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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 26 January

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it from us

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

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

    And remember, if there's something you'd like to tell us about, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

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    Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J4 for A21 and J5 for M26.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J4, A21 (Orpington) and J5 M26, because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  3. Rail disruption to continue all week

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Disruption on train services from Kent to London will continue for the rest of the week following a freight train derailment.

    A 50-metre stretch of railway is being "completely rebuilt" in Lewisham, south-east London following the accident on Tuesday.

    There's more information here.

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    Video caption: Southeastern aerials
  4. Young man died in crash

    Kent Messenger

    Owain Boughtwood

    'Impulsive' decision cost 21-year-old his life in drink-drive crash.

    Read the full story here.

  5. Port plans: Artist impressions revealed

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Here's what the Port of Dover's ambitious plans could look like.

    It's been released by the Port of Dover.

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    Video caption: Plans for the Port of Dover revealed
  6. #ICYMI: MP launches petition to save Maidstone barracks

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Campaigners at Maidstone barracks

    Centuries of military tradition will be broken if proposals to close an army barracks go ahead, an MP has warned.

    Invicta Park Barracks in Maidstone is home to the 36 Engineer Regiment and the Queen's Gurkha Engineers.

    It was earmarked for closure last year by the government, which is selling a number of Ministry of Defence sites.

    Local Conservative MP Helen Grant has now launched a petition to try to save it, saying its closure would have a detrimental effect on the Kent town. Read more here.

  7. Cancer drug campaigner goes to Parliament

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A woman from Deal has gone to Parliament as part of her campaign to try to get the government to fund a cancer drug.

    NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, say it is open to an approach from the drug's manufacturer about ideas for how they could support its use on the NHS.

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  8. This evening's newspaper headlines

    Pile of newspapers

    Kent Online: Power cut affected 1,500 customers in Sittingbourne

    Kent News: Girl, 11, chased by suspicious man past Gillingham station

    Kent and Sussex Courier: A mystery rabbit is on the run at a Folkestone school

  9. Is there a change on the horizon?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's still bitterly cold overnight. But there are changes afoot.

    Here's my latest forecast. 

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  10. Report of man acting suspiciously

    Kent Police is appealing for information after a girl reported a man acting suspiciously in Gillingham.

    The 11-year-old said she believed the man was following her as she walked past the railway station, shortly after 15:15 GMT on Monday. 

    She began to run when she reached Victoria Street and reported that he was also running behind her.

    The girl returned home safely and officers would now like to speak to the man, who is described as being between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in and wearing a dark jacket with the hood up.  

  11. 'All I can think about is her alone in the dark and cold'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A man's been jailed for the manslaughter of a 17-year-old girl, who drowned in the sea off Thanet.

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    Video caption: Man jailed for teenager's manslaughter
  12. Mental health: 'It's an increasing demand on officers' time'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A £250,000 pot is on offer for projects which help cut the amount of time Kent Police spends dealing with mental health issues.    

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  13. #ICYMI: Time travelling photographs in Tunbridge Wells

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A photographer has teamed up with a historian to capture a series of startling images that match up pictures of Tunbridge Wells taken a hundred years ago with how they look today.     

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  14. Two thirds of hospital trusts in South East recruit from overseas

    Staff from more than 100 different countries are working in hospital trusts in the South East.    

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  15. £200m loans agreed for Port of Dover scheme

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A consortium of British and European lenders has agreed a £200m package of loans to support a Port of Dover building programme.

    The Dover Western Docks Revival project will create a purpose-built cargo and logistics facility at the Port, which currently handles up to £119bn of UK trade each year.

    Port of Dover Chief Executive Tim Waggott said: "Dover Western Docks Revival is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover. 

    Port of Dover

    "It will define how we operate for decades to come.

    "Currently handling 17% of all the UK's trade in goods, it is crucial the Port continues to evolve to meet the demands of an ever-changing political and trading landscape.

    "The financial support supplied by blue chip lenders underlines the critical role Dover fulfils for UK and European economies, businesses and consumers."

  16. CCTV issued after shoppers targeted

    Officers investigating reports of thefts from shoppers in Swanley would like to speak to these two men. 

    Nine reports of items being taken from handbags or shopping trolleys were received on Tuesday 17 January.

    Purses and mobile phones were stolen. Five incidents were reported to have taken place in Aldi, three at Asda and one at a Wilkinsons store. 

    CCTV issued after shoppers targeted by thieves
  17. 'Repugnant' man jailed for teen's death

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Michael Bowditch, 21, has been sentenced to five years for the manslaughter of 17-year-old Becky Morgan.

    He did nothing to help her when she fell in the sea in Ramsgate, and even waited two-and-a-half hours to raise the alarm.

    The judge called his behaviour "repugnant".

    A statement from Becky's mother, Lee Ann Bevan, was read outside court.

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    Video caption: DC Clare Day reads statement from family of Becky Morgan
  18. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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  19. 'They come back and their tyres are down'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Traffic wardens are asking children in Ashford schools to tackle their parents over dangerous parking.

    Radio Kent's Mid Morning phone-in yesterday heard about listeners' experiences.

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    Video caption: Debate on parking outside schools