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  1. Updates on 9 November

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That's it from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 GMT tomorrow. 

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Billy Bragg: 'A lot of the places we played in were waiting rooms'

Ian Palmer

Singer Billy Bragg is appearing at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury tonight, in his 'Shine a Light' tour.

The album features songs, recorded by Billy and Joe Henry, on a 3,000-mile train journey across America.

Nigel Farage: 'We will be at the front of the queue'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

South East MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage believes a Trump presidency will be good for Britain.

It's going to be a cold end to the week

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

After today's heavy rain, it's going to get colder.

Here's my forecast.

Kent newspaper round-up

KentOnline: Roads gridlocked after downpour

Kent News: Partnership launched between college and council to develop fresh skills agenda in Thanet

Kent and Sussex Courier: The A20 will be shut for seven nights in November, says the Port of Dover

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Teenager closes in on target for cancer surgery

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Kelly Turner
BBC

A Dover teenager who is suffering from a rare cancer is close to her fundraising target for pioneering surgery in the USA.

Kelly Turner, who's 16, has a desmoplastic small round cell tumour, and has been given two years to live.

Surgery isn't available on the NHS, but an operation in the US will cost £500,000.

Volunteers have so far raised £289,000 and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke is asking NHS bosses to match fund that amount.

Littergram allowed to keep name after Instagram complaint

The owner of an anti-fly-tipping app has said lawyers for Instagram and Facebook have dropped their case demanding he change its name.

Littergram invites people to share pictures of rubbish on their smartphone and report it to their council.

Danny Lucas, of Kent, said Facebook "is allowing us to keep our name and wishing us continued success". But what was the row all about? Watch this...

Tammy Beaumont helps England cruise to victory

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Kent and England opener Tammy Beaumont hit 41 as England cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first women's one-day international in Colombo.

Tammy Beaumont
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Trump elected: 'The man is a disaster'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

People across the South East have been reacting to the news that Donald Trump has been elected US President.    

Severe disruption: A258 Kent both ways

BBC Travel

A258 Kent both ways severe disruption, between The Street and Felderland Lane.

A258 Kent - A258 Deal Road in Dover closed and delays in both directions between The Street junction and the Felderland Lane junction, because of an oil spillage.

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How have our politicians been reacting to today's news?

Here's a look at some tweets reacting to Donald Trump winning the US presidency.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

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

M25 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange) and J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of a broken down white van.

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Rail line blocked at Tunbridge Wells

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A broken-down freight train at High Brooms means Southeastern services between Tonbridge and Hastings have been suspended.

Website front page

The owner of an anti-litter app says lawyers for Instagram and Facebook have dropped their case demanding that he change its name.

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It's an unsettled forecast

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The heavy rain is clearing away this afternoon, but there's more on the way. Here's my latest forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of earlier emergency repairs. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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Drug dealer jailed for three years

A drug dealer has been sentenced to three years in prison for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Tunbridge Wells.

57-year-old Michael Taylor was found in possession of the class A drug in July 2016. He was arrested again October for possession. 

He pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply and further charges of being concerned in the supply of heroin and possession of crack cocaine.

Jailed man
KENT POLICE

The water might have been a bit chilly

Amanda Akass

BBC South East reporter

Howard James, from Walmer in Deal, has set two new records for Channel swimming this year.

In May he completed the earliest swim for a calendar year, and now he's notched up the latest.

They may have burnt him in Edenbridge...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

But in the US they made him their leader.

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 blocked on M2 coastbound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an overturned car.

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Margaret Costen

Specialist police officers and dogs search woodland as part of a renewed investigation into a woman reported missing almost 20 years ago.

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Gay sportspeople: 'I'd love to sit down and talk with Greg Clarke'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Tonbridge Olympic race walker, who came out as gay before the Rio games, has appeared before the Culture, Media and Sport select committee in Parliament, as it heard evidence on homophobia in sport.

Severe accident: A2 Kent westbound

BBC Travel

A2 Kent westbound severe accident, between Henhurst Road Henhurst and A227 Wrotham Road Gravesend affecting J3 A229 Chatham.

A2 Kent - Queuing traffic, three lanes blocked and severe delays on A2 Watling Street London-bound in Cobham between Henhurst and Gravesend, because of an accident involving a couple of cars. Congestion on M2 to J2, A228 (Strood).

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Kent MP reacts to Trump win

If this time last year you'd said (or bet) that we'd now have a new PM, be leaving the EU and Donald Trump would get elected President ...

Missing for 20 years

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A fresh search for a woman who went missing from hospital near Tunbridge Wells almost 20 years ago will enter its second day today. 

Margaret Costen, who was 54 at the time, was last seen in 1997. 

The new search has been prompted by a cold-case review. Specialist police dogs are searching an area of woodland in Pembury.

This morning's phone-in

Julia George

Presenter, BBC Radio Kent

I'm back on BBC Radio Kent from 0900 this morning.

You probably won't be surprised to hear what we're discussing on the phone-in.

Allegations of spying on MPs 'extraordinary'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Allegations of spying on MPs at a Sports Direct warehouse have been described as 'extraordinary' by Business Secretary and Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark.

MPs, including Hove's Peter Kyle, claim that someone put a miniature camera on the floor to record their private conversation. 

ICYMI: 'There's not a lot of representation for transgender people'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Maidstone teenager, who took legal action to fight for the right to be treated as a girl at school, has begun NHS treatment for her transition.   

How clean is your local beach?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The majority of beaches in the South East have a high standard of water quality according to new figures released today. 

See how your local beach performed here.  

Accidents on M20 and M25

BBC Travel

There's disturbance on two of Kent's motorways this morning, due to crashes.

On the M20 there's one lane closed and long delays London-bound because of an accident between J3 and J1. Congestion stretches all the way to J6.

On the M25 one lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the anti-clockwise stretch between J6 and Clackett Lane services, also due to an accident.

For regular updates on both situations, and the rest of Kent's roads, go to the BBC Travel website.

'This has been a potential fire sale'

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Local authorities across the South East are selling off land and buildings to balance the books, drawing criticism from one MP.

Colt, wet and windy

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Unpleasant weather will affect most of the South East today.

Good morning Wednesday

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

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

This calm picture was taken by Mel Chennell in Viking Bay - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

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Viking Bay
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