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  1. Updates on 5 January 2016

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  1. That's it for tonight

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

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

    Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. 'It really is quite serious'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A report into fire safety at one of our busiest hospitals has revealed it didn't have a fire drill for three years.

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    Video caption: Report reveals hospital had no fire drill for three years
  3. More millions to keep Dreamland open

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Margate's troubled amusement park is being thrown a huge financial lifeline. 

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    Video caption: Dreamland Amusement Park is thrown a financial lifeline
  4. Driver-only system 'is safe'

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    An independent report's found the system where drivers operate train doors is safe to use on the Southern rail network. Unions have described it as a "whitewash".

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    Video caption: Report finds driver-only operated trains are safe
  5. New turbines could double wind farm output

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanet wind farm

    Up to 34 new wind turbines could be built off Margate as part of plans to extend the Thanet offshore wind farm.  

    When it opened in 2010 it was the largest offshore wind farm in the world. 

    Owners Vattenfall say the new turbines would be taller than the 100 that already exist and could potentially almost double its output.

  6. Frosty start to the morning

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's cold morning tomorrow - watch my forecast to find out more.

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    Video caption: Weather South East
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J10 for A20 and J11 for B2068 Hythe.

    M20 Kent - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M20 coastbound between J10, A20 (Ashford South) and J11, B2068 (Hythe), because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  8. Going back to the happiest days of their lives

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A Maidstone school's trying a new way to tackle the teacher recruitment crisis - tempting former pupils back to the classroom.

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    Video caption: Former pupils encouraged to return to teaching
  9. BreakingHowzat: Walker confirmed as head coach at Canterbury

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Kent Cricket have appointed a familiar face at Canterbury as Gravesend-born Matt Walker steps up as head coach.

    It comes after former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams left the role in October after five seasons at the club.

    His assistant has also been confirmed as former South African fast bowler Allan Donald.

    Walker spent the majority of his 19-year playing career at Canterbury before leaving in 2008 but returned as assistant head coach in April 2014. He made his County Championship debut for Kent in 1994 and scored over 15,000 runs in all formats of the game for the club.

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  10. Ademola Lookman: Everton sign Charlton forward for £11m

    Everton have completed the £11m signing of Charlton Athletic's teenage forward Ademola Lookman.

    The 19-year-old joins on a four-and-a-half-year deal until June 2021.

    The England Under-20 international has scored seven goals in 25 games in all competitions for League One Charlton this season.

    Ademola Lookman
  11. BreakingSouthern strike: Union accepts talks with Government

    The RMT union, which is locked in a bitter dispute with Southern over the introduction of driver only operated trains, has announced it will take up an offer by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to have direct talks about the strikes.

    More to follow as we get it.

  12. It's going to be another cold one tonight

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    After another frosty night, temperatures will start to rise later tomorrow.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Elizabeth Rizzini
  13. M20 reopens

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police say the M20 has now fully reopened at junction 10 near Ashford.

    A crash involving two cars and a lorry around 08:30 GMT caused one coastbound lane to be closed for several hours.

  14. Crash closes part of M20

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    One lane of the coastbound M20 is going to be closed for several hours, as police deal with a three-vehicle accident near Ashford.

    It happened just before 08:30 GMT, at junction 10, when two cars and a lorry collided.

    No-one was injured.

  15. Today's local paper headlines

    Kent Online: 'He was an amazing kid, I'm so proud of him'

    Kent News: Man threatens to jump off car park roof at The Chequers Mall, Maidstone

    Kent and Sussex Courier: Gillingham school Brompton Academy is closed because of burst water pipes and no heating

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  16. Quick round up...

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    A brief look at the top news stories in Kent this morning:    

    Ady Pennock
    • League One side Gillingham have named former Forest Green Rovers boss Ady Pennock as their new head coach, after sacking Justin Edinburgh on Tuesday.  
    • There are fears more homeless people could die in the cold weather in the Medway towns if more help and shelter isn't provided for them.
    • A 56-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. It's after Police were called to home in Gillingham to reports of a man with a head injury.
  17. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J10 for A20.

    M20 Kent - M20 partially blocked and queuing traffic coastbound at J10, A20 (Ashford South), because of an accident involving a couple of cars.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for: