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  1. Our live coverage has ended for day
  2. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017

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Goodnight from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today, we'll be back on Monday morning from 06:00 BST with all of the news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

If you'd like to contact us in the meanwhile, you can find us on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.

Thanks for joining us!

It's a muggy weekend, but you still might need a brolly

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There will be a mix of sunshine and showers, this weekend. Be prepared for it to be muggy though, and temperatures warm up through Sunday.

Teenager's hope for tumour treatment

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The family and friends of a Kent teenager are trying to raise £120,000 so she can have experimental treatment for a rare brain tumour.

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.

Vital witness to assault sought

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police investigating a serious assault in Chatham have released CCTV images of a man they say has important information.

The attack happened in Campion Close on 28 January.

Man who witnessed attack in Chatham
Kent Police

Detectives say they've explored numerous leads, but haven't been able to make any arrests yet.

Local athlete represents GB at world championships

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The World Para Athletics Championships begin at London Stadium tonight.

Among those going for a medal for Great Britain is East Grinstead's Abbie Hunnisett.

'There are risks...it can lead to violence'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Mirza Beg was lured to Bluewater Shopping Centre by vigilante group The Hunted One, who led him to believe he'd be meeting a 14-year-old girl.

He's been jailed for 40 months for child grooming.

But should civilians be doing the work of the police?

Severe accident: A229 Kent southbound

BBC News Travel

A229 Kent southbound severe accident, between Highview Drive and Watson Avenue.

A229 Kent - A229 Maidstone Road in Chatham closed and slow traffic southbound between the Highview Drive junction and the Watson Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

RMT announce further strike action in Southern Rail dispute

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Rail union RMT has come out in support of the Aslef union strike on Southern Rail.

The RMT told its own driver members not to book in for any shifts on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 August - the same days as Aslef announced it would be striking.

The strike is part of the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard.

The unions want the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on Southern services.

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Yet again today RMT is forced to send Southern Rail a clear message that we will not allow them to strip the railway of a safety critical second member of staff on these vital rail services."

BreakingMan jailed after paedophile hunter sting

Bangladeshi student Mirza Beg, 29, jailed for 40 months for child grooming following sting by paedophile hunters.

Beg arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at Bluewater shopping centre - instead he was met by the group The Hunted One.

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.

Man arrested for aggravated burglary in Herne Bay

Officers investigating a burglary in Herne Bay have arrested a man.Kent Police received a report of a burglary at business premises in William Street on 4 July. The 26-year-old man from Herne Bay was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary last night and currently remains in police custody.

Send in the clouds

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Temperatures are rising over the weekend, but we won't see much sunshine.

Here's my forecast.

New technology to prevent accidents on railway tracks

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Shocking footage has been released showing youngsters taking pictures on and walking across railway lines.

It comes as Network Rail and British Transport Police announce they're introducing new technology in the South East to send warnings to people on their mobile phones when they're approaching level crossings.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J11 for B2068 Hythe and J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 London-bound between J11, B2068 (Hythe) and J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Kent Online: 'Nothing can bring back dad, I just want answers'

Kent News: alt-J Margate gig moved due to high demand

Kent Live: Charlton boss defends playing two friendlies tomorrow

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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.

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 slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M26 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J2A for A20 and M25 J5.

M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 westbound between J2a A20 and M25 J5, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Stars on Dunkirk red carpet

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The world premiere of blockbuster movie Dunkirk took place last night. We chatted to its stars on the red carpet.

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

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.

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: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, at J6 for A22 affecting J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion to J5 M26.

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

ICYMI: 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.

ICYMI: Pair to renew vows as same-sex couple

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.

What's the weekend weather got in store?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Here's my all-important forecast for the weekend.

It's the end of the week

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To start things off here's a great pic by Carole Adam of Broadstairs. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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Carole Adams