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Good night from the BBC Live team

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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

Thanks for joining us, and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Police warning after series of burglaries

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

It might seem simple advice but following a series of burglaries in Tonbridge you're being reminded to lock your doors.

Police say several items have been reported stolen, including electrical devices, power tools and bicycles. 

Officers say in some cases burglars have got in through unlocked back doors.

Kit removed from ambulances over weight concerns

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The South East Coast Ambulance Service is being forced to remove equipment from some of its ambulances, and limit the number of people who can travel in them. 

It's because the vehicles are getting too heavy to be safe on the road. 

Forty five out of a fleet of 300 will only be allowed to transport a maximum of two crew members and a patient and 18 of those ambulances have had kit removed.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Maidstone landlord Fergus Wilson involves police after online abuse for banning 'coloureds'

Kent News : West Malling mum with rare incurable lung disease inspires husband’s colleagues to run London Marathon for charity

Kent and Sussex Courier : A woman has been stabbed in Tunbridge Wells town centre

Brollies at the ready

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's some rain on the way tomorrow morning.

Here's my latest forecast.

Roof removed in crash rescue

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A woman's been cut free from her car after a crash in Ramsgate.

About 10 firefighters were called to Tothill Street in Minster at 07:25 BST. 

They had to remove the car's roof to rescue the woman.

No other vehicles were involved. 

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Enterprise zone could bring 9,000 jobs

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Kent's second enterprise zone has been launched with the hope of bringing up to 9,000 jobs to the county over the next 10 years. 

The North Kent Enterprise zone includes Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent Medical Campus near Maidstone and Rochester Airport Technology Park. 

The government will support business rates discounts of up to £55,000 for up to five years for firms that relocate to the park before 2022. 

The Discovery Park in Sandwich is the other zone in Kent.

Boiling water torturers sentenced to life

A pair of burglars who broke into a house poured boiling water over the couple that lived there have both been given life sentences.

John and Janis Buswell were tied up and tortured during a two-hour ordeal in Halstead, near Sevenoaks, last April. Both suffered life changing injuries. 

Daniel Wallace, 33, and Kacey Adams, 34, were told they would serve a minimum of seven and a half years each. A third man, Drew Morris, 27, was jailed for four years and three months.

Southern vote: Company response

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Southern's parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway, said the result was "hugely disappointing" as the agreement had "the full support and recommendation" of Aslef leaders.  

We have shown a willingness and desire to find a solution to their dispute and we will now, once again, sit down with the union, understand the issues which led to this regrettable decision by the drivers and try and find a way forward to resolving it."

Andy BindonGovia Thameslink Railway

BreakingSouthern vote: Latest deal rejected

Members of train drivers' union Aslef have rejected a deal with Southern rail over driver-only operated trains.

We understand and support the decision arrived at in a democratic vote by our drivers and will now seek new talks with the company and work to deliver a resolution to this dispute in line with the expectations of our members."

Mick WhelanGeneral Secretary, Aslef

Feeling mild but some rain to come

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Here's your latest weather forecast.

Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A229 Kent both ways severe accident, around Fishers Road.

A229 Kent - A229 Station Road in Staplehurst blocked and queuing traffic in both directions around the Fishers Road junction, because of an accident involving car and a motorbike.

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

Motorbike rider Mick Whalley dies in Donington Park crash

Mick Whalley
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A motorbike rider died following a crash in a race at Donington Park.

Mick Whalley from Sheppey, Kent, was taking part in a support race to this weekend's round of the MCE British Superbike Championship when he crashed on Saturday.

He was transferred to hospital in Nottingham, where he later died of his injuries.

A statement issued by event organiser MSVR and Donington Park said the accident involved several motorbikes.

Read more here .

Rail users' misery turned into musical satire

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

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Mark Brailsford

The trials and tribulations of being a commuter on Southern Rail has been turned into a satirical stage show. 

Southern Fail - The Musical has been created using parts of The Treason Show, a comedy sketch series running in Brighton for 17 years. 

Director and producer Mark Brailsford said he hoped the musical would hold a mirror up to the rail operator, forcing it to reflect on its conduct. 

Satire doesn't really change the world, but it can add its little ten pence. It channels people's anger and shines a mirror up to the issue."

Mark BrailsfordDirector and producer

It centres around two commuters, from different backgrounds, who become friends and team up to stand up to the firm. 

The show is on 10 June at Shoreham Ropetackle and 24 June at Brighton's Sallis Benney Theatre. A crowdfunding page has been set up to take the show to other venues further along the rail line and into London. 

Southern Rail: Ballot result due in Aslef members' dispute

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Results of a ballot on a deal aimed at ending a dispute between train drivers and rail operator Southern Railway are due to be announced later.

The deal centres on the firm's dispute with workers over a plan to introduce driver-only operated (DOO) trains.

Drivers' union Aslef members voted on a second deal after members rejected initial proposals in February.

The firm remains in a year-long dispute on the issue with the RMT union, which represents guards on Southern trains.

More here .

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Bomb disposal squad called to Dux Court Road, High Halstow

Kent News : 9,000 jobs up for grabs as North Kent Enterprise Zone goes live to boost business across county

Kent and Sussex Courier : The A21 will be shut in both directions between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells

Donington death: 'He was doing what he loved to do'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Friends and fellow racers pay tribute to the Kent motorbike racer killed on Saturday at Donington Park.

Ambulance kit reviewed over weight concerns

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

South East Coast Ambulance Service says it's reviewing the amount of equipment carried by some of its vehicles, after discovering some of them were close to being over legal weight.

The trust says 18 of its 300 ambulances were found to be affected when tests were carried out with full kit and a patient on board.

Secamb ambulance
SECAM

Big plans for seaside town

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Work to redevelop Folkestone seafront and harbour is gathering momentum.

The Harbour Arm has been open to the public since 2015, and now more bars, restaurants and a linear park, linking the Harbour with the Creative Quarter, are to be added.

The plans also include a thousand new homes.

Folkestone Harbour
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Folkestone Harbour

Chiddingstone's mummy's name is…

"Irethorru!" 

Translated as "the eye of Horus is against them”, the name was discovered on the lid of the coffin after three days of multispectral imaging by scientists.

The mummy's home is Chiddington Castle and it is thought to be 3,000 years old.  

Maria Esain, who is the curator at the castle, said “Our Ancient Egyptian coffin lid that has been exhibited here for many years has undergone some careful conservation and advanced digital imaging by experts from UCL to determine if it is possible to read the name of the person that would have been interred within it 3,000 years ago."

Chiddingstone mummy
Chiddingstone Castle

Severe disruption: A256 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A256 Kent both ways severe disruption, around Templar Street.

A256 Kent - A256 London Road in Dover closed and slow traffic in both directions around the Templar Street junction, because of fire.

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

A foggy start to the working week

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

But there's sunshine waiting to break through.

Here's my forecast.

Armed police patrols to continue across Kent

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Police officers with guns will continue to be a common site at Bluewater and near Canterbury Cathedral, Kent Police has said.

The officers were introduced following a request from the Home Office for more armed patrols six months ago. 

The Port of Dover and the Ashford Designer Outlet will also continue to be monitored.

Assistant Chief Constable Tony Blaker said there was "no specific information to suggest a direct threat to Kent".

He said: "We regularly review the threat levels in the county in consultation with the Home Office to ensure we provide the most appropriate protection to the people of Kent."

A new week has dawned...

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

But will it be as wonderful as this photo by Derek White of Broadstairs? It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Broadstairs sunrise
Derek White

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