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Goodbye from Kent Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

We'll be back from 06:00 GMT tomorrow, with all Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

Remember you can send us your news, videos or pictures on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

One amazing journey

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

 A disabled Staplehurst woman has become the first person to cross the Sahara on crutches and in a wheelchair.

The marathon journey raised funds for her charity, which helps others wih the cost of mobility equipment.

Hanging on the telephone

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

With one South East GP surgery closing roughly every three months, some patients say it's now taking weeks to get appointments.

Why is there a three-week wait to see the doctor?

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

GPs in the South East told us they're struggling to cope with patient demand.

With 24 surgeries closing in the last three years, family doctors say they're facing such high pressure that it could affect their ability to provide safe care.

Staying wet and mild tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Temperatures are still a few degrees above the seasonal average.

Here's your forecast.

Nigel's hired? Probably not

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

It's arguably the ultimate selfie of 2016: South East MEP Nigel Farage with President-Elect Donald Trump standing by a golden lift.

Farage and Trump

But Nigel Farage’s attempts to get 'hired' as an informal go-between for the UK government and the former Apprentice star and have caused a media storm. 

If this were the reality show, Mr Farage would already be in the taxi home; Theresa May has said a very firm 'no'. 

So what next? 

Mr Farage is due to step down soon as Interim UKIP Leader but he has previously said he will serve out his final term as a South East MEP, which would take him to 2019. 

Could this weekend's events suggest that, as with Brexit, he's looking to his find his future beyond Europe's borders though?

GP pressures

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Twenty-four GP practices across Kent and Sussex closed their doors since 2013, that's roughly one every 10 weeks.

Pressures on GPs are so great they feel they are failing patients and potentially providing unsafe care.  

Here are some of the figures I've found as part of my exclusive investigation.

Plans to overhaul GP services to be unveiled

Jessica Lloyd

BBC Live reporter

NHS plans are about to be published that could overhaul services in Kent and Sussex. 

Those plans might consider radical changes to some hospital services but better organised GP and primary care services will also be included.

It comes as GPs say they are under enormous pressure with a GP practise closing its doors in Kent and Sussex every ten weeks.

Patients will get the opportunity to have their say when those NHS plans are published in the next few days. 

Will you need an umbrella on your way home?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Here's your Tuesday afternoon forecast.

You too can be a masseuse for Darren Stevens...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

I kid, I kid.  

Kent have opened up applications for Head Coach - it comes after former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams left his role after five seasons.

Kent say the successful candidate will 'create an environment in which the Captain, the players, all members of the Cricket Management Team and support staff are able to deliver to their full potential thereby optimising the short and long term playing performance objectives of Kent Cricket.'

Darren Stevens and Jimmy Adams
Getty Images

Man jailed after robbery with knife in Tonbridge

22-year-old Thomas Henderson has been jailed for three years after threatening staff in a Tonbridge supermarket with a knife.

Police say Henderson's face was partially covered when he entered the store in August, he then grabbed a bag containing money from one member of staff before he pulled out a knife and demanded cash from another employee. 

He fled the store, after stealing more than £1,600. 

Man jailed after robbery with knife in Tonbridge

Letters pray

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

When people in Whitstable lost their post office, they probably weren't expecting help to come from above.  

Landmark treble for Kent's walking football team

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Herne Bay Over 50s walking football team have won a landmark treble after adding the British title to their English and European crowns. Bay beat Scottish champions Montrose 3-0 in the final.

And here's a fun fact, the goalkeeper Nick Denly is the father of Kent cricketer Joe Denly and Bay first team boss Sam Denly. The Kent team won all four of their matches, and didn't concede a single goal. 

(Note - this is a picture of Joe Denly, not his father Nick...)  

Joe Denly
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Lower Thames Crossing: 'More M25 misery' if option agreed

A new Lower Thames crossing east of Gravesend to relieve pressure at the Dartford Crossing would lead to 30 more years of M25 misery, an MP has warned.

The Conservative MP for Gravesham, Adam Holloway, told the Commons the government should instead build a tunnel to bypass traffic under Dartford and Thurrock.

Highways England has said a tunnel connecting Tilbury to Gravesend is its preferred route for the crossing. 

Protests have been held over the options

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson agreed it was the best way to reduce congestion. 

Speaking during a parliamentary debate on Monday night, the Conservative MP said it did not make sense to create another crossing in his constituency. 

"Isn't it the situation that we should have more resilience, as we have across the rest of the Thames, so you have crossings at various different locations?

"The solution surely is to take traffic away and put the crossing east of Gravesend," he said.  

Motorcyclist who died in M20 crash is named

The motorcyclist killed following a collision on the M20 on Saturday 12 November 2017 has been named.
Kent Police

The motorcyclist killed on the M20 on Saturday has been named as 28-year-old Philip Baker from Folkestone.

He was riding his motorcycle on the London-bound carriageway of the M20 shortly after 02:00 GMT, when it was involved in a collision with a lorry.

Our family would like to thank everyone for their beautiful words, love and support during this devastating time. We are absolutely overwhelmed by how loved our Philip is and could not be prouder of the impact he has had on everyone’s life. We love you Phil."

Family statement

Child trafficking: Scores missing from care homes

Trafficked children and unaccompanied child asylum seekers are going missing from UK care homes at "an alarmingly high rate", two charities have said.

Almost 600 children disappeared last year, with more than 200 still missing, ECPAT UK and Missing People said.

The charities called on the UK government and local authorities to reform the child protection system.

Anonymous picture of two children and an adult
Getty Images

The report found that London, the South East, East Anglia and the East and West Midlands accounted for 75% of all 590 trafficked children in the UK.

Read the full story here.

TV drama being filmed in Deal today

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The six-part ITV show will star Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd.

View more on twitter

Farage says he's on call for PM Theresa May

Nigel Farage has been talking about his meetings with US President-elect Donald Trump.

The South East MEP and interim UKIP leader says Mr Trump's advisors say the UK is first in the queue for talks. 

Russell Slade

Charlton Athletic part company with boss Russell Slade after less than six months in the job.

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What's in this morning's papers?

Kent Online: Rochester Cathedral fall victim loses £21,000 payout.

Kent News: More than 100 guns surrendered as part of two-week Kent Police amnesty.

Kent and Sussex Courier: An out of control dog stole a sandwich and injured a three-year-old child.

Pile of newspapers

BBC Children in Need: Where is the money spent near me?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We've been finding out how your donations to the BBC Children in Need appeal improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.

There are 1,835 projects supported by the charity in England and the Channel Islands alone, with the money directly benefitting a huge range of youngsters.

To find out more about the children you've helped in your area, click on this link.

Children in Need map

This is quite incredible

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Partially paralysed Luisa Pearce has completed a record-breaking attempt to cross the Sahara Desert, using a wheelchair and crutches.

Luisa, who is from Staplehurst, was raising money for the charity she founded, Freedom for Wheels.

That's some Tuesday inspiration for us all.

Nigel Farage on his meetings with US President-elect Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

South East MEP Mr Farage said: "He (Mr Trump) feels a strong association with this country."

Speaking about this picture he said: "That was inside Mr Trump's apartment. We had a conversation about lots of things."

He said that Mr Trump's advisors have told him that "if any country should be at the front of the queue it should be the UK."  

'They're making profits at our expense'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Are you frustrated at how much it costs to fill up your car?

The MP for Dover is pointing the finger at oil companies.

Prison officers halt work over safety fears, union says

Prison officers at all seven jails in Kent have halted work as part of a national protest after talks with the government broke down. 

Staff are not allowed to go on strike but are holding meetings outside prisons.

The protest began at midnight and comes after multiple high profile incidents at prisons across England, including an alleged murder, a riot and two inmates escaping.

The inside of a prison

The Ministry of Justice described the action as unjustified and "unlawful". 

Read the full story here.

Should schoolchildren be made to run or walk a mile every day?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Children running

That's what pupils at a Maidstone school are already doing - and the school says it's improved their concentration in the classroom.

This week, Medway Council has urged local schools to sign up to a 'school mile' initiative.

BBC Radio Kent's Lauren Troup has been to Greenfields Community Primary School in Maidstone, to get reaction from staff, parents and pupils - you can listen on the Radio Kent breakfast show here

How difficult is it to see your GP?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

GPs across Kent, Sussex and Medway are taking on more patients than the national average.

In the last two years in the South East, a doctor's surgery has closed every eight weeks. An NHS report is also raising concerns about future recruitment with more than a third of GPs in some areas now over the age of 55. 

Kent GP Julian Spinks says something needs to be done.

We want to hear from you - how easy is it to see your GP?

You can join the debate on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.  

More than 100 guns handed in during gun amnesty

Here are some of the firearms that were handed in during the two-week amnesty, which ended on 11 November.  

Three guns handed into Kent Police
Kent Police

Charlton Athletic sack boss

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

After less than six months in the job, Charlton Athletic have parted company with boss Russell Slade

The 56-year-old's departure follows a 3-0 defeat at Swindon on Saturday in only his 16th league game in charge.

Slade is the sixth manager to leave the Addicks since January 2014, although Jose Riga had two spells as boss.

Russell Slade

Who is Nigel Farage?

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

He's the first UK politician to meet US President-elect Donald Trump.

But what do we know about South East MEP Nigel Farage?

It's warm - but it's still best to take an umbrella

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Temperatures are above the seasonal average today.

Sorry to forecast rain, but it's better to know now than when you get caught in showers later.

Here's your forecast.

How difficult is it to see your GP?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Are Kent's GPs under too much pressure? 

Each doctor in Swale now has an average of 2,000 patients on their books - among the highest in the country.

And an NHS report is also raising concerns about future recruitment in Medway, where more than a third of GPs are now over the age of 60.  

Folders from a GP surgery
Getty Images

We've got more on this story throughout this morning on the Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie - you can listen here.

And we want to hear from you - how easy is it to see your GP? You can join the debate on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

It's time to get up...

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Town Hall Gardens, Chatham
Mick Rootes

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This autumnal shot of Town Hall Gardens in Chatham was sent to us by Mick Rootes - it's our Kent #photooftheday

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