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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Friday 7 July

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another week, we'll be back on Monday morning, bright and early at 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

If you'd like to get hold of us in the meantime, you can do via Twitter, Facebook or by sending us an email.

Thanks for joining us, and have a lovely weekend.

Severe disruption: A21 Kent southbound

BBC News Travel

A21 Kent southbound severe disruption, between A26 London Road and Henwood Green Road.

A21 Kent - A21 Tonbridge By-Pass closed southbound between Southborough Turn Off in Tonbridge and Pembury Turn Off in Kipping's Cross. Diversion in operation - via the A26, A2014, A26 and the A22.

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

How will farmers cope with Brexit?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Farmers are showing off their wares at the Kent County Show this weekend, and Brexit is on their minds.

It's time to cool off

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The stifling heat's abating over the weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Rare coins stolen during Maidstone burglary

Rare coins
Kent Police

A collection of 2,500 rare coins has been stolen during a burglary in Maidstone.

The break-in was reported to have happened in Upper Fant Road between 14:30 - 19:00 BST on Monday.

The collection is believed to be worth several thousand pounds.

It includes a number of modern, but rare £2 and 50 pence pieces, as well as distinctive coins no longer on circulation.

Jewellery, including a gold ring with diamonds, was also taken.

Residents, second-hand dealers and jewellers are urgent to be vigilant and should contact Kent Police if they have been offered, or have seen, a collection for sale.

Faversham and Mid Kent MP receives death threat

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

The Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent has revealed that she has received a death threat.

Helen Whately said there had been "moments when I've felt under threat".

"I have had to complain to the police about some of the comments and particularly a death threat that I received," she told BBC South East.

"Because of what happened to Jo Cox you do have to take threats seriously," the MP, who was elected in the 2015 general election, added.

Helen Whately
BBC

Ms Whately was speaking after it had been revealed that she had to pull out of opening a summer music festival at Sheldwich Primary School, in Faversham, because of threats posted on social media.

"I was asked not to go because there'd been some unpleasant comments on Facebook, and particularly threats that some people were going to come along and, I think, throw eggs, and they didn't want a disturbance at the school.

"I went along afterwards rather than at the beginning," she said.

Severe accident: A2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent eastbound severe accident, near A2260 Southfleet Road affecting A2.

A2 Kent - A2 Watling Street in Gravesend blocked, stationary traffic and long delays eastbound near Northfleet, because of an accident involving three cars and a motorbike. Congestion to Falconwood Interchange.

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

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road to the roundabout above the carriageway London-bound at J3, A229 (Chatham), 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 eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between M25 J3 and J2 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound between M25 J3, Swanley Interchange and J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), 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 eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, 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 a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

It's a lovely day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

But if you don't like the heat, the weekend's going to be a lot more comfortable.

Here's my forecast.

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?

Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface

Imagine having to inject yourself thousands of times over the course of your lifetime, but never talking about it to anyone.

Many people live with hidden disabilities - conditions which don't have physical signs but are painful, exhausting and isolating. Sympathy and understanding from others can often be in short supply.

BBC Radio Kent's Erika North explains what it's like to have a hidden disability.

MP asked not to attend fete after threats

A school asked Faversham MP Helen Whately not to make official appearance at fete after threats to disrupt event were made on Facebook.

More to follow.

Helen Whately
BBC

Police: 'Stolen strawberries could make you ill'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police have issued a health warning over strawberries stolen from a farm in Kent that could make people ill.

More than 100kg of strawberries were stolen from Hill Farm in Ulcombe overnight on Friday.

Police believe the thieves hoped to sell them on but they'd recently been coated in a growth chemical that can poison the stomach.

ICYMI: 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

£2,000 raised as Vic Reeves draws for RNLI

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Comedian Vic Reeves ditched his stage name and went back to Jim Moir for an evening of art to raise money for charity.

Moir, who is recognised as a talented artist, lives in Kent and on Thursday night took part in a live speed song sketch challenge.

In one hour £2,000 was raised for the RNLI, as Moir drew to song requests at the Smugglers Record Shop in Deal.

Jim Moir after an hour of intense sketching
Jim Moir
After an hour of intense sketching

Vic Reeves draws to song requests

Kent comedian Vic Reeves is putting his art skills to the test for charity.

Kent's local newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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KentOnline: Crash closes M20 at Junction 7

Kent News: Housing association stands firm amid calls to ‘shame’ them into fitting sprinklers at The Tannery in Canterbury

Kent Live: There has been a wave of support for a new hospital planned in Edenbridge

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J4 for A278 affecting J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - Queuing traffic on M2 London-bound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J6, A251 (Faversham).

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

Roadworks cause huge queues at Kent County Show opens

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Traffic is stationary on the M20 between junctions 7 and 8 eastbound, and is building up to junction 6.

Lane three has been closed for road management.

The Kent Showground, in Detling, is accessed by junction 7 and today is the opening day of the popular Kent County Show.

Delays of up to an hour are expected this morning.

M20 traffic
Traffic England

Another warm day today

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The temperatures will drop a little over the weekend though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J4 for A278 and J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and queuing traffic London-bound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J3, A229 (Chatham), because of an accident involving one car.

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

The mane attraction?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A herd of decorated life-size horses are appearing across Kent and West Sussex to raise money for Hospice in the Weald.

They've been designed and painted by artists, schoolchildren and community groups and will be on display over the summer and auctioned off in October.

Here's where you can see them...

The weekend's almost here...

We loved these black and white train tracks, snapped by Alan Glicksman near Grove Ferry, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Train tracks
Alan Glicksman

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