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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Tuesday 11 July 2017

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Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

We're off home for the night so we can be back bright and early at 06:00 BST to bring you all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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Kent school in 'slave sale' row

A Kent grammar school has come in for fierce criticism after pupils were given a list of people "on sale" at a slave auction and asked to consider how many slaves they could buy for £100.

The Year 8 history project at Rochester Grammar School has sparked anger on social media.

But the school has defended the worksheet saying it follows the Historical Association's recommendations on teaching historical slavery and is in line with the Department for Education's history curriculum.

Adam Gemili misses out on 200m place as GB name squad

Adam Gemili
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Adam Gemili has missed out on an individual place in the Great Britain squad for the World Championships in London, which start on 4 August. Read more here.

Vic Reeves draws to song requests

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, at J11 for B2068 Hythe.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road London-bound at J11, B2068 (Hythe), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Appeal over missing 'vulnerable' man

A fresh appeal has launched to help find a "vulnerable" man who went missing in Ashford.

Edward Jones, 73, was last seen at around 12:00 BST on Monday walking towards south Ashford from the Ashford International train station.

Insp Greg McNeil, from Kent Police, said: "Mr Jones is quite frail and vulnerable and sometimes gets confused.

"He has now been missing for more than 24 hours and, with heavy rain forecast, we and his family are becoming extremely concerned for his welfare."

The police helicopter and volunteers from Kent Search and Rescue have been involved in the search for Mr Jones.

Edward Jones
Kent Police

Rainy start to Wednesday

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

But the clouds are expected to clear later on.

Substantial drug find at Channel Tunnel

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Heroin worth £2.25m has been found hidden in a lorry heading towards Kent through the Channel Tunnel.

The drugs were taped in 40 packages between three pallets of mattresses, in the Dutch-registered vehicle, at the UK's border control in Coquelles, Northern France.

A 59-year-old man from the Netherlands has been arrested and released under investigation.

By thwarting this smuggling attempt, Border Force has stopped a substantial quantity of Class A drugs from reaching the UK's streets and prevented criminals from lining their pockets with a substantial profit.'

Cameron BrysonActing Deputy Director, Border Force South East and Europe
The south east is one of the worst parts of the country for reports of airgun shootings
Kent, Sussex and Surrey are among the worst counties in the UK for reports of animals being shot with airguns.

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 and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

Jewellery theft in Sandwich burglary

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Jewellery and a heart-shaped wooden box were among items stolen during a burglary in Sandwich.

The break-in at Little Curiosity Box in New Street took place just after midnight.

Police are looking for two men.

One of them is thought to have been wearing a black hooded top with white stripes on the sleeves.

'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

Airgun attacks on pets and wildlife in the South East

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

These animals were killed and maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns in the South East.

Should the weapons be licensed?

Lorry park 'limbo' for Kent homeowners

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

People living near the planned site for a huge lorry park in Kent say they're being left in limbo.

A judicial review into the project at Stanford won't be heard until 6 December.

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A20 and J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M20 coastbound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of an accident.

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

Daniel Bell-Drummond

Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond signs a contract extension with the County Championship Division Two club.

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The sun will come out tomorrow

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

But for the rest of today it's cloud and rain all the way.

Here's my forecast.

Baby death mum told to "hang him upside down"

Jon Hunt

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A mother accused of causing her baby's death says she was told to "hang him upside down and shake him" by the ambulance service, a court has heard.

Eli Cox's mother Katherine Cox and her partner Danny Shepherd deny causing the five-month-old's death in April 2016.

Ms Cox told Katherine Jenkins she was given the advice after he turned blue and stopped breathing, the nurse told Maidstone Crown Court.

Ms Jenkins said Eli's injuries compared with those sustained during a car crash.

Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd
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Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd deny causing or allowing the death of a child

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206 affecting J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident involving a lorry and car. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Southeastern tells train passengers to expect delays in August

Kent News: Court hearing for £250m Operation Stack lorry park due in December

Kent Live: A drug den housed in two Ramsgate flats has been shut down by police

The mane attraction?

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...

Rise in number of sexting offences

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There's been a rise in the number of sexting offences being investigated by Kent Police.

New figures, obtained by the BBC, show children as young as eight have been reporting being victims of sexually explicit messages in the county over the last three years.

There were 72 cases last year with the youngest alleged offender aged ten.

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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

Stabbing in Herne Bay

Police are appealing for witnesses this morning after a man was stabbed in the stomach outside a nightclub.

The assault happened in Herne Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers believe the victim tried to intervene in a disturbance when he was injured.

He was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.

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.

Honour for Kent-based former boxer

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Former boxing champion Barry McGuigan is due to receive an honorary degrees from the University of Kent later.

McGuigan became WBA and lineal featherweight champion. He now lives in Dargate near Faversham and will receive a Doctor of the University degree, in recognition of his contribution to sport.

Barry McGuigan
BBC

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.

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.

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

Amanda Akass

Reporter, BBC South East Today

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.

Here's my extended interview with Martyn and Helen Low.

Is it raining with you yet?

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

You'll be very lucky if you don't get wet today. Here's my latest forecast.

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.

Happy Tuesday

A great shot of a pair of moths in Kemsing by Victoria Tripp - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Butterfly
Victoria Tripp

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