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Summary

  1. 70mph reinstated on the Sheppey Crossing.
  2. PM to follow up on Cyprus stabbing of Dartford man.
  3. Train driver members of the Aslef union take part in the second day of strike action on the Southern Rail network.
  4. Talks at Acas are due to resume tomorrow.
  5. Updates on Wednesday 14 December 2016

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That's all for now

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back at 06:00 GMT with more news, sport, travel and weather.

See you then.

Deborah Roberts and her son Marshall

The sister of a woman killed on the Sheppey Crossing opposes a move to reinstate the 70mph speed limit.

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'He had so much more to give'

The family of a Dartford man who was stabbed to death in Cyprus have described their pain and anger at the delays bringing his killers to justice.  

Radio sing-along

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Julia George asked listeners to the BBC Radio Kent mid morning show to join her team in a rendition of 'Little Donkey' - here's what happened.

Football round-up

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon hailed their 1-0 replay win at National League Woking as their best performance of the season.

He's challenged his Fleet side to repeat those heroics on a more regular basis.

Elsewhere in the FA Trophy 1st round last night, Dartford trumped fellow Kent club Dover 2-1 at Crabble, Maidstone lost 2-3 to Boreham Wood and Bromley won 5-3 at Leiston with Adam Cunnington scoring a hat-trick.

Two held over teen stabbed and hit by car

High Street, Chatham
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The attack happened on a busy section of the high street in Chatham

Two more people are arrested after a boy was left in a serious condition after allegedly being struck by two cars then chased and stabbed.

High Street, Chatham

Two held over teen stabbed and hit by car

Two more people are arrested after a boy was left in a serious condition after allegedly being struck by two cars then chased and stabbed.

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Staying mild but it'll be cloudy

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It'll be mild again tomorrow but freshening up for the weekend. Here's my forecast.

Day 14 of our advent calender

Our Christmas lights advent calendar is on day 14 – 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

Southern trains in rail yard

Talks aimed at ending strikes on Southern rail see some progress but a planned strike will still go ahead on Friday, Aslef says.

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Gills latest

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson says the team's 16-day break between games worked against them at Bolton this week.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup, the Gills had no game between their 3-0 win over Rochdale a week ago last Saturday, and the 4-0 defeat at the Macron Stadium.

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh believes it was no disgrace to lose at the former Premier League club.

Snooker: Hawkins wins

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

In snooker Ditton's Barry Hawkins has safely progressed from round two of the Scottish Open. He beat Matthew Stevens by four frames to two. 

Barry Hawkins
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Lucie Keeley

A motorcyclist who died in a crash with two cars on the A2 is named as mother-of-two Lucie Keeley.

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BreakingAcas talks to resume tomorrow

Aslef says Acas talks with Southern are due to begin again at 10:30 GMT tomorrow.

Breaking'Progress made' at talks, say union

ASLEF union general secretary Mick Whelan says progress been made at Acas talks but that that the strike on Friday is still on.

70mph reinstated on the Sheppey Crossing

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Highways England have announced they're to reinstate the national speed limit on the Sheppey Crossing.

After an independent review of safety, Highways England divisional director for the South East, Simon Jones says 70mph is a safe speed for the bridge.

In the longer term, they've announced there will better fog detection and will be installing warning systems including the installation of new variable message signs.

The 50mph speed limit was introduced after a serious incident on the crossing.

Sheppy Bridge
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Tribute to woman killed in Dartford car crash

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The family of a woman who died following a collision on the A2 near Dartford have issued a tribute in her memory.

41-year-old Lucie Keeley, from Northfleet, was riding a motorcycle when the incident happened on the London-bound carriageway at Wilmington, at 18:00 GMT on Friday 9 December.

Lucie Keeley
Kent Police/Keeley family

Our beautiful Lucie has left behind her family including her two gorgeous children, loving partner, mother and brother and many close friends who will miss her greatly.

Lucie was incredibly kind, patient and generous. She was a fantastic mother and a dear friend who was always there when you needed her. She was extremely creative, fun and positive, and leaves us better people for having known her. Just by being herself, Lucie really was a truly inspirational character.

Keeley family

BreakingWarnings of severe disruption tomorrow

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Passengers on Southern and Gatwick Express have been warned to expect services to be severely disrupted tomorrow following today’s drivers’ strike and Aslef's overtime ban for drivers.

Southern passenger services director Angie Doll said: "We will be working hard to run as many services as possible tomorrow, but regrettably I have to warn passengers that services will be severely impacted, with reductions and cancellations across all routes.

 “With today’s strike ending at midnight, despite our best efforts, some trains and crew will still not be in position for tomorrow’s service, and the overtime ban will continue to have a serious impact."

The train operator is advising passengers to check here before travelling.

On Friday, when Aslef drivers will again be on strike, there will be no Southern services and Gatwick Express will run every half an hour, instead of every 15 minutes, while Thameslink will run a normal timetable. Passengers are again advised not to travel.  

PM to follow up on Cyprus stabbing

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The Prime Minister Theresa May says she will do all she can to help bring justice for a Dartford man who was stabbed to death in Cyprus in August, and his friend who survived the attack.

22-year-old estate agent George Low was killed near a nightclub in Ayia Napa in Cyprus on 14 August. His friend Ben Barker, also 22, said he was lucky to be alive after the ordeal. 

Enjoy the sunshine

Kate Kinsella

Weather presenter

What a lovely day it is out there for most of us. Here's my forecast.

RMT leader: 'They've shown contempt for us as a trade union'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Mick Cash, General Secretary of the RMT, says he's been barred from taking part in talks to try and resolve the Southern dispute.

Read more here.

Why is this dispute so difficult to crack?

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

This dispute is a particularly tricky one to crack, not least because of the unique way the Southern franchise works.

The Government pays Govia Thameslink billions of pounds to run Southern, but keeps all the money raised from tickets itself.

It's an unusual arrangement which came about because disruption from engineering works at London Bridge posed a big financial risk to any train company taking on the Southern routes.

What it also means is that the Government has significant influence on the contract and it is understood to be very keen to push through Driver Only Operation (DOO).

Southern Train
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With the loss of revenue on tickets, thought to be £38m by the end of the year, borne by the taxpayer, Southern arguably has less incentive than other companies to end the strikes.

And on the union side, they know their action can't stop the roll-out of DOO on Southern, which will actually be complete in a couple of weeks’ time.

But they don't agree with it and really want it reversed, so there is no deadline after which their industrial action becomes redundant.

Add this to the fact that the Government won't be in the room at Acas and it looks like it could be pretty tough to get a resolution.

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

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BreakingRMT leader 'barred from talks'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

RMT leader Mick Cash has been barred from taking part in talks on the Southern Railway dispute at Acas, the union said.

Talks are underway to find a solution to the dispute. 

Missing man is 'likely dead'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The family of a teenager who disappeared after a night out in Chatham say it's likely he fell into the River Medway and was unable to swim to safety.

Eighteen-year-old Ben Savage has been missing since 6 December.

His mother Tara has released a statement on behalf of herself, his father Martin, brother Luke and the rest of their family.

Ben Savage
Kent Police

After an extensive review of CCTV footage, we are coming to terms with the likelihood that Ben fell in the River Medway during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Based on the temperature of the water, the river currents and Ben’s level of consciousness when entering the river, we have to assume that he would have been unable to swim to safety.

This is a heartbreaking time for everyone and so we, Ben’s family, now ask for some time and space to grieve."

Family Statement

Yarnold: 'Skeleton is by no means clean'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

West Kingdown's Lizzy Yarnold has welcomed 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.

In November, British Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold had said she may boycott the championships because of concerns over doping.

A report on 9 December claimed more than 1,000 Russians benefited from a doping cover-up between 2011 and 2015.

A new host city will be named for the February event in the forthcoming days.

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What services will be operating?

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Southern Rail strike map
Southern Rail

Southern has released this map showing what services will run today. 

  • On routes shown in grey, there will be no service and you will not be able to travel
  • On routes shown in red and purple, you are advised that there will be a significantly reduced service and are advised not to travel

You can see the map and more strike information here.

Day 14 on our advent calender

Our Christmas lights advent calendar is on day 14 – 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

Huge 4,000-home garden city will be built in

KentOnline

The biggest housing development ever proposed in Canterbury has been given the green light despite impassioned pleas to reject it. Read more from KentOnline here.

Housing
KentOnline

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, after J6 for A22 affecting Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise after J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car and recovery work. Congestion to Clacket Lane Services.

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When are the Southern strikes taking place?

Here's a helpful graphic to show when the Southern strikes are taking place over the next month.

A lovely December day

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

There's sunshine and it's going to be mild today.

Good morning Kent

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 Jenny Lyons of sunset over St Peters in Thanet.

It's our #photooftheday 

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St Peters
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