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  1. Updates on Friday 1 September 2017

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  1. That's it from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    We'll be back at 06:00 BST on Monday with all the latest, news, sport, travel and weather.

    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. Meet the #PhotoOfTheDay regulars

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    We've been out to meet some of the people who regularly contribute to our #PhotoOfTheDay.

    Catch our films starting next week.

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    Video caption: Meet the regulars behind #photooftheday
  3. ICYMI: Swapping the decks for dogs

    The DJ from Kent who felt compelled to hang up his headphones to run an animal welfare charity.

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    Video caption: Mike Dowler felt compelled to start an animal sanctuary in Thailand after adopting a dog
  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, before J3 for M20 affecting J4 for A21.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident. Congestion to J4, A21 (Orpington).

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

  5. Third arrest over Chatham murder

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    A third person has been arrested following the murder of a man in Chatham.

    Officers were called to a block of flats in Shipwrights Avenue at 07:36 BST on Monday 28 August.

    James O'Rourke, 29, of no fixed address, was found dead at the scene.

    Shipwrights Avenue, Chatham

    A 34-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Friday 1 September and remains in custody.

    Two others were charged with murder on Wednesday 30 August and are due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court next week.

  6. Southern strikes continue

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    After staff walked out on the trains today, the RMT Union will be doing it all again on Monday - it's part of the ongoing dispute with Southern over the introduction of driver-only operated trains.

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    Video caption: The RMT Union is striking on Friday and Monday as part of the ongoing dispute.
  7. Thousands of homes lie empty in Kent

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Live reporter

    Figures obtained by the BBC show there are 6,000 homes lying empty in Kent.

    There are about 37,000 people in the county on a waiting list for social housing.

    BBC Radio Kent discovered it took the authorities 12 years to bring 5,000 empty homes in Kent back into use, though the No Use Empty scheme.


    The scheme offers interest free loans of up to £175,000 to those wishing to revive long-term empty properties.

    The housing charity Shelter says in addition to bringing empty homes back into use, more houses need to be built to solve the housing crisis.

  8. Envelope update

    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 blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  9. Criticism over G4S hospice decision

    A Government minister has criticised the security company G4S for refusing to take patients to hospices in Kent as part of their £90m NHS contract to provide non-emergency transport.

    The company argues that hospice care is not provided by the NHS so does not fall within their remit.

    Greg Clark, the MP for Tunbridge Wells, says the transport company should show some compassion.

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    Video caption: A Government minister has criticised the security company G4S over its hospice decision.
  10. It's already feeling autumnal out there

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather presenter

    Expect some sunny spells this afternoon with the odd scattered shower.

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    Video caption: Elizabeth Rizzini with the weather for the South East
  11. Children's centres closures given go-ahead

    Charlotte Wright

    BBC Live reporter

    The closure of six SureStart centres in Medway has been rubber stamped by councillors.

    The Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted to accept the cabinet decision last night.

    Campaigners against the move said the meeting was the last chance to save the centres.

    Photo of SureStart protest
    Image caption: Campaigners took to the streets to protest about the closures in July

    Medway Council had originally planned to shut 19 SureStart centres and replace them with four so-called 'superhubs'.

    The proposals were introduced to save more than £1.5m a year, following changes to government funding.

    But a public consultation showed 85% of parents surveyed opposed the plans.

    The council will now create four large 'hubs' and save nine 'Children and Wellbeing' centres.

  12. Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

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    Video caption: Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

    Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

  13. Widow's emotional appeal to discover cause of husband's death

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Anita's husband went for a short walk and suffered fatal injuries that nobody can explain.

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    Video caption: Man's body found by side of the road in unexplained death
  14. School uniform help

    Chrissie Reidy

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    A community wardrobe has been set up in Sittingbourne to help parents struggling with the costs of school uniform.

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    Video caption: Uniform
  15. This morning's Kent newspaper headlines


    Kent Online: Race against time to save dying girl

    Kent News: Scrutiny committee rubber-stamps controversial Medway children’s centre plans

    Kent Live: Police want to track down these two people after an attempted burglary at Tesco in Whitfield

  16. Unexploded WW2 bomb discovered in Kings Hill

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    If you're in West Malling you're likely to hear a big explosion this morning.

    The Ministry of Defence is preparing to destroy a device, believed to be a World War Two bomb.

    It was discovered yesterday in a quarry, in an area of Kings Hill, West Malling.

    Kent Police says there are no safety concerns but the controlled blast may be heard from a considerable distance.

  17. This pub is big, really big

    It's the largest Wetherspoons pub in Britain and it's about to open in Ramsgate.

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    Video caption: The largest Wetherspoons in the country opens in Ramsgate