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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today. We're back bright and early at 06:00 BST tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

#ICYMI: Singer says performing is 'mind-blowing'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A singer-songwriter has described performing on stage as "an absolutely mind-blowing experience". #thisisme

Mum and baby saved by quick-thinking doctors

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Margaret Wang from Folkestone was diagnosed with a rare heart condition at 37 weeks pregnant.

She had to have an emergency caesarean followed by major heart surgery and says she's lucky to be alive.

#ICYMI: Art student shocked by attitudes

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A student has spoken of her shock after people expressed surprise that she was at university - because she is black. #thisisme

Showers to start, but dry for most of us tomorrow

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

And it's looking dry and bright over the weekend. Here's my latest forecast.

WW2 pilot achieves ambition at 95

German war pilot Hugo Broch has wanted to fly in a Spitfire for as long as he can remember.

At 95 years old he's done just that in the skies over Kent.

Arrest following assault in Canterbury

A man has been arrested following an assault in Canterbury.

The assault is reported to have taken place in St Peters Street at around 16:00 BST yesterday where a woman received a cut to her head.

A 28-year-old man from Whitstable was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault and possession of a class B drug and has been released pending further enquiries.

Ambulance thefts putting lives at risk

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

There have been a number of thefts from ambulances and public places recently.

Here's where thieves have struck in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

#ICYMI: Emaciated dog on road to recovery

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Snoopy the lurcher, who was found abandoned and starving on a busy roadside, is making a full recovery, thanks to the people who rescued her.

BreakingStabbing victim dies in Chatham

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A woman has died after being stabbed in a busy Chatham car park.

The incident happened this morning at 11.00 BST outside Dockside Retail Outlet.

The woman, believed to be aged in her 20s, suffered injuries consistent with a stabbing, and died at the scene, according to Kent Police.

A 25-year-old man from Rochester was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

The victim and suspect are believed to be known to each other.

Retired judge to lead Grenfell Tower inquiry

Sir Martin Moore-Bick

The retired Court of Appeal judge and former pupil of The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been chosen to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire the Prime Minister has said.

Sir Martin said he understood the "desire of local people for justice", while Theresa May said "no stone will be left unturned" during the inquiry.

Grenfell resident Oluwaseun Talabi said victims were unhappy at not being involved in Sir Martin's appointment.

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Chatham assault: Update

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Police say the man arrested in Chatham this morning following a serious assault at the Dockside Outlet Centre car park is 25 years-old and from the Medway towns.

A woman was seriously hurt during the incident which happened at 11:00 BST.

Police are stil at the scene.

Chatham incident
Michelle Hextall

Southern strike: 'When will it ever end?'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As the latest round of industrial action on Southern Rail begins, with an overtime ban by the drivers' union Aslef, passengers I spoke to this morning were resigned to the dispute continuing indefinitely.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Delays and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an earlier vehicle fire. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Woman seriously injured at Chatham Dockside Outlet Centre

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

A woman has been seriously injured during an "incident" in a car park at the Dockside Outlet Centre in Chatham.

Kent Police said they were called to the dockside area in Maritime Way at 11:00 BST.

A man has been arrested at the scene.

Officers said they did not believe there was any threat to the public.

Chatham incident
Michelle Hextall

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J5 M26 and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Gillingham training for peak fitness
Gillingham head coach Adrian Pennock takes his squad to Northern Ireland for pre-season fitness training.

Top tenor for Tonbridge

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Singer Russell Watson is looking forward to his performance at Tonbridge Castle next month.

Virtually exploring St Augustine's Abbey

A four year collaboration between English Heritage and the University of Kent's School of Architecture, has led to the reconstruction of the ruined St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury -- in virtual reality, at least.

So what more do we know about the Abbey?

ICYMI: Investigation after pool norovirus outbreak

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The mother of a disabled man who contracted norovirus at his local swimming pool says he's suffered months of serious ongoing health problems.

You can read the full story here.

Another grey day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's as you were with today's weather, a repeat of yesterday's clouds.

Here's my forecast.

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBC South East Today logo

Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin:

  • Dover is still the number one target for organised criminals smuggling migrants, guns and drugs into Britain, according to a report.
  • The train company Southern is operating a severely reduced timetable as drivers begin industrial action.
  • Wildlife experts fear a rare butterfly, the silver-studded blue, is close to disappearing from East Sussex.
St Mary Hoo zoo opens in pub garden
Landlord Andy Cowell collected enough animals to open his own zoo.

Southern overtime ban due to 'total lack of trust'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Southern logo

Southern rail passengers face fresh disruption to their journeys today due to the train drivers' union Aslef introducing an overtime ban.

General Secretary Mick Whelan said the ban reflects the "total loss of trust and goodwill between train drivers and the company".

"Drivers work overtime on an entirely voluntary basis and have no contractual obligation to do so", he said.

However, Southern's passenger services director Angie Doll said the action was going to be "very inconvenient" but the company would be putting in a "revised timetable".

How is the overtime ban affecting you? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Dover remains target for people smugglers

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Dover port

Dover remains the main target for criminals trying to smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK - despite the clearance of the Calais "Jungle".

That's according to a new report by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The NCA says the main threat from crime groups smuggling people into the UK remains roll-on roll-off ferries at Dover.

The report warns that any reduction in security in France is highly likely to lead to an upsurge in migrant activity.

Increased security has resulted in fewer breaches - but hasn't deterred migrants from trying to reach Britain.

It says more will now turn to people traffickers to help them cross the Channel.

I'll have more on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Anna - you can listen here.

What Southern services will be affected today?

Southern has produced this map showing which routes will be affected today. The company says:

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no Southern service.
  • On routes shown with a dashed grey line, there will be a limited service at peak times only
  • On routes shown in brown, there will be a reduced service and passengers are advised to allow longer for your journey and to avoid peak times if possible

More information about which services will be affected - as well as a bigger version of the below map - is available on the Southern website by clicking here.

Southern overtime ban map

Hoo has got a zoo in a pub

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Meet the man who's just been given a licence to run a zoo at his pub in St Mary Hoo.

Can we have our summer back please?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The sunny, hot weather has disappeared - hopefully it'll be back soon.

Hopefully this picture will brighten up your morning a bit - it's Romney Marsh by Matt Hayward - and it's our Kent #photooftheday

Romney Marsh
Matt Hayward

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