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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Tuesday 13 September

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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National League

Oli Hawkins extends his season's goal tally to eight as Dagenham and Redbridge see off Dover at Victoria Road.

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It's bye from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's all for our live coverage today, we'll be back with you from 06:00 BST tomorrow morning.

In the mean time, if you'd like to get in touch then you can find us on TwitterFacebook, or send us an email.

Have a lovely evening.

Shipwreck explored on the Goodwin Sands
Divers explore the wreck of a ship that set out from the Netherlands in 1740 but sank on the Goodwin Sands off Kent.
Flying Scotsman arrives sharply in focus for fan after eye operation
The Flying Scotsman on tour is a thrill for any steam enthusiast and for one fan it has been a particular joy.

The weather this week

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It was blazing sunshine across much of the South East today, but what will the rest of the week hold in store? Here's my report from Brighton beach:

Leaves on the line get zapped

A new treatment using microwaves to rid leaves from railway lines has been created.
A UK company has created a new type of treatment to remove the residue of leaves from railway lines. 

Mark Hester is co-founder of the Imagination Factory who have made the new technique. He told Radio 4's PM programme that new microwave technology could create a more efficient way to prevent trains from being cancelled.

(Photo: Leaves on a railway line Credit: Getty Images)

Angry MP: 'This is carnage'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay isn't happy with proposed boundary changes, which will see parts of Sandwich moved from his constituency to the seat of Dover.

'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

'You see all the structures looming up, the cannon and anchors'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

She was sailing for Indonesia but foundered off the coast of Kent.

Now archaeologists have been exploring the wreck of the Dutch treasure ship off the Goodwin Sands.

The derailed train

A train derails between Stevenage and London leading to delays and the cancellation of services.

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Train delay warning for tonight

Network Rail and Southeastern have sent out a joint warning over delayed trains due to earlier signalling problems:

“Passengers are asked to check before they travel tonight as their trains are likely to be diverted or delayed following earlier signalling problems between New Cross and London Bridge.

"Network Rail engineers identified a damaged cable as the cause of the problem and it has been fixed."

Tomorrow's weather - another scorcher!

This is how Wednesday is looking in Kent:

Weather chart

Entertainment round up

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Bake Off, country duo in Brighton and a stage adaption of a top film.

Here's our showbiz round-up.

Hottest day of the year

The Press Association has reported the hottest day of the year in the UK has been recorded in Gravesend - a scorching 34.4C.

#Breaking Today is officially the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office says

#Breaking Today is officially the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office says

Trust spent £100,000 on consultant in bid to save money


A cash-strapped hospital trust spent £100,000 for three months' work by a consultant whose role was advising on saving money. Read the KentOnline report here.

Doctor (generic)
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Rail Minister Paul Maynard on Southern rail
Rail Minister Paul Maynard tells passengers he is determined to resolve the issues on the troubled Southern network.

The sunshine is set to stay

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

The temperature is set to soar again this afternoon, here's my forecast. 

Police continue to investigate reported rape

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses in connection with a rape in Sittingbourne.

A woman reported being raped near a church in Sittingbourne High Street between 01:28 and 01.58 BST on Sunday 14 August.

Police believe there may be a number of witnesses who haven't spoken yet, and would like to speak to two men who were seen walking along the High Street at 01.30 BST near to where the incident took place.

They have also said they'd like to speak to a man who was seen walking out of a road opposite a carpet shop who spoke to the victim at a bus stop at around 02:00 BST.

Entertainment round up

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Bake Off concerns, country duo comes to the South East, and stage adaption of a top film in Canterbury. Here's our showbiz round up.  

'I may never feel this moment again'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

You can't blame Will Bayley for getting slightly excited after winning gold at the Paralympic games in Rio. 

The Groombridge Paralympian was so overjoyed he jumped on the table, which didn't please the umpire, who handed him a yellow card.

So how did Will react? By hugging her, of course...

It's going to be a scorcher

It could be the hottest September day in the UK for more than 50 years.  

We've been sent this lovely picture of Deal by Dean Spinks.

Please send us your hot weather pictures and videos today. Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.

Deal sunrise
Dean Spinks

Home education: The children going 'not back to school'

It's that time of year again when social media fills up with photographs of children wearing too-large new uniforms as they head off for the first day of school.

But what of those who are home educated? The hashtag #notbacktoschool has been gaining traction as parents post their first day pictures.

Here are some of the pupils - and teachers - who do their learning away from the formal classroom. Read the feature here.

Children on a bridge
Louise Alsford

BreakingSouthern restores more services

A full timetable of Southern services from Tonbridge to London is being reinstated from Monday 19 September, the company has announced.

Southern says more services will be added back in the coming weeks.

The temporary revised weekday timetable has been delivering a more consistent, reliable service. Now, as promised, we are steadily reintroducing trains and will continue to do so until the entire timetable is back in place.”

Alex FouldsPassenger Services Director, Southern

'It was a huge relief I had achieved my dream'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The South East's first Paralympic Gold medal winner at the Rio Games, Will Bayley, says he's "achieved the impossible dream".

The 28-year-old from Groombridge beat Brazilian favourite Israel Pereira Stroh 3-1 in the Class 7 table tennis final.

Traffic update

BBC Travel

There are no major incidents, but plenty of congestion on roads across the county this morning.

For more details on the roads near you, head to the BBC Travel website.

Traffic map

'I don't want to be here explaining why someone lost their life'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

People could die unless there are urgent improvements to the Dartford Crossing - those were the words of the MP for the area, Gareth Johnson. 

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

Consultant paid £100k to find ways of saving money

Kent Messenger

A cash-strapped hospital trust spent £100,000 for three months' work by a consultant whose role was advising on saving money.  

Read the full story here.

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.

This morning's top Kent local newspaper and website stories

Kent Online: Hairdresser left in wheelchair after tripping on pavement in Dymchurch.

Kent News: Leading industry giants speak at major tourism conference next week.

Kent and Sussex Courier: People noticed a stunning yacht off the Margate coast and it belongs to a Russian billionaire.

Pile of newspapers

What does the MP boundary review mean for the South East?

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

The Boundary Review is a bit like a game of electoral musical chairs and this time it's Mid Kent and Faversham's Helen Whately who's left, quite literally, without a seat.

While the Conservatives will see their majorities shored up by the changes in many constituencies, losing this one will be a blow as it's one they can usually rely on winning.

Caroline Lucas

Big changes in Thanet won't work in their favour either. South Thanet, which Craig Mackinlay won by a whisker in 2015, is set to become the new constituency of Thanet East.

It'll lose Tory-leaning Sandwich (to neighbouring Dover) and gain Margate, which comes with a much higher level of support for Labour and UKIP.

The Liberal Democrats though may well be eyeing up Maidstone, now without the Weald, as well as the newly created Brighton East and Newhaven.

Craig Mackinlay
Craig Mackinlay

And what of the country's only Green MP, Caroline Lucas? Well, Woodingdean is being joined to much of her existing constituency of Brighton Pavilion to become Brighton North. She'll also inherit the heavily Labour area of Moulsecoomb, both of which could make a Green win there in 2020 that bit harder.

The thing about these proposals though is that they are just that: proposals. There'll be plenty of scope for them to change and, since they'll need to pass a vote of MPs, it's fairly likely they will.

Helen Whately
Helen Whately

Rail Minister 'determined to resolve' Southern issues

Rail Minister Paul Maynard was speaking at an adjournment debate in the House of Commons last night about the Govia Thameslink rail service.

The government recently announced a £20m fund and a new review board in a bid to improve Southern rail services and "get to grips" with problems on its network.

Top headlines in Kent

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Compensation for Southern rail passengers, woman jailed for dangerous driving and gold for Will Bayley. 

Here are your morning headlines.   

Man charged over Halstead boiling water burglary

A third man has been charged after a burglary in which a couple were beaten and doused in boiling water.

The man and woman, aged in their 60s, suffered severe scalding during the burglary in their home in London Road, Halstead, on 26 April.

Read the story here.

Halstead street sign

Lots of sunshine today

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

And temperatures could reach 30C.

Here's your forecast.

What happened #onthisday?

Concerns over A&E, looked-after children in Thanet and the third rail's staying - here's #onthisday

Good morning from Kent Live

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

We'll be here until 22:00 BST with all the news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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

Thanks to David Townsend, who sent us this great picture of Botany Bay in Broadstairs - it's our #photooftheday

Botany Bay in Broadstairs
David Townsend