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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

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That's it for tonight

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST with more news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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Inquest opens into teenager's railway death

Taiyah Peebles
Family handout

An inquest has opened today into the death of a 16-year-old whose body was found on a railway line at Herne Bay.

Taiyah Peebles' body was discovered last week.

The teenager had been electrocuted, after a night out with friends.

The inquest has now been adjourned until mid October.

Some wet and windy conditions to come

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It may be August but we're in for some blustery and wet weather over the next day or two.

Here's my latest forecast.

Christian magistrate suing the NHS

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A Christian magistrate who lost his job and then his role as an NHS director for saying it was better for children to be bought up by a father and a mother rather than gay couples is suing the NHS.

Richard Page says that the current policy can prevent Christians from holding public posts.

Mr Page was suspended by the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust last year - but believes he has been discriminated against as a Christian.

His former employers say Mr Page's stance "undermined" the confidence of staff, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

RNLI launches campaign during 'deadliest' month

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.

Seven men died in the sea at Camber last summer.

Sian Hollands death: 'I don't think I'll ever get over it'
The sister of a young woman who died because of doctors' failings says she thinks of her every day.

Project to help protect future of bees

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

Police appeal for missing teenage boy

Destin Awere-Kyere
Kent Police

Police looking for a 15-year-old boy who has been reported missing from Gillingham are appealing for information.

Destin Awere-Kyere was reported missing on 16 July and was last seen in the Marlborough Road area on 12 July.

He is reported to have travelled to Bexleyheath by train and it's believed he's still in this area, or he could be in Greenwich.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 101 quoting 16-1606.

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

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

August begins brightly

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Enjoy this afternoon's sunshine, as the clouds will be back tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

Kadell Daniel

Dover Athletic sign winger Kadell Daniel on an undisclosed-length contract after a successful trial period.

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#ICYMI: 'Wait till she shows you how she can bat'

From being the only girl in a boys' team in Sandwich, to being Player of the Tournament in England's World Cup winning side, opening bat Tammy Beaumont is putting women's cricket on the map.

Mural tribute to Taiyah Peebles

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A giant mural has been painted in memory of a teenager who was electrocuted on a railway line.

The body of Taiyah Peebles was discovered on the tracks near Herne Bay station last week.

Margate artist Vince Pugh says he painted the mural as a "mark of respect" to the teenager.

'My eye socket was completely shattered, I had haemorrhages in both eyes'

On the 50th anniversary of the partial legalisation of homosexuality, is it safe to be gay now?

Victims of recent homophobic violence describe their horrific experiences.

'Is it safe to be gay in the UK?' is on BBC2 tonight at 21:00 BST.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A20 and J4 for A228 Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

'Avoid instincts' when in dangerous waters

Going against your instincts could help save your life in dangerous waters, warns the RNLI.

The charity advises to avoid the natural reaction to panic and splash around the water. Instead, allow yourself to float for a few minutes while you consider the best options of survival.

The recommendation comes as more people drown along the coast in August than any other time of year. Many people visit beaches in South East England during the summer holidays.

Severe accident: A254 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A254 Kent both ways severe accident, between B2052 College Road and A256 Haine Road.

A254 Kent - A254 Ramsgate Road in Margate blocked and slow traffic in both directions between Victoria Traffic Lights and Westwood Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

Jury goes out in baby-death case

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

The jury at Maidstone Crown Court has retired to consider its verdict in the case of two people accused of causing the death of a five-month-old baby.

Katherine Cox, 33, and her 25-year-old boyfriend Danny Shepherd.are both accused of causing the death of Ms Cox's son Eli Cox at their Kent home in April last year.

Maidstone Crown Court heard Eli had 28 fractures and a post-mortem examination found his death was caused by an injury to his head.

Mr Shepherd said he saw Eli gasping and gave him adult CPR compressions which he now knew was wrong.

Ms Cox said she was told to "hang him upside down and shake him" after Eli turned blue and stopped breathing.

Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd

#ICYMI: Trucker watches film while driving

When Kent Police took to the roads in a 40-tonne lorry, they were able to see truck drivers using phones, completing paperwork - and one was even watching a film on a laptop.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Pile of newspapers
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Kent Online: Identity fraud fears as gangs rifle through bins in Sturry

Kent News: Two men taken to hospital after four-car smash in Sittingbourne

Kent Live: Concern is growing for missing teenager Abigale Spree who hasn't been seen for 10 days

Missing Abi: 'Just come home or let us know you're safe'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The father of a teenager from Rainham who's been missing for nine days has made an emotional appeal for her to come home.

Abigale Spree was last seen on 22 July.

#ICYMI: 'Predators see lights off and they see an opportunity'

A Ramsgate teenager caught the man who attacked her by using her mobile phone. But would it have happened if there had been better street lighting?

A hero's final journey

D-Day veteran Albert Figg got his final wish - to be carried to his funeral in #Canterbury on a Royal Artillery gun carriage.

Police car skids after being called to Gillingham

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A police car responding to a call in Gillingham was involved in a minor collision with railings after it skidded on a wet road.

Kent Police was called at 03:03 BST on Sunday 30 July to Canterbury Street following reports of a disturbance.

A police patrol vehicle responding to the call was involved in a minor collision with railings after skidding on a wet road as it tried to stop. Nobody was injured.

Two men were arrested following the disturbance and have since been released without charge.

Video courtesy of Warren Wallace

New camps for Calais migrants

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Two new shelters are being opened for migrants sleeping rough around the port of Calais.

They'll be around 50 miles inland and will house up to 300 people.

Migrants in Calais

Hundreds of migrants are thought to be hiding from police, despite the demolition of the so-called Jungle refugee camp last autumn.

France's highest court has ordered the state to provide them with running water and sanitation on humanitarian grounds.

Sex-for-rent deals illegal, says minister

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

An MP is calling for landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sex to be prosecuted after the justice secretary told him such arrangements were already a criminal offence.

A BBC South East investigation found that some landlords were targeting vulnerable young people with "sex for rent" deals.

They argued there was no compulsion on people to respond to such adverts.

But Justice Secretary David Lidington has revealed that such offers may breach the Sexual Offences Act.

Landlords that BBC South East spoke to in April said they did not believe they were breaking the law, one describing the deals as a "sex with benefits" arrangement, another as a "win-win situation".

But Hove MP Peter Kyle pledged to force website operators to ban "exploitative" adverts.

He took the case to the Ministry of Justice and has now been told by Mr Lidington that "such acts/arrangements are already a criminal offence in England and Wales by virtue of the Sexual Offences Act 2003".

Mr Lidington said in a letter: "Taken together, these [provisions] essentially mean that an offence is committed when a person offers accommodation in return for sex, as they are inciting/causing another person to have sex with them in return for 'payment'."

A woman in bed with her head in her hands
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Adverts seen by BBC South East included one posted by a Maidstone man asking for a woman to move in and pretend to be his girlfriend, another publicising a double room available in Rochester in exchange for "services" and one in Brighton targeting younger men.

Tenants told the BBC they feared they would lose their accommodation if they did not comply with requests for sex.

But Mr Lidington's letter suggests police already have the weapons to take action against landlords imposing such demands on tenants and says the offence carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.

Mr Kyle said: "This is an incredibly significant moment, and it's going to protect vulnerable people enormously.

"Right now there are people out there advertising accommodation in return for sex. I want to see them prosecuted; I want to see them go through the courts process; I want to see them convicted, and I want to see them go to jail."

Balbir Chatrik, director of policy at Centrepoint homeless charity, said: "These landlords need to know this is not acceptable and they need to feel the full force of the law if they resort to these kind of adverts."

Fight to save breastfeeding support services

Thousands have signed a petition to save breastfeeding support centres across Kent, but the council says the same help will still be available.

A pinch and a punch...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

A bright start for the first day of August, but tomorrow's not looking so pleasant.

Here's my forecast.

Happy August

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

It's the beginning of August so hopefully we have lots of sunshine to look forward to.

To kick the day off we bring you this lovely picture of Paddock Wood taken by Rhys Webb - it's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay

Paddock Wood
Rhys Webb

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