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  1. Updates on Friday 19 August

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Goodbye from Kent Live

Bob Dale

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

We'll be back on Monday from 06:00 BST, with all Kent's news, sport, weather and travel.

We'll also be running a page dedicated to events marking the first anniversary of the Shoreham air crash from 09:00 BST.

If there's something we should know about, please get in touch by tweetingemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

Modern Pentathlon

Kate French is Britain's highest-placed athlete going into the final round of the modern pentathlon.

The 25-year-old from Kent is ninth ahead of the combined running/shooting event, 53 seconds behind leader Oktawia Nowacka of Poland.

Horse and rider

Food hygiene ratings - do you look at them?

Bob Dale

The Food Standards Agency has given 434 Kent food outlets a score of below three out of five for hygiene.

It's not compulsory for businesses to display their ratings, but some say it should be.

Do hygiene ratings matter to customers?

#OnThisDay..., three and five years ago.

Uncollected parking fines, Thames Estuary wildlife thriving again and a mother's attempt to change the law.

On this day August 19th
Hardus Viljoen

Kent sign South Africa bowler Hardus Viljoen for the final four games of the County Championship season.

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The weather tomorrow

There's a weather warning for Saturday. Watch Sarah Keith-Lucas' forecast here.

UKIP candidates

UKIP has recovered control of Thanet District Council after regaining two seats in local by-elections.

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The roads this rush hour

BBC Travel

It's all running relatively smoothly on Kent's roads this evening. For a more detailed look visit the BBC Travel website.

Travel map

This afternoon's top stories

Bob Dale

UKIP take back control in Thanet, a coroner rules on a hospital death and more potential woe for Southern commuters - here's this afternoon's #3in30

BreakingKent strengthen their bowling attack

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Kent have signed South Africa fast bowler Hardus Viljoen for the remaining four matches of the County Championship season.

Hardus Viljoen
Kent Cricket

The 27-year-old right-armer has taken 325 first-class wickets at an average of 26.66.

The 6ft 4in paceman made his Test debut in January 2016 against England at Johannesburg.

'We'll have to be at the top of our game'

Ronan Sully

Radio Kent Sports Reporter

A 2-1 loss in torrential rain, followed by a 0-0 draw.

Justin Edinburgh's visits to Scunthorpe as Gillingham manager haven't been the happiest so far.

What's the plan for part three, then?

UKIP regains control of Thanet Council

UKIP recovers control of Thanet District Council after regaining two seats in a local by-election.  

Struggling to keep up with Team GB's medal haul?

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Here you go: 

Medal breakdown
BBC Sport

Gemili, second time lucky?

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Having narrowly missed out on bronze, Dartford's Adam Gemili has another chance to medal in tonight's 4x100m relay final at 02:35 BST. 

Adam Gemili

Orpington's Dina Asher-Smith will also be in late night action, as she runs for #GBRundefined in the women's 4x100m relay final.undefined

Dina Asher-Smith

Man jailed for attack on girlfriend

An abusive boyfriend who broke an ex-partner’s nose and jaw has been jailed for 20 months.

George Chidu
Kent Police

Kent Police said 27-year-old George Chidu from Gillingham kicked and punched the woman after coming home in a bad mood on Thursday 9 June 2016.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday.

UKIP retakes Thanet Council

UKIP recovered its majority on Thanet District Council, after regaining two seats in local by-elections. 

The party took control of the council in the elections in May last year, but it later lost its majority as a result of defections. 

The by-elections for two seats in the Northwood ward followed the resignations of two independent councillors who were previously members of UKIP.

Ennis-Hill: 'You should be very proud'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Despite missing out on a medal by the narrowest of margins, Dartford's Adam Gemili has received plenty of support from Twitter. 

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Strike ballot

Ticket office and platform staff at Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates the troubled rail service Southern, are voting on whether to take strike action. 

The TSSA rail union says it's balloting more than 250 staff members from today in a dispute over plans to close 34 ticket offices with, it claims, the loss of 47 jobs. The result will be announced early next month.

A Southern train at the platform

BreakingMan bailed after reported stabbing in Sheerness

A 20-year-old man who was arrested in connection with an alleged stabbing in Sheerness High Street has been released on bail while enquiries continue.

Officer were called to reports of an assault between Maple Street and Halfway Road at 03:30 BST on Thursday 18 August.

A man in his 20s was taken to a London hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Kent's women take over BBC One

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Great Britain's women's Hockey team, which includes a host of Kent players, go for gold tonight after they beat New Zealand 3-0 to set up a final against The Netherlands. Their opponents are aiming for a third straight Olympic gold tonight on BBC One at 21:00 BST.

Its the first time the women have ever reached an Olympic hockey final.

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I am speechless. You could see the sense of realisation on the girls' faces. Olympic finals do not come along like buses. They have earned their place in the final and everyone in the country should be proud of what they have done."

David FaulknerGB Olympic hockey gold medallist


Bob Dale, three and five years ago.

Uncollected parking fines, Thames Estuary wildlife thriving again and a mother's attempt to change the law.

Morning headlines

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

I've taken a look at your top headlines this morning, which includes food hygiene failings in Kent, a heartbroken Dartford athlete in Rio, and a man arrested in Sheerness.

Kent 11 runs short of Lords final dream

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Kent fell agonisingly short as they were edged out by Yorkshire in the One-Day Cup Quarter-final at Canterbury. 

Opener Adam Lyth made 88 and England batsman Joe Root scored 45 in Yorkshire's total of 256-9.

Kent's run-chase looked well set thanks to half-centuries from Darren Stevens (54) and Alex Blake (50). But Liam Plunkett (4-52) and David Willey (3-34) helped book a semi-final place at home to Surrey on 28 August. Full story here

Stevens caught and bowled
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Newspaper round-up

Stack of newspapers

This is what Kent's local papers are reporting today:

KentOnline: Man found dead in hotel room 'unlawfully killed'

Kent and Sussex Courier: A man thought Sevenoaks was so dangerous he needed to carry a knife

Kent News: Everything must go: Last Kent BHS store to close on Saturday  

Government urged to help 'Jungle' children

Piers Hopkirk

BBC South East Today reporter

There are up to 100 children living in the Calais "Jungle" who have the right to live in the UK.

Local council leaders visited the refugee camp to see conditions for themselves, and urged the government to do more to help.

Couple attacked while watching TV in bed

Police are appealing for information after three men wearing balaclavas broke into a home in Faversham and attacked the owners, who were watching television in bed. 

The men smashed the patio door of the home in Throwley Forstal and ran inside demanding money from the occupants just before 23:00 BST on Wednesday 10 August. 

The couple tried to fight them off but they slashed the man across the face, shoulder, and back and hit him several times with a baseball bat. The men left empty-handed.   

Gemili: 'Heartbroken' to miss out on medals

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Three thousandths of a second. That was all he missed out by.

Dartford's Adam Gemili says he is 'absolutely gutted' after finishing fourth in the men's 200m final in Rio despite posting the same time as bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre.

Watch the full interview here

gemili sad
BBC Sport

Gloomy start to the morning...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's going to be wet and windy today but should clear up by Sunday - here's my morning forecast.

M25 delays

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the M25, with four miles of queues, due to emergency repair works on a collapsed manhole.

For more information head to the BBC Travel website.

Kent traffic map

How clean is your cafe?

Bob Dale

More than 400 food outlets in Kent are failing to meet the required food-hygiene standards, according to research by BBC Radio Kent.

There are calls for any business selling food to display its rating however good or bad.

Jean Fox, manager of the Cliff Cafe in Medway, says having a good rating is very important to her business.

Good morning

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

It's a gloomy start to the day in Kent, but remember it's a Friday! 

We'll be here keeping you updated with the county's news all the way through till 22:00 BST.

If there's something we should know about, please get in touch by tweetingemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

Here's our #PhotoOfTheDay from Matt Hayward, it's of a sunset in Littlebourne.

Matt Hayward