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  2. Live updates on Monday 15 May 2017

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

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

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

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. The six-year-old boy who's one in a million

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Eddison Miller has a rare condition that stops him going outside without a special mask.

    He's been telling us how it makes him feel.

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    Video caption: Eddison Miller has a rare condition that stops him going outside without protection
  3. 'It's a way to get things off my chest'

    "I’ll go back to London and big it up", says podcast student Gillian. #thisisme    

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    Video caption: Podcast student says she loves Canterbury
  4. It's getting humid

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's going to be close tonight, and warm tomorrow.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  5. Conspiracy to sell Slovakian women as 'citizenship brides'

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A couple who trafficked two women into Gravesend and tried to force them into sham marriages or prostitution have been jailed for a total of twelve years. 

    Jaroslav Slepcik and his wife Svetlana Plachetkova went to a Slovakian slum and recruited the women, aged 18 and 32.

    They tried selling them to Asian men wanting EU citizenship, but when the women refused the couple's son, Simon Slepcik, tried to force them into prostitution.

    Simon Slepcik and his mother Svetlana Plachetkova
    Image caption: Simon Slepcik and his mother Svetlana Plachetkova

    The women were subjected to violence and threats, until the younger woman managed to escape.  

    The couple face deportation when released from prison while Simon, 20, was given a community order for unpaid work.  

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, before J7 for A249 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - Slow traffic and two lanes blocked on M20 London-bound before J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a vehicle fire and some smoke blowing across the road. On the hard shoulder.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

    M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car and a rolling road-block.

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

  8. A grey start to the week

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It was a wet and cloudy start to the working week for most of us, but is it going to get better?

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Kate Kinsella
  9. BreakingTeenager cleared of stepfather's manslaughter

    A Kent teenager who killed his stepfather with a single punch to the head has been cleared of his manslaughter, after he said he was acting in self-defence.

    Douglas Herridge, who was 17 at the time, struck Colin Payne at the family home in Dartford last November.

    Mr Payne, who was 54, was a former national squash champion.

    Maidstone Crown Court heard he had intervened in a row between the teenager and his mother over money when the blow was struck.

    Mr Herridge said Mr Payne had grabbed him around the neck and tried to throttle him.

  10. A year of #SouthernStrikes

    Can you believe that we've had more than a year of Southern rail strikes? 

    Talks between Southern and the RMT have resumed today. 

    Here we take a look at the strike in numbers… 

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    Video caption: A look at the Southern strikes in numbers
  11. 'Miracle' boy cured of cancer

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Blue Tobin from Dover was diagnosed with the disease at the age of two and given just a 10% chance of survival.

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    Video caption: Blue Tobin was diagnosed with the disease at two and given just a 10% chance of survival
  12. Motorcylist killed in crash

    A motorcyclist died after he crashed at a roundabout in Chattenden.

    Kent Police said the crash happened at 00:22 BST on Sunday on the A228 Peninsula Way.

    The rider, a man in his 20s, died at the sene.

    His pillion passenger, a woman, has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

  13. Refugee play opens in Brighton

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A teenage Afghan refugee who now lives in Bognor is one of the stars of a play set in the Calais Jungle.

    Borderline runs for three nights from tonight at the Warren, as part of the Brighton Fringe.

    Satire based on Calais Jungle opens in Brighton

    It features Naqeeb, who's studying at Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College after reaching the UK via the camp.

    The production's described as a tragi-comic satire, and was put together by volunteers and refugees working together in Calais.

  14. ‘It’s our future, it’s up to us’

    Student Dom will cast his first vote in June. 

    He’s one of a number of first-time voters we’ve been speaking to ahead of the general election. 


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    Video caption: First-time voter Dom Platts believes it's important for young people to cast their ballot.
  15. Bikers killed in separate crashes

    Two motorcyclists died in separate collisions on Sunday.

    Emergency services were called to the first crash on the A26, south of Crowborough at around 15:00 BST.

    A 24-year-old man from Tonbridge, who was with a group of other motorcyclists, collided with a Ford driven by a 70-year-old woman from Crowborough. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Two hours later, another crash claimed the life of a second motorcyclist on Beachy Head Road, near Eastbourne. 

    His bike and a car collided near to the junction with Warren Hill.

    The 26-year-old man from Newhaven died at the scene.