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  1. That's all folks

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from the team for another busy week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    We're back bright and early at 06:00 BST with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. Plant powers through to Open weekend

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A golfer from Kent playing at The Open looks certain to become the top amateur in the tournament.

    Alfie Plant, a former former postman from Dartford, has made it through to the final two rounds.

    The 25-year-old, who won the European Amateur Championship to qualify, has made the cut on four over par after the first two rounds and is the only amateur to make it through to the weekend.

    More than 150 members of his family and friends are at Royal Birkdale watching him.

    Alfie Plant
  3. People smuggling by air and water

    Colin Campbell

    Special Correspondent, BBC South East

    Migrants trying to cross the Channel are using increasingly sophisticated and desperate methods, with attempts foiled in the air and on the water this week.

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    Video caption: Migrants are using land and sea routes to try to get into Kent
  4. Teenager's hope for tumour treatment

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The family and friends of a Kent teenager are trying to raise £120,000 so she can have experimental treatment for a rare brain tumour.

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    Video caption: Teenager's hope for tumour treatment
  5. Celebrating the work of Michael Morpurgo

    David Kifford

    A new exhibition celebrating the work of children's author Michael Morpurgo is about to open in London.

    Here are five facts you may not know about him.

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    Video caption: Michael Morpurgo exhibition opens in London
  6. School exclusions in Medway among highest in England

    The number of school exclusions in England is at its highest level since 2009, with Medway making the top 10.

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    Video caption: School exclusions in Medway among highest in England
  7. Man arrested on suspicion of murder at Herne Bay caravan park

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a teenage woman at a seaside caravan park.

    Police and paramedics were called to the site in Canterbury Road in Herne Bay. following a report of an attack at around 14:00 BST.

    A woman in her late teens was declared dead at the scene.

    A 63-year-old local man known to the victim was held on suspicion of murder.

    The man was in police custody facing questioning as investigators carried out inquiries into the circumstances surrounding her death.

  8. Unsettled for the weekend

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    There's showers around for the weekend, but also some sunshine.

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    Video caption: Rachel weather 1830
  9. A week of festivities in Ramsgate

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The Ramsgate Festival has been launched - a week of music, art and cultural events in Thanet.

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    Video caption: Ramsgate Festival gets under way
  10. Southern talks: 'I hope today’s meeting paves the way for the reopening of negotiations'

    Quote Message: I was happy to meet with the RMT and re-iterate the offer of long-term commitments to staff who work in the rail industry. We want more people helping passengers on our trains, not fewer. I want staff to receive the right training, but above all passengers must receive the high quality services they deserve. I hope today’s meeting paves the way for the reopening of negotiations between the union and Southern so we can sort out this situation and get services back to normal. from Chris Grayling MP Transport Secretary
    Chris Grayling MPTransport Secretary
    Chris Grayling MP
  11. Defection leaves UKIP without a majority... again

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    It's another blow for UKIP.

    First the local elections and the party loses every seat, then the General Election and it fails to win any seat. Now it's lost the only council it controls in the country. It's been a rough ride for the party's councillors and members. They still don't know who'll lead the party nationally.

    Councillor Beverly Martin says she's always been a Conservative at heart and that joining the group felt like a "homecoming". But what of the voters? Did they know that underneath the purple rosette was a blue one?

    Chris Wells
    Image caption: Council leader Chris Wells says he's not suprised by the news

    UKIP group leader Chris Wells told me wasn't surprised by the news, which he heard first from press. He said they'd been there before and they'd get through it again. This isn't the first time he's lost his majority. Nor is it the first time she's left UKIP. Last time Councillor Martin joined an independent group.

    There will undoubtedly, as there always is, when a politician changes sides be calls for a by-election. But it doesn't sound like Councillor Martin will step down before the election in two years time. She says she'll still be fighting for the things she stood for.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A229 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - Queuing traffic on M20 coastbound at J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down 4x4. Traffic is coping well.

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

  14. Southern meeting: 'Full and frank exchange'

    Quote Message: The RMT union has met with the Transport Secretary this afternoon and we have had a full and frank exchange of views and the Secretary of State has now had an opportunity to get a clear understanding of RMT's position on Southern Rail and the broader issue of how the extension of DOO (Driver-Only Operated) impacts nationally on other rail franchises.
    Quote Message: RMT will supply Mr Grayling with a cop‎y of the union's clear and viable proposals for resolving the Southern dispute and the Secretary of State has agreed to meet us again‎. We will also be seeking further meetings with Southern and the other train companies as we seek to move forwards in the interests of safe and accessible rail services for all. Finally the Secretary of state agreed that we would also have further discussions regarding our concerns in respect of of the loss of skilled rail jobs as a result of the scaling back of Network Rail's renewals programme. from Mick Cash General Secretary, RMT
    Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT
  15. BreakingUKIP loses control of Thanet District Council

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    UKIP has lost overall control of Thanet District Council after a defection to the Conservatives.

    Cllr Beverly Martin confirmed the news to the BBC this afternoon.

    The changes mean UKIP will now have 27 seats on Thanet District Council, the Conservatives 21, Labour 5 and there are 2 independents.

  16. Today's Kent newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    Kent Online: Earthquake horror in Greece and Turkey leaves Canterbury couple shaken

    Kent News: Labour councillors storm out of fiesty meeting on future of Medway children’s centres

    Kent Live: People are angry at an 'expansion' of Folkestone Mosque but it's really not what it seems

  17. The South East's inadequate CCGs: Analysis by our health correspondent

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    Clinical Commissioning Groups are a bit like the engine room of the NHS

    If we regularly criticise hospital A&E departments and ambulance service response times then we also need to look at the performance of commissioners.

    Five out of the 14 CCG's in the South East are rated Inadequate and placed into special measures.

    It means they will have to show improvement over a short period of time in at least one of the areas of leadership, financial management and quality. They will receive support from NHS England, however they are keen to point out that it does not mean there have been failings in quality and safety.

    And is there hope for the future? There is. Medway and Brighton CCG's have gone the other way - previously rated inadequate both are now rated Good.

  18. ICYMI: Stars on Dunkirk red carpet

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Hollywood blockbuster Dunkirk hits the cinemas today.

    We chatted to its stars on the red carpet during its premiere last week.

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    Video caption: Stars on Dunkirk red carpet
  19. Lauren's feet kept growing, but nobody could explain why

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A doctor diagnosed Lauren with a condition that only affects about 60 people out of every million, just by looking at Facebook.

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    Video caption: A doctor diagnosed a rare tumour just by looking at Facebook.