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Summary

  1. A local developer has offered to help build a new hospital in Canterbury
  2. South Thanet MP Craig MacKinlay has appeared in court over allegations he breached spending limits during the Conservatives' 2015 election campaign.
  3. There are calls for facial recognition technology at the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel to help prevent the use of fraudulent passports
  4. The RMT union has put forward a proposal aimed at breaking the deadlock with Southern Railway
  5. How often do you visit a museum? One Kent council says the number of visitors fell by around 14,000 last year
  6. Video: A guide to what you can and can't do while flying drones
  7. Live updates on Tuesday 4 July 2017

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from us for another night, we'll be back with you tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Virtually exploring St Augustine's Abbey

    A four year collaboration between English Heritage and the University of Kent's School of Architecture, has led to the reconstruction of the ruined St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury -- in virtual reality, at least.

    So what more do we know about the Abbey?

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    Video caption: A four year collaboration has led to the reconstruction of St Augustine's in Canterbury.
  3. The bridge that spans the centuries

    Robin Gibson

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    How a canny investment by Dick Whittington led to the creation of The Rochester Bridge Trust, providing the people of Medway with their vital river crossing.

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    Video caption: How Rochester got a free bridge
  4. Get your fans out, it's about to get hot again

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    The temperatures look like they'll continue to rise over the next few days.

    Here's my forecast

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has the weather forecast for the South East.
  5. Dover lorry crash update: Romanian driver charged

    A lorry driver from Romania has been charged with causing the deaths of two men, after a collision in Dover.

    The 51-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash involving a lorry and a Nissan Qashqai on the A2 in Jubilee Way just before midnight on Sunday.

    The car driver, a man in his 20s and his passenger, a man in his 30s, both from Canterbury, died at the scene. Their next of kin have been informed but the men have not been formally identified, Kent Police said.

    Police said a 36-year-old man who was also arrested at the scene has since been released without charge.

  6. Southern rail debates - updates

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  7. Southern rail debate - updates

    A debate about Southern Rail is taking place in Parliament.

    We'll bring you live updates here.

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  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206 affecting J29 for A127.

    M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

  9. Southern Rail debate is underway

    Rail passengers

    A debate about Southern Rail is underway in Parliament.

    It's called 'The Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway' and was requested by Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman.

    We'll bring you updates on this page and you can also watch it here.

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  10. Good weather for tennis?

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    For the next couple of days, the weather's obliging for Wimbledon fans.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Kate Kinsella
  11. Developer puts forward hospital plan

    Kent and Canterbury Hospital

    A local developer has offered to help build a new hospital in Canterbury.

    City councillors and local NHS managers say they're giving serious consideration to the proposal -- which includes plans for 2,000 new homes.

    The plan has been put forward by Mark Quinn of Quinn Estates.

    Part of the land is allocated for housing in the city council's emerging Local Plan, but part is not.

    The offer involves making a "significant" contribution to replacing the existing hospital buildings with new hospital buildings, potentially with some of them on part of the current hospital site.

    The developer has had early discussions with the city council, and these have been outlined to the NHS.

    The idea will now be given further examination.

    Quote Message: The future of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital is important to all of us, so when proposals like this are put forward, they should be given proper and serious examination. Given the number of parties that are involved in this, it will be a complicated process, and more information will be made available in due course." from Cllr Simon Cook Leader, Canterbury City Council
    Cllr Simon CookLeader, Canterbury City Council
    Quote Message: We are working with the public to develop proposals for our longer-term strategy for healthcare in east Kent, both in and out of hospital, for public consultation next spring. It is important to look at all possible options and we will discuss this proposal with Canterbury City Council as part of this work.”​ from Simon Perks Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group
    Simon PerksCanterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group
    Quote Message: We want to provide the best healthcare possible for our patients and we will continue to work closely with Canterbury City Council to look at this and any other potential options, as part of the longer-term strategy for our hospitals." from Matthew Kershaw Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals
    Matthew KershawChief Executive, East Kent Hospitals
  12. Cricket: Dickson stamina 'astonishing'

    Kent 603-3 v Northamptonshire - lunch

    Matt Cole

    Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

    Another eye-watering session of batting from Kent as records continue to tumble and opener Sean Dickson moves apparently inexorably towards a triple century.

    At 276 not out, he went past head coach Matt Walker’s post-war Kent highest of 275 and at 294 not out at lunch, he’s only 40 short of Bill Ashdown’s all-time record for the county, having already set the highest all-time partnership with Joe Denly of 382.

    Dickson has stayed patient and shown astonishing concentration and stamina. Not bad for a player who was playing Kent Premier League cricket at the weekend to try and regain some form..

  13. Lorry driver held after two die in collision

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Scene of the collision in Dover

    A lorry driver from Romania is being questioned by police after two people died at the scene of a collision in Dover.

    The 51-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash involving a lorry and a Nissan Qashqai on the A2 in Jubilee Way just before midnight on Sunday.

    The driver of the car, a man in his 20s from Canterbury, died at the scene.

    A second man, who was a passenger, also died.

    Police said a 36-year-old man who was also arrested at the scene has since been released without charge.