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  1. Updates on Thursday 15 December 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it for now

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    But we'll be back at 06:00 GMT with the latest news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

    Hope you can join us then.

  2. Southern rail protest

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Demonstrators gathered at Victoria Station in London this evening and marched in protest at the standard of service provided on Southern. 

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    Video caption: Southern protest
  3. Oyster success in Whitstable

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Around £1m is being invested on new technology for oyster farming in Whitstable.  

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    Video caption: Oysters
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J3 for M26 and M25 J3.

    M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 London-bound between J3 M26 and M25 J3, Swanley Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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  6. Protect your valuables this Christmas

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    With Christmas just around the corner, Kent Police is reminding motorists to remove valuables from their cars after receiving several reports of theft from vehicles in Ramsgate.

    Between 21:30 GMT on Thursday 8 December and 07:15 GMT on Friday 9 December, a car window was smashed in Park Road and a mobile phone and a quantity of cash was stolen. Over the same night, a purse containing credit cards was stolen from a car parked in Station Approach Road.

    There were four other incidents in the area too. 

  7. War medals stolen in Maidstone

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are investigating a reported burglary after four military medals were stolen from a property in Maidstone. The medals, which were placed inside a silver frame, included one which was awarded for long service in the Royal Navy.

    Some of these medals are believed to have been awarded during the Second World War, with the long service medal being issued later, perhaps in the 1950s or 1960s. 

    Two other medals, which were awarded by the Scouts, are also reported to have been taken. These are a Silver Acorn and a Medal of Merit.

  8. '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.    

    George Low was murdered in the resort of Ayia Napa in August.

    And you can hear more on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with Steve and Kate by listening here.

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    Video caption: Cyprus
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

    BBC Travel

    A20 Kent both ways severe accident, between Church Road and Roughetts Road.

    A20 Kent - A20 London Road in West Malling closed in both directions between the Church Road junction and the Roughetts Road junction, because of an accident.

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  10. Staying mild and dry

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It'll be slightly fresher for the weekend though.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather 1830
  11. 'It's amazing to get some recognition for the sport'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Will Bayley

    His table-topping celebration after winning gold in Rio was one of the most iconic moments of the 2016 Paralympic Games, and now Groombridge table tennis star Will Bayley's been recognised for his achievement. 

    He's been presented with an outstanding achievement award by the Sports Journalists Association at a glittering ceremony at the Tower of London. 

    Will Bayley

    The 28-year-old was born with arthrogryphosis and also overcame childhood cancer.   

    Quote Message: This is such a big award for me personally but also for table tennis and it is amazing to finally get some recognition for the sport." from Will Bayley Paralympic gold medallist
    Will BayleyParalympic gold medallist
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    Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A229 Chatham and J4 for A278.

    M2 Kent - One lane closed on M2 coastbound between J3, A229 (Chatham) and J4, A278 (Gillingham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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  13. Pedigree cats found abandoned

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Two young Persian cats have been found abandoned and close to death in Biddenden.

    The RSPCA says they were skinny and dehydrated, and their fur had become matted.

    The cats, which are less than a year old, are being cared for at the Ashford Garden Cattery.

    Black Persian kitten
    White Persian kitten
  14. Go-Ahead warns of Southern Rail strike impact

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Go-Ahead has warned that its rail division will miss full-year financial forecasts because of continuing strike action on Southern Rail.

    It owns 65% of the Southern franchise through Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and expects its entire rail division to fall "slightly below" estimates.

    For the first six months of the year, turnover on GTR services is forecast to slide by 4%. Journeys on Southern have been severely disrupted by strikes. Read the full story here.

    Southern train
  15. This afternoon's local papers

    KentOnline: Woman grabbed and pulled into alleyway.

    Kent News: Paddock Wood man charged with kidnapping and defrauding pensioner.

    Kent and Sussex Courier: A Dartford teenager has shared shocking pictures of her injuries after she was accosted.

    Pile of newspapers
  16. Sherlock Holmes spotted in Chatham

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Top American comedy actor Will Ferrell has been filming a major movie version of Sherlock Holmes at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham. 

    Filming has been taking place at the Kent location over the past couple of weeks and is due to end tomorrow.  

    Will Ferrell

    Holmes and Watson, a humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries, is due for release in 2018 and also stars Kelly Macdonald and Rob Brydon. 

    Will Ferrell has filmed scenes at the Chatham tourist location. 

    It's the latest in a long line of high profile films and TV shows to be shot at The Historic Dockyard including both Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes films, Les Miserables and the BBC's Call The Midwife.    

    Chatham Dockyard
  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J6 for A229.

    M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road coastbound at J6, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle.

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