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  2. Updates on Wednesday 1 February

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  2. Smuggled dogs: 'They've been bred in terrible conditions'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Calls for tougher laws, after a dramatic increase in the number of pedigree dogs seized at the UK's ports.

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    Video caption: Rise in the number of smuggled puppies
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    Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J3 for A229 Chatham and J2 for A228 Strood.

    M2 Kent - Stationary traffic on M2 London-bound between J3, A229 (Chatham) and J2, A228 (Strood), because of a rolling road-block and an accident.

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  4. At least it's a mild forecast

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    The cold has gone. But it's very wet and windy. Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather Rachel
  5. This afternoon's newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    Kent Online: Second search of River Medway near Civic Centre, Strood

    Kent News: CCTV images released of hooded thugs who threatened Folkestone shop worker at knifepoint

    Kent and Sussex Courier: Kelly Turner snaps selfie with this Hollywood A-lister days after setting date for USA surgery plans

  6. 'I thought I was going to die'

    Colin Campbell

    BBC South East Special Correspondent

    A woman from Kent who was abducted at knifepoint, then raped by a gang of men has spoken for the first time about her ordeal.  

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    Video caption: Abducted and raped woman speaks of ordeal
  7. Big drugs haul at Chunnel

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Border Force officers have discovered 23 kilos (50lbs) of cocaine hidden in a lorry at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles.

    The drugs, with an estimated street value of £1.4m, were hidden in a Romanian-registered truck.

    Brothers Gabriel Codita, 27, and 28-year-old Constantin Alin Codita, both with no fixed UK addresses, appeared before magistrates in Folkestone on 30 January, charged with attempting to import cocaine into the UK.

    They were remanded in custody until 27 February, when they're due to appear at Canterbury Crown Court.

    Both withheld their pleas.

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    Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A20 and J4 for A228 Leybourne.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M20 London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a broken down vehicle.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J4 for A21.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J5, M26 (Sevenoaks) and J4, A21 (Orpington), because of a broken down lorry.

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  10. Legal action over government handling of Southern moves closer

    Plans for a legal case against the government's handling of the Southern rail franchise have moved a step further.

    A group of commuters has applied for a judicial review after lodging detailed grounds addressing the Department for Transport's "ongoing failure" to hold Southern's owners, Govia Thameslink Railway, to account for the "breakdown" of services.

    The Association of British Commuters (ABC) said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had acted unlawfully by failing to determine whether GTR was in breach of its franchise obligations. 

    Members of ABC

    Southern's services have been disrupted for months by industrial action, staff shortages and other problems.

    Talks between the company and Aslef in a dispute over driver-only trains resumed on Wednesday.

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    Medium congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

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    M25 Kent anti-clockwise medium congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J2 for A2.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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  12. Drug operation on Sheppey

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Police on the Isle of Sheppey are carrying out a week-long operation to disrupt and arrest drug dealers.  

    Officers are executing search warrants, carrying out road checks and putting on high visibility foot patrols in the Minster and Sheerness area, following a rise in drug crime and anti-social behaviour. 

    Drug raid
  13. Olympic hero's road to recovery

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    She won gold with Team GB at the Rio Olympics, but now Canterbury hockey star Susannah Townsend is facing an even bigger challenge: rehabilitation

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    Video caption: Susannah Townsend's rehab
  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A20 and J4 for A228 Leybourne.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M20 London-bound between J5, A20 (Aylesford) and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a vehicle fire.

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  15. Arrest after woman blinded in Deal

    Police investigating an incident on New Year's Eve that left a woman blinded in one eye have made an arrest. 

    Cora Mitchard, 24, from the Medway Towns, was at a fireworks display in Deal when a fight broke out nearby, and she was hit in the face with a beer can. 

    A 20-year-old man from Deal is being questioned.

    Cora Mitchard
  16. Police investigate burglary

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Five teenagers have been arrested following a burglary in Hersden, near Canterbury.

    Police were called to a property in South View at 18:30 GMT on Monday.

    A ride-on mower, thought to have been stolen, was recovered.

    The teenagers, aged between 12 and 16, have been released on bail.