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  1. Updates on Friday 1 September 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We'll be back at 06:00 BST on Monday with all the latest, news, sport, travel and weather.

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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.

ICYMI: Swapping the decks for dogs

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

Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, before J3 for M20 affecting J4 for A21.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

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

Third arrest over Chatham murder

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

A third person has been arrested following the murder of a man in Chatham.

Officers were called to a block of flats in Shipwrights Avenue at 07:36 BST on Monday 28 August.

James O'Rourke, 29, of no fixed address, was found dead at the scene.

Shipwrights Avenue, Chatham
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A 34-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Friday 1 September and remains in custody.

Two others were charged with murder on Wednesday 30 August and are due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court next week.

Southern strikes continue

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

After staff walked out on the trains today, the RMT Union will be doing it all again on Monday - it's part of the ongoing dispute with Southern over the introduction of driver-only operated trains.

Thousands of homes lie empty in Kent

Charlotte Wright

BBC Live reporter

Figures obtained by the BBC show there are 6,000 homes lying empty in Kent.

There are about 37,000 people in the county on a waiting list for social housing.

BBC Radio Kent discovered it took the authorities 12 years to bring 5,000 empty homes in Kent back into use, though the No Use Empty scheme.

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The scheme offers interest free loans of up to £175,000 to those wishing to revive long-term empty properties.

The housing charity Shelter says in addition to bringing empty homes back into use, more houses need to be built to solve the housing crisis.

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 blocked 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

Criticism over G4S hospice decision

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.

It's already feeling autumnal out there

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather presenter

Expect some sunny spells this afternoon with the odd scattered shower.

Children's centres closures given go-ahead

Charlotte Wright

BBC Live reporter

The closure of six SureStart centres in Medway has been rubber stamped by councillors.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted to accept the cabinet decision last night.

Campaigners against the move said the meeting was the last chance to save the centres.

Photo of SureStart protest
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Campaigners took to the streets to protest about the closures in July

Medway Council had originally planned to shut 19 SureStart centres and replace them with four so-called 'superhubs'.

The proposals were introduced to save more than £1.5m a year, following changes to government funding.

But a public consultation showed 85% of parents surveyed opposed the plans.

The council will now create four large 'hubs' and save nine 'Children and Wellbeing' centres.

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.

Widow's emotional appeal to discover cause of husband's death

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Anita's husband went for a short walk and suffered fatal injuries that nobody can explain.

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.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Race against time to save dying girl

Kent News: Scrutiny committee rubber-stamps controversial Medway children’s centre plans

Kent Live: Police want to track down these two people after an attempted burglary at Tesco in Whitfield

Unexploded WW2 bomb discovered in Kings Hill

Charlotte Wright

Reporter, BBC South East

If you're in West Malling you're likely to hear a big explosion this morning.

The Ministry of Defence is preparing to destroy a device, believed to be a World War Two bomb.

It was discovered yesterday in a quarry, in an area of Kings Hill, West Malling.

Kent Police says there are no safety concerns but the controlled blast may be heard from a considerable distance.

This pub is big, really big

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

Dramatic footage of motorway smash

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.

ICYMI: 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.

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.

Goodbye summer, hello autumn!

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's going to be a bright but chilly morning with some stray showers later this afternoon.

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.

It's Friday!

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

And thanks to Christopher Brown for this picture of Westgate - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Westgate
Christopher Brown

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

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