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  1. That's it for Wednesday

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Half the week is over and that's it for us for today.

    Thanks for joining us today, and we hope you'll be back tomorrow, when we're live between 06:00 BST and 22:00 BST.

    We'll bring you all the local news, sport, travel and weather, and you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. 75-year-old leak mystery solved

    The cause of a mysterious leak at a church in Folkestone has finally been discovered.

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    Video caption: 75-year-old leak mystery solved
  3. 'My eye socket was completely shattered, I had haemorrhages in both eyes'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    On the 50th anniversary of the partial legalisation of homosexuality, is it safe to be gay now?

    Victims of recent homophobic violence describe their horrific experiences.

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    Video caption: Fifty years after homosexuality was legalised, is it safe to be gay?

    'Is it safe to be gay in the UK?' is on BBC2 on Tuesday, 1 August at 21:00 BST.

  4. Teenager who died at railway tracks named as Taiyah Pebbles

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A 16-year-old girl found dead on the tracks at a railway station is believed to have been electrocuted.

    Officers said the girl, named locally as Taiyah Pebbles, was with friends near Herne Bay station in Kent shortly before 23:00 BST on Tuesday.

    The teenager was injured between then and 07:00 BST on Wednesday, when emergency services were called and she was pronounced dead.

    Friends and family have gathered at a vigil this evening.

    Taiyah Pebbles
    Image caption: The girl has been named locally as Taiyah Pebbles
  5. A mixed bag for Thursday

    The day will start dry, but then showers start to approach.

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    Video caption: South East weather
  6. ICYMI: Teenager's hope for tumour treatment

    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
  7. 'He'd been shot seven times... four pellets remain in his skull'

    The animals killed or maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns, with the South East one of the worst areas of the country for attacks

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    Video caption: The south east is one of the worst parts of the country for reports of airgun shootings
  8. 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
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    Video caption: Lorry drivers caught watching film on lap top, driving and doing paperwork

    When Kent Police took to the roads in a 40-tonne lorry, they were able to see truck drivers using phones, completing paperwork - and one was even watching a film on a laptop.

  10. Teenage girl found dead after railway electrocution

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A 16-year-old girl has been found dead at Herne Bay station.

    British Transport Police and paramedics were called to the station just before 07:00 BST, but she was declared dead at the scene.

    A post mortem examination is due to be carried out on Friday, but police said she had suffered serious injuries due to electrocution.

    Her death is being treated as unexplained.

    She' had been spotted near the station with a group of friends just before 23:00 BST last night.

    Flowers at the scene of a tragedy in Herne Bay
    Image caption: Flowers have been left at the station
    Quote Message: The family are now desperate for answers and my officers are focussed on understanding how this girl came to be on the tracks. The girl was with a group of friends near the station shortly before 11pm yesterday evening. Sometime between then and 7am this morning she came to receive these injuries.' from Det Ch Insp Paul Langley British Transport Police
    Det Ch Insp Paul LangleyBritish Transport Police
  11. Police use lorry to catch distracted truckers

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Using mobiles, completing paperwork and even watching a film on a laptop.

    Traffic officers took to the M20 in an unmarked 40-tonne lorry that allowed them to see into HGV cabs, and were shocked at what they saw.

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    Video caption: Lorry drivers caught watching film on lap top, driving and doing paperwork
  12. 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 - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down van.

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

  13. Lorry driver caught watching film on M20

    Lorry driver watching a laptop behind the wheel

    Police have stopped and fined a lorry driver for watching a film while he was driving along the M20.

    Officers say the man was glancing at his laptop screen as he drove.

    He was one of dozens of drivers who were stopped, fined, given points or educational advice in a special roads policing operation last week.

    The 40-tonne lorry allows officers to see into cars and larger vehicles.

    Motorists caught committing driving offences were filmed and then stopped by marked police cars.

    Quote Message: This five day operation has made it clear that despite the costs a minority of motorists are still prepared to break the law. Any momentary lapse in concentration, such as talking on the phone, texting or looking at a device such as a laptop in the vehicle, can have disastrous and life-changing consequences.
    Quote Message: It is for this reason that such offences can carry a large fine and six points on your licence. It is completely unacceptable behaviour, which puts the individual and other road users at risk. I urge those caught in this operation and others who have used such devices while driving to learn from their mistakes and drive safely in future." from Supt Andrew Reeves Kent Police
    Supt Andrew ReevesKent Police
  14. Have you seen Paul Baker?

    Paul Baker, who's gone missing

    Police in East Sussex are looking for missing 30-year-old Paul Baker.

    Paul, of no fixed address, was last seen in Five Ashes, near Mayfield, on Monday evening (24 July) and had been on the way to stay with a friend in Crowborough.

    Officers are concerned as Paul has recently been suffering from depression.

    Police have had a report that he was seen in Maidstone yesterday (25 July) and that is being followed up. He may also be in the Crowborough area.

  15. Is it really summer?

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It looks more like autumn out there today.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: The weather forecast for Kent, Sussex and Surrey with Kate Kinsella
  16. Thinking of buying a dog? Be careful who you get it from

    Calls to the RSPCA complaining about unscrupulous puppy sales have risen in the South East.

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    Video caption: Complaints about puppy dealers in the South East are rising
  17. 'The hardest thing was telling my daughter I was going to die'

    A mole on an ear became a lethal cancer for this man from Kingsdown near Deal.

    Now he wants his story to be a warning for others.

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    Video caption: A Kent man is hoping his story will warn others, after a mole became terminal skin cancer
  18. What's in today's Kent newspapers?

    Stack of newspapers

    Kent Online: Herne Bay train station shut off after body found on tracks

    Kent News: England and former Canterbury head coach Danny Kerry recovering after suffering heart attack in South Africa

    Kent Live: Police were called to a gay bar in Canterbury following a sting operation by 'paedophile hunters'

  19. Car hits wall in Hawkhurst

    A woman's been rescued from a car after it came off the road and hit an 8ft brick wall in Hawkhurst.

    Emergency services were called to the A268 at about 03:20 BST.

    The woman was treated by ambulance crews.