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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Monday 12 September

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from Kent Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, with all Kent's news, travel, weather and sport.

Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email

Naveen Rabelli in Dover

An engineer arrives in the UK in his solar-powered tuk-tuk seven months after setting off from India on a 6,200 mile (9,978 km) journey.

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Fundraising plea over Saint murals

A fundraising campaign is underway to help save a series of unique murals of the patron saint of Folkestone, St Eanswythe. 

In the 1880's a casket thought to contain her remains was found hidden in a wall at the Church of St Mary and St Eanswythe, where the murals were painted.

'People are going to die'

People are "going to die" unless there are urgent improvements to the Dartford Crossing, the area's MP Gareth Johnson has said.

He was speaking out after a power cut on Sunday night led to thousands of people becoming stuck in the northbound tunnels for four hours.

Mini-heatwave on the way!

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's looking good for the next few days! Here's my forecast.

On this day - one, three and five years ago

Violent protest in Dover, a discount for Dartford drivers and obesity in North Kent - here's #onthisday  

Dartford Crossing: Highways England apologises

Highways England is apologising to drivers after the northbound Dartford Crossing was closed for more than four hours.

It was caused by a problem with the warning system which tells oversized vehicles if they're in the wrong lane.

The tunnel eventually reopened around 22:30 BST.

Pauline Camplin

A coach driver is jailed for four years after causing the deaths of a motorist and her passenger in a crash.

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Newspaper round-up

Stack of newspapers

Kent Online: Man slammed door of camper van on partner's head.

Kent News: Fresh fears have been voiced over the safety and function of the Dartford Crossing, following hours of traffic chaos last night.

Kent and Sussex Courier: A "poorly" young seal has been washed up onto the beach at Westgate this morning.

Reaction to resignation of David Cameron

BBC South East Today's political editor has tweeted about former PM David Cameron's resignation and what he previously told her... 

What David Cameron told me just before last year's general election…

Paralympics: Gold for Will!

Groombridge's Will Bayley has won gold in the class seven table tennis at Rio, beating Pereira Stroh from the host nation, three games to one.

Will Bayley

Paralympics update: Will Bayley

Groombridge's Will Bayley has won the first game in the men's singles class seven table tennis final, against Brazil's Pereira Stroh.

Will Bayley

BBC Radio Kent hire new presenter...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Obviously we're joking - dogs can't talk human. 

Albie, owned by Natalie Lucas - our paper reviewer today, couldn't resit making himself at home in the studio today...listen back to the show here


Canterbury fraud: do you recognise this man?

Police investigating a report of a fraud in Canterbury have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak with.

Fraud suspect
Kent Police

Staff at a bank in Rose Lane say one of their elderly customers came in on the morning of Saturday 3 September accompanied by an unknown male, and tried to withdraw cash. 

The man claimed he was her grandson and that the money was for building work, but when staff became suspicious of his intentions and asked security questions he left the bank.

Warm afternoon, with sunshine tomorrow

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

The summer is back (sort of...) 

We're looking at some very warm temperatures over the next few days - here's my forecast.

Seal rescue on Westbrook beach

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A seal has been rescued on Margate beach after being found injured on the sand. 

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'We need to build to keep up'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Plans for a boy's grammar school annexe in Sevenoaks have been revealed by the leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter.  

It will be built at the Weald of Kent school, where construction work has recently began on a new girls' annexe. 

Kent County Council says if the government doesn't give the proposals the go ahead the area will be used for an adult education centre.

MPs set to hear grammar school plans

Plans to re-introduce grammar schools in England will be presented in the House of Commons later.

PM Theresa May has announced she wants schools to be given the right to apply to select pupils by ability, as well as allowing grammar schools to expand.

MPs will question Education Secretary Justine Greening about the plans with several high profile Tory backbenchers having already voiced their opposition. Read the story here.

Justine Greening

Kent player guaranteed medal in Rio

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Will Bayley from Tunbridge Wells is guaranteed a medal after winning his semi-final in the class 7 table tennis. 

The 28-year-old beat Jordi Morales Garcia of Spain 3-1, but faces home favourite Israel Pereira Stroh for gold later today.

Will Bayley
Getty Images

A glorious start to the week

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

It's warm and sunny out there for the start of the working week. Here's my forecast.  

This morning's headlines

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Train delays, a remembrance service for animals that died at the Port of Ramsgate, and gridlock on the M25.

I've taken a look at the headlines in Kent.

Firearms officers make Canterbury arrest

Firearms officers, search dogs, and a police helicopter were deployed in Canterbury last night, following reports that a man was seen carrying a handgun in Green House Lane.

Officers arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm. He remains in custody.

Grammar schools: MPs to hear plans

Plans to re-introduce grammar schools in England, and expand those that already exist will be presented in the House of Commons later.

MPs will question Education Secretary Justine Greening about the plans with several high profile Tory backbenchers having already voiced their opposition.

Read the full story here.

A grammar school building
Getty Images

Train crash driver praised

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The driver of a miniature steam train that collided with a tractor in Kent has been described as a "hero". 

He threw himself out of an overturning carriage on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway to help other passengers escape.

Leanne Rinne reports.

Traffic update

BBC Travel

There's some minor disruption in places this morning, but so far Kent's roads seem mostly clear.

For regular traffic updates, head to the BBC Travel website.

Commuting costs

Commuters from Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells are paying for some of the most expensive season tickets in the country, a BBC investigation has found.

Campaigners for better railways said people were "astonished" so much of their income was going on travel.

You can read the story here.

We're also running a special BBC Rail page with updates from across the South East rail network, you can find it here.

Commuters getting onto train

What was happening on this day?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Violent protest in Dover, a discount for Dartford drivers and obesity in North Kent - here's #onthisday

Happy Monday

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

We'll be bringing you the latest news, weather, travel and sport updates up to 22:00 BST.

Here's a picture which should brighten up your day a little bit - it's a stunning photo of Ramsgate by Brian Whitehead. It's our #photooftheday.

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Ramsgate beach
Brian Whitehead