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  1. And it's goodnight from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for this week. Thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back from 06:00 GMT on Monday, with all Kent's news, sport travel and weather.

    We hope you have a great weekend.

    You can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email . We look forward to hearing from you.  

  2. All change for the weekend

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Take a brolly and a jumper out with you this weekend. Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather Rachel 1830
  3. Medway Maritime out of special measures

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    After nearly four years of hard work, staff at Medway's hospital finally reap the reward.

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    Video caption: Medway Maritime Hospital out of special measures
  4. Medway NHS Foundation Trust to come out of special measures

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A hospital trust branded "inadequate" has been taken out of special measures after nearly four years.

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust has made "substantial improvements", the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

    Medway Maritime was one of 11 hospitals in England put into special measures following Sir Bruce Keogh's review of hospitals in July 2013. 

    Previous inspections had highlighted concerns over patient safety, organisation and governance.   

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust sign

    Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt said: "Their journey hasn't been an easy one - some of the problems at Medway were deeply entrenched - which makes the achievement all the greater."

    Chief inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, checked the trust over five days at the end of last year.

    In his inspection report, he said: "There is no doubt that substantial improvements have been made. The leadership team is now fully established and there is a strong sense of forward momentum."  

    Read the full story  here

  5. Medway Maritime out of special measures

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    Medway Maritime Hospital has come out of special measures, after nearly four years.

    The Care Quality Commission says it still requires improvement, but has made great strides.

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    Video caption: Medway Maritime out of special measures
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A20 and J6 for A229.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 coastbound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J6, A229 (Chatham), because of an accident.

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

  7. Medway boss 'absolutely thrilled'

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    The boss of the health trust which runs the Medway Maritime is delighted that the hospital has come out of special measures.  

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    Video caption: Medway Maritime out of special measures
  8. The moment staff were told Medway Maritime had come out of special measures

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    I was given exclusive access as Medway NHS Trust Chief Executive Lesley Dwyer told staff it was being taken out of special measures.

    Here's how the staff reacted.

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    Video caption: Moment staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust were told it had come out of special measures
  9. Medway Maritime: 'Congratulations to everyone involved'

    Councillor David Brake, Chairman of the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board, said he was pleased to hear "significant improvements have been made at Medway Maritime Hospital" and offered his congratulations to everyone involved.

    Quote Message: The community of Medway will be as pleased as I am to learn of this good news. Staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust work hard to ensure patients receive the care they deserve and I hope we continue to see further improvements.
    Quote Message: Having met with the leadership team at the hospital, I am aware of their determination to continue making steady progress to provide good quality care in Medway." from Cllr David Brake Chairman, Medway Health and Wellbeing Board
    Cllr David Brake Chairman, Medway Health and Wellbeing Board
  10. Medway Maritime: More reaction

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    The Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, Rehman Chishti, has given his view on the news that Medway Maritime has come out of special measures.  

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    Video caption: MP responds to hospital trust coming out of special measures
  11. Medway Maritime: Analysis from our Health Correspondent

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    Medway Maritime was in special measures for 41 months. 

    It was supposed to come out after 12 months. 

    It was in special measures longer than any other hospital in England. 

    So when the chief executive stood up in front of a packed staff canteen and said the words "out of special measures", yes there was a cheer, but there was also relief and even a few tears of joy. 

    Four and a half thousand people work for the trust. One of their senior staff told me they have endured four years of being told they were no good at their jobs. Today's news changes all that. 

    Medway Foundation Hospital Trust sign

    Yes, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have some ongoing concerns. But when I first interviewed  Lesley Dwyer almost two years ago she said she thought her biggest "difficulty" would be to engage the staff and to "reignite" a sense of belief in those staff.

    She would appear to have done that. The CQC highlighted the "commitments and hard work of the staff" in achieving this turnaround.

    Coming out of special measures will endorse the work already done and encourage the belief from the Chief Executive that the trust can continue its progress towards a "good" or even "outstanding" rating in the future. 

  12. Hundreds of South East drug drivers caught

    Alex Bish

    Investigative journalist, BBC South East

    Drug driving arrests in Kent and Sussex have doubled in two years.  

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    Video caption: Drug driving Kent and Sussex stats graphic
  13. Which South East building deserves an architecture award?

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    i360

    Fourteen buildings, including the i360 viewing tower in Brighton, have been shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects South East awards 2017.

    Other buildings nominated across the South East include Kingsdown House in The King's School in Canterbury, Command of the Oceans at Chatham's Historic Dockyard, Hastings Pier and Brighton College.

    The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 25 May.

  14. 'It would be a financial disaster to carry on'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A world-renowned Catholic college in Margate says new Home Office rules are forcing it to close.

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    Video caption: Catholic leadership college in Margate to close because of new Home Office rules
  15. Have fun at the fair all summer

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Dreamland heritage theme park in Margate

    Ever wanted to run away and join a fun fair? Well now's your chance.

    Dreamland in Margate is holding a recruitment drive for summer staff this afternoon, between 13:00 GMT and 16:00 GMT.

    Bosses of the heritage theme park are looking for retail and customer services staff, ride operators, restaurant and bar staff and entertainers.

  16. A 'well done' from the very top

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    The Health Secretary adds his congratulations to staff at the Medway Maritime hospital.

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    Video caption: Jeremy Hunt congratulates Medway Maritme on coming out of special measures
  17. All change for the weekend

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    Weather presenter

    Well the Spring-like weather couldn't go on for ever, could it? 

    There's rain and wind on the way for the weekend. Here's my latest forecast. 

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Elizabeth Rizzini
  18. Medway Maritime: More reaction

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, Rehman Chishti, has given his view on the news that Medway Maritime has come out of special measures.

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    Video caption: MP responds to hospital trust coming out of special measures
  19. Tributes to man found dead in car park

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The family and friends of a man found dead in a car park in Tunbridge Wells say they're shocked and devastated about what happened to him.  

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    Video caption: Tributes to man found dead in car park