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  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from us

Thanks for joining us today - Bob Dale will be back tomorrow morning at 09:00 BST with the latest news in the county.

Of course you can get in touch with us - you can tweetFacebook or email us.

Have a nice evening. 

Bunsen burners, lab coats, goggles...and snakes?

Eight-thousand students from all over Kent and Sussex have been taking part in the "Big Bang Festival" at the South of England Showground in the West Sussex village of Ardingly.

And it looks like our reporter Bryony MacKenzie is really enjoying herself...

"You should hold the snake for your report". #tbb_southeast. #Science #schools #ihatesnakes #delete @bbcsoutheast

"You should hold the snake for your report". #tbb_southeast. #Science #schools #ihatesnakes #delete @bbcsoutheast

Watch BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST to find out more.

Kent family of Somme survivor tell his story

It's the 100th anniversary of one of the most famous battles of all time - The Somme. One of the first into action was 18-year-old Lieutenant Frank Thornely, who survived. 

Lieutenant Frank Thornely

BBC South East Today's Robin Gibson has been to meet his daughter and grandson who live in Kent.  

Derby v Kent match drawn

Kent grab 10 points and go top of Division Two in the County Championship. 

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Rolling Stones' Keith Richards on growing up in Dartford

Stuart Maisner

The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is to explore his formative years in Dartford in a BBC documentary.

"Keith Richards - The Origin Of The Species" will look at the guitarist's pre-Stones life as part of BBC Two's My Generation season.

Keith Richards
Keith Richards was a founding member of the Rolling Stones

The 72-year-old will also "hand-pick" two nights of films and live performances on BBC Four.

Keith Richards' Lost Weekend will run in September and feature an interview with the Rolling Stone each night, in which he will explain his selections. Read more details here.

Midfielder signs new two-year contract

Gillingham Midfielder Josh Wright has signed a new contract at Priestfield that'll see him at the club until the summer of 2018. 

The 26-year-old made 44 appearances across all competitions for the Gills last season and also captained the side on a handful of occasions. 

BREAKING NEWS: “There was only one place I wanted to be playing football next season." - @Joshwright4.

BREAKING NEWS: “There was only one place I wanted to be playing football next season." - @Joshwright4.

Flooding: Medieval manor house remains closed

Kent and Sussex Courier

Ightham Mote remains closed following the flash floods in Sevenoaks over the weekend. The Kent and Sussex Courier has this report.

Flooding at Ightham Mote
Kent and Sussex Courier
The house at Ightham Mote has been closed since the weekend's flooding

Matthew Green return: 'Too much red tape'

The parents of a man who disappeared six years ago and was eventually found in Spain have said there needs to be a change in the way authorities deal with missing people. 

Green parents' complaints

Matthew Green, who is from Sittingbourne, is now back in the UK and being treated in a psychiatric hospital.

Southern Rail 'compensation'

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron said there'll be extra compensation for passengers caught up in the dispute between Southern Rail and the RMT.

Jeremy Quin asks PM about performance of Southern Trains

A wet and breezy afternoon

Kate Kinsella

Bring a strong brolly with you this afternoon - it's going to be wet and windy. Here's your weather for the afternoon. 

Weather with Kate Kinsella

South East showbiz round-up

Stuart Maisner

Game Of Thrones latest, a Beatles musical and big names coming to a jazz festival. Here's our South East entertainment round-up. 

showbiz bulletin

Family 'devastated' over prosecution decision


The family of murdered Carl Davies have said they were devastated by a decision not to prosecute two of the three men charged with his killing. Read the KentOnline interview here.

Picture of parents
Andy and Maria Davies' son Carl was murdered on the French island Reunion

What's the weather like this afternoon?

Rain continues in Kent this afternoon - take a closer look at the forecast here.

Weather map

South East sports round-up

David Kifford

Rio Olympic qualification and Wimbledon latest. Here's our round-up of this week's South East sports news.

Sport round up

Four teens charged over alleyway assault

Four 17-year-old boys have been charged with attacking two men in an alleyway in Sheerness.

Kent Police were called to the High Street at 12:44 BST on Saturday 28 May, where one victim, who was in his 20s, had suffered severe facial injuries while the other, who was in his 50s, was not seriously hurt.

All four teens were charged with assault and grievous bodily harm.

Two of the four have been remanded in custody and two released on bail before their appearance at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5 July.

Did he hit it?

Kent's overseas signing Tom Latham survived this huge appeal last night. Question - is he out? Unsurprisingly Derbyshire seem to think so...

Kent 45-1, trailing by 150. You can listen to full commentary of Day Four here.

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@CountyChamp Looks out to us... 🤔 #KENvDER

Battle of the Somme anniversary

Friday will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme - the bloodiest engagement of World War One which left more than 19,000 British soldiers dead on the first day. Because of that calamity the diversionary attack before has been all but forgotten - but not in the South East. 


Making school science fun

Science students from Kent have headed to Ardingly in Sussex for the Big Bang Fair South East.

Our reporter Bryony MacKenzie will be there all day...

8000 students finding out about STEM at #BIGBANG fair. @bbcsoutheast

8000 students finding out about STEM at #BIGBANG fair. @bbcsoutheast

The roads this morning

Kent's roads are running smoothly this morning. For more detailed information visit here.

Travel map

This morning's top stories

Stuart Maisner

Dog attacks, migrants crossing the Channel and restoration at a historic house. Here's Stuart Maisner with this morning's #3in30  

This morning's top stories

Weather: dry start, rain by afternoon

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Good morning, here's your Kent weather forecast. 

Enjoy your day. Rachel

Kent's weather with Rachel Mackley

On this Day...

Dartford crossing charges, Brighton Pier for sale  and a smuggler sentenced - here's this morning's #OnThisDay.


Good morning

Hello from the team in Kent, we're here until 17:00 BST with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

We start the morning with a picture of a robin enjoying the warm sun between the clouds at St Peters, Broadstairs. Thanks Peter Selwood for this one - it's our #photooftheday. 

If you see something we should be talking about, you can tweetFacebook or email us throughout the day.

Robin on wall
A robin in Broadstairs