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  1. Goodnight from Kent Live

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for today.

    We'll be back bright and early tomorrow, from 06:00 GMT, with the latest news, sport, travel and weather, and updates on how the South East is faring as Storm Doris arrives.

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

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    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - M20 exit slip road closed and slow traffic coastbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a vehicle fire.

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

  3. 'All the dog wants is love and food, and it's been left without any of that care'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Locked up, starved and then abandoned to die - the lurcher whose life was saved by a passing motorist.

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    Video caption: Snoopy the abandoned lurcher
  4. Yellow weather warning in place

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Expect gale force winds, thanks to Storm Doris.

    Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: weather
  5. Doris hits South East's trains

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Speed restrictions are being introduced on the South East's rail network on Thursday, as the region prepares for Storm Doris.

    Trains will be limited to 50mph, to allow drivers extra stopping time if trees or other debris is blown onto tracks.

    Southern says the speed limit means it won't be able to run its full service, with only one direct Brighton to Victoria train an hour between 11:00 GMT and 18:00 GMT.

    Southeastern says its coastal routes, from Ashford to Ramsgate and Hastings to Battle, will be the most affected.

    Southeastern train
    Quote Message: This is part of our standard planning for stormy weather, but it will mean changes to journeys for some passengers. Your safety is our top priority.' from Andy Derbyshire chief operating officer, Network Rail South East route
    Andy Derbyshirechief operating officer, Network Rail South East route
    Passengers at Brighton station
    Quote Message: We will continue to work with Network Rail to monitor the necessity of these important safety measures, but we advise all passengers to check before they travel and to allow more time for their journeys.' from Ellie Burrows Train Services Director at Southeastern
    Ellie BurrowsTrain Services Director at Southeastern
  6. Police appeal after war medals stolen

    Siobhan Daniels

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent Police is renewing its appeal for information about a burglary in which war medals were stolen. 

    Seven of the medals, belonging to 94-year-old Geoffrey Blain, were awarded for service during the Second World War and three related to the First World War.

    Mr Blain spent three-and-a-half years as a Japanese prisoner of war in the Second World War before returning home to Kent.  

    man with picture of him wearing his war medals

    The medals which were stolen in December, include the 1939-45 Star, Defence and War medals, the Pacific Star, Allied Prisoner of War, Restoration of Peace, and the Veteran Star which had 893176 GA Blain engraved on the back.

    The three medals from the First World War belonged to his father and were a Mons Star trio comprising of a 1914 Star, a Victory Medal, and a War Medal, all of which had his father's details engraved on the back, including the regimental number 28455.   

  7. Protecting Kent's past from thieves

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    With castles, stately homes and shipwrecks all under threat, curators and police are joining forces.

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    Video caption: Protecting Kent's heritage from thieves
  8. Have you seen Stephen?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are trying to find a missing man who was last seen in Strood.

    Stephen Read, who's 46, hasn't been seen since the early hours of 19 February.

    He's 5ft 4in tall, and has grey hair and tattoos on both arms. He may be carrying a rucksack and sleeping bag.

    Stephen Read
  9. Breezy with patchy rain

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC weather

    There is a yellow weather warning on the way - find out why.

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    Video caption: weather
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    Severe accident: A231 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A231 Kent both ways severe accident, between A231 Railway Street and A2 High Street.

    A231 Kent - A231 Best street in Chatham closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A231 Railway Street junction and the A2 High Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  11. 'Without guards, travel is unsafe'

    Steve Dale

    BBC Sussex reporter

    The RMT says about 500 of its members on Southern rail are on strike today in their 29th day of action in nearly a year. 

    Meanwhile, a Sussex woman has joined the picket line at Brighton station.

    Miriam Binder speaks on behalf of Disabled People Against Cuts.

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    Video caption: Disabled woman protests over DDO trains at Brighton station

    Southern said it expects to run 75% of its normal service today despite the industrial action.

  12. Police ask for help in finding Nicholas Leon

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Nicholas Leon

    Nicholas Leon is being sought by police as they believe he might be able to help with their investigation into various incidents in Wealden district. 

    The 32-year-old from Crowborough also has links to Hailsham and Polegate.

  13. Appeal over abandoned Snoopy

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    This is Snoopy. 

    She was found collapsed on the busy Woolley Road in Maidstone last Thursday night. 

    Abandoned lurcher

    Passers-by took the young lurcher to a vet and she's now recovering at the RSPCA's Leybourne Animal Centre. 

    The charity is appealing for information about how Snoopy came to be abandoned.   

    Quote Message: She is extremely thin - almost skin and bones - and weighing just ten kilos rather than the 16 kilos which would have been a healthy weight for her size. No medical condition has been found so this emaciation seems to be due to not being fed. She also had injuries to her tail which are consistent with being caged in an enclosed space.
    Quote Message: She is very young - we think less than two years old - and has clearly had a very sad start in life - but she is regardless such a sweet, friendly little thing. She seems to making a good recovery, although there is always a danger of organ failure in dogs so we are keeping a close eye on her." from Rosie Russon Inspector, RSPCA
    Rosie RussonInspector, RSPCA
  14. MP fights closure of army base

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The closure of Maidstone's Invicta Barracks would have a devastating effect on the town.

    That's according to the local MP, speaking during a debate in Parliament.

    The government wants to shut the site by 2027 and use it for housing.

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    Video caption: Helen Grant speaks against closure of Maidstone Barracks
  15. Wonky banisters and damp garages - a look inside a Bovis home

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    They persuaded customers to move into unfinished houses, and Kent-based Bovis Homes has set aside £7m to pay compensation.

    But just how many problems can one house have?

    You may be surprised.

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    Video caption: Defects in a Bovis Home