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  2. Updates from Tuesday 23 August

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  1. Good night

    Bob Dale

    That's all from us for tonight, we'll be back with you tomorrow morning from 0600 BST.

    In the mean time, you can get in touch by tweetingemailing, or sending us a message on Facebook.  

  2. 'I really enjoyed giving birth'

    Stuart Maisner

    The number of pregnant women using hypnobirthing, a combination of self-hypnosis and controlled breathing, at the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford has risen dramatically.

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    Video caption: Hypnobirthing mum
  3. BreakingArmed police stop taxi

    A taxi has been stopped by armed police on the A2 London-bound near the Ebbsfleet turnoff. More to come soon.

  4. Heatwave to continue

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    A heatwave warning has been issued for Kent for the rest of the week.

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    Video caption: Weather
  5. Lorry hits railway bridge

    Kent and Sussex Courier

    A busy road in Tunbridge Wells is currently blocked in both directions, due to a vehicle striking a bridge, the Kent and Sussex Courier reports.

  6. Calais Jungle: 'Close camp to stop trafficking'

    The 'Jungle' camp in northern Calais should be closed down, according to Dover MP Charlie Elphicke. 

    He says it's become a magnet for people traffickers trying to smuggle the vulnerable into the South East. 

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    Video caption: Calais Elphicke
  7. Hypnobirthing: 'It may sound airy fairy, but I believe it'

    Stuart Maisner

    The number of mothers-to-be signing up for hypnobirthing at the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford has doubled year-on-year.

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    Video caption: Hypnobirthing in Dartford
  8. Money launderer jailed

    A lorry driver caught smuggling more than £205,000 in cash out of the UK in a plastic bin bag has been jailed for three years, after an HM Revenue and Customs investigation.

    A bag of money that was almost smuggled out of the UK

    Milos Dukic, from Slovenia, was stopped by Border Force officers at the Port of Dover as he attempted to board a ferry to Calais in February 2016.  

    Investigators found that the cash smuggled by Dukic was from an illegal tobacco scam.

    Dukic pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on 30 June 2016 to one count of money laundering by concealing criminal property. He was sentenced today.

    Milos Dukic
  9. Should prisoners work on farms?

    Stuart Maisner

    Staff shortages on Kent's farms could be solved by putting prisoners to work, according to a Kent-based recruitment expert. 

    He's written to local prisons to suggest that inmates coming to their end of their sentences could be put forward for work placements.What do you think? Send us an email and let us know. 

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    Video caption: Prisoners working on farms
  10. Breaking#Southernstrike: GTR responds

    Responding to the news that another 48 hour strike is planned by the RMT union, Southern Rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway has just released a statement.

    Quote Message: Passengers and staff will once again be appalled by the RMT's decision to hold yet another strike. We are moving forward with our plans for the benefit of customers after nine months of fruitless attempts to reach an agreement. Claims that safety is at risk are just untrue. The independent rail safety body has said so, and nearly half our trains run without conductors already." from Alex Foulds Passenger Service Director, Southern Rail
    Alex FouldsPassenger Service Director, Southern Rail
  11. Gills v Watford

    Claire Cottingham

    Local Live reporter

    Gillingham travel to Watford tonight, in the second round of the EFL Cup

    They've not progressed to the third round since 2005-06, beating Portsmouth 3-2 at Priestfield - which was also the last time they beat Premier League opposition in the competition.

    Full commentary will be available on BBC Radio Kent, play begins at 1945 BST.

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  12. BreakingAnother Southern strike

    The RMT union has just announced another round of strikes, due to a dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway over the role of guards.

    Union members will walk out for 48 hours on Wednesday 7 September.

    Quote Message: Our fight is with the company and the Government who have dragged this franchise into total meltdown. We share the anger and frustration of passengers and we cannot sit back while jobs and safety are compromised on these dangerously overcrowded trains." from Mick Cash General Secretary, RMT
    Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT
  13. 'All we want to know is if we inspired a generation'

    Claire Cottingham

    Local Live reporter

    Great Britain's record-breaking Olympics team arrived back from Rio to jubilant scenes when they landed in Heathrow earlier today - and before she even got off the plane, Chatham trampolinist Kat Driscoll spoke to us. 

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    Video caption: Chatham's Kat Driscoll
  14. Heatwave alert for Kent

    Stuart Maisner

    Public Health England has issued a heatwave alert for Kent. The extreme weather is expected to last until Friday.

  15. 'He was a loved pet and we are devastated'

    Claire Cottingham

    Local Live reporter

    A cat owner from Kent says she's absolutely distraught after her pet went missing and was put down after being handed in to the RSPCA but before she had been able to arrange to collect him. 

    Sandra Hall says she contacted the charity eight times after her cat Kitty was handed in, but by the time someone called her back he had been put to sleep. The RSPCA says the cat's microchip details hadn't been updated and two vets decided that the animal was unwell and it was the right decision.  

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    Video caption: Cat owner upset after her cat is put down by RSPCA
  16. Entertainment news

    Stuart Maisner

    Big Brother eviction, cars and cats on stage, and Bake Off's back. Here's our showbiz bulletin.   

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    Video caption: Showbiz bulletin