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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 July 2016

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Goodbye from Kent Live

Bob Dale

That's it for today - thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 11:00 BST tomorrow, with all the news, sport, weather and travel from across Kent.

However, you can still tweetFacebook or email us.

Traffic this afternoon

BBC Travel

Traffic is running reasonably smoothly in the run-up to rush hour. For more detailed information visit the BBC Travel site here.

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Chiropractor secretly filmed women undressing

Claire Cottingham

A chiropractor who filmed women undressing at his Kent practice has been jailed for four and a half years. Police say his actions left his victims feeling "violated, embarrassed and betrayed". 

Christopher Foley also admitted five offences of sexual assault at the practice in Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells, and possessing extreme pornography. 

Christopher Foley, jailed for four and a half years

'Cruel' Bulger tweeter jailed

Chloe Cowan
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Chloe Cowan cannot make any contact with James Bulger's parents or family

A woman who admitted sending disturbing Twitter messages to the mother of murdered toddler, James Bulger, has been jailed for three years.

Chloe Cowan, 20, from Margate, in Kent, pleaded guilty to stalking involving serious alarm or distress at an earlier hearing at Canterbury Crown Court.

She had posed as one of the toddler's killers and as his ghost in the tweets. Read the full BBC News story here.

James Bulger
PA
James Bulger was murdered in 1993 by schoolboys Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

Falconio Murder: Fresh appeal

Police in Australia are using the 15th anniversary of a Kent backpacker's murder to appeal to the public for information to help find his remains. 

Peter Falconio, 28, worked at Pfizer in Sandwich and disappeared on a remote outback highway north of Alice Springs in July 2001. 

Falconio appeal in Australia

Bell-Drummond makes his Kent return

Claire Cottingham

Daniel Bell-Drummond returns to the Kent squad this Friday at the sold-out Twenty20 match at the Neville Ground in Tunbridge Wells. 

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Spitfires squad: Northeast (c), DBD, Denly, Billings (w), Blake, Stevens, Ball, Claydon, Qayyum, Tredwell, Griffiths, Weller, Rabada

What's the weather like this afternoon?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Things are definitely set to improve - watch my forecast below.

the weather with Elizabeth Rizzini

BreakingAshford MP in PM's new cabinet

Claire Cottingham

Ashford MP Damian Green appointed Work and Pensions Secretary in Theresa May's new cabinet. 

He held the post of police minister between 2010 and 2012. 

BBC
BBC
Ashford MP in new cabinet

What happened this time last year?

Jessica Banham

People-smugglers at work in Calais, a major golf championship in Kent and a top bravery award for a Dover policeman. Here's today's #OnThisDay.

Police release pet theft figures

News Shopper

More than 120 pets stolen in Gravesham, Dartford and Sevenoaks since 2013. Read the News Shopper's report here.  

A cat
BBC
In total two cats were stolen across all three areas since the beginning of 2013

'She wasn't exhibiting any symptoms at all'

Claire Cottingham

When six-year-old Abbie Mifsud from Ashford was diagnosed as having a brain tumour her parents' first question was how good was her chance of survival? They were braced to be told it was as low as 50/50.

But to their horror the doctor revealed their daughter had no chance and she did indeed die within months. Now they're campaigning to improve research into brain cancers.

Abbie's mother Amanda spoke to us about her loss.

Amanda Walker speaks about her daughter Abbie

Not quite the same as a call from the new prime minister...

Claire Cottingham

Not a good day to be calling MPs, as our political editor Helen Catt found out.

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BreakingChiropractor secretly filmed patients

Pembury chiropractor Christopher Foley sentenced to four and a half years for molesting and secretly filming patients. 

He admitted his guilt during a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

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Kent Police
Christopher Foley jailed for four years and six months
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Kent Police
Hidden camera used to watch them undress

Thieves target play centre run by former Apprentice contestant

KentOnline

Thieves have targeted Tiny Town, in Larkfield, which is run by former BBC The Apprentice contestant Felipe Alviar-Baquero. Read the KentOnline story here.

Jennifer Alviar-Barquero and Patricia Barquero survey the damage.
KentOnline
Jennifer Alviar-Barquero and Patricia Barquero survey the damage

'Southern rail would be a good one to sort out'

Claire Cottingham

In the world of politics, it was another dramatic day on Wednesday with David Cameron giving up his role as Prime Minister and Theresa May taking over. 

What do you think should be on Theresa May's agenda now she's PM? 

You can tweetFacebook or email us. 

Margates' 'Northern Lights'

Claire Cottingham

Quite incredible! Frank captured these stunning photographs a few days ago in Margate. 

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This morning's top stories

Appeal renewed to find a Kent backpacker's body, drugs seized at Dover and plans for economic growth along the Thames Estuary - here's this mornings ‪#‎3in30‬ with Dan Maclaren.

3in30 14 July

What's the weather going to be like this weekend?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

After this week's showers, Saturday is looking good. Here's this morning's forecast.

The weather forecast with Rachel Mackley

Good morning from Kent Live

Bob Dale

We'll be here till 17:00 BST, keeping you up to date with Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

You can still tweetFacebook or email us with anything you think we need to know.

Mike Richardson sent this striking picture of ruins and a waterfall at Kearsney Abbey, near Dover, to our Facebook page - it's our #photooftheday.

Ruined building at Kearsney Abbey near Dover
Mike Richardson
Kearsney Abbey