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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Thursday 6 July

Live Reporting

By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    We're done for another day - join us again tomorrow from 06:00 BST for more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Sevenoaks woman repeatedly targeted by conmen

    Police are searching for a pair of rogue traders, after an elderly Sevenoaks woman was conned for the third time.

    The woman, who's in her eighties, was asked by the men to pay £150 for gardening work at her home in Seal Road, after they had originally quoted just £20.

    Seal Road, Sevenoaks
    Image caption: Seal Road, Sevenoaks

    She had previously been targeted by a man posing as a police officer, who stole her bank cards, and a man who charged her £600 to repave her driveway, but vanished after digging it up.

    The two suspects in the latest case are described as white, one in his thirties, with curly hair, and one in his twenties, with hair shaved on one side and long on top.

  3. The heat's still on

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's another warm one tomorrow, but the weekend's getting fresher.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  4. The mane attraction?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A herd of decorated life-size horses are appearing across Kent and West Sussex to raise money for Hospice in the Weald.

    They've been designed and painted by artists, schoolchildren and community groups and will be on display over the summer and auctioned off in October.

    Here's where you can see them...

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    Video caption: A herd of horses is appearing across Kent and West Sussex to raise money for a hospice
  5. Pair sought in connection with burglaries

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police believe a pair of distraction burglars have struck in Deal.

    A woman in her nineties agreed to let a man who knocked on her door carry out work on her guttering in Manor Road.

    After the man, who it's believed had an accomplice, had left, she discovered cash missing from from a box.

    Manor Road, Deal
    Image caption: Manor Road, Deal

    A neighbour, who's also in his nineties, found his house had been burgled, with cash, watches and wedding rings stolen.

    Detectives believe the thieves were driving a white Ford Transit van with a roof rack.

  6. George Low stabbing: Family's anger after suspect 'freed'

    George Low
    Image caption: George Low used to work in Ayia Napa but was visiting at the time he was killed

    The family of a man stabbed to death in Cyprus have spoken of their "shock and devastation" that his "self-confessed murderer" has been freed into Turkey.

    Estate agent George Low, 22, from Dartford, was killed near a nightclub in Ayia Napa in Cyprus last August.

    Arrest warrants were issued for Mehmet Akpinar, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 42, who fled to the Turkish-controlled north and arrested for an unrelated offence.

    Dartford MP Gareth Johnson blamed the current political situation in Cyprus.

    Mr Low's parents said Mr Ahmet, who is from Bulgaria, was "set free" in June.

    Mr Akpinar, who is a Turkish citizen, was released by the northern Cypriot authorities in January.

    Quote Message: We fail to understand why Turkey would allow a Bulgarian citizen suspected of murder to be set free in their own country instead of handing him over to the Bulgarian authorities to start the deportation process back to southern Cyprus to stand trial for the despicable and senseless act of violence."
    Quote Message: "We feel totally let down by the authorities. They should have been more pro-active in getting the two suspects deported back to southern Cyprus to stand trial instead of allowing this injustice to happen... now 11 months on both men are free to enjoy their lives." from Statement from George Low's parents
    Statement from George Low's parents
  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A274 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A274 Kent both ways severe disruption, between Forge Lane and New Road.

    A274 Kent - A274 High Street in Headcorn closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Forge Lane junction and the New Road junction, because of a building fire.

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

  8. Rogue traders reported in Swale

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police in Swale are looking for a man who took hundreds of pounds from an elderly householder for building work which wasn't carried out.

    The man knocked on the door of the property in Minster Road on 21 June, claiming the roof was damaged and needed urgent repair.

    The woman who lived there paid him £500 to do the work, and the following day the man returned with an accomplice.

    Minster Road, Swale
    Image caption: Minster Road, Swale

    The pair said further work was needed, and demanded more cash, which was handed over.

    When a third demand for money was made, it was refused and the pair left.

    It's being linked with a similar incident in April, when doorstep callers were given money to carry out work on a house's guttering, then returned in June to demand more cash, demands that were repeatedly made over the phone throughout the month.

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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26 affecting J8 for A217.

    M25 Surrey - Delays, one lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Travel time is 60 to 70 minute. Congestion to J8, A217 (Reigate).

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

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    Severe disruption: A258 Kent northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A258 Kent northbound severe disruption, between Upper Road and A2 Jubilee Way.

    A258 Kent - A258 in Dover closed and slow traffic northbound between the Upper Road junction and the A2 Jubilee Way junction, because of a shed load.

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

  11. 'It's action, punk rock drawing'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent comedian Vic Reeves is putting his art skills to the test for charity.

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    Video caption: 'It's action, punk rock drawing'
  12. Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface

    Imagine having to inject yourself thousands of times over the course of your lifetime, but never talking about it to anyone.

    Many people live with hidden disabilities - conditions which don't have physical signs but are painful, exhausting and isolating. Sympathy and understanding from others can often be in short supply.

    BBC Radio Kent's Erika North explains what it's like to have a hidden disability.

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    Video caption: 'You don't look sick enough to park there!' - the radio presenter with a hidden disabilty
  13. Very warm again this afternoon

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    There's still a weather warning of thundery showers in place though.

    Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Lunchtime weather for the South East
  14. Appeal after reported sexual assault

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a man allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in Maidstone.

    The victim, a woman in her 20s, was at a bus stop in Northumberland Road, Maidstone, on Wednesday 5 July 2017 when a man reportedly approached her between 06:10 and 06:40 BST.

    The man is alleged to have shouted at the woman, before pulling at her clothing and knocking her to the ground.

    The woman was able to push the man away and he ran off in the direction of Cambridge Crescent.

    The man is described as white, aged in his 30s with black short hair. He was unshaven and was wearing a black cap with black tracksuit bottoms.