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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Monday 21 August 2017

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It's goodnight from us

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining the team today - we'll be back from 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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Nelson Oliveira

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Norwich City and Charlton Athletic.

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Transgender legal simplification plea

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney wants to cut the "bureaucratic burden" on people who are looking to change their legal gender.

Canterbury's plans for Britains first 'dementia village'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Britain's first purpose-built village for people with dementia could be created in Canterbury as part of the city's biggest ever housing project.

Dartford sprinter: Winning gold 'the best feeling in the world'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Adam Gemili says winning gold in the 4x100m relay at the World Championships was "the best feeling in the world".

The 23-year-old took the medal alongside team-mates CJ Ujah, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake at the weekend.

Publican's epic swim in honour of his sister

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Maidstone publican is setting off on an epic swim to raise funds for the hospice named after his sister Demelza.

Valuables and stories to be discovered in shipwreck

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A ship excavation is expected to reveal a "treasure trove" of items and stories from Europe's global trading history.

An international team of maritime archaeologists are diving, excavating and recording the wreck of Dutch ship the Rooswijk off the Kent coast.

All 300 shipmen died when the vessel, carrying coins and silver ingots, sank on Goodwin Sands in January 1740.

Historic England animation of the Rooswijk sinking and how it came to be discovered

Never before have any of the Dutch East India Company's 250 wrecks been scientifically excavated on this scale.

Historic England is working with the Dutch government to discover more about the vessel as part of its #Rooswijk1740 project.

Things can only get better

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

Is our summer coming back?

Here's my latest forecast.

From teenage party to award-winning festival

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It started as a teenage house party. Now LeeFest is one of the South East's biggest music festivals.

Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

Amanda Akass

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey have spent two weeks training alongside the US military in Michigan

The reserve battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal regiment have been taking part in an exercise designed to get NATO forces practicing working alongside each other.

Gravesend woman going for gold

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Kent Modern Pentathlete, ranked number two in the world, is hoping her success continues at the World Championships in Egypt.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Surrey - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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 vehicle and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

What's this afternoon's weather going to bring?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Let's take a look with my lunch-time forecast.

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.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

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

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Seven arrests after man's death in Folkestone

Tributes at scene of death
BBC
Tributes have been paid after the death of Steve Horton

Three more people have been arrested in connection with a suspicious death in Folkestone.

A 28-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man are all currently in custody as part of an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

They are all from the Folkestone area.

Kent Police was called at 02:24 BST on Saturday 19 August to a report of a man found with serious injuries near the harbour wall.

The victim, Steve Holton, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff.

A total of seven arrests have now been made in connection with the incident.

Two people have been released pending further enquiries while the other five all remain in custody.

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference ZY/39012/17.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, 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 a broken down vehicle.

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

Cancer victim sues his former employers

A Kent man, who's dying from cancer at the age of 57, is suing his former employers for compensation, claiming he was exposed to asbestos.

'Respect the water' this August

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

Family awarded £20k payout after suicide

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

After a lengthy legal battle, the family of a mentally ill man who took his own life in 2013 have been awarded £20,000 in compensation for his death.

You can read our full story here.

Hassan Zubier says he’s 'no hero' after being caught up in Finland attack

A British paramedic who was repeatedly stabbed as he came to the aid of a woman caught up in the terror attack in the Finnish city of Turku has said he’s “not a hero”.

Hassan Zubier, who was born in Kent, said: “I heard a really loud, heart-breaking scream. So I turned around and I saw one of the girls running… the first thing that I thought of was okay, this is a terrorist attack.”

Mr Zubier went to the aid of a woman who had been badly injured. He was stabbed repeatedly as he tended to her.

“I’m not a hero. I’m just a human being who cares for other human beings,” he said.

Woman dies after Mereworth crash

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Police officer (generic)
BBC

A woman has died in hospital after a collision between a car and a van in Mereworth.

It happened in Malling Road near its junction with The Street at 15:10 BST yesterday.

The woman, in her 60s, was airlifted to hospital in London but doctors couldn't save her.

A man was also seriously hurt.

Kent Police want to speak to any witnesses.

Today's newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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Kent News: ‘Much loved and adored’ Julian Cadman, 7, killed in Barcelona terror attack

Kent Live: 'Sadly taken from us': A family's tribute to Barcelona terror attack victim Julian Cadman

Kent Online: £15m dementia village part of 4,000-home development plan

Woman raped in Canterbury park

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A woman has been sexually assaulted in a park in Canterbury.

The attack is said to have happened in Dane John Gardens on Saturday night.

Kent Police say nobody has been arrested and they're asking anyone with information to come forward.

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J4 for A21 and J5 for M26 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J4, A21 (Orpington) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and car. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Chef hailed as star of the future

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A chef from Broadstairs has just been hailed a star of the future by the Good Food Guide.

Ben Crittenden owns Stark, which seats just 12 people.

Folkestone death: Two still in custody

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Flowers on a bridge
BBC

Two people are being questioned after a man was found dead in Folkestone at the weekend.

The body of 54-year-old Steve Holton was discovered near the Harbour Wall in the early hours of Saturday.

A man from Folkestone and a woman from Dover are being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Dart Charge: Foreign drivers fail to pay fines

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Road sign
BBC

Foreign drivers have failed to pay the Dartford Crossing charge more than a million times since the cashless payment system was brought in nearly three years ago.

Road users face a fine of £70 if they don't pay.

A debt collection agency tries to trace vehicles registered overseas.

Highways England say they can't reveal how many fines are paid - as it would be "prejudicial to the effective operation of Dart Charge".

You can hear the full story on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Anna by listening here.

People wanting to change gender should face some sort of 'interview', says former boxing promoter

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Three years ago, former boxing promoter Frank Maloney shocked the world of sport by revealing he was undergoing surgery to become a woman and wanted to be called Kellie.

Now in a wide-ranging interview, she's told BBC Radio Kent that transgender people aren't fully understood and are facing the same challenges as the gay community did 20 years ago.

As the Government reviews the law on changing gender, Kellie, who now runs a pub in Marden, says people should face some form of 'interview' before taking, what she calls, a big "psychological" step.

You can hear the full interview on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Anna by listening here.

A cloudy and humid day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

And we're in for some drizzle too.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and Clacket Lane Services, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on M26 to J2a A20.

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

Happy Monday

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Welcome to the start of a new week. Hopefully it'll get a bit brighter as it's wet out there this morning.

To kick the week off we wanted to bring you this great picture taken in Dover by Gordon Wise. It's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay.

Clouds above the sea in Dover
Gordon Wise

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