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  1. Updates on Monday 20 June 2016

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye from us

    Claire Cottingham

    We're off for the evening, but I'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow as there's a strike by RMT members on the Southern network. The company says there'll be no service on many routes and only a limited service between 07:30 BST and 18:00 BST on others. We'll be keeping you posted throughout the morning.

    You can get involved by tweeting us using #southernstrike, emailing us or sending a message on Facebook

    For now, have a nice evening. 

  2. Police called after man spotted with 'weapon'

    Police were called to Gladstone Road in Broadstairs at 11:00 BST after a member of the public reported seeing a man with what they believed to be a weapon.

    Firearms officers were sent and they carried out a search of the area alongside police dogs.

    No arrests have been made but officers are still in the area and enquiries are ongoing.

  3. Channel Tunnel delays

    Drivers travelling through the Channel Tunnel are facing delays of up to six hours.

    An inspection's being carried out after problems with the overhead power supply, leading to delays of at least three hours.

    There are further delays, also of around three hours, at the French end of the Tunnel, due to tougher security and passport checks. Eurostar services are also being affected.

  4. Help to Buy ISA 'goes from strength to strength'

    The Chancellor has defended the deposit scheme for first time buyers, after a BBC South East investigation revealed that many would-be homeowners in the area are being priced out of it.

    Under the Help to Buy ISA, the government gives savers a bonus of up to £3,000 when they buy their first home, but it can only be claimed on properties worth less than £250,000.

    That rules out a two-bedroom home in nearly 70% of the South East.

    But speaking on a visit to Shoreham today, George Osborne said the scheme was working.

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    Video caption: Chancellor defends Help to Buy ISA scheme
  5. Cot death grief: Parents in first aid plea after son's tragic death

    Kent Messenger

    A grieving mum and dad have recounted the heartbreaking chain of events after finding their baby lifeless in his cot.  

    You can read the full story here.

    Natalie Spicer with son Harvey Coyle the day before he died
    Image caption: Natalie Spicer with son Harvey Coyle the day before he died
  6. #SouthernStrike

    You've been having your say ahead of the planned Southern rail strike tomorrow.

  7. A wicket at the cricket

    After a rainy start, the second day of Kent's match at Glamorgan is now underway.

    You can listen live here.

  8. Jewellery stolen from Bluewater

    Police are investigating after a 'quantity of jewellery' was stolen from Bluewater shopping centre at 02:19 BST today.

    Officers believe six people entered the shopping centre and carried out the raid. 

    Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 20-0062.

  9. 'I don't think we could ever stop young children going missing'

    Around four young migrant children a week are going missing from Kent County Council's care.

    Many are feared to have been trafficked and exploited by criminal gangs.

    Peter Oakford, the Council's cabinet member for specialist children's services, says often there's little that can be done.

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    Video caption: Migrant children going missing from Kent County Council's care
  10. Emergency services at M2 crash

    Kent Fire and Rescue Service is helping at the scene of a crash on the M2 involving a Kent Police vehicle and a lorry.

    Paramedics and Kent Police are also on the scene. 

  11. BreakingPolice vehicle involved in crash

    A stretch of the M2 between junctions 5 and 6 has been closed after a Kent Police vehicle was involved in a crash with a lorry at 11:08 BST.

    Two officers are being treated for their injuries.

    Kent Police says the carriageway is likely to be closed for 'several hours'. 

  12. Man jailed for unprovoked attack

    A man who launched a vicious and unprovoked attack on an elderly woman in her home near Ashford has been jailed for 27 years.

    Leonidis Mouzakitis, 24, from Folkestone, was found guilty of attempted murder at Canterbury Crown Court earlier this year and was sentenced today. He stabbed the woman multiple times before driving off. She has since recovered.

    Detective Inspector Lee Whitehead said: ‘'Leonidis Mouzakitis is a very dangerous man and his considerable sentence of imprisonment is the only way to protect the public from the risk of his further offending."

    Leonidis Mouzakitis
    Image caption: Leonidis Mouzakitis
  13. Road to Rio

    Claire Cottingham

    Olympic rower Tom Ransley is not only a Bronze medalist, but he also gets two breakfasts in the morning!

    And it's all down to the small challenge of training for the Olympic games in Rio this summer.. 

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    Video caption: Road to Rio
  14. Top stories in Kent

    Claire Cottingham

    First-time buyers struggle, more calls for the expansion of Gatwick and disruption on the rails. I've got a look at your top stories today.

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    Video caption: 3 in 30
  15. Weather update

    Will today's rain let up?

    Here's the forecast with Kate Kinsella.

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    Video caption: Kate Kinsella with Monday's weather
  16. Delays continuing on Hastings line

    Problems expected until 13:00 BST.

  17. Pembury Road reopens

    The accident on the Pembury Road this morning has now been cleared.

  18. 'The franchise is failing'

    Labour has renewed its call for ministers to consider stripping Southern Railway of its franchise, ahead of another strike by guards tomorrow, in a dispute about changing their role.

    The company has been cancelling dozens of trains each day, blaming high levels of staff sickness.

    Shadow Transport Secretary Lillian Greenwood says the franchise is failing. 

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    Video caption: Shadow transport minister calls for Southern franchise to be reviewed
  19. More rail problems

    This time due to a signalling fault.