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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Thursday 8 September

Live Reporting

By Lauren Moss

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for another day. 

We'll be back as usual from 06:00 BST tomorrow morning.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can find us on Twitter and Facebook, or send us an email.

Organ Donation

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

A woman from Kent, whose husband collapsed and died unexpectedly last year, has spoken about how agonising it was to decide whether to allow his organs to be donated.

Last year almost half of families who were asked for permission to donate organs from a loved one refused. 

I've been talking to people on both sides of the donation process. 

Newspaper round-up

Stack of newspapers

Here's a look at what Kent's local papers have been reporting:

KentOnline: Mum and child possibly starved to death at flat

Kent News: Council worker jailed for stealing £2000 of Dartford tax payers’ money

Dickensian workhouse

Records from the workhouse in Medway, near to where Charles Dickens lived, have been put online for the first time. 

Could it have been the inspiration for Oliver Twist?

Grammar debate

It's one of the most divisive issues in education, and on the day pupils sat the Kent Test, the Government has said it is considering the creation of new grammars. 

But is it a good idea? We got two very vocal campaigners to debate each side of the issue.

(Not quite) Dog of the Year

The South Thanet MP and his Labrador, Libby, have been vying for the prestigious title of Westminster Dog of the Year.

However, one obstacle gave her a 'ruff' time.

Grammar schools in numbers

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will take a 'pragmatic look' at new grammar schools sparking debate across the country.

As thousands of pupils take the Kent Test this week we've been crunching the numbers on grammar schools in the county. 

Kent's new 'super food'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Kent has become the home to a 'super food' that's taking America by storm.

Aronia Berries - also known as Chokeberries - are already a multi million dollar industry in the USA.

We've been to meet the farmers growing them in Ash, near Dartford and turning them into juice.

'Good high schools AND good grammar schools'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

As thousands of students sit the Kent Test today, the leader of Kent County Council says he believes more grammar schools should be built alongside high schools. 

Darren Stevens

Kent's home defeat by Northants leaves Division Two leaders Essex needing just six points to be sure of promotion.

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Who's a good girl?

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Check out Craig Mackinlay's canine date in London today.

The South Thanet MP and his chocolate Labrador, Libby, have been pictured together at the Westminster Dog of the Year contest. 

The competition - run by the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust - aims to promote responsible dog ownership.

There is no place she cannot nap and there is no sweet she will not find. Libby truly is a role model for all dogs who are tired of the ludicrous standards set by society.

Craig Mackinlay MP(Con) South Thanet
Craig Mackinlay MP

Kent Test: Pupils 'taught to pass'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

A Kent academic says he has been told by an increasing number of parents they are paying for private tutors to help their children pass the Kent Test.

More than 15,000 students are sitting the papers today to try and get a place at a grammar school next year.

There may be a rail strike, but it's very hot out there

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

After a reasonably pleasant morning the sun will continue shining this afternoon.

I have your weather forecast for the rest of the day and tomorrow.

The headlines from the Southern strike

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Let's take a look at the latest updates on today's strike.

Suspected migrants found in Kent

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Four suspected migrants have been detained after being found walking near the M2 motorway.

Kent Police were called to Junction 4 - Gillingham - at 07:10 BST.

The men have been escorted away and have been passed to immigration officials from the Home Office. 

Striking workers

A strike by the RMT union on the Southern rail network enters its second day, bringing more disruption for passengers.

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ICYMI: Day one of the Southern strike

Here's a round up of how day one of the Southern strike affected the South East from our reporter Jon Hunt. 

ICYMI: Investment for Dover?

Roads surrounding the Port of Dover could receive extra Government funding to relieve pressure, the Prime Minister has announced. 

Theresa May told the Commons yesterday that the area will be considered as part of the "next road investment strategy".

It follows chaos at the start of the summer holidays, when motorists travelling to the port queued for up to 17 hours because of enhanced French security checks.

Dover traffic
Christine Hewitt

A UKIP activist who asked a restaurant to change a bill in order to submit a fraudulent expenses claim is given a suspended jail term.

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Roads closed after fatal crash in Folkestone

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Emergency services were called to Capel Court Park in Capel-le-Ferne at 06:58 BST after reports of a crash.

A motorcyclist died after a collision with a van. 

Several road closures are in place on New Dover Road, Old Dover Road, Helena Road and Winehouse Lane. 

Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Portrait depicting Alzheimer's Disease wins prestigious art award

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

A portrait of an elderly man from Kent in the months before his death has won National Open Art’s World Art Vote 2016.

Vanessa Jayne painted her father-in-law to raise awareness of Alzheimer's Disease and the damage it can do.

We went to meet her at her studio in Lympne near Folkestone.

Inquest to open into the deaths of a mother and child in Gillingham



The bodies of two-year-old Lynne Mutumba and her mother, Lillian Oluk, 36, were found at their home in Trafalgar Street on March 14 this year. The cause of their deaths remained unexplained.

You can read the full KentOnline story here.

'He's very dangerous for everybody, for society'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man convicted of shooting his former partner at their home in Ashford, and tracked to an island in the Indian Ocean by the BBC, has been set free by a French judge.  

Southern Rail: 'This strike isn't our fault'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern Rail says it's been talking to the RMT for more than a year about changes to the role of conductors, and says the union's latest 48-hour walkout is unnecessary.  

Your top stories this morning

Lauren Moss

Children sit the Kent Test, the school uniform row could rumble on and health bosses meet to tackle obesity in Medway.

I have your #3in30 update.

The BBC's Richard Galpin reports from the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle, which one inhabitant described as "an open prison"
The BBC's Richard Galpin reports from the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle on the deteriorating conditions there, and the possibility of it being closed down.

What are your chances of completing your journey today?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

With a second day of Southern strikes beginning, how many trains will be running today? We've been looking at the figures.

How's the weather looking in Kent?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Will you need to use your suncream today? Find out in my forecast below:

It's another lovely day

Lauren Moss

And we'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates right up to 22:00 BST.

Remember you can get in touch on TwitterFacebook or send us an email.    

To kick the day off Mark Burton has sent us this stunning picture taken over St Margaret's at Cliffe. It's our #photooftheday

St Margaret's at Cliffe.
Mark Burton