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Bradley Dack

League One side Gillingham come from behind to shock Premier League side Watford in extra time to reach the EFL Cup third round.

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Goodnight

Stuart Maisner

That's all from us for tonight.

We'll be back tomorrow from 0600 BST.

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

'They've lived in broom cupboards'

Tom Darby

Kent was home to more trafficking victims last year than nearly anywhere else in the country, according to the National Crime Agency.  

Feeling hot, hot, hot

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

  The weather for the next few days is hot and sunny.   

'It's good I'm now safe here'

Lauren Moss

More trafficking victims were found in Kent last year than nearly anywhere else in the country, according to the National Crime Agency. One victim, who wanted to remain anonymous, told us about her experience.

Dreamland regeneration goes ahead

Work has started on the next phase of Dreamland's regeneration at the site in Margate. 

Local company Coombs has been given the contract to work on the £1.8m project, to restore the former Sunshine café and the cinema entrance foyer.

The vintage theme park went into administration in May, with debts of more than £14m.

Dreamland carousel and ferris wheel
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Darren Stevens

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens says he wants to extend his stay with the club, but is yet to be offered a new deal.

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People trafficking: Kent sees large increase in victims receiving help

Lauren Moss

More trafficking victims were found in Kent last year - than nearly anywhere else in the country.

The Salvation Army says that, since 2012, it has seen nearly a fivefold rise in the number of slavery victims it has helped England and Wales.

More here.

Dover rail line: 'Fantastic news'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Charlie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover & Deal, reacts to the news that the railway between Dover to Folkestone will reopen three months ahead of schedule.

The railway at Dover has been repaired and is expected to reopen on 5th September - fantastic news for Dover & Deal.
The railway at Dover has been repaired and is expected to reopen on 5th September - fantastic news for Dover & Deal.

The railway at Dover has been repaired and is expected to reopen on 5th September - fantastic news for Dover & Deal.

Shakespeare Beach

A train service between Folkestone and Dover will reopen three months ahead of schedule, Network Rail announces.

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Hidden camera: woman told she can't take her guide dog into shop

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

A partially sighted Kent woman was refused entry to a shop in Gravesend because she had her guide dog with her.

Sarah Lee Denham set up a secret camera with Simon to capture her experience shopping. Sarah says she felt 'belittled' and just wanted an apology. 

Video from Guide Dogs UK.

George Low with a friend

Friends of a British man stabbed to death in Cyprus following a row about urinating in the street call on police in the divided island to "work together".

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Sean Dickson

Kent batsman Sean Dickson signs a new long-term contract extension with the Division Two club.

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Dover to Folkestone railway to reopen three months ahead of schedule

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

The railway between Dover and Folkestone will reopen on Monday 5 September following a nine-month project to repair the line.

The line between Dover and Folkestone had to be closed on Christmas Eve last year after extensive damage to the sea wall was found at Shakespeare beach.

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Missing the Olympics already?

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Here's Holcombe player Samantha Quek who won Gold for Team GB at the weekend alongside Great Britain's women.

The weather this week...

It's going to be a scorcher in Kent. For more detailed information visit the BBC Weather website

Weather chart
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George Low murder: 'He was one of a kind'

Friends of a Dartford man murdered in Cyprus last weekend are calling on the authorities to do all they can to bring his killers to justice. 

Two suspects have been arrested in the Turkish north of the island over a separate offence. But the Greek Cypriot police say they don't yet know if they will be handed over. 

The loss has left George's friends devastated.

George Low's friends pay tribute

Dickson to stay at Kent

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Batsman Sean Dickson has committed his future to Kent by signing a long-term contract extension with the club.

The 24-year-old achieved his career best score this season – 207 not out in the County Championship win at Derbyshire – and he averages 49.75 this season in red-ball cricket.

Sean Dickson
Kent Cricket

I’ve really enjoyed my time at Kent so far and I had no hesitation in extending my contract here. The club gave me a great opportunity and I’d like to think there’s more to come from me. There’s a good bunch of guys in the dressing room and I’m confident we can win trophies together.”

Sean DicksonKent right-handed batsman

Top stories in the South East

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

I've taken a look at your morning headlines, which include a minute's silence to remember the victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster, Kent people trafficking and the friends of a murdered Kent man calling for justice. 

Local newspaper round-up

Newspapers
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Here are the top stories from the local newspapers in Kent:

KentOnline: A former policeman forced to quit his job after suffering devastating injuries when he was hit by a speeding driver is suing for damages.

Kent and Sussex Courier: Firefighters can be seen tackling a blaze in this video taken in Ramsgate yesterday.

On this day

Bob Dale

The Shoreham air disaster, a horrific attack by a bull and a historic building gets a makeover - #OnThisDay one, three and five years ago.

Cloudy start, but will clear in the afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

Here's my morning forecast.

Good morning

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

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 Emma Konstantinou - a wonderful shot of Folkestone beach.

Folkestone beach
Emma Konstantinou