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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 2 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

That's it 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.

Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, at J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - M25 exit slip road closed and busy but moving clockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident involving single vehicle.

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

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.

When will the drizzle go?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It's looking set to get drier, but we should still expect some patchy rain.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

#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.

#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?

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car.

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

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.

Fewer Medway children's centres to be cut

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Controversial plans by Medway Council to axe all of its Sure Start centres won't go ahead as originally planned.

Medway council protest
The original plans led to protests by angry parents

There are currently 19 of the centres, and it was planned that they would be closed and replaced with four larger hubs.

Under a new plan those four hubs will still be created and will run alongside nine of the Sure Starts. It means some of the children's centres will close.

The original plans would've resulted in 50 redundancies, which have now been cut to 15.

It comes after a public consultation saw 85% of respondents saying they were against the plans.

#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.

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".

Project to help protect future of bees

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


Maidstone council has not extended Kingdom's contract for environmental services after critical Panorama report.

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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.

Hope you remembered your umbrella

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to be a wet and windy journey home from work for most of us.

And a wet and windy afternoon for the school holidays.

Here's my forecast.

Litter firm's contract ended in 'mutual decision'

A council will not be extending its contact with enforcement company Kingdom.

Maidstone Borough Council and Kingdom say they have come to a mutual decision not to extend the current contract.

The company has been providing litter enforcement services in the area since 2011 but this will finish at the end of this month.

When our contract began with Kingdom our focus was very much on targeting littering and irresponsible dog ownership. This has been very successful at reducing littering and encouraging people to use litter bins and act responsibly.

Our focus has to change and adapt to new challenges we are seeing in the borough. Now the contract with Kingdom is coming to an end, we will work to ensure we continue with our enforcement service in a way which is flexible but meets the needs of local residents. All options will be explored and that includes retendering for a new enforcement contract or bringing the service in-house."

Jennifer ShepherdHead of Environment and Public Realm, Maidstone Borough Council

Police car skids after being called to Gillingham

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

'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.

NOTE: You may find some of the images in this report distressing.

Fifty years after homosexuality was legalised, is it safe to be gay?

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J2 for A2 and J1B for A282 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of an accident involving a car and van. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

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.

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.

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

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.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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Kent Online: Dartford West Tunnel closed after accident

Kent News: Historians hope Victorian Game of Thrones style bear pit could be unearthed as part of Ebbsfleet Garden City development

Kent Live: A Kent swimming pool has closed amid diarrhoea fears

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin


Here are the headlines from the breakfast bulletin:

  • Border Force operations at Gatwick Airport are "under considerable strain", according to an independent inspection.
  • Investigators are looking into how a seventy-five year old man got into difficulties and died off the coast at Seaford in East Sussex yesterday.
  • The Medway Maritime Hospital is reporting that it failed to hit the government's target to see 95% of patients within four hours in its A&E department in June.

Serious delays at Dartford

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Long delays Essex-bound at the Dartford Crossing this morning, after an accident involving a motorcyclist and a van at 06:10 BST closed the western tunnel.

View more on twitter

Kick off's just around the corner

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The new football season is just days away, so how are the Gills' preparations going at the Priestfield stadium?

Christian magistrate suing the NHS

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.

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an accident involving a motorbike earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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

A grey, wet day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

A cloudy start, and there's rain on the way.

Here's my forecast.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We really are in the summer season now, so we hope you're enjoying the warm, sunny weather.

To kick the day off we bring you this lovely picture of Walmer taken by Christopher Brown - it's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay

Christopher Brown

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