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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 12 October 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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Passengers on platform

The first face-to-face talks between the bosses of Southern trains and the RMT union in a bid to avert further strike action break down.

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Goodnight 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.

The Big Grammar Debate

Do we need more grammar schools? Here's your chance to join the #grammardebate.

Grammar school promo
BBC

'If there is no on-board supervisor...we will run that train'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The boss of the company which operates Southern explains why talks to end the dispute broke down - a disagreement with the RMT Union, over the exact role the new 'on-board supervisors' will play.

'We were there to sprinkle a bit of magic dust'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

One of the biggest bands of the 80s, ABC, are back on the road and coming later this month to both Brighton and Canterbury. 

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - M25 lane closed on exit slip road to one clockwise at J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle.

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What's in a name? That which we call...

On Sunday the BBC asked you to name Port Lympne Reserve's newest arrival. We received thousands of suggestions, but we can officially announce this little guy is now called...

This evening's top local newspaper stories

Pile of newspapers
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Kent Online: People were left shocked when bulldozers rolled up to a loved community pub and began an unauthorised demolition.

Kent News: Motorists travelling from Kent to Essex are advised to allow extra time after a car broke down earlier this afternoon.

Kent and Sussex Courier: Police have coned off an area of Rusthall Common this afternoon as they investigate a reported rape.

Thugs set off firework tied to cat in Sittingbourne

KentOnline

A cat is lucky to be alive after thugs reportedly strapped a firework to its body and set it off. Read more from KentOnline here.

Injured cat
KentOnline

On this day

Concerns over Calais refugees, call for ban on legal highs and a determined teenage chef - here's what happened #onthisday one, three and five years ago.

Questions over future of Dickens World

There are questions tonight about the future of Dickens World in Chatham - nine years after it first opened to the public.

Carol Stewart, from the Medway African & Caribbean Association, says she had an event for 200 people booked at the venue for Friday.

But she says she received a call from a worker at the venue saying that all events for the rest of the year had been cancelled. Ms Stewart said she was "very shocked and saddened."

Dickens World in Chatham
BBC

Dickens World cost more than £60m to build.

But in 2013 ticket prices were slashed by more than half. 

There has not yet been any official statement from Dickens World.

It's going to be a chilly start!

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Thursday morning will start cold. Here's my forecast.

'They can communicate better, they become an extended member of the family'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A Kent company is pioneering a unique approach to the care of older people.

Rob's balloon dog...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

BBC South East presenter Rob Smith's been learning a new skill while out covering a story - check out the video.

It's the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on Friday and to mark the occasion a sculpture's been built using 10,000 balloons.

You can see the full story on South East Today, tonight at 18:30 BST on BBC One.

England win (with help from Kent's Sam Billings)

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Sam Billings
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England have beaten Bangladesh by four wickets, in the deciding one-day international in Chittagong, reaching their target of 278 with two overs to spare.

They were set on their way by Kent's Sam Billings, opening for the first time in a ODI, and hitting 62.

Lily Allen

Singer attacked online for apologising to 13-year-old refugee during visit to migrant camp in France.

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Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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Disruption on the M25

BBC Travel

There's disruption on the M25 this evening. For more detailed information visit here.

Travel map
BBC

Southern strike: 'It has affected how we conduct our business'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Many businesses have had to amend the way they work due to the protracted Southern strike action. 

Entertainment round up

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Pop stars support a mental health campaign, a top film comes to the stage and an eighties comeback. Here's our showbiz South East bulletin.  

Lily Allen: "This is a real situation, it is happening closer to us than Glasgow"
Lily Allen says that she would "of course" take a displaced child migrant into her own home after visiting the "jungle" migrant camp in Calais.

Sam's gone!

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A wonderful innings from Kent's Sam Billings is over.

Opening a one-day international for the first time, he hit 62, caught off the bowling of Mossadek Hossain.

He's set England on their way, as they chase Bangladesh's total of 277 in the third and deciding one-day international.

Sam Billings bats for England
AFP

Art fans flock to the coast

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Turner Contemporary in Margate says its visitor numbers are up by 10% on this time last year.

The attraction says 5,000 people came through the doors last weekend, the opening of its latest exhibitions, which include JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour.

The year-long display brings together more than 100 oils and watercolours by Turner.

Turner Contemporary, Margate
BBC

Fifty up for Sam!

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Kent's Sam Billings hits his first one-day international half-century, as he opens for England in the third and deciding one-day match against Bangladesh.

England are chasing are target of 278.

Sam Billings opens the batting for England in a one-day international
Reuters

Sunshine and showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's a bit of a mixed bag of weather to come this afternoon. Here's my forecast.

The Big Grammar Debate

Do we need more grammar schools? Here's your chance to join the #grammardebate.

Grammar graphic
BBC

'I can't say I'm surprised that talks have broken down'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There's been angry reaction from passenger groups to the news that the latest talks between the bosses of Southern trains and the RMT union to avert further strike action have broken down.  

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J1A for A206 affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise at J1a, A206 (Erith), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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'There were two in the toilet...next thing I knew, one jumped down from the bunk'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A British motorist describes the moment he realised migrants had stowed away in his camper van, as he travelled from Calais to Dover.   

Lily Allen to refugees: 'I apologise on behalf of my country'
Singer Lily Allen has apologised "on behalf of my country" after visiting a refugee camp in Calais.
Church Road in Tunbridge Wells

A woman is raped in woodland after leaving a bar and accepting a lift from a man in Tunbridge Wells, police say.

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Dozens of 'clown-related' incidents reported in Kent in recent days

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police say there have been 59 "clown-related" incidents reported over the past few days. 

The force is urging the public to act responsibly following the growing worldwide trend of people dressing up as clowns and intimidating or causing fear to others. 

A clown
PA

One man, aged 23 from Sittingbourne, has been arrested for a public order offence. 

Fancy a chat and run?

Women running and talking
England Athletics

In the week of World Mental Health Day, England Athletics and the charity Mind are encouraging people to #runandtalk to improve their mental wellbeing.  

People are being urged to run one mile or further and to chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners.

Find out more about the event and how you can get involved here.

You can find out more about getting into running with our special guide.

BreakingSouthern talks break down

Talks aimed at resolving a dispute over the role of guards on Southern Railway have broken down without agreement, the RMT union has said.

What's in a name? That which we call...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

On Sunday the BBC asked you to name Port Lympne Reserve's newest arrival. We received thousands of suggestions, but we can officially announce this little guy is now called...

'I was lost. I didn't know who to turn to'

More than 700 people in Kent and Sussex were diagnosed with brain tumours in 2014 - a 40% increase in three years.

This teenager from Sheppey was diagnosed with a tumour on the spinal nerve in her neck when she was 15.

BreakingBillings to open for England

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Sam Billings
Getty Images

Team sheet suggests Kent batsman Sam Billings will open the batting for England in the deciding One Day International against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

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Southern talks: They have to find a way to 'climb down without losing face'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Talks take place later between the company that runs Southern and the RMT union to try to avert further strike action. 

'What could these two men offer each other?' - analysis from our political reporter

Jack Fiehn

Political reporter

The talks are the first time the two individuals at the top of both the union and Southern have negotiated directly with each other.

The CEO of Govia Thameslink says he hopes they can shake hands on a deal.

RMT picket line
BBC

Meanwhile the General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Cash, says this is a "golden opportunity" for a breakthrough.

So is this a glimmer of hope for long-suffering commuters, caught in the middle of this bitter dispute?

Brighton station
BBC

Talks have been going on for months and so far nothing has been resolved.

The question is what exactly could these two men offer each other to break the deadlock?

Rogue trader warning for East Kent

People in Deal and Dover are being warned about rogue traders after two reports in the area.

A man knocked on a door in James Hall Gardens, Deal, claiming to sell pet food, while another man called at a house in Adrian Street, Dover, saying he was ex-forces and asking the homeowner for support in completing a course.

Kent Police are appealing for information.