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  2. Updates on Tuesday 21 February 2017

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  1. Good night from Kent Live

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's all from us for another day. We'll be back again at 06:00 GMT with more of Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Thanks for joining us.

  2. Wonky banisters and damp garages - a look inside a Bovis home

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    They persuaded customers to move into unfinished houses, and Kent-based Bovis Homes has set aside £7m to pay compensation.

    But just how many problems can one house have?

    You may be surprised.

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    Video caption: Defects in a Bovis Home
  3. Have you seen Stephen?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Police are trying to find a missing man who was last seen in Strood.

    Stephen Read, who's 46, hasn't been seen since the early hours of 19 February.

    He's 5ft 4in tall, and has grey hair and tattoos on both arms. He may be carrying a rucksack and sleeping bag.

    Stephen Read
  4. A breezy day

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    It's going to be mild but blustery tomorrow.

    Here's my forecast.  

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    Video caption: weather
  5. Gills: 'This is a relegation battle, the table doesn't lie'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Gillingham take on AFC Wimbledon at Priestfield this evening.

    The Gills are just a point above the League One relegation zone, and are without a win in 10 games. 

    Adrian Pennock

    Head coach Ady Pennock says the players have to improve.  

    Quote Message: They've got to step up, they should have stepped up at the start of the season all the way through to now, but they haven't done that all season. This is a relegation battle, the table doesn't lie.' from Ady Pennock Head Coach, Gillingham FC
    Ady PennockHead Coach, Gillingham FC

    There's full commentary on Gillingham v AFC Wimbledon on BBC Radio Kent from 19:30 GMT.

  6. Ten years for man who squirted 'good citizen' with corrosive liquid

    A man who squirted corrosive liquid in the face of a man, who was attempting to break up a fight among a group of youths, has been jailed for 10 years.

    The 44-year-old man, who isn't being named, was driving outside The Barge pub in Vange, Basildon, when he attempted to disperse the youths in March last year.

    Thomas Eastwood then pulled up in a van and, while the victim explained what had been happening, squirted a concentrated alkaline substance in his face.

    Members of the public heard his screams and came to his aid and he was taken to hospital.

    Thomas Eastwood

    Essex Police described his injuries as something "he'll have to live with for the rest of his life".

    Eastwood, 22, of Langlands Drive, Dartford, Kent, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Basildon Crown Court during a trial in January and today he was sentenced.

  7. This afternoon's Kent newspaper headlines

    Stack of newspapers

    Kent Online: Armed gang terrorised travellers' site

    Kent News: Plans to stop councils naming roads after local heroes would ‘suck the goodwill and spirit out of communities’

    Kent and Sussex Courier: This is why the Leas Lift is so important to Folkestone's tourism industry

  8. Kent construction firm to pay millions in compensation

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Customers that were persuaded to move into now homes which weren't finished will be compensated by the Longfield-based building firm Bovis Homes.

    It's set aside £7m to compensate dissatisfied customers, after they were talked into moving into the incomplete houses so that sales targets would be hit.

    Bovis estate

    Bovis received thousands of complaints over issues such as incomplete drives and leaky pipes.   

    In a statement, the firm said it's "already in open dialogue with those customers who have highlighted specific issues to us and, where appropriate, will reimburse customers for any direct and reasonable costs incurred as a result of its actions."

  9. MP fights closure of army base

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The closure of Maidstone's Invicta Barracks would have a devastating effect on the town.

    That's according to the local MP, speaking during a debate in Parliament.

    The government wants to shut the site by 2027 and use it for housing.

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    Video caption: Helen Grant speaks against closure of Maidstone Barracks
  10. It's looking like a mild and breezy afternoon

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Look East weather

    Will we be hit by 'Storm Doris' which is on its way? Find out in my forecast.

    Video content

    Video caption: weather
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J8 for A20 Leeds Castle and J9 for A20 Ashford.

    M20 Kent - Lane closed on M20 eastbound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Arrests after woman seriously assaulted in Snodland

    Siobhan Daniels

    BBC Live reporter

    A man and woman have been arrested in connection with a serious assault at a car park in Snodland. 

    It happened in Holborough road around 23:40 GMT on Sunday when a woman was reported to have been beaten following a dispute with a group of people. 

    She was taken to hospital with a fractured spine and sternum. A second woman suffered minor injuries.   

    A man and woman, both aged 31, and from Snodland were arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed pending further enquiries.

  13. Parliament to debate barracks closure plan

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Plans to close an army barracks in Kent are due to be discussed in Parliament today. 

    More than 1,000 people have signed a petition launched by the MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Helen Grant, to try and save the Invicta Barracks in Maidstone. 

    Army barracks

    She says the closure would have a detrimental impact on the town. 

    The government is aiming to build more than 55,000 homes on former Ministry of Defence sites.

  14. Body found in Sevenoaks parkland

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Crime scene

    A man's body has been found in parkland near Riverhill at Sevenoaks. 

    Police were called there just before 17:00 GMT yesterday. 

    His death isn't being treated as suspicious. 

  15. Food thefts cost shops more than £15m

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Food on a shelf

    More than 24,000 reports of food theft from shops have been made in Kent and Sussex in the past five years, according to new figures. 

    The study shows offenders ranged from 10 to 92 years old. 

    The Association of Convenience Stores said thefts cost shops in the South East more than £15m last year.