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  2. Updates on Friday 18 August

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  1. That's it for now

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Thank you for joining us today. We'll be back at 06:00 BST on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather 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.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. Family awarded £20k payout after suicide

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    After a lengthy legal battle, the family of a mentally ill man who took his own life in 2013 have been awarded £20,000 in compensation for his death.

    You can read our full story here.

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    Video caption: Family of a man who took his own life are awarded with £20,000 payout
  3. 'Respect the water' this August

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

    The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

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    Video caption: RNLI launches campaign during 'deadliest' month
  4. Northern, Southern and Merseyrail strikes set for September

    Further rail strikes have been set for next month to coincide with schools going back in the row over driver-only-operated trains.

    Southern train

    Arriva Rail North, Merseyrail and Southern RMT staff will walk out from Friday 1 September with the last strike on Monday 4 September.

    The RMT said no progress had been made over the future of the role of guards, due to safety and job loss fears.

    Arriva Rail North said it is prepared to guarantee jobs.

  5. Red Arrows arrange flypast over Kent festival

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    The Red Arrows have arranged a flypast over CampFest, a Chris Evans inspired festival in Kent, to raise money for BBC’s Children in Need.

    Now in its fourth year, the festival was organised by 13-year-old George - this year it will be held in his back garden.

    So far he has raised more than £2,000 for Children in Need.

    The flypast is set to take place tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Red Arrows arranges flypast above Kent festival to raise money for BBC’s Children in Need.
  6. Publican's epic swim in honour of his sister

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A Maidstone publican is setting off on an epic swim to raise funds for the hospice named after his sister Demelza.

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    Video caption: A Maidstone publican is raising funds for a Kent hospice
  7. Kent chef hailed as star of the future

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A chef from Broadstairs has just been hailed a star of the future by the Good Food Guide.

    Ben Crittenden owns Stark, which seats just 12 people.

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    Video caption: Kent chef hailed as star of the future
  8. Missing teens 'travelling together'

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    A missing teenage girl from Dymchurch is thought to be travelling around the south east with a friend.

    Olivia Worton, 16, who is also known as Charlotte, was last seen on Saturday 5 August 2017 while on her way to Maidstone.

    It has since emerged she was with her friend Chloe Henderson-Smith, 15, from Maidstone, who is also currently missing.

    They are believed to have travelled together to the Brighton or Winchester areas of Sussex and Hampshire.

    Olivia Worton, also known as Charlotte
    Image caption: Olivia Worton, also known as Charlotte

    Olivia is described as 5ft 6in, with long blonde hair dyed pink at the ends and highlighted throughout.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, between J1B for A282 and J1A for A282.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and delays on M25 anticlockwise between J1b, A282 (Dartford) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe). Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

  10. Child abuser behind bars

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    Andrew Patterson

    A man has been given an 18 year custodial sentence for a string of sex offences against a child.

    Andrew Patterson, of Trevale Road, Rochester, pleaded guilty to three charges of raping a child, two of sexual assault with penetration, one of distributing indecent images and one of making indecent images.

    He was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment with a five year extended licence period.

    Patterson was arrested after he revealed the abuse to another man online.

    Quote Message: This is a particularly appalling series of abuse, against a very vulnerable child." from Det Con Darran Bassett Kent Police
    Det Con Darran BassettKent Police
  11. Dartford man tells of Barcelona panic

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Richard Gregg from Dartford has told the BBC how he narrowly avoided the terror attack in Barcelona.

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    Video caption: Richard Gregg has told the BBC how he narrowly avoided the terror attack in Barcelona.
  12. Theresa May: 'Looking into reports of missing British child'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Prime Minister Theresa May says the authorities are trying to locate a missing British child after the Barcelona attack.

    Julian Cadman, seven, who went to nursery in Chiddingstone, is missing.

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    Video caption: Kent seven-year-old missing in Barcelona attack
  13. What's the weekend weather going to be like?

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    It should be ok (we'll keep our fingers crossed).

    Here's your forecast.

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    Video caption: Lunch-time weather forecast with Lucy Martin
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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1B for A282 and J1A for A282.

    M25 Kent - Delays on M25 anticlockwise between J1b, A282 (Dartford) and J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 50 to 60 minutes. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

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

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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 - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  16. BreakingUK PM: 'Looking into reports of missing British child'

    Theresa May has said UK authorities are "urgently" looking into reports of a missing British child.

    The Prime Minister said she believed a number of British people have been caught up in the attack.

    She said the missing boy had dual-nationality, but did not name him.

    Earlier, appeals were launced to find a seven-year-old Australian boy who has not been seen since the attack on Las Ramblas on Thursday.

    Julian Cadman had been in Barcelona with his mother, who is currently in hospital.