead and unite our country'.

New signing set to make Spitfires debut tonight

Kent Spitfires are expected to hand a debut to South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada this evening against Sussex Sharks in the T20 Blast.

Kagiso Rabada
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Kent's new overseas signing Kagiso Rabada

The 21-year-old has joined the Spitfires for a month and goes straight into tonight's squad.

You can find out how he gets on, with ball by ball commentary from 18:30 here.

Kagiso Rabada
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The 21-year-old has joined the Spitfires

Goodwin Sands: 'It's really important this area is protected'

Environmental campaigners are fighting plans by Dover Harbour Board to dredge millions of tonnes of aggregate from the Goodwin Sands.

The harbour board wants to use it as part of a construction project, but opponents say the wildlife of the area should be left alone.

Campaigners fight to stop dredging on the Goodwin Sands

Accident on M2

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the M2 between junctions 5 and 6. For more detailed and up-to-date information visit the BBC Travel website.

BBC travel map

'Our concern is the dramatic change being proposed'

Plans to convert more motorway hard shoulders into permanent driving lanes, already trialled on the M25, should be put on hold, according to MPs. Read the full story here.

What do you think? Should it be scrapped, or is it a solution to congestion? You can tweetFacebook or email us.    

Commons Transport Committee comes out against extending use of hard shoulders on motorways

Photo Of The Day

Lucy Goode sent us this lovely image of a Margate sunset. It's our #photooftheday  

Send us your Kent images - you can tweetFacebook or email us.  

Margate sunset
Lucy Goode
Margate sunset

Darwin's bedroom recreated

Experts have painstakingly recreated Charles Darwin's bedroom at his family home in north Kent.

Detailed research has returned the room to the condition in which it would have been when the scientist and his family were living at Down House. Take a look below.

Experts have carefully recreated Charles Darwin's bedroom at Down House

Kent to face England captain in top of the table clash

Kent have gone top of Division Two in the County Championship, after their match against Derbyshire ended in a draw this week.

They meet second place Essex in Chelmsford next week in a top of the table encounter.

Alastair Cook
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Alastair Cook is set to appear against Kent

The hosts have been bolstered for the clash, with England Test Captain Alastair Cook set to feature.

On Sunday you'll find ball by ball commentary here.

Our top stories this morning

Stuart Maisner

Illegal migrants crossing the Channel, Dover demonstration latest and Gatwick expansion. Here's our #3in30 

Calls for talks on Channel migrants

'The man ran off and left me on the street'

Reggie Jarvis was attacked by a dog in Northfleet

There's been a dramatic increase in the number of dog attacks in Kent.

Kent Police investigates an average of 11 a week, according to figures uncovered by a BBC Freedom of Information Request. We've been speaking to one young victim.

What's the weather like this morning

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Here's what you can expect from the weather in Kent today.

Kent weather 001

Good morning from the Kent Live team

Bob Dale

Hi, I'll be with you until 17:00 BST, with all the news, sport, travel and weather from around Kent.

Of course you can get in touch - you can tweetFacebook or email us.