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  2. Updates on Monday 31 July 2017

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  1. That's all 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?

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

  2. #ICYMI: 'Wait till she shows you how she can bat'

    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.

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    Video caption: Dover's Tammy Beaumont wins World Cup and is Player of the Tournament
  3. Mural tribute to Taiyah Peebles

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A giant mural has been painted in memory of a teenager who was electrocuted on a railway line.

    The body of Taiyah Peebles was discovered on the tracks near Herne Bay station last week.

    Margate artist Vince Pugh says he painted the mural as a "mark of respect" to the teenager.

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    Video caption: A mural has been created in Margate in memory of Taiyah Peebles, who died in Herne Bay
  4. It's looking sunny and warm on Tuesday

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    Make the most of the sunshine as it's not going to last.

    Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: This evening's weather for the South East
  5. Fight to save breastfeeding support services

    Thousands have signed a petition to save breastfeeding support centres across Kent, but the council says the same help will still be available.

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    Video caption: Breastfeeding support to be provided by the NHS, with 40 support centres to close
  6. #ICYMI: Trucker watches film while driving

    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.

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    Video caption: Lorry drivers caught watching film on lap top, driving and doing paperwork
  7. Missing Abi: 'Just come home or let us know you're safe'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The father of a Medway teenager who's been missing for nine days has made an emotional appeal for her to come home.

    Abigale Spree was last seen on 22 July.

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    Video caption: Missing Abi: 'Just come home or let us know you're safe'
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    Severe accident: M2 Kent southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent southbound severe accident, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

    M2 Kent - M2 in Blue Bell Hill lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J3, A229 (Chatham), because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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

  9. Police car skids after being called to Gillingham

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A police car responding to a call in Gillingham was involved in a minor collision with railings after it skidded on a wet road.

    Kent Police was called at 03:03 BST on Sunday 30 July to Canterbury Street following reports of a disturbance.

    The force said that a police car called to the scene was involved in a minor collision with railings after skidding on a wet road as it tried to stop. Nobody was injured.

    Two men were arrested following the disturbance and have since been released without charge.

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  10. Sex-for-rent deals illegal, says minister

    Lauren Moss

    BBC Live reporter

    An MP is calling for landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sex to be prosecuted after the justice secretary told him such arrangements were already a criminal offence.

    A BBC South East investigation found that some landlords were targeting vulnerable young people with "sex for rent" deals.

    They argued there was no compulsion on people to respond to such adverts.

    But Justice Secretary David Lidington has revealed that such offers may breach the Sexual Offences Act.

    Landlords that BBC South East spoke to in April said they did not believe they were breaking the law, one describing the deals as a "sex with benefits" arrangement, another as a "win-win situation".

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    Video caption: Our video from April

    But Hove MP Peter Kyle pledged to force website operators to ban "exploitative" adverts.

    He took the case to the Ministry of Justice and has now been told by Mr Lidington that "such acts/arrangements are already a criminal offence in England and Wales by virtue of the Sexual Offences Act 2003".

    Mr Lidington said in a letter: "Taken together, these [provisions] essentially mean that an offence is committed when a person offers accommodation in return for sex, as they are inciting/causing another person to have sex with them in return for 'payment'."

    A woman in bed crying

    Adverts seen by BBC South East included one posted by a Maidstone man asking for a woman to move in and pretend to be his girlfriend, another publicising a double room available in Rochester in exchange for "services" and one in Brighton targeting younger men.

    Tenants told the BBC they feared they would lose their accommodation if they did not comply with requests for sex.

    But Mr Lidington's letter suggests police already have the weapons to take action against landlords imposing such demands on tenants and says the offence carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.

    Mr Kyle said: "This is an incredibly significant moment, and it's going to protect vulnerable people enormously.

    "Right now there are people out there advertising accommodation in return for sex. I want to see them prosecuted; I want to see them go through the courts process; I want to see them convicted, and I want to see them go to jail."

    Balbir Chatrik, director of policy at Centrepoint homeless charity, said: "These landlords need to know this is not acceptable and they need to feel the full force of the law if they resort to these kind of adverts."

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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.

    M25 Surrey - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, 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

  12. ICYMI: 'Predators see lights off and they see an opportunity'

    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?

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    Video caption: A Ramsgate teenager, attacked as she walked home, calls for better street lighting
  13. 'My eye socket was completely shattered, I had haemorrhages in both eyes'

    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.

  14. Man charged after stabbing

    Police have charged a man after a stabbing outside a petrol station.

    Kent Police was called at 03:00 BST on Saturday to the Esso, in London Road, Ditton.

    A man had suffered a serious assault and suffered injuries including a stab wound.

    Following inquiries six people were arrested and one has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.

  15. Firefighters tackling Dartford Heath fire

    Kent Fire and Rescue Service is dealing with a fire on Dartford Heath.

    An all-terrain vehicle and a fire fogging unit have been sent to the area.

    We'll bring you more when we have it.

  16. Sunshine after the rain

    Owain Wyn Evans

    BBC weather

    After the weekend's washout, we're having a couple of dry days.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather
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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  18. Fight to save breastfeeding support services

    Thousands have signed a petition to save breastfeeding support centres across Kent, but the council says the same help will still be available.

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    Video caption: Breastfeeding support to be provided by the NHS, with 40 support centres to close