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  2. Updates on Thursday 27 July 2017

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It's nearly Friday

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for Thursday, thanks for spending time with us today.

We'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow to help you through Friday, all the way to 22:00 BST.

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'Predators see lights off and they see an opportunity'

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A Ramsgate teenager caught the man who attacked her by using her mobile phone. But would it have happened if there had been better street lighting?

'The hardest thing was telling my daughter I was going to die'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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.

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.

ICYMI: Lauren's feet kept growing, but nobody could explain why

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

Cannabis gang jailed

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A cannabis operation, which included two farms in Kent, was the largest yet discovered in the UK, according to police.

It's getting wet, wet, wet

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

I'd suggest your weekend plans include something indoors for Saturday.

Here's my forecast.

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

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

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.

'Wait till she shows you how she can bat'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

From being the only girl in a boys' team in Sandwich, to being Player of the Tournament in England's World Cup winning side, opening bat Tammy Beaumont is putting women's cricket on the map.

Tributes to Kent teenager found dead on railway line
Investigations are continuing into the death of Taiyah Peebles who is thought to have been electrocuted.

Severe disruption: A206 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A206 Kent both ways severe disruption, at A282 affecting M25 J4.

A206 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A206 Littlebrook Interchange in Dartford at the A282 junction, because of emergency repairs to a collapsed gully. On the roundabout. Congestion on A21 to Orpington and to the Marsh Street junction.

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

All aboard! Southern train tops overcrowding list

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

The country's most overcrowded train is a Southern service running through Sussex and into London, new figures reveal.

The 07:16 service from East Grinstead to London Bridge typically squeezes 1,366 people into a dozen carriages designed for 640.

The Department for Transport, which released these figures, said additional carriages cannot be added to the train but when the Thameslink Programme is completed next year there will be extra services on routes south of London to boost capacity.

Southern train

It's not the only local service to face overcrowding, the 06:57 Brighton to Bedford and 16:26 Bedford to Brighton trains both feature in the list of the 10 busiest trains in England and Wales.

The figures relate to standard class passengers on weekday services in autumn last year. The average proportion of passengers carried in excess of capacity on peak services in major cities was 3.8%.

People are rightly angry that they pay more in fares year after year, but never get a seat, and have to stand crammed into someone else's armpit. With such high levels of overcrowding, the Government cannot expect people to pay for yet another fares hike in January."

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Sunny afternoon

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

The cloud's lifting to give us a nice afternoon.

Here's my forecast forecast.

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.

Protest over town regeneration plan

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

People protesting outside a town hall

About 100 people took part in a protest outside Tunbridge Wells Town Hall last night, angry over council plans to redevelop the area.

People had to be turned away from a full council meeting discussing proposals to build a new civic centre, theatre and car park near Calverley Grounds.

The council says the regeneration plans will be available for public consultation.

Severe accident: A21 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A21 Kent both ways severe accident, between Cuckoo Lane and A262.

A21 Kent - A21 in Lamberhurst blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Cuckoo Lane junction and Forstal Farm Roundabout, because of an accident.

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

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers (generic)
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Kent Online: Petition calls for Kent Wildlife Trust chief Michael Bax to resign

Kent News: Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to pump £30m into electricity sub stations to supply garden city

Kent Live: Radnor Park play area has finally opened in Folkestone and people are loving it

'Making a Buzz' for endangered bees

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A bee

Almost £1m of lottery funding is to be spent on helping protect endangered bumblebees in Kent.

The Making a Buzz project will create a habitat for bees and other pollinating insects across 400 hectares.

Kent is a hot spot for the rarest of bumblebee species.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust says they're crucial to the local economy and fruit industry.

Tributes to teenager found dead on railway line

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Tributes are being paid to Kent teenager Taiyah Peebles.

The 16-year-old's body was found on the railway track at Herne Bay station on Wednesday morning.

'My eye socket was completely shattered, I had haemorrhages in both eyes'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Victims of recent homophobic violence describe their horrific experiences.

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

'I just had total meltdown'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A hospital has apologised over a series of cancelled operations which have left a woman bedridden.

Lorry driver watches film while driving

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, from J31 for A1306 to J1A for A206 affecting J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise from J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down van. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

A mixed bag of weather today

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

We're in for some sunshine and showers and it's feeling a bit cool for this time of year.

Here's my latest forecast.

Welcome to Thursday

To kick things off here's a great photo of Rochester Castle by Peter Johnson - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Flowers at Rochester Castle
Peter Johnson

We'll be here until 22:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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