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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Thursday 9 February

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for another night, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 GMT to round off another week of news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. It's staying cold, and getting colder

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    The weekend might even see some snow.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Sara Thornton
  3. Have you got a story we should be investigating?

    Our award-winning BBC South East Investigations team has brought you stories of people smuggling, scammers, flytipping and dangerous criminals.

    We want to continue exposing people breaking the law - with your help. 

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    Video caption: South East Investigates trail
  4. This evening's local paper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    Kent Online: Home admits safety failings over death of carer in lift

    Kent News: Theresa May stands firm as Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Dover slam government approach to assisting refugees

    News Shopper: Pink Smart-car driving teen jailed for 2 years after killing pensioner in 80mph crash on M25 outside Swanley

  5. River Medway body identified

    The body of a man found in the River Medway, in Rochester, on Wednesday 1 February has been formally identified as being Ben Savage.

    Ben Savage

    The last sighting of the 18-year-old was in Sun Pier, Chatham, at 03:1 GMT on Tuesday 6 December 2016. He was reported missing that same morning.

    There are no suspicious circumstances and Kent Police is preparing a report for the coroner.

    Mr Savage’s next of kin are aware and have released the following statement:

    Quote Message: In light of the second person that was found in the River Medway on Wednesday 1st February 2017 today being confirmed as Ben, we, Ben's family, would like to thank everyone for their support over these difficult and confusing couple of months. Thousands of people were touched by Ben's story and their support went some way to comfort us all."
  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J3 for M26 and J4 for A228 Leybourne affecting J2A for A20.

    M20 Kent - Slow traffic on M20 coastbound between J3 M26 and J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion on M26 to J2a A20.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  7. Now pay attention 007...

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    They may look like every day objects, but this is actually a collection of deadly weapons used by WWII spies.

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    Video caption: WW2 spy gear goes under the hammer
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between M25 J3 and J2 for A20.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound between M25 J3, Swanley Interchange and J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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  9. Budget passes but with amendments

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    The budget that Kent County Council set has passed, but with some amendments.

    The county council's UKIP, Lib Dem and Labour groups all succeeded in getting something. 

    Unusually the parties shared their amendments ahead of the full council meeting, and everything seemed on the whole quite conciliatory.

    I'm told each party received an offer that the Conservative group would back their amendments in support for the budget.

    I'm awaiting a full list on which way each councillor voted. Ten Labour councillors and six Liberal Democrats didn't support the budget, and I'm told 7 UKIP councillors voted against as well. 

  10. Anger at the handling of a refugee scheme

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    Video caption: MPs attack as "shameful" a cap on a child refugee scheme allowing in just 350 youngsters.
  11. KCC budget increase passes

    Rajdeep Sandhu

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    Kent County Councillors have finished voting on proposals to increase council tax by 3.99%.

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  12. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J2 for A2 and J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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  13. New supermarket for Dover

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Lidl has been given the go-ahead to build a new superstore in Dover.

    Dover District Council has granted planning permission for the two-storey building on the White Cliffs Business Park, which will have 159 parking spaces.

    The project will create 40 new jobs when it opens later this year.

    New Lidl store for Dover
  14. It's a grey day

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Weather

    And it's going to feel very chilly.

    Here's my afternoon forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini
  15. No fishing

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Mackerel fishing

    A "no-take zone" four times the size of the City of London has been established in the River Medway, to conserve fish stocks.

    It covers 12.1 square kilometres (4.6 square miles), and will protect shallow water used as nursery areas by juvenile fish.