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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 13 July 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

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

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

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Two arrests after police stop car

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Two people have been arrested after police stopped a car on Detling Hill near Maidstone.

A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft of a car and driving while unfit through drugs.

A 31-year-old woman's being questioned on suspicion of theft of a car, burglary and possession of Class A and B drugs.

Police say their investigation is continuing.

Mixed weather picture for Friday

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A cloudy and mild Friday with patches of drizzle and sun.

Should Andrew have had the right to die here?

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

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.

Arrests after 'drugs found'

Two men were arrested in Tunbridge Wells earlier after police seized substances believed to contain Class A drugs and cannabis.

They were found following a house search in Showfields Road and Cobbett’s Ride.

Insp Chris Mayers said: "Our enforcement against drugs offences continues and we repeat the message that if you persist in selling illegal drugs within the Tunbridge Wells area we will arrest you and put you before the courts."

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.

MPs discuss online abuse and intimidation

Three Kent and Sussex MPs were subjected to abuse during the election campaign.

They've now spoken out about their experiences.

ICYMI: The mane attraction?

A herd of decorated life-size horses are appearing across Kent and East 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...

Councillors vote for more cash

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Councillors at Kent County Council have voted for a 15% increase in members’ allowances.

A panel looking into remuneration had recommended an increase of 1.5%.

The current amount councillors receive is £12,805 and hasn’t been increased since 2009. In 2009 they voted for a reduction (from £13,000) and in 2013 councillors voted to keep it as it was.

This increase would add on £1920.75 compared to the cash terms recommendation from the panel of £195.

48 councillors voted in favour, 13 against and 8 abstained.

Here comes the sun

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

But there's a fresher feel to the weather than we've had in recent days.

BreakingAslef strike dates announced

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Aslef has called strikes on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 August on Southern and Gatwick Express in a dispute over pay.

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

ICYMI: 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.

Operation to clamp down on illegal lorry parking

An operation to target illegal and antisocial HGV parking in Kent has seen more than 5,000 vehicles dealt with in just over 18 months.

A total of 5,019 lorries have been moved on, fined or immobilised by officers from Kent Police and Highways England since the joint enforcement operation started in December 2015.

4,294 HGVs were moved on because they were parked illegally or inappropriately and 18 others were dealt with for other traffic offences.

Graduated Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to 695 drivers. 12 HGVs were immobilised after initially refusing to pay their fines.

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Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J3 for M20 and J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of an accident.

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

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online: Sightseers dicing with death

Kent News: Number of fines for taking children out of Kent schools slashed in half - but KCC missing £40,000 in penalties

Kent Live: People in Tunbridge Wells were woken up by several loud bangs last night

Pedestrian hit by bus in Deal

A pedestrian has been hit by a bus in Deal.

The incident happened in Station Road at 07:00 BST this morning.

Police attended the scene along with the South East Coast Ambulance Service following a report of minor injuries.

A man was taken to a local hospital.

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.

ICYMI: School in 'slave sale' row

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

School pupils were given lists of people "on sale" at a slave auction and asked to consider how many slaves they could buy for £100, attracting fierce criticism for their grammar school.

Severe accident: A2 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent both ways severe accident, between A2 High Street and Magpie Hall Road.

A2 Kent - A2 High Street in Chatham closed and slow traffic between the A2 High Street junction and Luton Arches, because of an accident involving Motorcycle.

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

Airgun attacks on pets and and wildlife in the South East

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

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

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: A251 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A251 Kent both ways severe accident, near Newhouse Lane affecting M2 J6.

A251 Kent - A251 Ashford Road in Sheldwich blocked and slow traffic in both directions near the Newhouse Lane junction, because of an accident involving three cars. Police directing traffic. Congestion to Faversham.

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

BreakingSouthern fined for poor performance

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Southern's parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will have to pay an extra £13.4m on passenger services as a fine for poor performance since, the Department for Transport has said.

It's money 'over and above' what they would have paid.

Southern says it's never made a profit on the service.

'Someone asked me what he wanted to have for tea'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Meet Eddie - the 15-year-old boy who took over Southern's Twitter feed for an afternoon.

Cooling off

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

We've got a dry, sunny day but it will be much cooler than it has been.

Watch my latest forecast to find out more.

Pair to renew vows as same-sex couple

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A Kent couple who married more than 20 years ago are planning to renew their vows next month, but this time as a same-sex couple.

It's one step closer to the weekend

And to get things going here's a photo of Margate by Stephen Todd - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Margate
Stephen Todd

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