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  2. Live updates on Thursday 8 June

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Good night from the BBC Live team

That's all from us for now - but not for long! Join us after 22:00 BST tonight for our special overnight coverage of the election results.

Fed up with politics? This should make you smile

As the South East baked in soaring temperatures last week, we asked how your pets kept cool in the sun.

You sent us 10 photos of delicious doggies leaping through waves, chilling in the long grass and even sporting a sunhat.

Sunshine and showers this weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Sunshine and showers will continue tomorrow, perhaps with the odd heavy burst at times.

Watch my latest forecast for more.

Paul Collingwood

Durham captain Paul Collingwood makes 93 not out as his side reach 318-5 on day one of the Division Two match with Kent.

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Kent Police: Do you recognise this man?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police think this man may be able to help with an investigation into a burglary in Dartford.

CCTV footage
Kent Police

The incident is reported to have happened between 08:15 BST and 08:40 BST on 4 May at a house in Watling Street.

Officers say the front door was damaged.

They're asking anyone who recognises the man to call Kent Police on 01474 366149 quoting XY/20192/17.

Tunbridge Wells drugs arrests after disturbance

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A 16-year-old and a 19-year-old have been arrested on drugs charges after reports of a disturbance in Tunbridge Wells.

Police were called to Eridge Raod just after 19:00 BST yesterday where they carried out a search with the help of the police helicopter.

The two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of assault and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

The 16-year-old was released pending further enquiries, while the 19-year-old is still being questioned.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J10 for A20 and J9 for A20 Ashford.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M20 westbound between J10, A20 (Ashford South) and J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident.

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

Image of sex attacker released

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

An efit's been issued of a man who sexually assaulted two girls in Ashford.

He approached them as he walked along Bad Munstereifel Road towards Park Farm, grabbing one of the girls' wrists.

Efit of Ashford sex attacker
Kent Police

The man's described as in his forties, 5ft 5in tall and wearing a pale pink bomber jacket and dark blue jogging bottoms.

The incident happened around 16:30 GMT on 12 March.

Commemorating one of Kent's most important battles

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Events are being held to mark the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway.

It was one of England's worst naval defeats, with Dutch troops occupying Sheerness fort and their fleet destroying and capturing several Royal Navy ships in Chatham.

The Dutch have sent a navy warship to take part in the council's two-week commemoration of the event.

Will you need that brolly over the weekend?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

The weather's been disappointing this week, but it looks like temperatures are recovering over the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Children taught to 'speak out and stay safe'

Girl on a swing (anonymous)
Getty Images

More than 90,000 primary school children, some as young as four, have been shown how to spot the signs of abuse during assemblies held by the NSPCC in Kent and Sussex.

It comes as reports of child sexual abuse to police forces continue to rise.

Specially trained staff and volunteers have taught the 'Speak Out Stay Safe' programme in more than 300 schools across the region - helping children understand abuse in all its forms and the dangers of using social media.

Ex-West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is returning to Lancashire as a Kolpak player

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

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Kent Police: Did you see man with ginger beard and bike helmet?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police cordon
BBC

Police investigating a series of robberies in Canterbury last week are looking for anyone who might have seen a distinctive-looking man in the area at the time.

Four incidents are reported to have taken place between about 17:00 BST on Thursday 1 June and 21:00 BST the next day.

During three of the robberies, in Wincheap and Chartham, staff and customers were threatened by a man armed with a knife.

Officers say the offender is believed to have a ginger beard and was wearing a black motorcycle helmet and a puffer jacket.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail until the end of the month while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/22732/17 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Kent back in championship action

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Kent will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the county championship, as they take on Durham at the St Laurence Ground in Canterbury.

I'll have ball-by-ball commentary from 11:00 BST here, and updates in our BBC Radio Kent sport bulletins throughout the day.

Breeding programme has plenty to crow about

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Extinct in Kent for nearly two centuries, Canterbury's symbolic bird could soon make a return.

'Creating art in the face of death'

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

An exhibition features work by artists with one thing in common - they're all facing execution.

At home with Winston

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

New exhibits at the home of the country's most famous prime minister get the royal seal of approval.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J9 for A20 Ashford and J8 for A20 Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - Queuing traffic and two lanes closed on M20 westbound between J9, A20 (Ashford) and J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Police concerned about missing teenager

Paige Jackson
Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information about a missing teenager from Gillingham.

Paige Jackson, 15, was last seen leaving her home in the Grange Road area on Wednesday 24 May.

She is believed to have links to the Thanet area.

She was wearing black skinny jeans, a grey hooded jumper, blue and white trainers and a bag containing blue shorts and a white top.

Have you heard of the Battle of Medway?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Events are being held over the next two weeks to mark the 350th anniversary of one of the most important battles ever fought in Kent - and one of England's worst defeats.

The Battle of Medway in June 1667 saw the Dutch navy stage a daring raid up the river, capturing and occupying Sheerness fort, then breaking through defences and attacking the English fleet at its base in Chatham.

The Battle of Medway
RIJKMUSEUM
The victorious Dutch celebrated their success in many paintings

Many English ships were set on fire and two, the flagship Royal Charles and the 42-gun Unity, were towed back to Holland as prizes.

The Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam holds a large collection of objects related to the battle, and some have been loaned to Chatham Historic Dockyard as part of the commemorations, along with artefacts from the National Maritime Museum and the British Library.

My colleague Tanya Gupta has been examining the history of the battle in more detail. You can read her feature here.

Dutch Navy warship
BBC
A modern Dutch Navy warship is visiting Medway as part of the anniversary events

Has the rain gone for good?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Today's staying dry, but don't put that umbrella away just yet.

Here's my forecast.

Children taught to 'speak out and stay safe'

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Girl on a swing (anonymous)
Getty Images

More than 90,000 primary school children, some as young as four, have been shown how to spot the signs of abuse during assemblies held by the NSPCC in Kent and Sussex.

It comes as reports of child sexual abuse to police forces continue to rise.

Specially trained staff and volunteers have taught the 'Speak Out Stay Safe' programme in more than 300 schools across the region - helping children understand abuse in all its forms and the dangers of using social media.

Wish we were there

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We're off to the beach for today's #PhotoOfTheDay.

This stunning shot from Walpole Bay was sent to us by Carole Adams.

Walpole Bay sunset
Carole Adams

We'll be here with all your latest news, travel, sport and weather for Kent until 20:00 BST.

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