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Summary

  1. Live updates have now ended
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 8 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for now

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 BST with more news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about?

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  2. BreakingGillingham crash out of the cup

    Gillingham have been knocked out of the EFL cup. They lost two-nil at Reading in the first round.

  3. Parents to sue over teenage volunteer's death

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The parents of a 19-year-old volunteer from Canterbury who died in South Africa say they're taking legal action against the charity which organised the trip there.

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    Video caption: Parents to sue over teenage volunteer's death
  4. When will we get our summer back?

    Sarah Keith-Lucas

    Weather presenter

    There are more heavy downpours on the way for tomorrow. Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 1830
  5. Mum-of-three shot in Brazil 'lucky to be alive'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A mother-of-three from Gravesend is still in hospital in Brazil after being shot in front of her husband and children.

    Doctors say Eloise Dixon is lucky to be alive.

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    Video caption: Kent mum-of-three "lucky to be alive"
  6. Charlton about to kick off in League Cup

    Carabao Cup

    Live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Exeter City and Charlton Athletic.

    Exeter City 1-2 Charlton Athletic

    Carabao Cup

    Karl Robinson's selection gamble pays off as Charlton came from behind late on to beat Exeter in the EFL Cup.

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    next
  7. Flats struck by lightning in Ashford

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The roof of four flats in Ashford has been struck by lightning this evening.

    Four fire engines are currently at the address of a three-storey property in Waltham Plan in Stanhope.

    All residents have been accounted for and there are no reported injuries, although it is thought the occupants of four flats will need rehousing, says Kent Fire and Rescue.

    Heavy rain has caused flooding on the M20 around the Ashford area leaving long delays.

    House fire in Ashford
    Image caption: Picture from Taylor M3YPU
  8. Gills in cup action tonight

    Carabao Cup

    Live coverage of Tuesday's EFL Cup game between Reading and Gillingham.

    Reading 2-0 Gillingham

    Liam Kelly (right)

    Midfielder Liam Kelly's fine brace gives Championship club Reading victory over Gillingham in the EFL Cup first round.

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  9. This evening's Kent newspaper headlines

    A pile of newspapers

    Kent Live: Tragic last picture of adventurer who died after cross-English Channel swim attempt from Dover

    Kent Online: Suspected illegal immigrants from Iran found at Shakespeare beach in Dover

    Kent News: Swimmer who died trying to cross the Channel was 'doing what he loved best to the very end'

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J10 for A20.

    M20 Kent - Slow traffic on M20 coastbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of flooding.

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

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    Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

    M2 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident.

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

  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J10 for A20 and J9 for A20 Ashford.

    M20 Kent - Two lanes blocked and very slow traffic on M20 London-bound between J10, A20 (Ashford South) and J9, A20 (Ashford), because of flooding.

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

  13. 'It's shedding light, it's not gloomy'

    Robin Gibson

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    What's it like to suffer from a long-term illness which no-one else can see?

    An exhibition at a Medway art gallery tries to explain.

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    Video caption: Chatham art gallery hosts exhibition on invisible illnesses
  14. Mum-of-four guilty of smuggling migrants

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A mum-of-four from Gillingham has been found guilty of trying to smuggle 12 Vietnamese migrants into the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

    Katy Bethel, 28, was heavily pregnant at the time.

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    Video caption: Kent mum-of-four guilty of smuggling migrants
  15. Michigan mission for South East soldiers

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A hundred and forty part time soldiers from across the South East are taking part in a joint military exercise in America.

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    Video caption: Part-time soldiers take part in a military exercise in US
  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

  17. Councillors heckled as children's centres closures voted on

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    The sounds of children crying isn't what you usually get at a council meeting. But this afternoon Cabinet at Medway Council was packed with concerned parents and their little ones.

    They'd been protesting outside against plans to close six out of 19 Sure Start centres.

    After Cabinet voted through proposals they we're greeted with shouts of "shame".

    Despite the council changing their original plans to close all 19 and replace them with four larger hubs the parents I spoke to weren't convinced the service would stay the same.

    Even though the decision has been made campaigners say they'll keep fighting.

    Parents and children at medway cabinet meeting