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Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

We've finished for another day, but we'll be back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

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Brexit vote forces Tonbridge salad firm to close

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

More than 250 people have been made redundant at Tonbridge firm Southern Salads.

The company's administrators said that the pound's devaluation since the EU referendum vote last year has made the business unsustainable.

Administrators have been working on a rescue deal, but today said that a rescue package has not been possible and that the immediate priority now is to help staff made redundant.

Despite successfully producing over 50 tonnes of salad per day for its array of customers, the Company faced an unprecedented pressure on cash flow in the immediate aftermath of last summer’s EU referendum vote. The sudden decline in sterling was not foreseen by the Company, leaving the business grappling with an immediate fall of between 10% and 20% in its purchasing power for overseas-grown salads required for the winter and early Spring UK market which in turn put a severe strain on cash-flow."

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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.

Here comes the rain

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It looks like the lovely summer weather isn't going to stay.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Police appeal for missing teenager

Barbora Bogdanova
Family handout

Police are appealing for information to help locate a 13-year-old girl who has been reported missing from Chatham.

Barbora Bogdanova is last known to have been in the Otway Street area of Chatham at 21:30 BST on Tuesday 15 August.

The teenager is described as 5ft 5in and wearing a white T-shirt with a black vest, light blue jeans and black trainers.

Anyone with information about Barbora’s whereabouts is urged to call Kent Police on 101 quoting 16-0032.

Rise in number of dog attacks

A dog and its handler

There's been a huge rise in the number of people attacked by dogs in the South East.

New figures obtained by BBC South East show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years and last year there were more than 2,000 attacks on people in Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

It comes as a Sussex woman has told of the moment she was mauled by a dog and described it as the most terrifying moment of her life.

Kelly Stevens was bitten by a pitbull-cross in Eastbourne in 2014 and needed plastic surgery.

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

M2 Kent - Queuing traffic on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of a broken down car, an accident and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Peter Franklin

Lynne Franklin's husband Peter jumped off a motorway bridge after attending A&E five times in one day.

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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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Deal sailor named in GB blind sailing team

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.

Severe roadworks: A249 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A249 Kent both ways severe roadworks, between M2 J5 Sittingbourne and A2 Keycol Hill.

A249 Kent - A249 closed, severe delays and stationary traffic in both directions between Sittingbourne and Key Street Roundabout, because of an overturned vehicle. Congestion on M2 to J4, A278 (Gillingham) and to White Horse Wood Turn Off.

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

'Respect the water' this August

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.

A mixed forecast

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

What's the weather got in store for the rest of the week?

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.

Memorial attracts people from 50 countries

The Battle of Britain Memorial
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

A Kent attraction that pays tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain has said its visitors’ book has amassed signatures from nearly 50 countries in just seven months.

The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, which includes the Wing visitor centre, has welcomed people from Israel, Hong Kong, Argentina, Switzerland and Puerto Rico since January.

Rural crime figures published

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Rural crime in the South East has risen sharply in the first half of this year, according to countryside insurer NFU Mutual.

From teenage party to award-winning festival

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It started as a teenage house party. Now LeeFest - which took place last weekend - is one of Kent's biggest music festivals.

Men arrested over phone mast thefts

Mobile phone mast

Three men from Kent have been arrested for allegedly stealing dozens of high-value batteries from mobile phone masts.

They were were stopped on the M25 after police noticed the vehicle appeared overweight.

The men - a 52-year-old from Maidstone and two aged 31 and 33 from Sevenoaks - were released on bail until September.

Have you seen missing Chloe?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A girl reported missing from Maidstone may be in Brighton.

Chloe Henderson-Smith
Sussex Police

Chloe Henderson-Smith was last seen in Tonbridge Road at about 07:30 BST on Friday 29 July.

The 16-year-old is 5ft 4in and slim.

She may be wearing a red or purple coat with white stripes on the sleeves, red and navy patterned trousers and white trainers.

Police say she also has links to Winchester.

ICYMI: 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.

Cancer victim sues his former employers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

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.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Widow of Peter Franklin wins payout from two NHS trusts four years after his suicide

Kent News: Builders applying finishing touches to £26m Ashford College campus

Kent Live: A man who died in a crash on the M2 near Faversham has been named

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBBC South East

Here are the headlines from the breakfast bulletin:

  • Thanet has been named as one of Britain's loneliness hotspots - which campaigners say can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
  • Firefighters have been battling a huge blaze on an industrial estate in Hailsham overnight. Six pumps from East Sussex Fire and Rescue were sent to the fire at Diplocks Way
  • A 29-year-old man has been charged with rape after a sexual assault just outside Margate in the early hours of Saturday morning

'We feel abandoned and let down'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The parents of two severely disabled children forced to sleep in the living room of their council house in Ramsgate because they can't get up the stairs, say they feel "abandoned and let down" by the authorities.

They've turned down one house they were offered because they say it's not suitable.

Thanet District Council say they don't have anything else available.

It's looking bright and sunny today

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

The cloud will build later, but staying dry.

Here's my latest forecast.

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.

A pleasant view to start the day

We loved this gorgeous green shot of Scotney Castle by Paul Trindall, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Scotney Castle
Paul Trindall

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