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  2. Live updates on Thursday 17 August 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

We've finished for another night, but we'll be back first thing tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Join us from 06:00 BST.

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.

Another 250 new homes approved for Ebbsfleet Garden City

Artists impression of Ebbsfleet plan
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

The decision was taken at a meeting last night and include a new village centre with a supermarket.

Plans were approved for schemes across the Garden City including new shared ownership properties.

A new primary school, Cherry Orchard, opens in the area next month and eventually there will be 6,250 homes in three villages in Eastern Quarry.

It's good to see another 250 homes being approved after a phenomenal 12 months for Ebbsfleet Garden City which saw more than 600 homes under construction.

Paul SpoonerInterim Chief Executive, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Ebbsfleet Garden City provides a wide range of housing, from affordable with shared ownership, helping to give people a good start on the property ladder, to quality family homes, all on London's doorstep but at a fraction of the price."

Where did the sun go?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

We've got heavy winds and rain coming our way - though the sun might pop out for a little while.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

A pile of newspapers
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Kent Online: Transgender wedding - Denise and Kristiana Taylor from Sonora Fields, Sittingbourne, renew vows

Kent News: £3.1m children and young people’s health and wellbeing centre handed over to NHS in Strood

Kent Live: Hundreds of people are about to descend on Tunbridge Wells for a secret woodland sex festival

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.

Tributes paid to electrocuted teenager

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

The funeral of a 16-year-old girl who was electrocuted on a railway line last month in Herne Bay has taken place today.

Steve Arnold

League One side Gillingham sign former Dover Athletic goalkeeper Steve Arnold on a one-year contract.

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Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an incident. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 20 to 25 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

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.

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.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J7 for A249 Maidstone and J8 for A20 Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 coastbound between J7, A249 (Maidstone) and 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

#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.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between Clacket Lane Services and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

MP's reaction to Tonbridge job losses

Update: Horse dies after being hit by lorry on M25

Kent Police car with barrier
Kent Police

Unfortunately the horse which was hit by a lorry on the M25 this morning has had to be put down.

The horse was spotted loose at junction 2 near the Swanley exit.

Kent Roads policing officers called a vet but the horse had suffered a broken leg and had to be put down.

The force says the HGV driver is shaken but is otherwise unhurt.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Loose horse hit by HGV on M25

Kent Police roads policing officers say that a loose horse which was seen by the side of the M25 this morning has been hit by an HGV.

It happened at junction 3 near the Swanley exit.

A tweet from @kentpoliceroads says: "Loose horse hit by HGV. Awaiting local vet. Horse is being kept calm down by @HighwaysSEAST."

Police car at side of M25
Kent Police

Rise in number of dog attacks

A dog with a handler
BBC

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.

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

Cancer victim sues his former employers

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

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.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J4 for A21 and J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J4, A21 (Orpington) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), 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

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.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - M25 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of horse on the road. Approach with care. Traffic is coping well.

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

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.

250 job losses at Tonbridge salad firm

Southern Saladsgv
BBC

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 said this has not been possible and that the immediate priority now is to help staff made redundant.

Southern Salads has been running since 1986 and operate 365 days a year with around 260 staff, producing 50 tonnes of salad a day.

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."

Ian VickersAdministrator

It's a rainy start to the day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

But the wet weather should go away a bit later.

Here's my morning forecast.

Drivers warned of horse near M25

Highways England is warning drivers to be aware of a horse near the carriageway of the M25 junction 3 near the Swanley exit.

Horse by side of road
Highways England

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Whatever the weather this August (and it's a rainy start to the day for most of us), you can always be sure that we'll be sent some stunning pictures from across the South East.

This great shot of Minnis Bay was sent to us by Robin Lee - and it's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay.

Minnis Bay
Robin Lee

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