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Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

ICYMI: WW2 pilot achieves ambition at 95

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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.

#ICYMI: YouTuber's 'obsession' with social media

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Prolific YouTuber Bogdan says he has a "little bit of an obsession" with social media on his mobile phone. #thisisme

Rain in the morning

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Tuesday will begin with a few scattered showers.

George Low: Parents tell of shock over release of suspected killer
George Low's parents say murder suspect should not have been released

Cricket: Essex Eagles suffer T20 Blast defeat to Spitfires

Essex Eagles lost their T20 Blast match against Kent Spitfires at the Beckenham County Ground.

Beckenham County Ground
Essex Cricket

Daniel Bell-Drummond hit an unbeaten 90 from 55 balls to steer the hosts to a comfortable seven-wicket win yesterday.

Essex, who lost narrowly in a tight run-chase at home to Surrey on Friday night in the same competition, were again seriously out-gunned and are left looking for their first victory in two starts.

Essex Eagles will be looking to bounce back when Somerset visit Chelmsford on Thursday in the second of seven home games in the T20 Blast.

George Low: Parents tell of shock over release of murder suspect

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The parents of a man murdered in Cyprus have expressed their shock over the release of a murder suspect in the northern part of the island.

Estate agent George Low, 22, from Dartford, was killed near a nightclub in Ayia Napa in Cyprus in August.

An arrest warrant was issued for Sali Ahmet, 42, who fled to the north with a second suspect, Mehmet Akpinar, 22.

They were arrested there for an unrelated offence but both were allowed to leave without being charged.

BBC South East Today's Amanda Akass has this extended interview with Martyn and Helen Low.

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.

Read more

New TV channel for Kent

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

TV presenter
BBC

A new television channel dedicated to Kent has launched.

KMTV is a partnership between the University of Kent and the KM Media Group.

Its flagship news programme, Kent Tonight, was the first programme to air at 17:30 BST.

The channel aims to show news, sport and entertainment from around the county.

Partly funded by the BBC, it can been seen on freeview, cable and online.

#ICYMI:'You could call it possibly a little bit obsessive'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

22-year-old Nathan Higham from Chatham tells us why he's "a little bit obsessed" with gaming.

#thisisme

Investigation into salon burglary

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Witnesses are being sought to a burglary at a hair salon in Ramsgate.

Electrical items, hairdressing equipment and cash were taken from Pure Escapism Hair and Beauty on the High Street.

It's believed the burglary took place during the early hours of yesterday morning.

'It's shameful'

A woman from Kent says it's "shameful" her husband had to travel to Switzerland to end his life, rather than being allowed to die at home in Tonbridge.

Sarah Starkey supported Andrew Tyler, who was suffering from Parkinson's Disease, on his final journey to the Dignitas Clinic.

If you're affected by this issue, you can find details for how to get help and support here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4WLs5NlwrySXJR2n8Snszdg/emotional-distress-information-and-support

There's rain on the way

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

The temperatures are set to tumble too. Here's my latest forecast.

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 - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M20 coastbound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a van fire.

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

Should Andrew have had the right to die here?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

What would you do if you were faced with an incurable debilitating condition?

Andrew Tyler from Tonbridge decided he couldn't live with Parkinsons disease, so went to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland to take his own life.

In the weeks beforehand he kept a video diary.

If you're affected by this issue, you can find details for how to get help and support here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4WLs5NlwrySXJR2n8Snszdg/emotional-distress-information-and-support

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, at J3 for M20 affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a rolling road-block, an accident involving a lorry and two cars and a spillage on the road. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and a lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down box van.

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

Missing: Have you seen Christian?

Christian Collins
Kent Police

Police are appealing for information about a missing man from Maidstone.

Christian Collins was last seen on Friday afternoon near Hermitage Lane and it's thought he was wearing blue jeans and a checked shirt at the time.

Officers believe he is still in the West Kent area or could have travelled to Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells or Medway.

No lifeguards on half of bathing beaches

Just over half of bathing spots along England's coast have no lifeguards on duty over the summer.

A BBC analysis suggests 195 out of 402 official bathing waters are patrolled between July and September.

The National Water Safety Forum said it was "impractical" for every beach to be covered.

The absence of lifeguards was raised as a concern after the deaths of seven men at Camber Sands in 2016 but an inquest concluded they may have drowned anyway.

More on this story here.

Lifeguard position
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Vic Reeves draws to song requests

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

The bridge that spans the centuries

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

How a canny investment by Dick Whittington led to the creation of The Rochester Bridge Trust, providing the people of Medway with their vital river crossing.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Printing press (generic)
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Kent Online: Award-winning park 'ruined' by students

Kent News: Elderly pedestrian hit by black Kia Cee’d is ‘seriously injured’ in Minster-on-Sea crash

Kent Live: Pictures show a huge emergency response after a Folkestone hotel was evacuated due to a fire

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.

Look at his face! Tonbridge walker smashes world record

Watch Tom Bosworth, who's from Tonbridge, smash the one mile walk world record in five minutes 31.08 seconds at the Anniversary Games in London.

Strike won't affect timetable, says Southern

Southern says the latest strike by conductors won't have any impact on the already disrupted timetable.

Conductors walked off the job at midnight.

Southern train
BBC

The dispute over their changing role is now into its sixteenth month.

Train drivers already have a ban on overtime in place, with the company running a reduced timetable as a result.

The RMT say Southern need to face up to their responsibilities -- but Southern say they remain willing to negotiate.

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...

How will farmers cope with Brexit?

Farmers showed off their wares at the Kent County Show over the weekend, and Brexit was on their minds.

Will the summer weather continue?

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Of course not!

There are warnings of heavy showers today, and temperatures will be down considerably for the rest of the week.

Welcome to a new week

A gorgeous shot for today's #PhotoOfTheDay: This Margate sunset was sent to us by Dean Spinks.

Margate sunset
Dean Spinks

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