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  1. The rail line between Dover and Folkestone will not reopen until the autumn after it was damaged in rough weather
  2. Campaigners protesting against live animal exports came head to head with police in Kent last night
  3. More than 100 staff at Canterbury College are told they are at risk of redundancy
  4. Live updates on Thursday July 2016

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Claire Cottingham

It's been another warm day in Kent, but we're off for the day. We'll be back tomorrow at 09:00 BST - join us if you can for all the latest news, travel, sport and weather.

Don't forget if you do see something we should be covering, you tweetemail or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram and we'll be sure to look into it.

Until then, enjoy your evening. 

Kent Olympian on the road to Rio

Claire Cottingham

Sophie Ainsworth, who's from Ashford, is making her Olympic debut in Rio next month. 

The 27-year-old will be competing in the 49er FX class and hoping to grab gold for Team GB. 

Sophie Ainsworth, from Kent, is gunning for gold at Rio

Tomorrow's weather

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Will you still need your sun cream tomorrow? Watch my forecast below.

More sunshine for Kent on the way

The roads this afternoon

BBC Travel

Traffic is running relatively smoothly in Kent this afternoon. For more detailed information visit the BBC Travel website.

Traffic map

Airport expansion delay 'making Britain less competitive'

Bob Dale

Protesters in west Kent say any airport expansion should be in the north of England, rather than at Gatwick or Heathrow.

But a pressure group set up to campaign on behalf of UK businesses says delaying the decision for any longer will harm the country's ability to build an economy outside the EU.

Debate over where a new runway should be cited continues

Dover delay: Queues return

There have been long queues at the Port of Dover for a second day running. Extra security checks by French border officials have been the main cause of the delays.

There have been long queues at Dover

'Significant risk' unaccompanied child asylum seekers will abscond from care

Chief Inspector of Borders finds there is a 'significant risk' that unaccompanied child asylum seekers will abscond from care.

Chief Inspector of Borders says the demands of dealing with migrants in lorries had been at expense of other priorities like sham marriages.

Folkestone and Dover railway line to be completed ahead of schedule

Claire Cottingham

A £39.8m project to rebuild the line between Folkestone and Dover will be completed by autumn, Network Rail has confirmed.

The railway line has been closed since Christmas

Highs of 24C in Maidstone

Claire Cottingham

Yes we know, it's not quite as warm as Tuesday - but it's still looking good for the weekend.

Check out the weather for your area here.

Staying dry for most throughout, with plenty of warm sunny spells

Hospital trust placed in 'financial special measures'

Mark Norman

BBC South East Health Correspondent

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has become one of the first in the country to be placed into "financial special measures". 

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust placed into "financial special measures"

Line between Folkestone and Dover to be completed

Claire Cottingham

A £39.8m project to rebuild the line between Folkestone and Dover will be completed this autumn, Network Rail has confirmed. 

Work to repair and rebuild the railway has been taking place since 2015, when the line had to be closed after it became damaged.

Network rail

On this day: A strike in Calais

A strike in Calais, a campaign for defibrillators in schools, and how a heatwave turned out to be good news for farmers in the South East. It's today's #onthisday.

What was happening on this day a year ago?

Kent draw after enforcing the follow on

Claire Cottingham

Despite 190 from captain Sam Northeast, Sussex held on for a comfortable draw against Kent in Division Two after being made to follow on at the start of day four.

Full story here

Rex Features
Sam Northeast fell just one run short of his highest first-class score of 191

How has your pet kept cool this week?

Claire Cottingham

We're not the only ones who've struggled to stay cool over the last few days. Here's a few pictures of your pets enjoying the sunshine.

Please do send us your snaps - you can tweetemail or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.  

Pets cooling down in hot weather

Your top stories this morning

A wanted criminal released on bail, protests against live animal exports at Ramsgate and fees could increase at the University of Kent. Tom Darby has your ‪#‎3in30‬.  

Today's top stories in Kent

The weather cools down

More cloud and less sun in Kent today, with a slight decrease in temperatures. For more information visit BBC Weather here.

Weather chart

John Soares released on bail

A wanted criminal has been released on bail after lodging an appeal in the French Supreme Court. 

Soares has been on the run for over a decade

Rail line damage delay

Simon Jones

BBC South East Today reporter

I've been told passengers will have to wait until the autumn for the rail line between Dover and Folkestone to reopen after it was damaged in rough weather.  

Campaigners clash over live animal exports

Campaigners protesting against live animal exports came head to head with police in Kent last night.

There were angry scenes surrounding the first shipment of livestock to leave Ramsgate this year. 

Campaigners clashed with police over live animal exports

A little cooler, with more sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC South East weather presenter

Temperatures are cooler than the start of the week, but still feeling warm. Here's your weather forecast for Thursday. 

Thursday's weather, with Elizabeth Rizzini

The roads this morning

There's disruption on the clockwise carriageway of the M25 this morning near Clacket Lane services. For more detailed information visit here.

Traffic map

Hello from Kent Live

Claire Cottingham

We're here till 17:00 BST, with the top news, sport, weather and travel stories from around Kent.

If there's anything you think we need to know please feel free to tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

Gavin Edwards sent us this wonderfully evocative shot of the unique landscape of Dungeness - it's our #photooftheday.

Dungeness sunset
Gavin Edwards
Dungeness sun is burning bright