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Summary

  1. Updates on 8 December 2016

Live Reporting

By Stuart Maisner and Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight from Local 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, and be with you all the way to 22:00 GMT.

    We'd be delighted to hear from you - you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.  

  2. Holding back the tide

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Work begins on a new flood defence scheme in Sussex - but will one of Kent's flooding hotspots be next on the list? 

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    Video caption: new flood defences for Shoreham
  3. Paul Young to visit Tunbridge Wells

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Singer Paul Young had a string of hits in the 1980s - but since the 1990s he's been singing Tex-Mex music in English and Spanish with his band Los Pacaminos. 

    Ahead of his gig in Tunbridge Wells this Saturday, we take a look back at his career. 

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    Video caption: Paul Young
  4. Southern strike: 'Either an audacious attempt under the law, or a malicious one'

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    The leader of the train drivers union Aslef explains why he thinks it's important the High Court ruled they're allowed to strike next week.

    The walkout could bring virtually all of Southern's services to a halt.

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    Video caption: Mick Whelan, ASLEF general secretary
  5. Police and coastguard search for missing man

    The police and coastguard have been searching the River Medway, to try to find out what happened to a teenager who's been missing since the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

    Ben Savage, who's 18, disappeared following a night out in Chatham. His friends and family say it's totally out of character, and they've launched a social media campaign for information.

    Missing man
  6. That Christmas chill isn't back yet...

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's still going to be quite mild out there, here's my weekend forecast. 

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    Video caption: Mackley weather
  7. 'We can do it just the same'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Greenlees loves playing football. She looking forward to the day when men and women are in the same team. #thisisme

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    Video caption: thisisme footie
  8. Drug gangs target Kent

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    The number of criminal gang members travelling from London to Kent to sell drugs has dramatically increased. That's the message from Kent Police -- who say drug dealers are exploiting vulnerable people to expand their illegal trade into the county. 

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    Video caption: Drugs in Kent
  9. Bed blocking figures published

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    More people than ever before are stuck in a hospital bed when they could go home. 

    The latest monthly figures reveal almost 7,000 people were in hospital beds who were well enough to leave, that's double the number in December 2012. 

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    Video caption: Latest figures show bed blocking is worse than ever
  10. Southern strike: Govia Thameslink reacts

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The drivers' union Aslef has been told by the High Court it can go ahead with strikes next week.

    Because of the ongoing RMT dispute over, it means virtually all Southern trains will be cancelled.

    Quote Message: Naturally we are disappointed. The judge said that such unprecedented strike action by ASLEF would cause massive disruption to the public. The judge also said the widespread use of trains using driver operation is perfectly safe both in Southern and elsewhere in the UK. We brought this action for the benefit of our passengers. The judge has given us permission to go to the Court of Appeal which we will now consider with our legal team." from Nick Brown Chief Operating Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway
    Nick BrownChief Operating Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway
  11. Southern strike: Rail company's reaction

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    In response to the High Court ruling, Southern released a short statement.

    Quote Message: Naturally we're disappointed with today's decision. We will now immediately review matters with our legal team." from Southern Rail
    Southern Rail
  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road coastbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  13. Protests against KCC cuts

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Unions were protesting today at Kent County Council today after they proposed to cut more than £80m from their budget. 

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    Video caption: Protests
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    Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J3 for A229 Chatham and J2 for A228 Strood.

    M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 London-bound between J3, A229 (Chatham) and J2, A228 (Strood), because of a spillage on the road.

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  15. Staying mild and mostly dry

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Theres a very unseasonal feel to the weather out there as we approach the Christmas period.  Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330
  16. KCC Budget protest: Our political reporter's view

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Music was playing, flags waving and copies of the Socialist and leaflets from Kent’s Communist Party were handed out.

    The protestors were outside Kent County Council to fight what they call unfair cuts hurting the most vulnerable in society.

    But weren’t these protestors standing outside the wrong building?

    While the new Conservative government has stepped away from the political language of austerity, local authorities are still bearing the brunt and losing a huge chunk of their grants from the Government.

    Kent County Council need to find £108m in 2017-18. 

    It can get £27m from raising council tax by 4% next year, but for the remaining £80m it’ll have to dig deep.

    Most of the two-hour protest was held in good spirits. That is until one councillor on his way in decided to take stand up for the council. It drew the wrath of a protestor.

    The exchange ended in a seven word expletive beginning with ‘B’. There will be plenty more before the budget is discussed in February.

  17. Protest at planned budget cuts

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A protest is being held outside Kent County Council's headquarters in Maidstone against planned budget cuts. Unions claim rural communities, bus users and special needs students will be among the groups losing out. The council's proposing cutting more than £80m from its budget and increasing council tax by 4%. The authority says the cuts are necessary

    County Hall