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  1. Updates on Monday 7 November

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Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

We're back at 06:00 GMT tomorrow. 

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Invicta barracks closing after 229 years

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

Maidstone's barracks is to close in 2027 bringing to an end 229 years of history.

Dramatic boat rescue

A fisherman was rescued this morning after his boat became stuck just off the Kent coast.

'I consider what I do on TV and on canvas is all art'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Comedian and Kent resident Vic Reeves is also a prolific painter and 50 of his latest creations have just gone on display in Westenhanger.

Fire service acquires oxygen masks for pets

Siobhan Daniels

Life saving oxygen masks for pets have been installed on fire engines across Kent.

Could this be Atty's 'Greatest Day'?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It took months of campaigning on social media and hounding the man in question, but Atty Hussein celebrated her 40th birthday in Gillingham with singer Gary Barlow.  

Footage is courtesy of Creative Digital Playground.

Wrap up warm out there

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

I've got a really wintry forecast for you, I'm afraid.  

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

BBC Travel

M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 lane blocked on exit slip road London-bound at J3, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

BBC Travel

A229 Kent both ways severe accident, between A262 and Common Road.

A229 Kent - A229 in Sissinghurst blocked in both directions between the A262 junction and the Common Road junction, because of an accident involving 3 vehicles. Police directing traffic.

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BreakingBarracks to close

Maidstone Barracks to close as part of government plan to sell dozens of MOD sites nationwide.

Assault at Sheppey prison

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police is investigating a reported assault at Swaleside prison on the Isle of Sheppey.

On 6 November a prisoner suffered serious injuries following an attack.

He was taken to a London hospital by air ambulance where his injuries are described as non-life threatening.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent southbound

BBC Travel

M20 Kent southbound severe disruption, between J8 for A20 Leeds Castle and J9 for A20 Ashford.

M20 Kent - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M20 coastbound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Auschwitz: 'Experiencing it puts a new perspective on humanity'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Pupils from 12 South East schools have been to visit the site of one of the world's worst atrocities, Auschwitz. 

Severe disruption: M20 Kent northbound

BBC Travel

M20 Kent northbound severe disruption, between M20 J5 and J4 for A228 Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 Link London-bound between M20 J5, Aylesford and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Gordon Semple

Jurors in the trial of a drug addict accused of strangling a police officer and dissolving his body in an acid bath retire to consider their verdict.

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Time to wrap up as temperatures begin to fall

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It remains cold with some rain, maximum temperature today 9C.

It will be clear and bright tonight but a frosty and foggy start tomorrow with temperatures as low as 2C

Meet poppy man Private Bertie

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Artist Vicki Noble made him entirely from poppies and wire.

He's become a bit of a star in Broadstairs, and has now been travelling around Kent raising money for the Royal British Legion.

'John Lewis' Christmas advert by A-Level pupil goes viral

An A-Level student's homage to the John Lewis Christmas advert has gone viral - with many mistaking it for the company's latest festive offering.

Nick Jablonka's coursework, titled John Lewis Christmas Advert" 2016 - The Snowglobe, has attracted hundreds of thousands of views.

He studied at The Robert Napier School in Gillingham.

Remembering WW1: 'It's very affecting and effective'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Penshurst Church has come up with an emotive way of remembering the village's war dead.  

Officers appeal for witnesses after incident in Folkestone

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police is investigating a report of a series of incidents in Folkestone.

It is reported two men and a woman pushing a pram were crossing Cornwallis Road when there was an altercation with the driver of a silver Toyota car.

The incident happened on the morning of 30 October. 

Southern train

Nearly all conductors have signed up for a new on-board supervisor role on Southern trains, the rail company says.

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Kent newspaper round-up

KentOnline: Senior teacher 'in inappropriate relationship with teen'

Kent News: Remain-voting Sir Roger Gale latest Kent MP to slam High Court decision on Brexit

Kent and Sussex Courier: Fire crews battled a blaze in Biddenden

Stack of newspapers

'We were one kick away'

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders told BBC Radio Kent he was "gutted" by Rochdale's last second equaliser in their FA Cup first round tie. 

Despite being 57 places below their League One opponents in the football pyramid, Maidstone weren't flattered by the 1-0 lead they took into the last moments of injury time, and had chances to extend their lead. 

Jay Saunders
Getty Images

They'll now travel to Rochdale for a replay, provisionally arranged for Tuesday 15 November.

We were one kick away. I think the boys deserved to go through, they did everything we asked them to do and our game-plan worked, but that's football. It's a tough one to take, but we move on, we're still in it, and we'll have another crack at it in ten days' time."

Jay SaundersManager, Maidstone United
Southern train

Aslef, the UK's biggest train drivers' union, suspends a strike ballot among its members on Southern rail because of "technical difficulties".

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Blaze shuts school

Rosemary Crick

Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

A Kent primary school, which was damaged a huge fire last week, isn't going to open today following the half-term break. 

Pupils from St James's on the Isle of Grain will be taken to Allhallows by coach from Thursday, while their school is rebuilt and refurbished. 

The early years area is still open for two to five-year-olds.

Police are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Maidstone United FA Cup disappointment

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

It would've been the biggest shock of the FA Cup first round, Maidstone United were on track to beat League One Rochdale.

But they were denied the win after their opponents equalised in the final moments of the match.

The Stones were on course for a place in the second round after Bobby-Joe Taylor's first half penalty, but they will have to settle for a replay after Rochdale's Callum Camps clawed it back from the jaws of defeat with an injury time equaliser. 

Holcombe remain top of the table

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Holcombe Hockey club continue to dominate the English Premier League after beating East Grinstead 2-0. They're still two points clear at the top of the table. 

Not the same story for Canterbury, who still haven't won this season. They lost 2-1 at Brooklands. 

In the Conference East, Sevenoaks suffered their first defeat of the season. They lost 3-2 against Southgate, who moved to the top of the table. 

Benefits cap

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

From today, if you receive benefits then you could be worse off, especially if you're in Kent.

Rail update: Tree on the line

A blustery start to the week

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's wet and windy this morning, but it will brighten up. Here is my forecast for the next few days. 

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, from J29 for A127 to J3 for M20.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J29, A127 (Romford) to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of an accident earlier on.

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ICYMI: Coperforma supplier 'owed thousands'

Mark Norman

BBC South East Health Correspondent

A Swanley businessman says he's owed hundreds of thousands of pounds by Sussex patient transport provider Coperforma.  

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This colourful autumnal scene was taken by Scott David Kirk at Hucking near Maidstone, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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