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  2. Live updates on Thursday 23 March

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us again, we'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 GMT with all the news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

    If you'd like to get hold of us in the meantime, you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook , or by sending us an  email .  

  2. Councillor apologises over tweet that he says led to suspension

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    A Conservative councillor, Jim Wedgbury, says he's been suspended from his party over a tweet which was a "foolish mistake" and he fully apologizes for it. 

    The tweet that he has now deleted was sent in response to journalist and commentator Julia Hartley Brewer. She tweeted: "ONE man armed with just a car & knives can kill FOUR people & injure 20, many seriously, on our streets. This is the country we now live in."

    In his reply Cllr Wedgbury suggested the blame for the Westminster terrorist attacks lay with the Labour Party. 

    Cllr Wedgbury sits on Kent County Council and also Ashford Borough Council. The Ashford Conservative Association confirmed he had been suspended but wouldn't say whether it was because of the tweet. 

    There will now be a formal investigation. But as long as Jim Wedgbury is suspended he cannot stand as a Conservative in the upcoming Kent County Council elections in May. He told me if that was the case he wouldn't stand as an independent or with another party. 

  3. Could the electrical activity in our brains hold the key to cyber security?

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Scientists at the University of Kent are working on new technology which could enable you to access your bank account just by thinking.     

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    Video caption: Could our brains help cyber security?
  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J10 for A20 and J11 for B2068 Hythe.

    M20 Kent - Queuing traffic on M20 coastbound between J10, A20 (Ashford South) and J11, B2068 (Hythe), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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

  5. Rochester town crier dies

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Rochester’s iconic town crier Robin Burfoot has died at the age of 81.

    Robin had been in the voluntary post for 12 years and was a popular figure in Rochester town centre with both locals and tourists.

    I filmed with him back in 2005 when he was preparing for his new role and trying on his uniform for the very first time. 

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    Video caption: Rochester town crier dies
  6. Kent man nominated for soldiers award

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A soldier from Snodland who lost both legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is up for a major award.

    Adam Francis has been nominated in the Inspiration Category of the Soldiering On Awards.

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    Video caption: Kent man up for soldiers award
  7. An improving forecast for the weekend

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's looking dry for the weekend but feeling quite chilly. 

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    Video caption: Rachel Weather 1830
  8. Missing: Have you seen 12-year-old Louis?

    Louise Whittington has been missing since yesterday, and Kent police is appealing for help to find him.

    He went missing from Sandling in Maidstone, and was last seen yesterday in Gravesend. Police believe he may still be in the area.

    Missing 12-year-old
  9. Could this be Britain's cheapest supermarket?

    Bryony MacKenzie

    Correspondent, BBC South East Today

    Nathaniel Richards fell on hard times in 2011 and had to turn to food banks. 

    When he heard that supermarket suppliers were throwing away food that was still safe to eat he decided to do something. 

    He set up Nifties in Dover in 2016, where the average price of an item is just 60p.

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    Video caption: Could this be Britain's cheapest supermarket?
  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306.

    M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  11. 'Communities defeat terrorism'

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent Police have confirmed that are increasing armed patrols around key locations in Kent - and have urged the public to remain vigilant following the attack in Westminster yesterday, in which four people died.

    They say there is no specific threat to county - but the force is working closely with the Metropolitan Police.

    Gillingham and Rainham MP Rehman Chisti spoke about the attack in the Commons today.

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    Video caption: Rehman Chisti
  12. BreakingCosta crash: More details from our reporter

    Simon Jones

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    An 87-year-old man who crashed his car into a Costa Coffee shop in Kent on Christmas Eve 2015, killing a customer, has been given a 22-month sentence, suspended for two years.

    David Lord admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of Valerie Deakin, who was 74, after he lost control of his Audi in Westerham. 

    Maidstone Crown Court heard he had confused the accelerator pedal with the brake. 

    Mrs Deakin was in the coffee shop with her eldest daughter and her best friend. She was thrown from her seat by the window, across the coffee shop and into the wall on the far side. 

    Mrs Deakin's family said that they believed the crash was entirely avoidable and should not have happened. 

     The Court was told Mr Lord had written a letter to Mrs Deakin's family to apologise. 

  13. BreakingWestminster attacker named

    The man believed to be responsible for the Westminster attack has been named as Khalid Masood, who was born in Kent.

    Masood, who died in the attack, was not the subject of any current police investigations, but he had a range of previous convictions for assaults.

    The 52-year-old was born in Kent but was believed to have been living in the West Midlands.

  14. Gillespie to join Kent

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    This is big news for Kent cricket fans - former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie is to join the Kent coaching staff at the start of the season.

    The former Yorkshire head coach will join Matt Walker and the first-team squad ahead of the upcoming County Championship season which starts on Friday 7 April.

    Kent Cricket
    Quote Message: Obviously I moved back to Adelaide for family reasons last year but the opportunity to assist Kent on a short-term basis was one that I couldn't resist and works well with my current situation."

    He will cover for former South Africa Test paceman Donald, who was appointed assistant coach in January 2017 and is awaiting a visa to work in the UK.

  15. An improving forecast

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    Weather presenter

    The rain is moving away, with some sunshine expected for the weekend. 

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  16. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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