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  1. Updates on Friday 9 December

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It's goodbye from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining us - we'll be back on Monday at 06:00 GMT with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

In the meantime please remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email, especially if you see something we should be covering.

Have a nice weekend. 

He shoots, he scores!

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Subbuteo was invented right here in Kent - and to mark the centenary of its creator's birth, a special tournament was held.

ThisIsMe: ‘It’s an entire world where I can make new friends’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Prolific YouTuber Bogdan Alexe, from Canterbury, says his life would be difficult without social media on his phone. #thisisme

File photo from October showing campaigners welcoming child migrants at Lunar House in Croydon

More than 750 child migrants have been brought to the UK from the Calais "Jungle" camp, the government says.

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Wet weather weekend

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

A wet Saturday awaits us in the South East - watch my weekend forecast here: 

'Come and see our vintage trains'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A new campaign's been launched today to try and encourage more of us to visit Kent's heritage railways.  

Drone

A drone was flown as close as 20m from a passenger jet over south-east London, an investigation reveals.

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Early Christmas present for Port Lympne

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This excitable giraffe has just been born at a Kent wild animal park!

Thanks to the Aspinall Foundation for the pictures.

Driving up the cost of parking

How much is your council making from parking charges? And what's that money being spent on?

People boarding a Southern train

Strike-hit rail operator Southern lodges a legal appeal in a bid to prevent further industrial action.

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Bogdan Alexe says his life would be difficult without social media on his phone
Prolific YouTuber Bogdan Alexe from Canterbury says he has a 'little bit of an obsession' with social media.

BreakingSouthern to appeal High Court ruling

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Southern rail has confirmed it is appealing against a High Court judge's decision not to grant an injunction on Aslef's strike action.

No date for the appeal has yet been set.

Southern: MP calls for change in the law

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A Sussex MP says the government should consider a change in the law to stop crippling rail strikes from happening in the future.

How will the weekend look?

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Weather

We've got a mixed few days ahead.

Here's your forecast.

London Mayor: Southern chaos a 'total disgrace'

Sadiq Khan
BBC

London Mayor Sadiq Khan today criticised all sides for the disruption on Southern.

The ongoing chaos on Southern rail services is a total disgrace that is badly failing commuters who just want to get to work and back. The unions should cancel the strikes and get back around the negotiating table, but the government are washing their hands of this crisis and abandoning commuters in the process."

And he said the number of days lost to strikes on the underground had "reduced by 92%" since he became Mayor.

This is yet another reason why the government should devolve control of commuter services like Southern, Southeastern and South West to TfL. It is absolutely clear that commuters would suffer from fewer strikes if TfL controlled these routes, and fares would be more affordable - with our four year freeze on all TfL fares."

Sadiq KhanMayor of London

What's in the papers today?

Kent Online: Driver arrested after crash causes long delays.

Kent News: Driver's 100mph police chase with pregnant girlfriend.

Kent and Sussex Courier: Police are searching for this man who absconded from court on Wednesday

Stack of newspapers
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'Come and see our vintage trains'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A new campaign's launched today to try and encourage more of us to visit Kent's heritage railways.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC Travel

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

M2 Kent - One lane blocked on M2 coastbound between J2, A228 (Strood) and J3, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

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. 

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. 

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.

Early Christmas present for Port Lympne

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

This excitable giraffe has just been born at a Kent wild animal park!

Thanks to the Aspinall Foundation for the pictures.

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? 

‘It’s an entire world where I can make new friends’

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Prolific YouTuber Bogdan Alexe, from Canterbury, says his life would be difficult without social media on his phone. #thisisme    

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 according to Kent Police - who say dealers are exploiting vulnerable people to expand their illegal trade into the county.

That Christmas chill isn't back yet...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's still going to be quite mild out there for the next few days, I've got your weather forecast. 

Don't worry, the weekend is close!

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A very good morning from the Local Live team in Kent, we're here until 22:00 GMT with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel in your area.

We kick things off this morning with this beautiful picture taken by Dan Thomsett, it's our #photooftheday taken at Viking Bay in Broadstairs.

Of course we want to hear from you - you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email, especially if you see something we should be covering.

Viking Bay
Dan Thomsett