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  1. Updates on Thursday 13 October 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye for now

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for today. 

    We'll be back with you from 06:00 BST tomorrow morning on what's the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

    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.

  2. 'It's just an inspirational place'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    What is it about Rye and the surrounding landscape that continues to attract writers? 

    Writer Damian Barr investigates the literary links to this South East ancient town in a special documentary, "Books that Made Britain - The Writers of Rye", this Sunday at 15:45 BST on BBC One.  

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    Video caption: Rye Inside Out
  3. Justin Bieber dancers: 'My dog got scared because I started screaming so loudly!'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Six girls from Len Goodman's dance academy in Dartford will be on stage in front of tens of thousands on Saturday, after winning the chance to perform alongside Justin Bieber.

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    Video caption: Dartford dance group backs Justin Bieber
  4. KCC budget: Analysis from Kent's Political Reporter

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Council taxes are going up and there’s less money for the services already provided.

    It’s not a new challenge but it gets harder every year. There’s less money coming in from the government but the demand for services keeps increasing.

    Most of the money the council gets is from council taxes, a steady and reliable source along with business rates which are more volatile as businesses could go bust and shops left empty.

    County Hall, Maidstone

    It was George Osborne’s idea as Chancellor last year to give councils more power over their money to liberate them from going to government with a “begging bowl”, but one person told me it felt like they have been marooned rather than freed.

    There is still another £5.2m that needs to be found before February. Assuming all pockets have been turned out and sofas searched, then it could mean dipping into reserves or putting projects on hold.

  5. Rape victim: 'I didn't know how to tell someone because of the devastation I was going to cause'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    As the number of reported rapes trebles in Kent and doubles in Sussex, one victim now dedicates her life to encouraging others to come forward.

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    Video caption: Jo Gonzalez of Family Matters
  6. Cautious welcome for compensation scheme

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Commuters have given a cautious welcome to news that a new delay repay scheme's being launched by the government. Under the new plans, passengers will be able to claim compensation if their train is 15 minutes late, instead of the current half an hour.

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    Video caption: Commuter group welcomes new delay repay scheme
  7. I'm a Belieber!

    Six young girls, who all practise at Len Goodman's dance academy in Dartford - are getting the chance to show off their skills alongside pop hearthrob Justin Bieber.

    They were picked after winning a competition to dance at his concerts at the O2 on Friday and Saturday night. 

    Here are some Justin Bieber facts:

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    Video caption: Bieber graphic
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) in Dartford and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) in Swanley, because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  9. Don't forget your umbrella this weekend...

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    Temperatures are on the rise, but that means rain's on the way. Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  10. 'We were there to sprinkle a bit of magic dust'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    One of the biggest bands of the 1980s, ABC, are back on the road and coming later this month to both Brighton and Canterbury.   

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    Video caption: ABC
  11. You either love him or hate him..

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    BBC Radio Kent presenter James Whale has likened himself to the famous spread after Tesco removes Marmite and other Unilever brands in price row.

    View more on twitter
  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

    BBC Travel

    M26 Kent westbound severe disruption, after J2A for A20.

    M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 westbound after J2a A20, because of a broken down vehicle.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  13. Tear gas in Calais Jungle

    A spokesman from French national police told the BBC: “The use of tear gas is strictly limited by law in France - it can only be used when a crowd is aggressive or won’t disperse.

    “We don’t know exactly if there will be trouble this weekend. The police force will be there and we’re waiting to see what will happen.”

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    Video caption: Calais
  14. Darren signs new deal

    Ben Watts

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    All-rounder Darren Stevens has signed a new contract with Kent.

    It'll be his 13th season at the club, having made more than 500 appearances in all forms of cricket for the County.

    Darren Stevens batting
  15. Tear gas used to disperse Calais migrants

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    Video caption: Calais

    French police have opened fire with tear gas on a group of migrants trying to get into the back of a lorry in Calais to cross the English Channel.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, between J3 for M20 and J2 for A2.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  17. Wrap up warm

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    Weather presenter

    It's chilly out there, but dry. Here's my forecast.  

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    Video caption: Weather 1330