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  2. Updates on Friday 18 August

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Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

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Aunt's fears for little boy missing in Barcelona

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Julian Cadman attended a nursery in Chiddingstone, Kent.

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.

'Respect the water' this August

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.

Fingers crossed for this weekend...

Northern, Southern and Merseyrail strikes set for September

Further rail strikes have been set for next month to coincide with schools going back in the row over driver-only-operated trains.

Southern train
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Arriva Rail North, Merseyrail and Southern RMT staff will walk out from Friday 1 September with the last strike on Monday 4 September.

The RMT said no progress had been made over the future of the role of guards, due to safety and job loss fears.

Arriva Rail North said it is prepared to guarantee jobs.

Red Arrows arrange flypast over Kent festival

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

The Red Arrows have arranged a flypast over CampFest, a Chris Evans inspired festival in Kent, to raise money for BBC’s Children in Need.

Now in its fourth year, the festival was organised by 13-year-old George - this year it will be held in his back garden.

So far he has raised more than £2,000 for Children in Need.

The flypast is set to take place tomorrow.

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.

Kent chef hailed as star of the future

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A chef from Broadstairs has just been hailed a star of the future by the Good Food Guide.

Ben Crittenden owns Stark, which seats just 12 people.

Missing teens 'travelling together'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A missing teenage girl from Dymchurch is thought to be travelling around the south east with a friend.

Olivia Worton, 16, who is also known as Charlotte, was last seen on Saturday 5 August 2017 while on her way to Maidstone.

It has since emerged she was with her friend Chloe Henderson-Smith, 15, from Maidstone, who is also currently missing.

They are believed to have travelled together to the Brighton or Winchester areas of Sussex and Hampshire.

Olivia Worton, also known as Charlotte
Kent Police
Olivia Worton, also known as Charlotte

Olivia is described as 5ft 6in, with long blonde hair dyed pink at the ends and highlighted throughout.

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, between J1B for A282 and J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and delays on M25 anticlockwise between J1b, A282 (Dartford) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe). Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Child abuser behind bars

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Andrew Patterson
Kent Police

A man has been given an 18 year custodial sentence for a string of sex offences against a child.

Andrew Patterson, of Trevale Road, Rochester, pleaded guilty to three charges of raping a child, two of sexual assault with penetration, one of distributing indecent images and one of making indecent images.

He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment with a five year extended licence period.

Patterson was arrested after he revealed the abuse to another man online.

This is a particularly appalling series of abuse, against a very vulnerable child."

Det Con Darran BassettKent Police

Dartford man tells of Barcelona panic

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Richard Gregg from Dartford has told the BBC how he narrowly avoided the terror attack in Barcelona.

Theresa May: 'Looking into reports of missing British child'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Prime Minister Theresa May says the authorities are trying to locate a missing British child after the Barcelona attack.

Julian Cadman, seven, who went to nursery in Chiddingstone, is missing.

What's the weekend weather going to be like?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It should be ok (we'll keep our fingers crossed).

Here's your forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1B for A282 and J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - Delays on M25 anticlockwise between J1b, A282 (Dartford) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 50 to 60 minutes. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), 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

BreakingUK PM: 'Looking into reports of missing British child'

Theresa May has said UK authorities are "urgently" looking into reports of a missing British child.

The Prime Minister said she believed a number of British people have been caught up in the attack.

She said the missing boy had dual-nationality, but did not name him.

Earlier, appeals were launced to find a seven-year-old Australian boy who has not been seen since the attack on Las Ramblas on Thursday.

Julian Cadman had been in Barcelona with his mother, who is currently in hospital.

BreakingMore strike action on Southern rail

Workers on Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North are to strike over the first weekend in September in long-running disputes over staffing and driver-only trains, said the RMT union.

More follows.

Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A28 Kent both ways severe accident, at Cripple Hill.

A28 Kent - A28 Ashford Road in High Halden closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the Cripple Hill junction, because of a serious accident. Police directing traffic.

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

Grandfather's appeal for missing seven-year-old

A grandfather has launched a desperate plea to find his grandson, who has not been seen since the Las Ramblas attack.

Tony Cadman has shared a picture of Julian Cadman, who is believed to have attended a nursery in Chiddingstone, Kent, on his Facebook:

Julian Cadman
Facebook/Tony Cadman

His daughter-in-law and grandson were in the city for a wedding.

Julian's father, Andrew, had remained behind in Sydney. He is understood to be travelling to Spain currently.

Here's a story to get your teeth into...

A set of dentures have been found on a Southeastern train. They're being handed in at Canterbury West.

Teeth
Southeastern

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J11 for B2068 Hythe and J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - Queuing traffic and three lanes closed on M20 London-bound between J11, B2068 (Hythe) and J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of an accident involving single vehicle.

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.

Adam Lyth

Adam Lyth scores 161 to break the domestic record in T20 cricket, as Yorkshire amass the highest domestic score of 260-4.

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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.

World record opening stand for Kent openers

Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond celebrate their world record first-wicket stand
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Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond celebrate their world record first-wicket stand

Kent went one better than Yorkshire as their openers secured a word record first-wicket stand, beating the previous T20 best of 201 set by Peter Ingram and Jamie How in New Zealand 2012.

The visitors made 221-2 from their 20 overs thanks to Denly's 66-ball 127, which included seven sixes and 11 fours, and Bell-Drummond's unbeaten 80 from 49 balls.

Varun Chopra led Essex's reply with his second T20 century of the season and he hit nine sixes in making 116 from 59 balls, while Dan Lawrence scored a 22-ball 41.

Tight bowling in the last three overs restricted Essex to 210-5 as Kent won by 11 runs.

BBC Radio Kent's Abbie McCarthy heads to Radio 1

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Abbie McCarthy
BBC

BBC Radio Kent's Abbie McCarthy has been named as one of four new presenters who will be heard on BBC Radio 1 next month.

The BBC Introducing presenter will front two shows in the 10:00 to 13:00 slot on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September.

Three other new voices to the station will present the shows during the previous weekends while Matt Edmondson is away because of TV commitments.

Controller Ben Cooper said it would be a "chance for some new presenters to demonstrate how good they are".

It won't be the first time Abbie has been heard on the Radio 1 airwaves as earlier this year she stood in for Huw Stephens

She has also worked as a producer at BBC 6 Music and won best newcomer at the Student Radio Awards in 2012.

Read the full story here.

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.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - Heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J5 M26, 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

Goodwin Sands 'treasure trove' excavated

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Pair of gloved hands holding a bottle
BBC

International archaeologists are uncovering the secrets of a ship that sank off the Kent coast nearly 300 years ago.

The Rooswijk went down by Goodwin Sands in 1740, loaded with valuable trading cargo.

Divers have recovered hundreds of artefacts which are now being cleaned and restored in Ramsgate.

Read the full story here.

It's going to be breezier than yesterday

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The weekend is looking dry for most of us.

Here's my latest forecast.

The weekend's almost here

Margate Harbour Arm looks gorgeous in this shot by John Horton, so we made it our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Margate Harbour Arm
John Horton

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