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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Thursday 27 April 2017

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  1. Goodnight from the Local Live team

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for tonight, but we'll be back again at 06:00 BST tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

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

  2. Step back in time

    Steps are back and are performing at the Brighton Centre in November.

    Here are five, six, seven, eight things you (probably) don’t know about the band.

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    Video caption: Here are 5, 6, 7, 8 things you (probably) don’t know about the band.
  3. What's the bank holiday weather going to be like?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    A milder start to Friday, with a mixed outlook for the bank holiday weekend. Here's my forecast.  

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    Video caption: Weather South East
  4. Southern Strike: 'People have lost their jobs, missed out on family time'

    The dispute between the RMT and Southern had its first birthday yesterday and commuters said they've been paying the price.  

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    Video caption: Summer Dean, Association of British Commuters, on 1st anniversary of Southern strike
  5. Increase in crime across Kent

    Alex Bish

    Investigative journalist, BBC South East

    Police generic

    I've taken a look at the latest crime figures in Kent:

    • There's been a 13% rise in crime across Kent.
    • That compares with 9% nationally. 
    • Over 14,000 more crimes were reported in 2016 compared with the year before.
    • One of the biggest increases was for violence against the person, which rose 31%.
    • The number of offences where people were caught with an offensive weapon went up 30%. 
    • But there have been falls in burglary, drugs and theft offences.
  6. ICYMI: Actor Bloom uses 'pikey' term on Radio 1

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

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    Video caption: BBC Radio 1 apologises after Hollywood star uses offensive slur on air

    BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw apologises to listeners after Orlando Bloom used the term on his show.  

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A20 Kent both ways severe accident, between Huntsman Lane and A249 Wat Tyler Way.

    A20 Kent - Slow traffic on A20 Ashford Road in both directions in Maidstone between the Huntsman Lane junction and the A249 Wat Tyler Way junction, because of an accident involving two cars earlier on.

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

  8. 'Frankie might have survived' if mum acted quicker

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Judge Jeremy Carey sentenced Lucy King for manslaughter in relation to her daughter's death.

    Quote Message: You knew there was a real likelihood she had drunk the Methadone. You took a chance in the hope it would not come back on you.
    Quote Message: Had you acted as you should have done, and as any right-minded parent would have done... Had the emergency services been called straight away, there is the overwhelming probability Frankie would have survived." from Judge Jeremy Carey Maidstone Crown Court
    Judge Jeremy CareyMaidstone Crown Court
  9. Woman faces three years behind bars

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Lucy King

    Lucy King, found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence, has been sentenced to three and a half years behind bars.

    The former heroin addict was taking methodone as a substitute, but left a cup of it within reach of the two-year-old daughter Frankie Hedgecock.

    Just a few hours after drinking it, the toddler was pronounced dead.

    She was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

  10. BreakingMother responsible for death of toddler

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    The mother of a two-year-old girl, who swallowed a fatal dose of heroin substitute, has been found guilty of manslaughter through gross negligence.

    Lucy King, 39, denied the charge but was convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court.

    The jury heard Ms King waited two hours to call 999 after her daughter swallowed the methadone. 

    Instead of acting quickly, she messaged her friends on Facebook and watched The Jeremy Kyle show.

    She will be sentenced imminently.

    Lucy King
  11. ICYMI: Woman attacked by shark in front of children

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A father from Deal has told us how his son-in-law punched a shark on the nose until it let go of his daughter.      

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    Video caption: A woman attacked by a shark in the South Atlantic is to be airlifted to a London hospital
  12. Canterbury gets a poet laureate

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    World-famous writer, poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay has been named as Canterbury’s first ever Poet Laureate. 

    Lemn Sissay

    In partnership with The Marlowe Theatre and with funding from Arts Council England, the laureateship has been developed to further cement Canterbury’s status as a dynamic centre for literature.

    The three-year laureateship will begin on 3 May to coincide with Lemn’s appearance at the Wise Words Festival in the city.

  13. ICYMI: The #Southernstrikes one year on

    There was a demonstration outside Parliament yesterday to mark a year since the Southern strike began. 

    Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

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    Video caption: A look at the Southern strikes in numbers
  14. Eight goldfinches pinched from aviary

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Two goldfinches

    Kent Police is appealing for information following the theft of eight goldfinches from an aviary in Margate.

    The birds are valued around £700 each and went missing from a property in the Canterbury Road area of Garlinge between 22:45 - 23:00 BST on Monday.

    It is believed those responsible gained access to the aviary by climbing over a metal gate. Both are believed to be white men, with one wearing a dark jacket and the other a light-coloured baseball cap.

  15. Today's Kent newspaper headlines

    Newspapers

    Kent Online: Child hit by car thrown 30ft into the air

    Kent News: Olympic hero Heather Stanning raises £5,000 for Kent-based Royal British Legion Industries at London Marathon

    Kent Live: The Tunbridge Wells headmaster of an 'excellent' rated school says it is not a 'pushy hot house'

  16. Hawkins through to World semis

    Kent's Barry Hawkins is into the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championships.

    Here's a reminder of his top five tips.

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    Video caption: Top tips Hawkins
  17. ICYMI: Spring has sprung early at Hever

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The unusually warm weather we've been having has meant this year's tulip celebration at Hever Castle and Gardens has come early.

    Take a look at these beautiful blooms.

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    Video caption: Warm weather causes Hever's tulip celebration to come early