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  1. Goodbye from BBC South East: Live

    That's it from us this week at BBC South East: Live.

    Thank you for joining us for all your breaking news, travel and weather.

    We'll be back on Monday morning.

    In the meantime, if there's a story you think we should be covering, you can contact us via email, Twitter and Facebook.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - M25 lane blocked on exit slip road clockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. Ex-fire station in Chatham to become restaurant

    A former fire station in Chatham is set to become a restaurant and bar after Medway Council confirmed it is in "late stages of discussions" with an interested party.

    The authority's chief legal officer Perry Holmes refused to identify those interested in taking on the lease at the New Cut Arches, but said it was "a local business with a tremendous track record".

    Medway Council allocated £190,000 to buy and refurbish the former fire station, although "additional funding has been requested to properly complete the scheme", according to capital budget monitoring reports.

    Mr Holmes said: "I'm delighted to confirm we are in the late stages of discussions with a business to change the arches into a restaurant/cafe in the day, and a bar with music in the evening.

    "I'm hopeful that either before or just after Christmas, the frontage will change dramatically in terms of look and feel, and before Easter we should be able to announce who that tenant is.

    "They intend to invest a significant sum in bringing it up to standard - we're investing as well to make it lettable - but they're intending to invest their own money and all of that is positive for Chatham."

    According to Estates Gazette, renting the 2,516 sq ft property will cost the successful business £20,000 per annum - adding a new source of revenue for the authority.

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    Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A229 Chatham and J2 for Medway Bridge Strood.

    M2 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M2 eastbound between J3, A229 (Chatham) and J2, Medway (Strood), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 The Ridgeway Sittingbourne and J4 for A278.

    M2 Kent - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M2 westbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of an accident involving three cars.

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

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    Severe accident: A292 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A292 Kent both ways severe accident, between Edinburgh Road and Godinton Road.

    A292 Kent - A292 Forge Lane in Ashford blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Edinburgh Road junction and the Godinton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Video caption: Help for Heroes uses a dog from Hythe on Christmas cards

    Veterans charity Help for Heroes uses a painting of a dog from Hythe in Kent on Christmas cards.

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    Severe accident: A25 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A25 Kent both ways severe accident, at Westerham Golf Club.

    A25 Kent - A25 Westerham Road in Westerham blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the Westerham Golf Club junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  9. Hospital services shake-up proposed

    Huw Oxburgh

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Proposals to consolidate ear, nose and throat (ENT) services in East Sussex will create a "sustainable service", East Sussex Healthcare NHS has said.

    The trust told a committee of local councils it plans to move all ENT day cases and planned surgery to Eastbourne and reduce the service in Hastings.

    Hastings councillor Mike Turner told the meeting on Thursday it would remove a service from a deprived borough.

    NHS boss Dr Adrian Bull said ENT access for Hastings people "remains as it is".

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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey northbound severe disruption, at J2 for M25 J12.

    M3 Surrey - M3 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J2 M25 J12, because of a broken down vehicle. Approach with care.

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

  11. Swimming pool plans go under the spotlight

    Plans for a seafront swimming pool go before Brighton and Hove planners next week.

    First mooted as a 50 metre pool in 2015, the current application for Sea Lanes in Madeira Drive is for a 25-metre pool on a temporary basis for five years.

    Brighton and Hove City Council agreed a five-year lease with Sea Lanes on the now derelict former Peter Pan's Playground next to the Yellowwave beach sports site last year.

    The application includes an events space and movable, brightly-coloured, one to three storey buildings to provide office space, food, drink and shopping.

    Members of the planning committee are advised to approve the scheme when they meet on Wednesday 5 December, on the condition it is all removed once the five years are up.

    A long-term future for this particular pool complex is off the table as the design causes "harm to the special historic character" of the area. The authority received 35 letters supporting the project and six objections.

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    Severe accident: M26 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M26 Kent westbound severe accident, at J2A for A20 London Road.

    M26 Kent - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and very slow traffic on M26 westbound at J2a, A20 (Wrotham), because of an accident.

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