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  1. Updates on Friday 23 September

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  1. Have a great weekend

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from your Sussex Live team for another busy week. Have a great weekend.

    We're back bright and early at 06:00 BST on Monday.

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

  2. Elephants by the trunk road?

    Amanda Akass

    BBC South East reporter

    So why has the village of Chilham suddenly become overrun with elephants?

    I was live tonight to find out more.

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    Video caption: Elephants in Chilham
  3. 'We've seen a surge of inbound tourism'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent's top tourist attractions have seen an increase in visitors of nearly a fifth compared to last summer.

    But what effect has the Brexit vote had?

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    Video caption: Tourism up in Kent
  4. Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Perth

    Sam Northeast

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport in Perth

    Sam Northeast makes 178 not out as Kent bat out a draw against Division Two champions Essex at Canterbury.

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  5. The weekend weather

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Will the sun shine on Saturday and Sunday? Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: The weather with Rachel Mackley
  6. Kent foster care: 'I don't think the government is giving all the help it should'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    An independent review has found that Kent County Council's foster care system is in crisis, and is struggling to cope with demand.

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    Video caption: Doctor Ray Jones, fostering expert
  7. Are these people responsible for the Chilham elephants?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    We've been sent this CCTV which was taken in Chilham in the early hours.

    Are these people responsible for placing hundreds of tiny china elephants around the village?

    Video from the Woolpack Inn.

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    Video caption: CCTV in elephants mystery
  8. No police action after mayor filmed 'snorting substance in toilet'

    No criminal action will be taken against a town mayor who was filmed apparently snorting a substance inside a toilet cubicle.

    Kent Police have informed councillor Neil Rix that no offences have been confirmed after officers looked into the footage of him posted online.

    The clip showed Mr Rix telling a man to close a toilet cubicle door behind him, and adding: "Don't let anyone come... shut that door."

    Mayor Neil Rix

    The footage led Mr Rix to refer himself to the district council's monitoring officer for a possible breach of the code of conduct. Now it has emerged that no police action will be taken against him.   

    Mr Rix spoke of his relief police have ruled out taking the matter further. And he insisted he had been the victim of a blackmail plot and coerced when the incident was filmed around six years ago.

    He said: "At the end of the day, I was being blackmailed over it and it was a long, long time ago. It was before I was mayor or deputy mayor or anything else.

    Neil Rix

    "Just a few seconds of madness after being coerced into something... I'm glad it's over. It's a weight off my shoulders, to be honest."

    Mr Rix said he intended to give a statement to police about the alleged blackmail. And he added that he now wanted to concentrate on his mayoral duties.

    He said: "I have got a lot going on, I'm a very busy mayor. I have had a lot of support from everyone around me and everyone who knows me."

  9. Golf: Ford finishes on -1

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Bearsted's Matt Ford finished on -1 after 1st round of 70 at the Porsche European Open in Germany.

    Ford tees off in the 2nd round at 15:20 BST.  

    Matt Ford
  10. Wrong way on motorway crash: 'Sentence was not enough'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A Dover couple want tougher penalties for dangerous drivers, after nearly being killed on the M20 near Hythe.

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    Video caption: Horror smash after car drives wrong way on M20
  11. Part of M2 roundabout shut

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Part of the Taddington roundabout is closed on the M2, J3 due to the recovery of a fire engine.

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  12. Mystery as hundreds of china elephants appear in village

    Residents in Chilham woke up with a shock this morning - after discovering hundreds of tiny china elephants dotted around the village.

    Peter Bowler, manager of the Woolpack Inn, says they have CCTV showing someone dropping a bag off - then an hour later people placing the tiny figures around the village, which is near Canterbury.

    But who did it? And why? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.

    Tiny china elephants appear in village
    Tiny china elephants appear in village
    Tiny china elephants appear in village
  13. Smashing time with Robot Wars

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Robot Wars is coming to Chatham this weekend.

    Ahead of that, BBC Radio Kent's robot Sir Wince-a-lot met up with house robot Major Damage.

    It wasn't a happy meeting for Sir Wince-a-lot...

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    Video caption: Robot Wars comes to Kent
  14. 'Show them it doesn't go unnoticed'

    #BBCUnsungHero

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    Video caption: Double Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock has got behind the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero campaign

    Find out how you can nominate your Unsung Hero here.