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  1. Updates on Monday 11 July 2016

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Goodnight from Local Live

Bob Dale

That's it from us today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 11:00 BST tomorrow, with everything that's happening in Kent's news, sport, weather and travel.

Remember you can tweetFacebook or email us, if you think there's something we should know about.  

Top headlines for the day

Claire Cottingham

It's been a busy day of news - here's your top stories.

Top headlines for the day

'The second staff member's role will be protected'

Bob Dale

Southern has been beset by delays and cancellations for weeks, with a dispute between parent company Govia and the RMT Union at its heart.

Rail minister Claire Perry has today tried to help find a solution:

Claire Perry makes a new offer to the RMT

Southern routes most affected

Bob Dale

Three of Southern's routes are particularly affected by the emergency timetable introduced today, including two which run through Kent.

After cutting 15% of services, Southern says 92% of its remaining services ran on time this morning.

Southern routes affected by the emergency timetable

You've been having your say on Southern

Please remember you can tweetFacebook or email us with your views on the Southern train cuts.

@bbcsoutheast I might be missing the point here but wouldn't the best protest be to stop using the trains? Just for one day?

@JackFiehn @SouthernRailUK Changed trains twice before even left Redhill - now 20mins late. Total ineptitude as usual, not fit for purpose.

@bbcsoutheast don’t seem to mention a recruitment drive. Running a business at 80% staffing levels will cause failure.

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith wins first major title

Claire Cottingham

Kent's track stars helped Great Britain win three more medals on the final day of the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

Dartford's Adam Gemili won gold as part of the 4x100m relay team, whilst Orpington's Dina Asher Smith helped the women take silver.

The men's 4x400m relay team, including Maidstone's Jack Green, won bronze.

Those successes, along with the gold won by Asher-Smith in the women’s 200m, saw Great Britain finish with 16 medals - their highest tally at a European Athletics Championship for 58 years. Watch Dina here

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BBC Sport
Kent's Dina Asher-Smith wins first major title

Parents receive payout for doctors failings

Nine-year-old Jacob Stratton, from Folkestone, was left with brain damage after doctors failed to diagnose meningitis despite his parents twice seeking medical advice. 

Without examining him, doctors said he would get better, but Jacob had pneumococcal meningitis - a life-threatening condition. 

His parents, Mandy and David, have been telling us their story after receiving a £15m compensation package.

£15m compensation for Folkestone family

Passengers protest as emergency timetable goes live

Bob Dale

Southern's emergency timetable has come into force today.

A dispute with the RMT and high levels of staff sickness have caused weeks of delays and cancellations.

Passengers are planning a protest at Victoria this evening - full story and analysis here.

Southern Rail train at Battersea
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Southern rail trains have been cut

An unsettled week ahead

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's a showery start to the week - here's my forecast.

the weather forecast with Georgina Burnett

On This Day

Bob Dale

Tributes are paid to a footballer, arson arrests and a rare giraffe is born. It's today's ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ in the South East.

on this day, July 11th

'They are causing absolute misery'

Bob Dale

One of the Southern routes hit by the emergency timetable introduced today is the Tonbridge to Redhill service.

Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat says he'd like to hold both sides in the dispute to account.

Tom Tugendhat MP on the Southern Rail dispute

£15m compensation for Folkestone family

The family of a little boy left brain damaged after out-of-hours doctors failed to diagnose meningitis have received a £15m compensation package. 

Jacob Stratton, from Folkestone, was just six-weeks-old when he contracted the disease but his parents were told to give him Calpol and keep him at home. 

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Southern rail: Analysis

Tom Edwards

Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Train
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For months, commuters that use Southern have suffered. There have been job losses, warnings for lateness and missed appointments. 

Why? This is a well documented industrial dispute about changes to the role of the guard. The company wants to use new trains, where the driver operates the doors using CCTV. The RMT union, which fears job losses, says two staff members are much safer than one. The company says it operates the new trains safely elsewhere.

RMT protest
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The RMT has staged a series of walkouts

But compounding that are extremely high levels of cancellations. The company says it's due to high levels of sickness - ministers say it's unofficial strike action. The RMT believe it's due to stress and the company don't have enough staff anyway. 

Now there are calls for Southern to be stripped of their franchise. There are also calls for devolution of the rail network, with perhaps Transport for London taking over. Long-term that might be an option, but short-term, it's difficult to see a way out of a real mess.

'It's a disgrace. You're a disgrace Southern rail'

Claire Cottingham

Southern rail's new emergency timetable was put into action this morning with the company claiming that 92% of those services ran on time. More than 340 trains - 15% of services - have been cut as part of the new schedule, in response to ongoing problems with staff shortages and industrial action.

You've been having your say on twitter.

On an @SouthernRail train to Victoria. Conductor says we've arrived at Horsham station 6 minutes early. Huge cheer from the carriage.

.@southernrail I'm off to a wedding...1st train cancelled, 2nd delayed, 1hr late so far & #delayrepay not even worth trying :( #southernfail

@southernrail Dyan Crowther says reduced timetable for "foreseeable future". Had no solution to offer and sounded confused

@MsRose33 It's a disgrace. You are a disgrace @southernrail

Horse dealer sentencing: Sick animals for sale

One of the horses
Kent Police
The horses were advertised for sale in equestrian publications

Two horse dealers and a vet have been jailed after colluding to sell ill, dangerous and lame horses to unsuspecting buyers.

Aniela Jurecka, 28, of Prospect Place, Collier Street, in Tonbridge, and Charlotte Johnson, 28, of Tollgate Way, Sandling, were sentenced to two and a half years each.

They worked alongside vet David Smith, of The Street, Finglesham, Deal, who received the same sentence.

Text conversation
Kent Police
Text messages downloaded by detectives showed the pair were sedating horses

Police identified 17 victims whose horses had become uncontrollable once the sedatives had worn off.

In one instance a woman was left unable to walk for a year after being thrown from her horse.

Anyone for a game of Footgolf?

She won a gold medal at the Winter Paralympics in 2014 as the sighted guide to skier Kelly Gallagher. But over the weekend, Charlotte Evans from Chatham had a go at a different sport - all in the name of charity. 

BreakingHorse trial sentencing

Two horse dealers and a vet who conspired to drug horses before selling them as "docile" for children and novices, have been jailed for two and a half years each. 

Charlotte Johnson and Aniela Jurecka drugged horses and ponies and sold them as suitable for children from farms in Staplehurst and Marden, in Kent.

The pair recommended vet David Smith, 66, to buyers, who would then give the animals a clean bill of health.

Good Samaritan helps pensioner

KentOnline

A good Samaritan has stepped in to help an 85-year-old man duped by rogue builders. Read the KentOnline report here.

Tony King who fixed the pensioner's chimney
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Roofer Tony King who fixed the pensioner's chimney

This morning's headlines

Bob Dale

Commuters plan more protests over Southern Rail, problems for hospital patients and a violent house robbery - here are this morning's top stories.

3 in 30

A breezy start to the week

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's an unsettled start to the week's weather. Here's my forecast:

the weather with Kate Kinsella

Good morning from Kent Live

Bob Dale

Thanks for joining us, we're here till 17:00 BST.

We'll have all the days news, sport, weather and travel from across Kent.

Remember you can tweet, Facebook or email us, if you think there's something we should know about.

Let's start with this gorgeous image of Ramsgate, sent to us by Jessica-Leigh Emerson - it's our #photooftheday

Ramsgate harbour at night
Jessica-Leigh Emerson
Ramsgate harbour at night