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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 August 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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Motor neurone disease sufferer told to prove disability

Piers Hopkirk

Reporter, BBC South East Today

The Department for Work and Pensions has apologised to a terminally-ill man, after writing to him twice in a month, asking him to prove he qualifies for benefits.

Calum Scotland

Annabel Rackham

BBC Newsbeat

A former pupil of St Olave's School, accused of excluding people based on grades, says going there made him "scared of failure".

Read more

Debate shifts over Sands

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Port of Dover says it will now source some of the sand for a massive building project from elsewhere, after plans to dredge the Goodwins sparked furious opposition.

But it's adamant some material will have to come from the site near Deal.

Dramatic footage of motorway smash

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A family of three say they're lucky to be alive after their car was hit by a lorry on the M20.

Their dashcam caught the moment.

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J5 for M26 and J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J5 M26 and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of an accident involving a van and a car that has left the carriageway.

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

Missing: Have you seen Yuhua?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police say they're concerned about a woman who's vanished in Tonbridge.

Yuhua Zhao is 71 and doesn't speak English.

Yuhua Zhao
Kent Police

She was last seen at Tonbridge railway station around 10:30 BST yesterday.

It's thought she may have travelled to London.

The sun will come out tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

After someone appeared to flick the switch between summer and autumn overnight, the sunshine's due to make a return.

Here's my forecast.

Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

Deportation halted by pilot

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A young man is still facing deportation to Afghanistan, despite the captain of the plane he was put on board refusing to take off.

It's reported the pilot wouldn't leave Heathrow, after Samim Bigzad became hysterical.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at the Dartford Tunnel.

M25 Kent - Stop-start traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel, because of earlier intermittent lane closures. Travel time is 41 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Meet the #PhotoOfTheDay regulars

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We've been out to meet some of the people who regularly contribute to our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Catch our films starting next week.

Some rain heading your way

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

It's going to be a cloudy, wet and cool day today. Here's your weather update with Alina Jenkins.

RMT members on strike

The RMT claims a deal between Govia Thameslink and Aslef has been signed off by the government.

Read more

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, before J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M20 coastbound before J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of an accident involving a lorry. Congestion to J9, A20 (Ashford).

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

Remembering Diana

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

It's been 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, but her legacy lives on through people like Diana Award winner Jonjo.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers (generic)
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Kent Online: Kent Police defend record catching paedophiles after criticism from vigilante group Silent Justice

Kent News: Man dies after falling from railway bridge near Farningham Road station, police and air ambulance on scene

Kent Live: 'Remember where your money's going' warning after leaks spring up across Sevenoaks

This pub is big, really big

It's the largest Wetherspoons pub in Britain and it's about to open in Ramsgate.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J4, A21 (Orpington), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Travel time is 45 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J5 M26.

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

Severe disruption: A225 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A225 Kent both ways severe disruption, at Station Road.

A225 Kent - Slow traffic on A225 Main Road in both directions in South Darenth at the Station Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Criticism over G4S hospice decision

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Government minister has criticised the security company G4S for refusing to take patients to hospices in Kent as part of their £90m NHS contract to provide non-emergency transport.

The company argues that hospice care is not provided by the NHS so does not fall within their remit.

Greg Clark, the MP for Tunbridge Wells, says the transport company should show some compassion.

Kent mother's petition for still born babies to be registered

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

A mother from Kent is campaigning for stillborn babies to be registered after losing her son at just 20 weeks.

UK law only allows babies born after 24 weeks to be registered but Lisa, from Canterbury, is campaigning to change the system.

School uniform help

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A community wardrobe has been set up in Sittingbourne to help parents struggling with the costs of school uniform.

Get the brollies out

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

It's cooling down and getting wet, but it will eventually clear up.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Canterbury's plans for Britains first 'dementia village'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Britain's first purpose-built village for people with dementia could be created in Canterbury as part of the city's biggest ever housing project

Good morning from your Kent news team

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

What a lot of hops and what a fantastic photo from Scott Sinden. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Faversham hops
Scott Sinden

We'll be here until 22:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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