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Good night from Kent Live

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

That's all from us for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 GMT with more news, sport and travel.

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Trump gets fired

A huge caricature of Donald Trump, standing more than 30 feet tall, and holding the head of a somewhat startled looking Hillary Clinton, will be set on fire on Saturday 5 November.

The US presidential candidate is this year's effigy at the Edenbridge bonfire - here are a few facts about the annual tradition.

E-fit released after Dover rape

Kent police have released a computer-generated image of a man they would like to identify after a reported rape.

The victim, who is in her late teens, was walking along Charlton Green when she met a man and a woman who offered to walk with her.

The women left soon after, but the victim reported that during the walk she was then raped by the man in a field near the A258, before making her way home between 01:30 BST and 03:00 BST on 18 September.


Flood responsibility

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Responsibility for preventing flooding should be taken away from the Environment Agency and given to a new commissioner, according to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

Outbreaks of rain towards the weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A frosty start, but becoming drier later - here's my forecast for tomorrow.

Have you seen Spider?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A severely autistic teenager from Kent has been left distraught after the dog he used to help him communicate was stolen.

Sam Hornshaw, from Cranbrook, had formed a strong bond with the Terrier, called Spider.

The Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester

A prison worker accused of assaulting a boy at a young offenders' centre has the case against her dismissed.

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PMQs: Our political editor's analysis

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

It was Lewes MP Maria Caulfield who arguably had the real zinger of this week's PMQs.

Playing on the current Conservative party slogan of "a country that works for everyone", she dubbed Southern Rail "a railway that works for no-one."

In reply, the Prime Minister assured her that the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, is "on the case".

Her spokesman later confirmed the PM is getting regular updates on the situation. 

It looks like Chris Grayling is fast becoming a very influential figure for the South East. 

An earlier question from Gillingham and Rainham's Rehman Chishti, about speeding up a decision on the Lower Thames Crossing, also referred to him. 

The PM said Mr Grayling would respond to the recent consultation on the plans "in due course".

Donald Trump is Edenbridge Guy
An effigy of Donald Trump will be burned at Edenbridge's annual bonfire celebrations on Saturday.

Armed police called to Gillingham

Two men have been taken to hospital after a disturbance in Gillingham.

Armed police were called to the scene, following reports of a weapon being seen.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, the National Police Air Service helicopter was also deployed to assist officers on the ground.

Caught on camera: Lorry drivers use their phones on M20

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

In the space of an hour and half 17 foreign lorry drivers were caught using mobile phones while driving on the M20. 

Police are now being urged to clamp down on the behaviour.

What do you #LovetoRead?

We're celebrating books and reading. 

Here's Maggie Doyle from BBC Radio Kent with one of her favourites: "How To Be A Woman" by Caitlin Moran.

What do you #LovetoRead? 

Why not share your book selfie with us on TwitterFacebook, or send us an email?

Maggie Doyle

I loved reading this because there was so much in it I could relate to - especially the awkward moments of growing up as a teenage girl! Every woman should read this"

Maggie DoylePresenter, BBC Radio Kent

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A278 and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 coastbound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of debris on the road.

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Southern rail conductor

Southern rail disruption leads to RMT calls for the Transport Secretary to intervene in "deep-seated problems" on the network.

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You're fired!

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Donald Trump, former host of the US version of the Apprentice, and (of course) Republican presidential candidate is set to go up in flames.

The presidential hopeful is the latest in a long and illustrious list of big names 'honoured' by the people of Edenbridge.

Drone complaints increase

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Complaints about drones have increased dramatically.

Police say the number of calls they've received has trebled.

Many of the complaints are about privacy, with drones flying too close to gardens and houses.

Rise in the number of drone complaints

Temperatures are plunging this weekend!

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It'll be overcoats for Bonfire Night! Here's my forecast...

Unaccompanied migrant minors on bus

France begins moving 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children from the Calais "Jungle" camp.

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Southern dispute: Both sides remain entrenched

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Hundreds of members of the RMT Union descended on Parliament to protest against changes to the role of conductors   

'You start using it, and do you really care about the regulations? No'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Complaints about drones have trebled, according to police.

Many are about privacy, with drones flying too close to gardens and houses.

'Shakey' signs new two-year deal

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Shane Byrne
Getty Images

Sheppey's five-time British Superbikes champion, Shane Byrne, has signed a new two-year deal to stay in BSB with the PBM Ducati team.

"Shakey" beat rival Leon Haslam to this year's title and has been rewarded with an unprecedented multi-year deal.

He says he's delighted to have the chance to fight for two more titles.

Rise in 999 psychoactive substance calls

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

South East Coast Ambulance Service says it's dealing with more and more cases of people suspected of taking new psychoactive substances.

Edenbridge bonfire Trumps last year's choice!

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been chosen as the effigy for this year's Edenbridge bonfire.

A 11m (36ft) effigy of the billionaire will be burned at the village's weekend celebrations.

The figure, holding the head of Mrs Clinton and dressed in shorts with images of Mexican men emblazoned on them, will be stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers, packed with fireworks and torched on Saturday. 

Previous effigies include Sepp Blatter, Wayne Rooney and Cherie Blair.

Donald Trump effigy

This morning's headlines

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The last unaccompanied children are being moved from the migrant camp in Calais, there's an increase in the number of complaints about drones, and more people are being hospitalised in the South East because of legal highs.

I've got your #3in30 headlines for Kent.  

What happened #onthisday?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Migrant crisis continues, reports of riot at a prison, and plans for a £50bn airport and rail hub.

These were some of our top stories #onthisday.

ICYMI: Mothercare asks woman to stop breastfeeding son

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A young mother has finally received an apology from Mothercare seven weeks after she was told to stop breastfeeding in Bluewater. 

Zoe Frangou from Swanley complained to the company about what she felt was "completely unacceptable" treatment.

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel.

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent both ways

BBC Travel

M20 Kent both ways severe disruption, after J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 after J3 M26, because of a broken down crane.

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Temperatures set to drop over the next few days

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Frosty start, but a clear and crisp morning - here is my forecast for today. 

Good morning from Kent Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

This magnificent stag in the mist was caught on camera by Scott Sinden from Faversham, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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Stag in the mist
Scott Sinden