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  1. Updates on Friday 14 October

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  1. That's it from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for staying with us today. We're back after the weekend, kicking off at 06:00 BST on Monday.

    Remember in the meantime you can send us your pictures on Twitter, Facebook or email.  

    Have a nice weekend.

  2. 'I won't believe it's going to happen until it happens, frankly'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Liberty House, the company which owns the steel works in Sheerness, say they have plans to restart production by next year, but the local MP has his doubts.

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    Video caption: Gordon Henderson MP
  3. 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
  4. Couple evaded tens of thousands in tobacco duty

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A couple who used their chain of shops in East Kent to sell illegal cigarettes and tobacco have been sentenced.

    Between August 2011 and July 2013 thousands of illegal cigarrettes and nearly 14kgs of hand-rolling tobacco were seized from Baltic Branch Limited food stores in Dover, Ramsgate and Margate.

    Forty thousand non-UK duty paid cigarettes, 10kgs of tobacco and more than £20,000 in cash were discovered at the Ramsgate home of Tatjana Cekanova and Andrius Rickus.

    Cekanova was jailed for 18 months, after admitting evading excise duty and money laundering, while Rickus was told to complete 100 hours unpaid work.

    Tatjana Cekanova
  5. Osborne on backing for new Heathrow runway

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    Video caption: Case for new Heathrow runway 'overwhelming' says Osborne

    Former chancellor George Osborne urges the government to get on with its decision about a new runway at Heathrow, saying the economic case for expansion is overwhelming.

  6. Kent Police set up Calais 'emergency centre'

    Peter Whittlesea

    Kent Police have set up an emergency planning centre -- known as "Gold Command" -- in response to rising tensions in Calais, I can exclusively reveal.

    There have been clashes between migrants and French Police this week, ahead of the imminent demolition of the makeshift migrant camp known as the 'Jungle'.

    Police say they're "monitoring" events and developing contingency plans amid fears some of the migrants could make renewed efforts to smuggle themselves into Kent.

    Calais Jungle
  7. Tributes to teenager who died in collision

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The family of a teenage motorcyclist who died after a crash have paid tribute to him.

    Jack Mander, 17, from Strood, died at the scene of the incident in Anthony’s Way, Strood, shortly after 21:00 BST yesterday.

    He was riding his Yamaha 125 motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Volvo heavy goods vehicle.

    Jack Mander

    The driver of the HGV – a 44-year-old man from Wiltshire – was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and later released on bail.  

    A statement released by Jack’s family said: "Jack was always a very careful rider who knew the roads well, and we are struggling to come to terms with what has happened.

    "He worked on the Medway City Estate as an apprentice fabricator, and was on his way home to watch his favourite television programme Hunted when the collision happened. It was the only show we would all gather around the television to watch together.

    "Jack also studied at MidKent College and was well-liked by his friends and workmates, and enjoyed exchanging banter with them all. We shall miss him immensely."

  8. What happened #onthisday in Kent?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A washed-up whale, children jailed and a unique street art exhibition - it's #onthisday.

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    Video caption: On this day Kent October 14th
  9. Medway health boss stands down

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Shena Winning has announced she's standing down as chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

    She took over the job in September 2014.

    A Care Quality Commission inspection of the trust in January branded it inadequate.

    Quote Message: It has been a difficult time for the Trust, but staff are pulling together and things have improved significantly.
    Quote Message: It is a tribute to the Trust’s staff and volunteers that we have been able to make such progress. I am confident that things will only continue to improve and that the people of Medway will have the health services that they are entitled to expect." from Shena Winning Chairwoman, Medway NHS Foundation Trust
    Shena WinningChairwoman, Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  10. Brollies tonight, but temperatures rising!

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC weather

    After rain overnight, it's not looking too bad for the weekend. Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather forecast with Kate Kinsella
  11. Sussex man charged over Tunbridge Wells attack

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A man's been charged over an alleged rape in Rusthall.

    The attack's claimed to have taken place close to Rusthall Road on 8 October.

    Chiron Hutchinson, who's 19 and from Mount Pleasant in Uckfield, will appear before Medway Magistrates tomorrow.

  12. Sheerness steel plant could reopen

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Sheerness's steel plant could reopen by next year.

    It closed four years ago, but the site's owner Liberty House says it plans to restart production, creating 60 jobs.

    That could rise to 100 jobs, with the plant capable of producing 750,000 tonnes a year.

    Thamesteel Limited sign
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    Severe accident: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, at J5 for M26 affecting J8 for A217.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J5 M26, because of an accident involving two cars and a van. Congestion to J8, A217 (Reigate).

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  14. Warning issued over 'dangerous' picture

    Dangerous selfie picture released in Dover

    No dramatic photograph or selfie is worth risking your life for.   

    That's the message from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency after they released this picture on their Facebook page.

    The post says: "This picture was taken a few days ago by our Dover Coastguard. Beyond the fence post that this teenager is standing on is just under a metre of ground before an 80ft drop to a ledge followed by a further 200ft drop to the bottom of the White Cliffs of Dover. 

    "We want you and yours to come home again after a day on the coast. If you see someone in danger on the coast, remember call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."    

  15. The fight for the 2016 British Superbike Championship

    It's about to enter the final round at Brands Hatch.

    Just 17 points separate four-time champion Shane Byrne, from Kent, and his rival Leon Haslam, with three races and 75 points available this weekend.

    Neil Bell will be speaking to them on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST.

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    Severe accident: M20 Kent southbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent southbound severe accident, at J9 for A20 Ashford.

    M20 Kent - Two lanes closed on M20 coastbound at J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident.

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