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Good night from the BBC Live team

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for another night.

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

Thanks for joining us.

Lauren's feet kept growing, but nobody could explain why

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A doctor diagnosed Lauren with a condition that only affects about 60 people out of every million, just by looking at Facebook.

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.

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.

Gloucestershire's Phil Mustard is out after a "brilliant" diving catch by Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond in their T20 Blast match at The Spitfire Ground.

The heat is on

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's going to be a very muggy night and another very warm day tomorrow.

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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 - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car and a rolling road-block.

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

Severe disruption: A249 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A249 Kent westbound severe disruption, between Padsole Lane and Kingsley Road.

A249 Kent - A249 Wat Tyler Way in Maidstone closed and slow traffic westbound between the Padsole Lane junction and the Kingsley Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Severe accident: A250 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A250 Kent eastbound severe accident, between A249 Brielle Way and Belgrave Road.

A250 Kent - A250 Queenborough Road in Queenborough closed eastbound between the A249 Brielle Way junction and the Belgrave Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Great expectations for historic reopening in Rochester

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An historic building, which inspired Dickens' writing, is reopening after a lengthy restoration project.

Billy Bingham

Gillingham sign former Crewe midfielder Billy Bingham after he impressed while on trial with the League One club.

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Failed Channel crossings prompt rescue attempts

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

Two rescue operations in just three days off the coast of Northern France show how desperate some migrants are to cross the Channel to reach Kent.

On Sunday morning an Iraqi national on a makeshift craft was rescued by a boat owner whilst drifting off Dunkirk. The 45 year-old was treated for hypothermia.

This morning the French authorities scrambled a Naval helicopter to search for three migrants that got into difficulty off Wissant, near Calais. The trio had set off from a beach at 23:00 BST last night.

The UK Border Force has launched four new fast patrol vessels to help tackle migrant boat smuggling after a series of incidents off Kent in 2016.

ICYMI: New technology to prevent accidents on railway tracks

New technology is being used to keep people safe on some of the South East's level crossings.

Warnings will be sent to mobile phones as pedestrians and drivers approach one of seven crossings in Kent and Sussex.

It comes as shocking footage is released, showing youngsters taking pictures as they walk on railway lines.

Warning to dog owners

Calls to the RSPCA complaining about unscrupulous puppy sales have risen in the South East.

Thunder and lightning, very very frightening

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

There's a warning of heavy thunderstorms for some of us this evening.

Here's my forecast.

Pride: Extra long trains, but fewer drivers

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Govia Thameslink Railway will be running longer Thameslink trains to and from Brighton during next month's Pride celebrations.

But the event will be affected by the Aslef drivers’ strike on Southern.

Pride runs from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August, with the union members striking on 1, 2 and 4 August, with the support of RMT drivers.

Southern says it plans to run more trains and additional carriages on Southern and Gatwick Express on Saturday, as well as the new, longer 12-carriage Thameslink trains.

Aslef has called three days of strikes in a deliberate move to cause maximum disruption for passengers.

We’re deeply disappointed. We have been working very closely with the organisers to ensure that this year's event is a resounding success despite the industrial action."

Angie DollSouthern's passenger services director

Attempt to smuggle cannabis resin into UK thwarted

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Cannabis resin
Home Office

Cannabis resin with an estimated street value of £11.3m has been found hidden among pallets of flat packed wooden crates on a Bulgarian-registered lorry at the Port of Dover.

The vehicle was stopped by Border Force officials as it tried to enter the UK on 12 July.

When it was searched 143 packages, each weighing about 30kg (66lbs), were found hidden in specially hollowed out sections within each pallet.

A 42-year-old Bulgarian man was arrested and later released pending further investigations.

Two days later, a 50-year-old man was arrested at an address in Hythe. He was later released on bail.

Severe accident: A274 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A274 Kent both ways severe accident, between Forsham Lane and High Street.

A274 Kent - A274 Headcorn Road in Sutton Valence closed in both directions between the Forsham Lane junction and the High Street junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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

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.

'He'd been shot 7 times...4 pellets remain in his skull'

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

The animals killed or maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns, with the South East one of the worst areas of the country for attacks.

Church damaged and charity boxes stolen

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Several charity boxes have been emptied during a burglary at a church in Herne Bay

A leaded window was smashed to gain entry.

It happened at St Mary the Virgin church in Reculver Lane, between 18:30 BST on 8 July and 08:30 BST on 9 July.

To steal from charity boxes inside a church is a pretty heartless thing to do and this will have been very upsetting for parishioners. When thieves target a church, they are targeting not just a historic building but a whole community."

PC Neil WaldockKent Police

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Newspapers
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Kent Online: A huge operation in Dover has been uncovered after an investigation by Dogs Trust revealed puppies are being smuggled in to the country.

Kent News: 15% pay rise for KCC councillors set to cost the taxpayer almost £245,000

Kent Live: This is how a singing cabbie from Crowborough has released his own record

Severe disruption: A228 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A228 Kent both ways severe disruption, at Kent Street affecting Oxley Shaw Lane.

A228 Kent - A228 Malling Road in King's Hill closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the Kent Street junction, because of an overturned vehicle. Police directing traffic. Congestion on A20 London Road to the Oxley Shaw Lane junction and to Alders Roundabout.

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

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.

Thieves want your registration on a plate

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

More than 800 number plates were stolen in Kent last year, the highest figure for seven years.

Cars with stolen plates are often used to drive off from petrol stations without paying, and to evade road tax and congestion charges.

Cars on major road
BBC

It's feared criminal gangs are now involved in number plate theft, while forecourt drive-offs are thought to cost around £3,000 to £4,000 per site each year.

Motoring organisations say drivers should consider measures such as fixing their plates with tamper-proof screws.

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, after J5 for M26 affecting J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J5 M26, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

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

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A20 and J4 for A228 Leybourne affecting J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - Slow traffic on M20 London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J7, A249 (Maidstone).

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

Don't leave home today without your brolly

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

After a warm sunny start, watch out for thunderstorms later.

Here's my forecast.

River Rother rower's rather big challenge

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A 95-year-old former World War Two pilot from Wittersham is about to set off on an epic rowing challenge.

What a view to wake up to

We loved this colourful shot of lavender fields in Eynsford by Mark Dillen, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Lavender field
Mark Dillen

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