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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 2 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for another night, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, at J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - M25 exit slip road closed and busy but moving clockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident involving single vehicle.

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

  3. A hero's final journey

    D-Day veteran Albert Figg got his final wish - to be carried to his funeral in #Canterbury on a Royal Artillery gun carriage.

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    Video caption: A D-Day veteran gets his final wish - to be taken to his funeral on a gun carriage
  4. When will the drizzle go?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    It's looking set to get drier, but we should still expect some patchy rain.

    Find out more in my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has the latest forecast for the south east
  5. #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
  6. #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
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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 blocked and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car.

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

  8. 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
  9. Fewer Medway children's centres to be cut

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Controversial plans by Medway Council to axe all of its Sure Start centres won't go ahead as originally planned.

    Medway council protest
    Image caption: The original plans led to protests by angry parents

    There are currently 19 of the centres, and it was planned that they would be closed and replaced with four larger hubs.

    Under a new plan those four hubs will still be created and will run alongside nine of the Sure Starts. It means some of the children's centres will close.

    The original plans would've resulted in 50 redundancies, which have now been cut to 15.

    It comes after a public consultation saw 85% of respondents saying they were against the plans.

  10. #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
  11. Schoolgirl completes peaks challenge

    A 12-year-old girl from Kent has become the youngest person to climb all of the 214 Cumbrian peaks listed in Alfred Wainwright's famous guide to the Lakeland Fells.

    But for Lauren Richardson, who's from Hoo, it's been an achievement with a difference.

    She's one of the country's youngest amateur radio operators and at the summit of each peak she made radio contact with other "radio hams".

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    Video caption: Lauren Richardson one of youngest radio hams in country
  12. Project to help protect future of bees

    Almost £1m of lottery funding is being spent on helping protect endangered bumblebees.

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    Video caption: Kent project to help protect future of bees
  13. 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
  14. Hope you remembered your umbrella

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be a wet and windy journey home from work for most of us.

    And a wet and windy afternoon for the school holidays.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Kate Kinsella
  15. Litter firm's contract ended in 'mutual decision'

    A council will not be extending its contact with enforcement company Kingdom.

    Maidstone Borough Council and Kingdom say they have come to a mutual decision not to extend the current contract.

    The company has been providing litter enforcement services in the area since 2011 but this will finish at the end of this month.

    Quote Message: When our contract began with Kingdom our focus was very much on targeting littering and irresponsible dog ownership. This has been very successful at reducing littering and encouraging people to use litter bins and act responsibly.
    Quote Message: Our focus has to change and adapt to new challenges we are seeing in the borough. Now the contract with Kingdom is coming to an end, we will work to ensure we continue with our enforcement service in a way which is flexible but meets the needs of local residents. All options will be explored and that includes retendering for a new enforcement contract or bringing the service in-house." from Jennifer Shepherd Head of Environment and Public Realm, Maidstone Borough Council
    Jennifer ShepherdHead of Environment and Public Realm, Maidstone Borough Council
  16. Police car skids after being called to Gillingham

    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.

    A police patrol vehicle responding to the call 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.

    Video courtesy of Warren Wallace

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    Video caption: Police car has accident on way to answer call for urgent assistance
  17. '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.

    NOTE: You may find some of the images in this report distressing.

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