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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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And it's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today and for the month of August.

We'll be back tomorrow, welcoming in September from 06:00 BST, staying with you all the way through to 22:00 BST.

Join us through the day for the latest in news, sport, travel and weather.

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

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

Swapping the decks for dogs

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

The DJ from Kent who felt compelled to hang up his headphones to run an animal welfare charity.

Severe accident: A255 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

A255 Kent eastbound severe accident, between B2052 College Road and A256 Westwood Road.

A255 Kent - A255 St Peter's Road in Margate closed and queuing traffic eastbound between Animal Hospital Double Roundabouts and the A256 Westwood Road junction, because of an accident and flooding.

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.

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A278 and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Slow traffic on M2 coastbound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Wife appeals for witnesses after death of her husband

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

Derek Gane was found at the roadside in Aylesford earlier this month, suffering horrific injuries.

Three days later, his wife, Anita, had to turn off his life support machine.

She's now asking anyone who saw him around the time of his death to contact the police.

Derek Gane
Kent Police

The 69-year-old was discovered by a member of the public next to the footbridge that crosses the M20 from Teapot Lane to Aylesford Railway Station on Monday 14 August.

Police have released a CCTV image of him on the day he was found.

Anita Gane is appealing for information from anyone who might know what caused his injuries.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down car.

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

This pub is big, really big

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

Lookout for more rain this afternoon

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Expect heavy downpours this afternoon with some sunny spells.

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.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Meet the #PhotoOfTheDay regulars

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

Catch our films starting next week.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 in both directions between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of all traffic being temporarily held and a police incident.

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

Newspaper
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Kent Online: The Ivy in Sheerness forced to close for two weeks for serving girl, 16

Kent News: Banksy mural in Dover ‘can be saved by council’, MP claims

Kent Live: A Ramsgate dad, 22, died after unknowingly taking deadly drug 10,000 times stronger than morphine

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 accident: A2 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent both ways severe accident, between Dully Road and Claxfield Road.

A2 Kent - Slow traffic on A2 London Road in both directions in Bapchild between the Dully Road junction and the Claxfield Road junction, because of an accident involving van and a cyclist earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road coastbound at J3, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

BreakingTravel: Major disruption on trains through Lewisham

All lines through Lewisham are blocked because of a signalling problem.

Southeastern services running to Cannon Street from Sevenoaks, Gillingham and Dartford are affected, as well as routes between Ramsgate and London Victoria, and Dover Priory and Ramsgate to London Waterloo.

Trains will be cancelled, delayed or revised until about 09:00 BST.

Tickets are being accepted on other services.

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.

Weather looking much happier today

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

Expect some cloudy weather this morning, showers this afternoon but some nice spells of sunshine throughout the day.

Good morning from your Kent news team

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

What a wonderful shot of the sunset on the Isle of Sheppey - it was taken by Debbie Cannon and it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Isle of Sheppey
Debbie Cannon

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

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