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Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We've made it to the end of another night, and the weekend is looming.

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

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

Meet Eddie - the 15-year-old boy who took over Southern Rail's Twitter feed for a morning.

Man charged over Dover drugs haul

A drugs smuggler who hid kilos of cocaine in a horse box, in an attempt to get the product into Kent, has been been caught by officers at Dover.

They found 50 kilos worth around £1.75m.

A 51-year-old Dutch man has been charged.

Rain, rain go away

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We've got a bit more soggy weather ahead, but the sunshine will soon make a return.

Here's my latest forecast.

Former Fulham defender signs for Dover

National League side Dover Athletic have signed former Fulham defender Josh Passley on a one-year deal.

The 22-year-old made two senior appearances while at Craven Cottage and had loan spells at Shrewsbury and Portsmouth.

After leaving Fulham, he spent the 2015-16 season at Dagenham & Redbridge, playing 38 times in League Two.

Last season, Passley made 13 appearances in National League South for Whitehawk.

Josh Passley
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Josh Passley (right) played against Whitehawk for Dagenham before later signing for them.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Calm after the storm?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

After a stormy night, the humidity continues.

Showers moving in tomorrow will see put to that, but you might need to wave goodbye to those warm temperatures too.

Teenager's hope for tumour treatment

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.

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.

Warning to dog owners

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

What a spectacle

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

There were incredible sights as the thunderous storm moved across Kent.

Isle of Sheppey
SheppeyPete
Isle of Sheppey
Langton Green, near Tunbridge Wells
Jonathan Bolland
Langton Green, near Tunbridge Wells
Victory Pier, Gillingham
Simon Towler
Victory Pier, Gillingham
Coxheath
Josh Crane
Coxheath
Herne Bay
Ricky Lee Jones
Herne Bay

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of an accident involving a car and recovery work.

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

Electrifying scenes

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

The sky above Gravesend was illuminated last night.

Lightning in Gravesend
Artifex Productions
Lightning in Gravesend
Artifex Productions

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.

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise in Chevening between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of a rolling road-block and an accident involving a car.

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

The calm after the storm?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

After a dramatic night, what will the rest of the day have in store?

Flash floods: Sixty emergency calls in 60 minutes

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

People trapped in their homes by flash flooding in Tunbridge Wells saw fire crews called out more in 60 times in the space of an hour.

At the height of the thunderstorm, between 02:30 and 03:30 BST, callers stated there was up to a metre of water in some properties.

Two who called to say they were trapped were uninjured when firefighters arrived and no rescues were required.

Lightening over Margate
Mark Battersby
Lightning over Margate

In the worst hit areas, crews pumped out the water and called on the Red Cross and local housing providers for extra assistance.

The water subsided by around 04:30 BST and the fire service scaled back its response, remaining only where flood water still needed pumping out of peoples homes.

Lightning strikes throughout the night
Greg Esson
Lightning strikes throughout the night

Storm crashes into the South East

A massive storm hit the South East early Wednesday morning - here's a selection of photos you sent us. Please keep them coming.

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Margate by Mark Battersby
Mark Battersby
Margate by Mark Battersby
Composite photo by Greg Esson on his trip between Capel Le Ferne and Canterbury
Greg Esson
Composite photo by Greg Esson on his trip between Capel Le Ferne and Canterbury
Hastings by John Bownas
John Bownas
Hastings by John Bownas
Worthing by Lee Milner
Lee Milner
Worthing by Lee Milner

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.

Halfway through the week

This bleak scene at Minnis Bay was captured by Sue Fewings, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Minnis Bay
Sue Fewings

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