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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 July 2016

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That's it from the live team today

Claire Cottingham

We're off for the evening, but thank you very much for joining us throughout the day.

If you see a story we should be covering make sure you get in touch with us. You can tweetfacebook or email us.

We're back from 09:00 BST tomorrow - see you then.

This building collapsed quicker than ‪‎England‬'s ‪Euro 2016‬ hopes...

A coal bunker at Kingsnorth Power Station in Hoo has been detonated in a controlled explosion. 

The 5,000 tonne building used to grind down coal. It was demolished (and filmed) by Uniper UK.

Building explosion filmed by Uniper UK

UK in store for second ever female prime minister

Michael Gove has been eliminated from the #ToryLeadership contest after second ballot of Conservative MPs.

Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the Conservative Party.

Conservative MP for Dover and Deal Charlie Elphicke called it a "decisive" result. 

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Escape to the County...(of Kent)

Claire Cottingham

Police have launched an air and ground search for a lynx wild cat which has escaped from a zoo in Dartmoor.

Flaviu arrived at the zoo on Wednesday night from Port Lympne in Kent and was settled into his new house at 19:30 BST.

But it seemed the lynx preferred Kent as it made its great escape by digging out of its enclosure.

The Carparthian or Eurasian lynx was once common throughout Europe

James Tredwell and Sam Northeast stand cannot stop Essex win

Claire Cottingham

James Tredwell and Sam Northeast's huge stand was not enough to stop Essex from securing victory as they moved above Kent to go top of Division Two.

Read the full story here

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James Tredwell's previous career-best score was 123 against New Zealand in 2008

'Sandhurst in the sand'

Mark Norman

BBC South East Correspondent

As soldiers from the Folkestone based 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles continue their tour of Kabul, the Prime Minister has praised the work of British troops involved in post-conflict duties in Afghanistan.

David Cameron highlighted the role of the UK-run officer training academy that's working to strengthen the Afghan Army. 

I've been given exclusive access to the battalion's work and the academy itself which is known as "Sandhurst in the sand"...


Hayfever warning in Kent

Claire Cottingham

Achooo! Very high #pollen levels in southern England today - get your antihistamine at the ready. 

High levels of pollen in Kent

Getting ready for the Kent County Show

Andy Garland

BBC Radio Kent presenter

Rigging at the @kentcountyshow ready for opening day tomorrow with Breakfast presenters @john_warnett@GetTheRecordOn and @lembitopik


Spot the difference...

Claire Cottingham

This is some serious business. Can you tell the difference? 

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Scottish Wildcat kittens spotted in Kent...

Claire Cottingham

Unfortunately they're not for sale, but three extremely rare Scottish Wildcat kittens have made their first appearance at Wildwood, near Herne Bay. 

Oban (male), Fearn and Rhu (both female) are now 11-weeks-old but haven't been on show to visitors until all their vaccinations had been completed. 

It's believed just 100 of these adorable fluffballs remain, according to the Wildwood Trust.   

Three Scottish Wildcat kittens
Wildwood Trust
These Scottish Wildcat kittens are making their home in Kent

170th Gravesend Regatta

Claire Cottingham

Preparations are under way for one of Kent's most historic riverside celebrations this weekend. The 170th Gravesend Regatta and a Kent charity are taking the opportunity to team up with skilled boat builders to help men with mental health problems. Watch our report:

170th Gravesend Regatta Preparations underway

Lorry driver fears in Calais

This time last year, car and lorry drivers were telling BBC Radio Kent they feared for their safety driving in northern France, as migrants were trying to break into their vehicles. 

One year on Matt Davison went back to Calais and while carrying out interviews with Howard Cox, co-founder of Fair Fuel UK, came across this lorry:

Lorry back slashed

Gillingham’s new signing is...

Maidstone-born Scott Wagstaff, who's signed a two-year contract at the club.

He’s spent the last three seasons at Bristol City.

Scott said: "I think one of the first matches I went to was watching the Gills against Chelsea as a kid, and I’ve got a lot of friends and family this way which adds to my excitement about joining.”

Scott Wagstaff in action for Bristol City
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Scott Wagstaff has signed a two year contract at Gillingham

Who's Gillingham's new signing?

The club says that all will be revealed at 14:30 BST.

BREAKING: We'll have some transfer news at 2.30pm. Who will be the #Gills' new number seven?

BREAKING: We'll have some transfer news at 2.30pm. Who will be the #Gills' new number seven?

Your afternoon forecast

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

It's been a cloudy but mild day for most of us so far. Here are the details about what's expected this afternoon.

Weather forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini

On this day

A death in the Channel Tunnel, controversial care home closure and 7/7 victims remembered - #onthisday

On this day

Villagers considering legal challenge to lorry park

People in Stanford are considering a legal challenge to a £250m lorry park.

The site of the park, which will end the need for Operation Stack when cross Channel traffic is disrupted, was announced this week.

BBC South East Today's environment correspondent Yvette Austin has this report.

The location of a lorry park is announced

My grandfather was Albert Steptoe!

On yesterday's BBC Radio Kent afternoon show, Pat and Erika asked you to call with one surprising fact about your family.

Danny, driving down to Romney Marsh, phoned in with an amazing story about his rag and bone man grandfather.

Pat and Erika will be back on air from midday.

A caller to Pat & Erika

Your top stories this morning

Claire Cottingham

A child abuse prevention scheme, Surrey Police "still has work to do" says mother of killed teenager and commuters have their say. Here's today's top headlines. 

3 in 30 with Claire Cottingham

Military dogs in Kabul cool down

Mark Norman

BBC South East Correspondent

I'm in Kabul, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles from Folkestone. 

These military dogs have had a paddle to help them cool down in the 32 degree heat.

Military dogs

'Lucky cat' ripped apart by greyhounds


A cat nicknamed "Lucky" by pupils who stroked him before exams has been "ripped apart by greyhounds". Read the KentOnline story here.

The cat was killed after he was allegedly attacked by two greyhounds

Seeing double

Staff at a Folkestone nursery really have their work cut out.

Playbox Nursery has five sets of twins - three of them identical.

A Folkestone Nursery is overrun with twins

Kent soldiers arrive in Afghanistan

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles have left their base in Folkestone to travel to the Afghan capital Kabul, where for eight months they will be providing protection for the international community. 

Our News Correspondent Mark Norman has been given exclusive access to the battalion in Kabul.

Soldiers in Kabul

M25 reopens after accident

Traffic is beginning to clear on the M25 anti-clockwise carriageway following an earlier accident.

UPDATE: M25 J5-J4 Anticlockwise : Road now open following an earlier Collision: Delays are now starting to clear:

This morning's weather

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Will you need a brolly or your suncream this morning? Take a look at my forecast and find out.

Kent weather

Accident on M25

There has been an accident on the anti-clockwise carriageway of the M25 between junctions 5 and 4. 

Part of the motorway has been closed and the traffic has been described as "severe" on this stretch. For more information visit BBC Travel here.

M25 anti-clockwise between J6 and J5 | Accident

Travel map
Today's BBC Travel map shows where the accident has taken place

Good morning

The Kent Live team will be here till 17:00 BST, with all the news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.

To kick off, here's our #photooftheday - Margate Beach, snapped by John Linnington.

If you have taken a photo of Kent you'd like to send us, or have a news story you think we should know about, you can get in touch by tweetFacebook or email

Margate Beach by John Linnington
John Linnington
Margate Beach looking like it is in Australia