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  1. Updates on Friday 11 November

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Goodbye from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for today - we'll be back on Monday from 06:00 GMT.

In the meantime remember you can send us your news, videos or pictures on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email

ICYMI: Plans to protect thousands of memorials

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The organisation Historic England is calling on the public to help protect thousands of war memorials in the South East by 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War. 

Weather: Look away now...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to be a wet and windy weekend. Here's my forecast.

More concrete in the Garden of England?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A controversial plan to build a new town in East Kent will be backed with government cash.

Costa crash
An 87-year-old man who admits causing death by dangerous driving after his car ploughed into a coffee shop says he "blacked out"
Costa coffee car crash

An 87-year-old man admits causing death by dangerous driving after his car ploughed into a coffee shop, killing a woman.

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Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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Fast bowler to play in the BPL

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Matt COles
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Kent fast bowler Matt Coles has signed for the Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League.

He's flown out to link up with team mates including Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakarra, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al-Hasan and West India duo Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.

The BPL is already under way and runs until early December.

Coles says playing in the seven-team tournament "will be a good opportunity to experience different conditions and work on my T20 skills ahead of the 2017 season."

Never gonna give you up .... in Bedgebury

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Eighties pop legend Rick Astley will be performing next June at Bedgebury Pinetum.  

Big Brother could stop watching you

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Nearly 75% of CCTV cameras in Maidstone could be scrapped, after a council report questioned how much crime they prevent.

BreakingCosta coffee death crash: Pensioner changes plea to guilty

Jon Hunt

BBC South East Today reporter

Westerham Costa crash
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A man who had pleaded not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after his car crashed into a Costa coffee shop on Christmas Eve has changed his plea.

David Lord, 87, from Croydon Road, Westerham, lost control of his Audi on the High Street in Westerham at 10:30 GMT. 

It crashed into the coffee shop and killed 74-year-old Valerie Deakin, from Udimore, East Sussex.

David Lord
BBC

Two men and two women were also seriously injured while another woman was treated for minor injuries.

The car was left embedded in the coffee shop following the crash.

Mr Lord previously pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court earlier.

Valerie Deakin
Sussex Police

Gillingham FC: Chairman in fine health

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Gillingham Football Club has issued a statement to clear up speculation that Chairman Paul Scally has been rushed to hospital.

It came after West Ham chairman David Gold ‏tweeted to say, 'I've just heard that my good friend Paul Scally was rushed to hospital and had to have emergency heart surgery. Get well soon.'

Gills say the false information was a result of a misunderstanding. 

Contrary to internet speculation this morning, Gillingham Football Club chairman Paul Scally has not been rushed to hospital due to ill health. The club can confirm that the chairman is fit and well, and is currently at home having numerous business meetings as planned."

Nick BullGillingham Press Officer

'If we play like we did the other day, then we should get that victory'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

We'll have to play some good cricket to qualify, but that is the goal. If we play like we did the other day, then we should get that victory."

Tammy BeaumontEngland and Kent cricketer
Tammy Beaumont
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England can seal qualification for next year's World Cup with victory over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international in Colombo tomorrow.

England won Wednesday's first match by eight wickets, with the next three games forming part of the International Cricket Council Women's Championship.

Tonbridge remembers

Ian Palmer

A two minute silence was observed across the South East at 11:00 GMT this morning. 

I've been in Tonbridge - more at 13:30 GMT, BBC One. 

POPPIES
BBC

Two minute silence marks day of national remembrance

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Along with people across the UK, residents in Gravesend observed the two-minute silence to remember the nation's war dead for Armistice Day.

Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council
Gravesham Borough Council

Armistice Day marked across the South East

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A two minute silence has been marked across the South East for Armistice Day.

Garden town in Shepway gets green light

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A new garden town for up to twelve thousand homes in Shepway has been given financial backing from the government.

#BigThankYou

Get Inspired

Some of the sports stars who got involved in last year's event at BBC Sports Personality of the Year
BBC Sport

Do you know someone who does that little bit extra to make sport happen? 

Why not give them a chance to get a call from their sporting hero from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year red carpet?

The #BigThankYou is Britain's biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities.  

Find out more here

Kent newspaper round-up

KentOnline: The number of drivers caught speeding in Medway Tunnel.

Kent News: Motorcyclist in life threatening condition following crash in Maidstone.

Kent and Sussex Courier: Someone put a blade in a Gravesend poppy collection tin.

Stack of newspapers
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Man left with life threatening injuries

A 45-year-old man from Maidstone was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a grey Fiat Scudo collided with a blue Suzuki 600 motorcycle on the A229 this morning. 

The biker was taken to a hospital in London with life threatening injuries and is currently in a serious but stable condition.  

The 45-year-old has been released on bail until 4 January 2017, pending further investigation.

Suspected norovirus outbreak at Wetherspoon in Tunbridge Wells

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The Opera House Wetherspoon pub in Tunbridge Wells was closed voluntarily by the firm yesterday after a member of staff was taken ill with suspected norovirus.

The company says it has begun a "deep cleaning and sanitising" of the whole pub.

The firm hopes it will reopen tomorrow afternoon. 

It is important to say, at this stage, that the Norovirus has not been confirmed. The council’s EHO has been told. Wetherspoon has begun a deep cleaning and sanitising of the whole pub. We would hope that the pub will reopen sometime on Saturday afternoon.”

Eddie GershonWetherspoon spokesperson

Plans to protect thousands of memorials

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The organisation Historic England is calling on the public to help protect thousands of war memorials in the South East by 2018 to mark the centenary of World War One.

Much Ado About Nothing.... or is it?

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

For years literary scholars have argued that William Shakespeare may not have written all of his works alone - and it looks like they may be right.

Experts are meeting at the University of Kent to discuss new evidence that indicate Canterbury born Christopher Marlowe played his part in the historic Henry VI.

CCTV cuts considered

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Nearly three-quarters of Maidstone's CCTV cameras could be removed, under plans by the borough council to save money.

M25 crash congestion

BBC Travel

An accident on the Essex side of the M25 is causing queues all the way back to J2 on the Kent stretch of the motorway.

The accident between two lorries, and the recovery work that's followed, has caused severe congestion on the M25 anti-clockwise.

Big fall in number of asylum children

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The number of unaccompanied children claiming asylum in Kent is down by nearly two-thirds.  

Bright today, wet on Saturday

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Armistice day will be cold and bright, but don't leave home on Saturday without your raincoat.

Here's my forecast.

'It's not just homes, it's jobs, economic opportunities'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Up to 12,000 new homes are to be built in Shepway, with the government financing a new garden town for the area.

Good morning

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

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

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

South Downs poppy field
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