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  1. Updates on Friday 22 July 2016

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Have a wonderful evening

Claire Cottingham

Thanks for joining us today, it's been a busy day in Kent, but if you're still on the M2 London-bound and want to get live updates make sure you follow us on Twitter for the latest.

The last we heard Highways England say the road wont re-open until 20:30 BST.

We're back Monday from 09:00 BST with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

Have a nice weekend. 

@bbcsoutheast Lorry fire on the M2.

@bbcsoutheast Lorry fire on the M2.

International artists in the Kent countryside

Bob Dale

A shelter constructed from natural materials found in Kent, a miniature swimming pool and a coppiced chestnut arch that spirals over a footpath.

These are just some of the sculptures created this week at the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks, as part of an international sculpture symposium.

Sculpture symposium in Sevenoaks this week

Don't forget...

Claire Cottingham

Dartford's Adam Gemili faces the lightning Bolt that is Usain this evening just after 21:00 BST. They're both competing in the 200m at the London Anniversary Games.

The BBC has live TV, radio and online coverage.

Dartford's Adam Gemili
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Adam Gemili faces six-time Olympic Champion Usian Bolt

This afternoon's top stories

Stuart Maisner

A lorry fire causes motorway chaos, a village ram-raid and British border controls to remain in France. Here's our afternoon #3in30 

M2 motorway closed for much of the day due to lorry fire

'Marine vomit' threatening Kent's sealife

Claire Cottingham

Marine experts are warning some of the South East's prime shellfishing grounds are in danger because of the spread of a highly invasive creature on the seabed.

The carpet sea squirt is an animal that's sometimes given the unflattering nickname "marine vomit".

Carpet Sea Squirt, an invasive species threatening our sea life! @bbcsoutheast @EnvAgencySE @KentWildlife

Carpet Sea Squirt, an invasive species threatening our sea life! @bbcsoutheast @EnvAgencySE @KentWildlife

BreakingM2 not to re-open until 20:30 BST

M2 London-bound, between junctions 5 and 6, now not expected to re-open until 20:30 BST. 

Lorry fire on M2
Highways England
M2 expected to re-open at 20:30 BST

On this day

Tom Darby

A boost in tourism, an honorary degree for a war hero, and a protest over NHS jobs. It's today's #onthisday

On this day in the South East

Petition for Nick Clegg parody to be released

Claire Cottingham

There are reports that former deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg spent a considerable amount of money recreating Carly Rae Jepsen's, "I Really Like You", video scene-for-scene in Gravesend, but the said reported video never saw the light of day.

Well, now there's a petition to have the video really, there is...

"We would like Nick Clegg to release the spoof of Carly Rae Jepson's video"

There's even a video that seems to have surfaced on Twitter...

View more on twitter

M2 UPDATE: Road closed until 19:00 BST

Highways England say they don't expect the London-bound carriageway of the M2, between junctions 5 and 6, to re-open until 19:00 BST.

The closure follows a lorry fire on the motorway earlier.

The road is currently closed to traffic with reports of seven-mile tailbacks. There are diversions via the A20 and M20. More on the story here

Truck on fire
Ryan Donnelly
The lorry carrying bales of hay was engulfed in flames on the hard shoulder

VIDEO: Yobs throw rock at cyclist's head



A keen cyclist says he could have been killed by a yob who threw a stone or rock at his head. Watch KentOnline's video here.

Andrew Norton
Andrew Norton who was hit by a stone while he cycled along Halfway Road, Halfway

'Gridlock' on the A2 heading to Faversham

Claire Cottingham

Paula has tweeted to say she's stuck on the A2 after a huge lorry fire near Sittingbourne on the M2.

Gridlocked traffic on #a2 heading to #Faversham #accident on the #m2

Gridlocked traffic on #a2 heading to #Faversham #accident on the #m2

#M2 W/B btwn J6 #Ashford+J5 #Sittingbourne closed. Pls consider alternative route. Diversion…

Lunchtime weather forecast

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Will it stay fine for the weekend? Here's my latest weather forecast. 

Lunchtime weather with Elizabeth Rizzini

Canterbury Cathedral to receive £250,000 for a library corridor roof

Claire Cottingham

Canterbury Cathedral is one of many to be awarded grants from the WW1 Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. 

The government has said cathedrals across the UK will receive £14.5m to mark the centenary of World War One to repair these "powerful symbols" of British history. The fund is designed to help preserve cathedrals for future generations.

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Canterbury Cathedral has been awarded a grant

Border controls to stay in France not move to Dover

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

British border controls will stay in France despite the vote to leave the EU. 

The French President Francois Hollande has confirmed his country will keep the Le Touquet agreement in place. 

There were warnings during the EU referendum campaign the border may be moved back to Dover.

British border controls will stay in France

Kent Olympian faces six-time Olympic champion

Claire Cottingham

Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili will face the six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt tonight as he continues his preparation for the Rio Olympics at the London Anniversary Games. 

The Kent runner will compete in the 200m against the Jamaican world record holder. 

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Dartford's Adam Gemili hoping to beat the best
BBC Sport
Usain Bolt, the Jamaican world record holder

An impressive body of work

Bob Dale

Louise Giblin is a sculptor whose unique bodycasts of Olympic athletes, rock stars, and war veterans have been shown around the world.

Now what's being billed as the largest public gathering of her work is on display in her home town of Tunbridge Wells at the Seeart Gallery.

The exhibition takes place in Tunbridge Wells

Drivers 'hold up fire engine' trying to get to M2 fire

Claire Cottingham

Six drivers will be prosecuted after allegedly driving on the hard shoulder and holding up a fire engine.

The emergency services were responding to a fire where a lorry carrying bales of hay burst into flames on the M2. 

The motorway is currently closed for traffic travelling west from Faversham to Sittingbourne. Firefighters are tackling the blaze while Kent Police and Highways England are also at the scene.

6 driver will be prosecuted for driving in the hard shoulder and holding fire engine who couldn't get through! AE

M2 London bound. We have about 7 miles of trapped traffic between J6-5 to clear. Heavy traffic A299 and A2 please avoid. AE

Health trust in special measures



A Kent health trust with forecast £23m deficit is put into financial special measures. Read the KentOnline report here.   

Maidstone Hospital
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has been put in special measures

Here's a look at this morning's top stories

Tom Darby

A paedophile is sentenced to 14 years, possible delays at Dover, and protected status for a war wreckage. Here's your ‪#‎3in30‬.

This morning's headlines

Bell-Drummond and Billings released from Lions

Claire Cottingham

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Billings have been released from England Lions duty to play for Kent Spitfires in the NatWest T20 Blast against Essex Eagles.

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Bell-Drummond and Billings released by England Lions

Kagiso Rabada plays the final match of his spell at Kent and Matt Coles returns to the squad after regaining full fitness after a four-week absence.

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South Africa's Kagiso Rabada plays the final match of his spell at Kent

Black Friday on the roads

Bob Dale

Today's being labelled "Black Friday" for travellers.

Thousands of families will be making a dash for air and sea ports in a bid to beat the weekend traffic. 

Drivers on the M25 are being warned to take extra care, with some hard shoulders removed to allow for all-lane running.

Families will be rushing off for their holidays

Video: Fire on M2 leads to traffic delays

Claire Cottingham

Stephanie on Twitter has caught this video of the lorry fire on the M2. 

View more on twitter

Former Czech Spitfire pilot flies over Kent again

Dan Maclaren

Seventy years ago a young Czech airman was flying Spitfires with the RAF. For the first time since then, Emil Bocek, now 93, has flown a Spitfire in the skies above Kent once again. 

He escaped from his German-occupied homeland as a 16-year-old in 1939 and volunteered to fight the Nazis alongside the British.

Former Czech pilot takes to the air again over Kent

Century-old wreck protected off Kent coast

Claire Cottingham

Two submarines which sank off the coast of England more than a century ago have been given protected status.

A German U-boat scuppered off the coast of Kent in 1915 and a British A-class submarine which sank in 1912 off Dorset have been made protected historic wreck sites. Full story here.

The U-8 marked a turning point in submarine design and development

Your weather this morning

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Will the sunshine continue throughout the weekend? Take a look at my forecast.

Elizabeth Rizzini's weather

Dreamland under threat

Bob Dale

There are fears that Margate's Dreamland is a step closer to bankruptcy after a meeting was called between creditors and administrators.

It's believed those creditors will be told Sands Heritage doesn't have sufficient assets to be saved as a going concern.

Dreamland amusement park under threat of bankruptcy

Good morning from Kent Live

Hi, it's the last day of the working week for most of us and we're here till 17:00 BST with the news, sport, travel and weather from across Kent.

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.

The weather's been wonderful all week and Judit Kemenes sent us this wonderful picture of sunrise over Gravesend.

Gravesend sunrise
Judit Kemenes
A wonderful Gravesend sunrise