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  1. Our updates for the day have now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 9 August 2017

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By Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Kenneth Noye

The father of a woman who testified against Noye says her safety is more important than any transfer.

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Mum-of-three shot in Brazil 'lucky to be alive'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A mum-of-three from Gravesend is still in hospital in Brazil after being shot in front of her husband and children.

Doctors say Eloise Dixon is lucky to be alive.

Project to help protect future of bees

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Almost £1m of lottery funding is being spent on helping protect endangered bumblebees.

Landslip causes rail problems

A landslip at Cuxton means all lines are blocked, according to Southeastern.

It means that no trains are able to run between Strood and Maidstone West.

Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

#ICYMI: 'I live with the guilt of a man's death'

Jailed for being homosexual, Keith Biddlecombe talks about how it changed his life.

Deal sailor named in GB blind sailing team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sailing is a skill that demands accuracy, fine judgement and courage, especially if you're blind.

Just ask Catherine Westbrook, who's been chosen to represent the country at the Blind Sailing World Championships.

Military mission in Michigan

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey will be taking part in a live firing practice battle in the US state of Michigan.

The reservists from the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment will be supported by the full range of American military hardware - including helicopters, heavy artillery, and fighter jets.

Tributes paid to man who died attempting to swim English Channel

The girlfriend of a man who died while trying to cross the English Channel as part of an endurance event has described him as "kind, generous and loyal" and says she hopes he is remembered for all of his sporting achievements.

Lola Lewis says Douglas Waymark had prepared "meticulously" for the Enduroman event which sees athletes attempt to run, swim and cycle the 300 miles from London to Paris.

Mr Waymark got into difficulty about halfway across the Channel on Monday.

Man sought in connection with Whitstable attack

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Detectives investigating an assault in a bar in Whitstable have released this image of a man they would like to speak to.

E fit image
Kent Police

The attack is alleged to have happened in a bar in Oxford Street at 17:15 BST on Thursday 27 July.

Police say a man in his 20s was assaulted.

He needed treatment for cuts and scratches to his face.

There's some drier weather on the way

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

There'll be a few more showers first though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Schoolgirl completes peaks challenge

A 12-year-old girl from Kent has become the youngest person to climb all of the 214 Cumbrian peaks listed in Alfred Wainwright's famous guide to the Lakeland Fells.

But for Lauren Richardson, who's from Hoo, it's been an achievement with a difference.

She's one of the country's youngest amateur radio operators and at the summit of each peak she made radio contact with other "radio hams"

'It's shedding light, it's not gloomy'

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

What's it like to suffer from a long-term illness which no-one else can see?

An exhibition at a Medway art gallery tries to explain.

Cycling sensation Kiera Byland competes in Special Olympics

She's already a Special Olympics superstar, but 18-year-old Kiera Byland is on the hunt for more gold medals.

Last night she co-hosted the opening ceremony in Sheffield for over 2,600 athletes from across the country.

Today she's competing in the 10k time trial.

It wasn't easy for Kiera growing up with learning difficulties, but when she discovered cycling, her life changed dramatically.

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Long delays and stop-start traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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

Soldiers from the South East are training in the US
Reservists, including a joiner and a pub worker, got a taste of USA warfare during a joint military exercise.

Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A229 Kent both ways severe accident, at Knight Rider Street affecting B2012 Staceys Street.

A229 Kent - A229 Upper Stone Street in Maidstone closed and queuing traffic at the Knight Rider Street junction, because of an accident. Congestion to White Rabbit Roundabout, on A249 Wat Tyler Way to the A20 Ashford Road junction and to the Old Tovil Road junction.

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

Rain, rain, rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Heavy rain will persist into the evening, but it will become gradually drier overnight, with some showers in the morning.

Kate Kinsella has the weather forecast.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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The tigers who come to tea...and breakfast

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

This wild animal park offers a room with a very different view.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Intermittent lane closures, delays and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock). Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock). Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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Kent Online: RSPCA wants longer sentences for Kent animal abusers

Kent News: Stephen Cameron’s father ‘totally let down’ as government confirms open prison transfer for killer Kenneth Noye

Kent Live: A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a serious crash in Sheerness

For the wings of a dove

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

How a group of Kent villagers are helping bring the turtle dove back from the brink of extinction.

From pulling pints to pulling triggers

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Reserve soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey training in Michigan all have day jobs, but they are learning key skills from their US counterparts during a major training exercise.

Liam Kelly (right)

Midfielder Liam Kelly's fine brace gives Championship club Reading victory over Gillingham in the EFL Cup first round.

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Michigan mission for South East soldiers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

One hundred and forty part-time soldiers from across the South East are taking part in a joint military exercise in America.

Councillors heckled during children's centres closure vote

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Medway Council meeting
BBC

The sounds of children crying aren't what you usually get at a council meeting, but Cabinet at Medway Council was packed with concerned parents and their little ones.

They'd been protesting outside against plans to close six out of 19 Sure Start centres.

After Cabinet voted through proposals they we're greeted with shouts of "shame".

Despite the council changing their original plans to close all 19 and replace them with four larger hubs the parents I spoke to weren't convinced the service would stay the same.

Even though the decision has been made campaigners say they'll keep fighting.

Mum-of-four guilty of smuggling migrants

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A mum-of-four from Gillingham, Kent, has been found guilty of trying to smuggle 12 Vietnamese migrants into the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

Katy Bethel, 28, was heavily pregnant at the time.

Severe accident: A2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between A256 Whitfield Hill and A256.

A2 Kent - A2 in Dover closed eastbound between the A256 Whitfield Hill junction and the A256 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Police directing traffic. Traffic is coping well.

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

Parents to sue over teenage volunteer's death

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The parents of a 19-year-old volunteer from Canterbury who died in South Africa say they're taking legal action against the charity which organised the trip there.

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 - Very slow traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident involving four vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Rain, rain go away

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got yet another damp day ahead of us.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Is it really August?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

You wouldn't think so judging by the weather at the moment.

So to brighten up your morning a bit here's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay - it was taken in Herne Bay by Robin Lee.

Herne Bay
Robin Lee

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