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  2. Updates from Thursday 11 August 2016

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Bob Dale

That's all from us for tonight.

We'll be back with more live updates from 06:00 BST tomorrow.

Remember to let us know what's happening where you live by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

'We need to ensure this doesn't happen again'

Bob Dale

The Medway Maritime Hospital is opening a bereavement suite for the parents of stillborn babies.

It follows the case of a stillborn girl who was left in a room at the hospital for six days, when she should have been sent to a mortuary.

UKIP leadership favourite may not debate with rivals

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

It's being reported that South East MEP Diane James, the favourite to become the next leader of UKIP, won't be taking part in any hustings, but will be making arrangements to be questioned "exclusively".

So what does this mean for the campaign as a whole?

'To find out their daughter hadn't been looked after would have been devastating'

Bob Dale

The head of the bereavement charity Abigail's Footsteps says the case of a stillborn girl, who was left in a room at the Medway Maritime Hospital for six days, shows the importance of bereavement suites.

One is due to open in the hospital in November.

Maidstone mummy: Scan to reveal face of ancient artefact

She may have died nearly 3000 years ago but a new project is hoping to bring back to life Kent's only mummy. With the help of £78,000 heritage lottery funding, the Maidstone Museum is teaming up with Kent's Institute of Medicine and Surgery and Liverpool John Moores University to help re-construct her face into a 3D model.

Bank bomb blackmailer guilty

Kent Messenger

A businessman who planted a fake bomb at a bank in Sevenoaks has been found guilty of blackmail, the Kent Messenger reports.

'The love for a baby, stillborn or otherwise, doesn't go away'

Bob Dale

The Medway NHS Foundation Trust has apologised to a mother, after her stillborn daughter was left in a room for six days, instead of being sent to a mortuary.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, took legal action when she found out what had happened.

Yalding flood defences: 'It just isn't a practical scheme'

Jessica Banham

The decision to scrap part of a £35m flood protection scheme in the Maidstone area is being defended by the Environment Agency.The agency says Yalding, Collier Street and Laddingford would be better served by more localised flood defences.

Woman and dog given oxygen therapy following Dartford kitchen fire

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

A dog is reported to have sparked a fire in a Dartford flat by turning on the electric hob.

Kent Fire and Rescue Services were called to Browning Road after the owner had temporarily placed a microwave on the hob. Beau, her pet dog, is then believed to have jumped up and knocked the dial, sparking the fire, which filled the flat with black smoke and destroyed the microwave.

No one was seriously hurt. 

Dog and mask
Stock image of Hardy the dog wearing a pet oxygen mask

That's it from the morning team

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

We're back tomorrow at 06:00 BST with the latest news in the county - Bob Dale and Jess Banham will take you through the afternoon until 22:00 BST.

Remember you can get in touch with your pictures and videos by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

'More blue skies this afternoon'

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Hazy sunshine, with a mild evening. Here's my afternoon forecast.

Dart Charge fiasco as driver's personal and financial details leaked

News Shopper

The Highways Agency has been forced to publicly apologise to a Dartford woman after personal and financial details were sent to her by mistake. Read the News Shopper story here.

Dartford Crossing

BreakingCraig Mackinlay 'threat': Mark Verier pleads not guilty

Mark Verier has pleaded not guilty after a "threatening" message was posted on the Facebook page of South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay. 

Mr Verier, 28 of Ramsgate High Street, is accused of sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing communications.

The post on the Conservative MP's page came two days after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in her constituency. 

The case has been adjourned until 18 August.

NHS plans: 'Tinkering around the edges isn't going to be sufficient'

Bob Dale

The NHS in East Kent is struggling to achieve some of the most basic standards of care for its patients, according to health bosses.

It's estimated without change all services will be over capacity within four years.

Kent rugby player hopeful of medal

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

They're calling it "Wonder Wednesday" - now on the day after Team GB's most successful day at the Rio Olympics, Cranbrook's Rory McConnachie is hoping to add to the medals tally over the next couple of days. 

He's part of the men's Rugby 7s squad who made it through to the semi-finals after beating Argentina in extra-time. Full Olympic schedule here

Sad Arg players
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Op Stack: '150 acres is the size of Disneyland, 250 is that, plus half'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Campaigners fighting plans for a new lorry park in Kent as an alternative to Operation Stack say they've been misled - after discovering it will be far bigger than they first thought. 

They originally believed it would occupy 150 acres of land near Folkestone - but they've now been told by Highways England it will actually be a total of 250 acres.

Stillborn abandoned: 'She didn't take a breath, but she was still a human being'

Bob Dale

A mother says the Medway Maritime Hospital left her stillborn daughter abandoned in a room for six days before taking her to a mortuary.

The woman, who's asked not to be named, took legal action against the Medway NHS Foundation Trust, which later issued an apology.

Local newspapers headlines


Here's a round-up of the headlines from Kent's local newspapers:

KentNews: Conningbrook Lake closed as dog-killing algae blooms on main lake.

KentOnline: A car overturned in a crash on the M20 this morning.

Kent and Sussex Courier: The cost of parking in Tunbridge Wells town centre could leap by almost a third.

Kent players reach Olympics Quarter Finals

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Four Kent players are part of the women's hockey team who made it three wins out of three to reach the quarter finals with two games to spare. 

Holcombe's Shona McCallin, Sam Quek, Nicola White and Canterbury's Susannah Townsend all featured in the 3-2 victory over Argentina.

The men however lost 2-1 to Australia, leaving their quarter final chances in the balance. 

Koen Suyk

This morning's top headlines

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

I've got a round up of your top stories in the South East. 

On this day

Pioneering surgery for a Strongest Man Champion, an ambulance crashes into a house, and a fly tipper gets caught on camera. They all happened #onthisday.

Trouble on the M20

BBC Travel

Highways England has said an overturned car has led to lane closures on the M20 where it joins the M25.

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What's the weather looking like?

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Here's my look at today's weather in Kent.

Good morning from Kent Live

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Welcome to another day on Kent Live - we're here until 22:00 BST.

Remember you can get in touch with your pictures and videos by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

Our #photooftheday is this beautiful pic of the Broadstairs sunrise by Andy Pullman.

Broadstairs sunrise
Andy Pullman