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  1. Updates on Monday 4 July 2016

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Goodbye from the Kent Live team

That's all from us this afternoon. 

We're back at 09:00 BST with a special live page devoted to Southern Rail - with an announcement about train cancellations due and bosses giving evidence to MPs at Westminster.    

If you'd like to get in touch you can tweetFacebook or email us.  

Have a very good evening.  

Award-winning Whitstable garden

Stuart Maisner

Whitstable fashion designer, Sarah Morgan, won a competition to have her garden built at the Hampton Court Flower Show this week. Have a look here:

Whitstable garden at Hampton Court

Top headlines in Kent

Claire Cottingham

Farage resigns, union claims Southern rail to axe 350 services and MP makes airport expansion pledge. I've got your top stories this afternoon. 

3 in 30

How are the roads looking this afternoon?

BBC Travel

With rush hour approaching the roads are congestion free. For up-to-date information visit BBC Travel.

Traffic map
BBC
Traffic is running smoothly at the moment

Entertainment update

Stuart Maisner

What do Gemma Arterton, Keith Richards and Rizzle Kicks have in common? Well, they all feature in our South East entertainment round-up. 

Showbiz bulletin

District councils could merge

5 East Kent district councils - Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet - could merge, though discussions are at an early stage.

Southern cuts: Where will they hit?

Take a look at where the cuts earmarked by Southern are likely to take place:

Southern graphic

Lunchtime weather forecast

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

Is summer finally here? Here's my lunchtime forecast.

Lunchtime weather with Kate Kinsella

Southern cuts: 'I can't get to hospital to see my poorly triplet'

Lorna Cobbett has tweeted this message to Southern Rail

@SouthernRailUK Essie is my poorly triplet. If I can't get to hospital to see her what will you say? #southernfail

@SouthernRailUK Essie is my poorly triplet. If I can't get to hospital to see her what will you say? #southernfail

Take a 360 degree tour of Hampton garden

A Kent fashion designer has won a competition to have her garden built at the Hampton Court Flower Show this week. 

Sarah Morgan's design was inspired by the landscape in her home town, Whitstable. 

Take a 360 degree tour of the garden here.

360 degree image
BBC

Southern cuts: 'Unacceptable and appalling'

Bob Dale

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, gives BBC Sussex her reaction to plans by Southern Rail to cancel 350 services a day.

Brighton Pavilion MP reacts to Southern Trains cancelling 350 services a day.

On This Day...one, five, ten years ago

Stuart Maisner

An NHS apology over lost data, a care home for vulnerable adults closes, and a pupil is marked down for being too clever. #OnThisDay...one, five, ten years ago.  

On this day - 4 July

Farage resignation: 'I've never met a leader that's got so much charisma'

Bob Dale

Roger Latchford, UKIP leader on Kent County Council, reacted to Nigel Farage's resignation as party leader on BBC Radio Kent.

UKIP's KCC leader reacts to Nigel Farage's resignation

Radio Kent's Hampton Court Flower Show garden

Watch Ellie Crisell's report on BBC One at 13:30.

Filming beautiful Whitstable-inspired garden at @The_RHS #HamptonCourtFlowerShow for @bbcsoutheast today ☀️🌸🌼🌺🌾

Filming beautiful Whitstable-inspired garden at @The_RHS #HamptonCourtFlowerShow for @bbcsoutheast today ☀️🌸🌼🌺🌾

Farage resignation: 'He's achieved his life's work'

Stuart Maisner

Former UK MP for Rochester and Strood Mark Reckless paid this tribute to Nigel Farage on BBC Radio Kent: 

Mark Reckless on Farage resignation

Memorial garden plans controversy

KentOnline

Plans have been submitted for controversial £100,00 transformation of Faversham's memorial garden. Read the KentOnline story here.

Memorial garden plan
KentOnline
An artist's illustration of the proposed war memorial garden

Battle of Britain memorial

Hundreds of people gathered at Capel-le-Ferne yesterday to pay their respects to those who took part in the Battle of Britain - 76 years on. 

BBC South East Today's Mark Sanders reports.

Battle of Britain memorial

Southern to 'cut 350 trains a day'

Bob Dale

Southern is due to cut 350 trains - 15% of its service - according to the RMT union.

The company is locked in a bitter dispute with the RMT over the role of conductors, with services also crippled by high levels of staff sickness. 

Paul Cox from the RMT claims the worst is yet to come.

Southern Trains cancel 350 services

Brexit impact on University of Kent

Stuart Maisner

A senior official at the University of Kent is warning they'll have fewer fee-paying European students after Brexit.

Brexit impact on University of Kent

WATCH: Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader

Nigel Farage: 'Party in good place'

Nigel Farage said he had "done my bit" following the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU.

He said the party was in a "pretty good place" and said he would not change his mind about quitting as he did after the 2015 general election.

Nigel Farage
EPA
Nigel Farage said the UK needed a "Brexit prime minister"

BreakingNigel Farage resigns

The South East MEP Nigel Farage has announced he will resign as leader of UKIP.

BREAKING: Nigel Farage has announced he is stepping down as Ukip leader.

The roads this morning

BBC Travel

A quick look at the roads shows things are running smoothly this morning. More detailed information here.

Traffic map
BBC

Children among suspected migrants found in lorry on M25

A group of suspected migrants were discovered in a lorry travelling on the M25 in Kent.

Two adults and three children were found in the back of the vehicle close to the Darenth interchange at Junction 2, police said. Read more on the story from the BBC here.

Two adults and three children were found in the back of the lorry
@EASTY1980
Two adults and three children were found in the back of the lorry

This morning's weather

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

A cloudy start for many, but how will the day progress?

Kent weather AM

This morning's top stories

Stuart Maisner

Suspected illegal immigrants found on the M25, a university warning about Brexit and a competition winning Whitstable garden. Here's our #3in30 bulletin.  

This morning's top stories

Good morning from the Kent Live team

Good morning and welcome to the Local Live page for Kent at the start of a new week.

We'll be here until 17:00 BST with the county's news, sport, weather and travel.

Let's start off with our #PhotoOfTheDay - it's a beautiful image taken just before sunrise at Viking Bay in Broadstairs by Dean Spinks. Thanks Dean!  

And if you have an image you've taken you'd like to share with us you can tweetFacebook or email us.  

Dawn at Viking Bay in Broadstairs
Dean Spinks
Dawn at Viking Bay in Broadstairs