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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 July 2016

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  1. That's it from the live team today

    Claire Cottingham

    We're off for the evening, but thank you very much for joining us throughout the day.

    If you see a story we should be covering make sure you get in touch with us. You can tweetfacebook or email us.

    We're back from 09:00 BST tomorrow - see you then.

  2. This building collapsed quicker than ‪‎England‬'s ‪Euro 2016‬ hopes...

    A coal bunker at Kingsnorth Power Station in Hoo has been detonated in a controlled explosion. 

    The 5,000 tonne building used to grind down coal. It was demolished (and filmed) by Uniper UK.

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    Video caption: Building explosion filmed by Uniper UK
  3. UK in store for second ever female prime minister

    Michael Gove has been eliminated from the #ToryLeadership contest after second ballot of Conservative MPs.

    Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom will battle it out to become the next leader of the Conservative Party.

    Conservative MP for Dover and Deal Charlie Elphicke called it a "decisive" result. 

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  4. Escape to the County...(of Kent)

    Claire Cottingham

    Police have launched an air and ground search for a lynx wild cat which has escaped from a zoo in Dartmoor.

    Flaviu arrived at the zoo on Wednesday night from Port Lympne in Kent and was settled into his new house at 19:30 BST.

    But it seemed the lynx preferred Kent as it made its great escape by digging out of its enclosure.

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    Image caption: The Carparthian or Eurasian lynx was once common throughout Europe
  5. James Tredwell and Sam Northeast stand cannot stop Essex win

    Claire Cottingham

    James Tredwell and Sam Northeast's huge stand was not enough to stop Essex from securing victory as they moved above Kent to go top of Division Two.

    Read the full story here

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    Image caption: James Tredwell's previous career-best score was 123 against New Zealand in 2008
  6. 'Sandhurst in the sand'

    Mark Norman

    BBC South East Correspondent

    As soldiers from the Folkestone based 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles continue their tour of Kabul, the Prime Minister has praised the work of British troops involved in post-conflict duties in Afghanistan.

    David Cameron highlighted the role of the UK-run officer training academy that's working to strengthen the Afghan Army. 

    I've been given exclusive access to the battalion's work and the academy itself which is known as "Sandhurst in the sand"...

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    Video caption: Kabul
  7. Hayfever warning in Kent

    Claire Cottingham

    Achooo! Very high #pollen levels in southern England today - get your antihistamine at the ready. 

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    Image caption: High levels of pollen in Kent
  8. Scottish Wildcat kittens spotted in Kent...

    Claire Cottingham

    Unfortunately they're not for sale, but three extremely rare Scottish Wildcat kittens have made their first appearance at Wildwood, near Herne Bay. 

    Oban (male), Fearn and Rhu (both female) are now 11-weeks-old but haven't been on show to visitors until all their vaccinations had been completed. 

    It's believed just 100 of these adorable fluffballs remain, according to the Wildwood Trust.   

    Three Scottish Wildcat kittens
    Image caption: These Scottish Wildcat kittens are making their home in Kent
  9. 170th Gravesend Regatta

    Claire Cottingham

    Preparations are under way for one of Kent's most historic riverside celebrations this weekend. The 170th Gravesend Regatta and a Kent charity are taking the opportunity to team up with skilled boat builders to help men with mental health problems. Watch our report:

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    Video caption: 170th Gravesend Regatta Preparations underway
  10. Lorry driver fears in Calais

    This time last year, car and lorry drivers were telling BBC Radio Kent they feared for their safety driving in northern France, as migrants were trying to break into their vehicles. 

    One year on Matt Davison went back to Calais and while carrying out interviews with Howard Cox, co-founder of Fair Fuel UK, came across this lorry:

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    Video caption: Lorry back slashed
  11. Gillingham’s new signing is...

    Maidstone-born Scott Wagstaff, who's signed a two-year contract at the club.

    He’s spent the last three seasons at Bristol City.

    Scott said: "I think one of the first matches I went to was watching the Gills against Chelsea as a kid, and I’ve got a lot of friends and family this way which adds to my excitement about joining.”

    Scott Wagstaff in action for Bristol City
    Image caption: Scott Wagstaff has signed a two year contract at Gillingham
  12. Who's Gillingham's new signing?

    The club says that all will be revealed at 14:30 BST.

  13. Your afternoon forecast

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather

    It's been a cloudy but mild day for most of us so far. Here are the details about what's expected this afternoon.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini
  14. On this day

    A death in the Channel Tunnel, controversial care home closure and 7/7 victims remembered - #onthisday

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    Video caption: On this day
  15. Villagers considering legal challenge to lorry park

    People in Stanford are considering a legal challenge to a £250m lorry park.

    The site of the park, which will end the need for Operation Stack when cross Channel traffic is disrupted, was announced this week.

    BBC South East Today's environment correspondent Yvette Austin has this report.

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    Video caption: The location of a lorry park is announced
  16. My grandfather was Albert Steptoe!

    On yesterday's BBC Radio Kent afternoon show, Pat and Erika asked you to call with one surprising fact about your family.

    Danny, driving down to Romney Marsh, phoned in with an amazing story about his rag and bone man grandfather.

    Pat and Erika will be back on air from midday.

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    Video caption: A caller to Pat & Erika
  17. Your top stories this morning

    Claire Cottingham

    A child abuse prevention scheme, Surrey Police "still has work to do" says mother of killed teenager and commuters have their say. Here's today's top headlines. 

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    Video caption: 3 in 30 with Claire Cottingham
  18. Military dogs in Kabul cool down

    Mark Norman

    BBC South East Correspondent

    I'm in Kabul, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles from Folkestone. 

    These military dogs have had a paddle to help them cool down in the 32 degree heat.

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    Video caption: Military dogs