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Goodnight Kent

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

That's all from your Kent Live team for another day. 

We're back at 06:00 GMT with all the latest news. 

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Charlton FA Cup match goes to extra time

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The FA Cup 2nd Round replay between MK Dons and Charlton has gone to extra time. 

Latest score: 1-1 

Southern strike in numbers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

What impact will the latest Southern strike have on services and passengers?  

Missing teen probably drowned

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A young man who vanished on a night out in Chatham probably drowned in the River Medway, according to his family.

Ben Savage, who's 18, hasn't been seen since the early hours of 6 December.

His family today issued a statement, thanking the emergency services for overwhelming support in the search for Ben, but are 'coming to terms' with the likelihood that he fell in the water.

Ben Savage
Kent Police

Yarnold helps strike a blow for clean sport

Lizzy Yarnold has hailed the decision to strip Sochi of next year's bobsleigh and skeleton World Championships in the wake of the second McLaren report into state-sponsored doping in Russia.

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation announced the move today after coming under increasing pressure to act once the extent of the report by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren became apparent.

Lizzy Yarnold
BBC

Over 1,000 Russian athletes were implicated in doping improprieties, including many Winter Olympians, vindicating the stance taken by Yarnold in October when she said she was considering a boycott of the event. 

West Kingsdown's Yarnold tweeted: "@IBSF have moved the 2017 World Champs from Russia. So glad our voices are being heard and our sport is joining the fight against doping in sport #CleanSport". 

Goooooaaalllll! Charlton are level

It's one-all in the FA Cup - as Charlton pull level against MK Dons.  

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Charlton fall behind after early goal

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The night has begun poorly for Charlton in their FA Cup 2nd Round replay. One goal down already against MK Dons.  

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A lovely mild December day in store

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The weather is staying mild and there's sunshine too. Here's my forecast.

southern rail train

A rail union boss says getting drivers to control train doors is less safe. Has it resulted in more injuries?

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BreakingRMT to attend rail talks

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The RMT union has confirmed it will be attending talks at Acas tomorrow with Southern Rail and Aslef to try to end the protracted dispute.

Christmas lights advent calender - 13 December

Our Christmas lights advent calendar is on day 13 – let’s take a look behind the door.

What are your lights like? We'd love to see - send us some pictures or video in the comments below, or to southeasttoday@bbc.co.uk

Bell-Drummond gets lions call up

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond has been confirmed in the England Lions One Day International squad for their series against Sri Lanka in February and March.

The Lions will play five 50-over games against Sri Lanka A, following two four-day matches against the same opposition.

Earlier this year, Bell-Drummond scored 171 not out for the Lions against the Sri Lankans - his highest score in List A cricket - and shared in a partnership of 367 with Ben Duckett at Canterbury, the second highest limited-overs partnership in world cricket

Daniel Bell Drummond
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BreakingSouthern bosses welcome fresh talks

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Southern's parent company confirms talks will take place with the union Aslef at the conciliation service Acas tomorrow.

We reached out to Aslef as we said we would and now welcome the opportunity to discuss a way forward with them tomorrow. The travelling public are suffering misery and inconvenience and the impact on the regional economy is significant. We assure everyone we are committed to trying to find a solution to the union's dispute."

Charles HortonCEO, Govia Thameslink Railway

Teenager arrested following Strood collision

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police has arrested a 17-year-old boy following a collision in Strood High Street. The incident happened at 00:40 GMT today when a car hit a shop front.   Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle on the A228 in Rochester which failed to stop when requested to do so.

No serious injuries were reported. The boy, who is from Strood, has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, driving while unfit through drugs, dangerous driving and having no insurance. 

BreakingAcas talks to be held tomorrow

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Aslef says talks aimed at resolving the dispute will be held at the conciliation service Acas on Wednesday.

Passengers at London Victoria queue for an express train to Gatwick Airport

Rail passengers endure travel chaos as striking train drivers bring the Southern network to a halt.

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Two more arrests after Chatham attempted murder

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police have arrested two more men on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident in Chatham High Street. Officers arrested a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, both from Chatham, on Monday.  The arrests came as part of an investigation into an incident where a 16-year-old boy was hit by two cars before being stabbed last Friday night.   It is alleged the victim, who is from Chatham, was struck by two cars before being chased. He was then reportedly stabbed a number of times. 

He was taken to a local hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Two men aged 18 and 19 were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident and have since been bailed.  The other two men remain in custody while enquiries are continuing.

Mayor of London: 'You deserve better'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sadiq Khan has repeated his offer to put Transport for London in control of Southern. The London Mayor says passengers have been let down by the government.

Southern strike: A lowdown of the morning

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Passengers woke up to a day of misery and disappointment as striking train drivers brought the Southern network to a halt.

Members of the Aslef union walked out for 48 hours at midnight. A further 24-hour strike is set for Friday causing chaos on the build up to Christmas. 

Here's what's happened so far today.

Those temperatures are holding up

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Wet and overcast today, but the sunshine returns tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

Bell-Drummond gets England Lions call up

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Some good news for Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond - the 23-year-old has been selected for the England Lions One Day International squad for their tour of Sri Lanka in February and March.

After impressing for the first team, Keaton Jennings will lead the Lions in both their four-day and one-day series.

Daniel Bell Drummond
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Missing man found

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man thought to have gone missing after a car crash in West Kent has been found safe and well.

Timothy Bridge, who's 29, was reported missing after the two-vehicle collision on the A228 at Kings Hill yesterday.

It's thought he suffered a head injury.

Timothy Bridge
Kent Police
Southern rail strike: 'I just need a cup of coffee'
A commuter travelling into London from Reigate has been detailing his journey into work as drivers on Southern trains go out on strike.
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Fed up with waiting, one savvy public transport user decided to do something about the daily delays and apologies

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J11 for B2068 Hythe and J10 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 London-bound between J11, B2068 (Hythe) and J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Southern strike: What's it all about?

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Southern train
PA

In a nutshell, the Southern strike is about safety, jobs and politics.

On safety, Southern wants to bring in something called driver-only-operated (DOO) trains where the driver, rather than the conductor, opens and closes the doors. Unions say the on-board conductor/guard has a much better view of the doors and can stop people getting trapped. 

Southern has guaranteed that no-one will lose their job, or take a pay cut. The second person will now be free to help passengers, they say.

Then there’s the politics. Ministers are paying Southern's parent company, GTR, to run services, while the government collects the fare money. So the cost of all the strikes and disruption is picked up by the government, not the train firm. 

Commuters
EPA

Whatever happens here will be reflected in future franchises as they take delivery of new driver-only operated trains.

Right now, I really can't see how this dispute will end. No-one's budging on the critical issue. No-one's even talking.

Man reported missing in Kings Hill after car crash

Kent Police is appealing for information after a 29-year-old, who was believed to be involved in a car crash, has not been seen since.

Timothy Bridge is believed to have been in a two-car collision on the A228 at about 20:10 GMT on Monday.

He is reported to have suffered a head injury in the incident and officers are concerned for his welfare.

Missing man
Kent Police

Gills suffer heavy defeat

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh admitted his side were second best in their 4-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers in League One. 

Gary Madine and Josh Vela scored for the hosts in the first half, Madine adding a second before a stunning strike from outside the box by Sami Ameobi finished off the scoring. 

Justin Ediburgh
Empics

No complaints, Bolton were worthy of the victory, they were the better side. I think the gulf in quality and class was there for all to see. We were coming up against Championship players."

Justin EdinburghGillingham manager

Christmas lights advent calendar - 13 December

Our Christmas lights advent calendar is on day 13 – let’s take a look behind the door.

What are your lights like? We'd love to see - send us some pictures or video in the comments below, or to southeasttoday@bbc.co.uk

Sacked nurse facing 'poverty and homelessness' for talking about religion

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A nurse is suing a Kent hospital, after being sacked for talking to patients about her faith.

A wet and cloudy morning for struggling commuters

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A damp start to the day in the South East, but how soggy will commuters get waiting for their rail replacement services?

Medway Maritime 'optimistic' about the future

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The boss of Medway Maritime Hospital says she's "optimistic" that the trust will finally be taken out of special measures, by early next year. To find out more, John and Maggie went to visit the hospital to see how they're dealing with the busy Christmas period.

Good morning Tuesday

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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 Peter Selwood showing a full moon over St Peters in Thanet. It's our #photooftheday 

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Full moon
Peter Selwood