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  2. Live updates on Friday 4 August

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By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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The end of another week

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Thanks very much for joining us this week.

We're going home for the weekend, but we'll be back on Monday from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Enjoy your weekend.

Cyclist hurt in Larkfield collision

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A cyclist was airlifted to hospital after a collision between his bike and a car in Larkfield.

Police say it happened just after 10:30 BST yesterday on the A20 London Road at its junction with Lunsford Lane.

The cyclist, who's in his 50s, suffered serious injuries to his head and body.

Police are asking anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

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.

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"

A mixed bag of weather this weekend

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

We're in for a wet Saturday but things are looking dry and brighter on Sunday.

Here's my latest forecast.

Heroin seized after cyclist stopped in Maidstone

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A man's been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences as he cycled through Maidstone.

The 23-year-old from Catford, London, was stopped by police yesterday as he rode across a bridge near Maidstone East station following reports of suspicious behaviour.

Officers recovered 39 wraps which are believed to contain heroin and crack cocaine.

The man was questioned on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and later released while police continue their investigation.

Project to help protect future of bees

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

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.

Enjoy the sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

A very summery afternoon's in store.

Here's my forecast.

BreakingSouth East Coast Ambulance Service report shows bullying culture

BBC graphic

A damning report into an ambulance trust has revealed a culture of bullying and harassment with concerns over "toxic" atmospheres, sexual grooming and a fear of speaking out.

When bullying claims at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) emerged in February the trust commissioned an independent review.

About half the workforce surveyed experienced bullying in the past year.

The trust said the report revealed "unacceptable" behaviour. Read more here.

Katy Bethel (left) denies the charge

Katy Bethel tells a court they left the vehicle to take a walk to a strawberry field near Calais.

Read more

Mural tribute toTaiyah 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.

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

#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?

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin


Here are the headlines form the breakfast bulletin:

  • Final preparations are underway for the UK's biggest Pride Festival in Brighton this weekend.
  • Police are trying to identify an elderly man whose body was found in the sea off Seaford earlier this week.
  • The World Athletics Championships begin in London tonight and some of the South East's best athletes will be taking part over the next few days.

Kick off's just around the corner

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

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.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J8 for A20 Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road London-bound at J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

The sun's on it's way back

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

After this week's autumnal weather, summer returns today.

Here's my forecast.

ICYMI: Baby Eli death: Couple guilty

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A couple from Kent have been found guilty of causing the death of a five-month-old baby boy.

Eli Cox's mother Katherine Cox, and her boyfriend Danny Shepherd, had both denied causing or allowing his death in April last year.

The weekend's almost here!

We loved this imposing shot of Reculver by Dean Spinks. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Reculver towers
Dean Spinks

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