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  1. A pensioner who left a fake bomb in a Sevenoaks bank has been jailed for three years and four months.
  2. Southern Rail is advising passengers not to travel today as drivers working for the Aslef union go ahead with a 24-hour strike.
  3. A two-day strike by train drivers on Tuesday and Wednesday brought all services to a halt and left services severely disrupted yesterday.
  4. Talks between the two sides ended yesterday with no deal being reached.
  5. People smugglers who operated in the Calais migrant camp are continuing their criminal activity in broad daylight in Paris, a BBC South East Today investigation has found.
  6. Updates on Friday 16 December 2016

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  1. That's it for now

    Siobhan Daniels

    BBC Live reporter

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

    Hope you can join us then. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. 'First Hippo on the Moon' takes to the stage

    Siobhan Daniels

    BBC Live reporter

    A theatre production of characters from David Walliams' new children's book 'First Hippo on the Moon' has premiered in Eastbourne.

    It will also be playing at theatres around the country, including Kent and Surrey,

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  3. 'We can't promise operations won't be cancelled'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    An NHS Trust says it's writing to the government asking what contingency plans will be put in place if the Southern strikes continue.

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    Video caption: Local NHS says it's worried about impact of train strikes
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A206 and J31 for A1306.

    M25 Kent - Two lanes closed on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of a broken down vehicle.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  5. Appeal after teenager found dead

    Officers from British Transport Police are appealing for information after the death of a boy on the railway in Whitstable.  

    The boy was hit by a train near the railway bridge at Joy Lane. Police were called just after 21:20 GMT on Saturday 10 December and the 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference 630 of 10/12/2016. 

  6. Six arrested after 300,000 illegal cigarettes seized

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Police seized around 300,000 illegal cigarettes in the Gravesend area.

    On Thursday 15 December, several warrants were executed at businesses in Gravesend as part of an operation targeting the importation and sale of illegal tobacco products within the town.  


    During the operation officers arrested six people on suspicion of various offences surrounding money laundering and tax evasion. 

    Police also seized around 300,000 illegal cigarettes where it was estimated that tax worth £120,000 had not been paid.    

    Cigarettes siezed
  7. What's the weekend weather going to be like?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It looks like it will remain dry and mild.

    Here's my forecast.

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  8. Indecent exposure in Strood

    Police have released a computer generated image of a man they want to speak to following an indecent exposure in Strood. 

    Two girls were walking along an alleyway between Broom Hill Road and Brompton Farm Road when a man indecently exposed himself on 28 November. 

    Indecent exposure
  9. Kent schoolchildren take on Japanese Judo Champions

    Siobhan Daniels

    BBC Live reporter

    Japanese Judo Champions share their expertise with plucky primary school children from Hever Primary school in Edenbridge.

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  10. Police watchdog criticised Kent Police.

    Siobhan Daniels

    BBC Live reporter

    Both Kent Police and Manchester Police failed to investigate a woman's claims that a man threatened to kill her.

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  11. A century on and still going strong

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    It's a happy 100th birthday to Ashford's town centre tank.

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    Video caption: Ashford's tank celebrates its hundredth birthday
  12. 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. 

  13. 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 navy.

    Some of these medals are believed to have been awarded during the Second World War, with the long service one being issued later, perhaps in the 1950s or 60s. 

    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.

  14. Police investigate Greenhithe attack

    Rosemary Crick

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Kent

    Police are investigating after a woman was attacked in Greenhithe. 

    She was walking along Knockhall Road at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, when a man grabbed her arm and pulled her into an alleyway. She struggled and shouted but was able to escape. 

    Officers are appealing for witnesses.

  15. It's day 16

    Our Christmas lights advent calendar is on day 16 – 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  

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    Video caption: Christmas Advent Calendar
  16. Calais people smugglers switch operations to Paris

    Colin Campbell

    BBC South East Special Correspondent

    People smugglers who operated in Calais' migrant camp are continuing their criminal activity in broad daylight in Paris

    A BBC South East Today investigation has discovered the smugglers offer guaranteed safe passage to the UK for just £3,000. 

    Our undercover researcher was told he would be taken to Dover hidden in the back of a truck containing products from the supermarket chain Lidl. 

    Lidl said they instigated an urgent investigation. 

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  17. Katelyn Parker murder: Rape accused went on to kill woman

    Two detectives have been disciplined after police failed to properly investigate rape allegations against a man who went on to murder a woman.

    Lee Nolan strangled Katelyn Parker, 24, with her own hair straighteners after she called him "gay" in August 2015.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission has now found "significant failings" in the way police handled previous allegations against Nolan.

    Detectives from Greater Manchester and Kent police received official warnings. Read the full story here.

    Lee Nolan
  18. A Christmas sing-along for the whole county

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    If you've ever sung this festive tune, you'll want to see this...

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

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    Video caption: the Radio Kent mid morning team sing
  19. Flying home for Christmas

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    He's used to much warmer climates than a beach in East Sussex. Now, Norman, the red-footed booby bird is on his way home. 

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