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The end of another week

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today. 

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

Enjoy your weekend.

Dyslexia free school bid

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

These teachers want to plug a gap in West Kent's school system, by opening a school in Sevenoaks to help children with dyslexia.  

Now this is cool...

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Four years ago, 30-year-old Nick Smith from Paddock Wood was working as a full time tattooist. 

That was until the extraordinary snowman he created for his son in their back garden went viral.

Fast forward a few years and he's just come fourth at the Ice Sculpting world championships in Helsinki.

A drizzly and damp start

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

But will it brighten up throughout the weekend? 

Here's my forecast.

Dover hammer attacker jailed

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

A man who attacked two people with a hammer has been sentenced for four years and eight months.

Thaddeus Wilson
Kent police

Thaddeus Wilson, who is 19-years-old and from Dover, attacked both people in the early hours of Thursday 25 August 2016, which resulted in them needing hospital treatment. 

Wilson was charged with two counts of wounding with intent, criminal damage a possession of an offensive weapon.  

Cameron Lawson
Kent police

21-year-old Cameron Lawson, who was also involved in the attack, was charged with affray and sentenced to 16 months.

This afternoon's Kent newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers
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Kent Online : Parents' heartbreak at son's sudden death

Kent News : British media have ‘demonised’ UKIP and made me a virtual prisoner, says Farage

Kent and Sussex Courier : People say Whitstable 'will be left destitute' by the cancellation of its annual regatta

Gills coach aiming for three points

Ahead of tomorrow's home game, Gillingham head coach Ady Pennock says Southend United will be a tough match for them.

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J12 for A20 and J13 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound between J12, A20 (Cheriton) and J13, A20 (Folkestone), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Yarnold in action this afternoon

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

After heat 1 of the Women's skeleton World Championships, West Kingsdown's Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold sits in 4th place. 

You can watch her second heat live  on the BBC Sport website. 

Lizzy Yarnold
Getty Images

Yarnold's second set of heats are tomorrow at the same venue in Konigssee, Germany

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J8 for A20 Leeds Castle and J9 for A20 Ashford.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Do you recognise this man?

The unknown man was found dead in a field on the outskirts of Canterbury at the start of the month, but police have been unable to work out who he is.

Dead man in Canterbury
Kent Police

The man’s body was discovered by a member of the public on land close to Hollow Lane, near the A2 crossover, on the morning of Friday 3 February, 2017.

His cause of death is awaiting test results; however it is being treated as non-suspicious. 

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic coastbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Coles to miss pre-season games

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Matt Coles
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Kent fast bowler Matt Coles will miss next month's North v South & MCC Champion County pre-season matches in Abu Dhabi due to a toe injury.

The 26-year-old was sidelined for three matches on the recent Regional Super 50 tour to the West Indies with the problem.

And he’s opted to stay at home as a precaution to ensure he’s fully fit for the start of Kent’s County Championship Division Two promotion push which begins in early April.

Dry with blue skies

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Will the good spells of sunshine last? Find out in my latest weather forecast.

Yarnold gears up for World Championships

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold says she is "fired up" for the World Championships after a "disappointing" return to the sport.

Lizzy Yarnold
Getty Images

After completing a  career grand slam  in 2015, Yarnold took a year's sabbatical citing  exhaustion  before returning to action late last year.

She claimed silver in her in second race back, but after struggling with a back injury came 11th in her last race.

The first two of four World Championship runs for the female skeleton sliders begin on Friday in Konigssee, Germany, with the second two on Saturday.

Results this season haven't been as good as they should've been, but I have always enjoyed failure, getting things wrong and being disappointed because that's what fires me up for the next competition.'

Lizzie YarnoldOlympic Skeleton champion

What's happening in today's newspapers?

Stack of papers
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Kent Online : New funding prompts relaunch of mental health support group

Kent and Sussex Courier : There is a new 108 space public car park in Canterbury - and this is why

Kent News : Storm Doris passes and travel chaos ends

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J6 for A251 and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M2 London-bound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man dies in Herne crash

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

An investigation is underway after a man died in a car crash in Herne. 

Police were called to Canterbury Road near the junction with Bullockstone Road at about 14:45 GMT yesterday. 

A black Audi TT is reported to have left the road. 

A 45-year-old local man died at the scene.

BreakingM25 killer Kenneth Noye wins appeal

Kenneth Noywe
PA

Road rage killer Kenneth Noye has won a High Court battle over whether he gets moved to an open prison.

Noye, 69, was convicted of murdering 21-year Stephen Cameron in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996.

Afterwards Noye went on the run and was arrested in Spain two years later.

In September 2015 the parole board refused to order his release but recommended he be transferred to an open prison, which was rejected by the then Justice Secretary Michael Gove.

RMT: 'We need urgent talks over role of guard'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern trains
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The RMT has called for urgent talks with Southern rail over its plans for the role of the train guard. 

The union has written to the managing director of the firm's parent company, Govia Thameslink. 

In the letter the RMT's General Secretary, Mick Cash, says he wants the two sides to meet ahead of a union meeting on 28 February which is due to consider further strikes by its members. 

Talks between the RMT and Southern broke down last week. 

Earlier this week in a letter to union members, Southern said it was considering imposing individual sanctions should the RMT call further industrial action.  

Funding row over schools

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

The government's new national funding formula will leave some schools without enough cash to cover basic running costs, according to the leader of Kent County Council.

Severe accident: M26 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M26 Kent eastbound severe accident, between M25 and J2A for A20.

M26 Kent - One lane blocked on M26 eastbound between M25 and J2a A20, because of an accident involving multiple vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Medway council tax rise

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Medway Council
BBC

Council tax payers in Medway will see another rise in their bills from April. 

The average household will have to find an extra £60. 

It's after the council agreed to increase bills by 4.99%. 

Parking charges are also set to increase in some areas. 

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, at J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J5, M26 (Sevenoaks), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

The calm after the storm...

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather presenter

A lot less windy today and there could even be some sunshine.

Here's my forecast. 

£500m project begins

Work has begun on a major new power link between Britain and France through the Channel Tunnel - designed to reduce the risk of blackouts and help keep down the cost of our energy bills. 

One day to go until the weekend

We're here to keep you company until 22:00 GMT with all of Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

This shot taken at the Warren in Folkestone was sent in by Gavin Edwards, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

The Warren, Folkestone
Gavin Edwards

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