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  1. Our updates for the day have now ended
  2. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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That's it for this week

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us and we hope you have a great weekend.

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Lines reopen after crossing crash

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The lines have reopened through Chartham station, after a crash at a level crossing.

Southeastern confirmed trains are now able to run again between Ashford, Canterbury West and Ramsgate.

'In reality we've thought for a long time she must be dead'

Leanne Rinne

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A father whose daughter vanished 16 years ago hopes a fresh appeal will get the answers he desperately needs.

Car crashes into level crossing barriers

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A Range Rover has collided with a railway level crossing.

A Southeastern spokesman confirmed: "A road vehicle has damaged a level crossing near Chartham, blocking both lines between Ashford International and Canterbury West.

"Response staff on site are attending to the damage."

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Coach firm transporting aid to tower block fire victims

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A Sittingbourne-based coach company is to take emergency aid to the victims of the tower block fire disaster.

Chalkwell has collected donations of clothing, blankets and non-perishable food which will be delivered to a receiving centre tomorrow for people in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for victims of the tower block fire disaster.

Replacement transport plan as hours of delays expected

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Delays are expected between Ashford International and Canterbury West stations until 23:00 BST.Network Rail confirmed replacement transport is being arranged between Ashford and Ramsgate via Canterbury after an earlier incident at the level crossing in Chartham.

Trains delayed after 'level crossing problem'

Historic lido set to reopen

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Volunteers have raised millions of pounds to save one of the UK's last surviving outdoor pools.

Arrests outside prison

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Two people have been arrested after an attempt to throw items into Maidstone Prison.

A man was stopped by police in County Road on 15 June.

A second man was arrested nearby.

HM Prison Maidstone
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HM Prison Maidstone

Detectives are questioning a 26-year-old from Dagenham in Essex and a 31-year-old from Thamesmead in London, on suspicion of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into a prison.

Mark Marshall

Charlton Athletic sign Bradford City winger Mark Marshall after he rejected a new contract at Valley Parade.

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Arrests over ambulance break-ins

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins and thefts at ambulance stations across Kent.

Vehicles were damaged and equipment stolen from premises in Ashford, Thanet, Medway and Sheerness.

Secamb Ambulance
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Police are questioning a 26-year-old from Dagenham in Essex and a 33-year-old from Whitstable.

#ICYMI: Violence filmed in Calais

Colin Campbell

Special Correspondent, BBC South East

Shocking pictures showing Calais migrants blocking the road with burning branches, to try to stop lorries heading for Kent, and smuggle themselves on board, have been filmed by lorry drivers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Terell Thomas

League One side Wigan Athletic sign Charlton Athletic defender Terell Thomas on a one-year deal.

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Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A28 Kent both ways severe accident, between Brymore Road and Northgate Borough.

A28 Kent - A28 Sturry Road in Canterbury closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Brymore Road junction and the Northgate Borough junction, because of an accident involving motorbike.

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

It's a barbecue weekend

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

You'll be needing the sunscreen for the next couple of days, as summer really gets started.

Here's my forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of a broken down white car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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#ICYMI: Not bad for a first acting job

Meet the Dartford actress who's just joined the cast of EastEnders.

Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

Kittens dumped in sodden cardboard box

Two six-week-old kittens have been rescued by the RSPCA after they were dumped in a sodden box in Gillingham.

Kittens dumped in Gillingham
RSPCA

Flora and Kiara, two black and white kittens, were found near to the border of Gillingham and Chatham on Wednesday 6 June.

A member of the public was walking home when he spotted the kittens and took them back home before contacting the RSPCA.

Kittens dumped in Gillingham
RSPCA

Both kittens were looking undernourished and flea-ridden but are now doing much better in the care of staff at Ashford Garden Cattery.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A229 Maidstone and J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - Two lanes closed on M20 London-bound between J6, A229 (Maidstone) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of debris on the road. Approach with care. Traffic is coping well.

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

Missing nurse's father 'still hopeful'

Louise Kerton
Kent Police

A fresh appeal is launched in a national newspaper for a student nurse from Broadstairs who went missing in Germany.

Read the full story here.

Could Dover's Banksy be moved?

Banksy EU flag mural
BBC

A campaign to keep a Banksy artwork in Dover will be launched today by the town's MP.

The artwork appeared on a wall of the old Castle Amusements building last month.

The owners of the building said they were working alongside a specialist art gallery in London to decide its future, but Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke says Dover is the Banksy's rightful home.

Serious collision in Chartham, near Canterbury

Kent Police officers are currently dealing with a serious collision involving a car and a bicycle on Station Road in Chartham, near Canterbury.The incident was reported at 07.46 BST this morning.

A road closure, currently in place between the junctions for The Green and Church Lane, is expected to remain in place for several hours.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Floating man in Rainham mystery solved

Kent News: £200m lending fund launched to support small businesses across Kent

Kent Live: The simple reason why Tunbridge Wells may be without poppy sellers this year

BreakingM2 closed J6-7 due to serious collision

Kent Police, Highways England and other emergency services are dealing with a serious collision between a van and motorcycle on the M2 motorway between junctions 6 and 7 at Faversham. The coast-bound carriageway is expected to remain closed for the next few hours while emergency services deal with the incident, causing lengthy delays.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if possible.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J11 for B2068 Hythe and J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 London-bound between J11, B2068 (Hythe) and J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

#ICYMI: Born on the A21

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

#ICYMI: Kent Police steps up use of drones

Matt Davison

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

After a successful trial, Kent Police has started using drones to assist in its work.

Examples include the search for missing people and road accidents.

I've been to meet the force’s head of tactical operations for a demonstration.

Church's collection of human skulls

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Why does a Kent church have a collection of a thousand human skulls? Were they pirates or those killed in battle?

They'll be lovely with a dollop of cream

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The faltering start to the summer might not have pleased everyone, but it's good news for one of the Garden of England's iconic crops.

Time to crack out the fans and air conditioning

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's going to be warm today - but over the weekend it's going to get close to boiling.

Here's my latest forecast.

Rocking all over the South East

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The scene of a famous Eurovision victory, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues have been honoured on BBC Music Day.

Good morning Kent

Welcome to Friday. The weekend is nearly here.

This lovely image of beach huts in Minnis Bay was taken by Helen Moss. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Minnis Bay
Helen Moss

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