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Goodnight from Kent Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for us on this very windy day. We hope Doris hasn't caused you too many problems.

We'll be back tomorrow between 06:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT, with all the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

If there's anything you think we shoudl know you can get in touch on  Twitter , on  Facebook  or by sending us an  email .  

Funding row over schools

Bryony MacKenzie

Education correspondent, BBC South East Today

The government's new national funding formula will leave some schools without enough cash to cover basic running costs, according to the leader of Kent County Council.

MP calls for surgeon to be banned from medicine

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

A Kent surgeon should be banned from all medical practice if allegations that he carried out unnecessary operations for his own financial gain are found to be true, a Kent MP says.

Gareth Johnson, who represents Dartford, says one of his own family members was treated by Mohammed Sait at the Fawkham Manor Hospital. 

Tonight the private hospital itself is the subject of a damning inspection report - which highlights patients at risk of harm, poor standards of hygiene and most shockingly the wrong patient being taken to the operating theatre.

£500m project begins

Work has begun on a major new power link between Britain and France through the Channel Tunnel -- designed to reduce the risk of blackouts and help keep down the cost of our energy bills. 

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of a broken down car.

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

Coles to miss pre-season games

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Matt Coles
Getty Images

Kent fast bowler Matt Coles will miss next month's North v South & MCC Champion County pre-season matches in Abu Dhabi due to a toe injury.

The 26-year-old was sidelined for three matches on the recent Regional Super 50 tour to the West Indies with the problem.

And he’s opted to stay at home as a precaution to ensure he’s fully fit for the start of Kent’s County Championship Division Two promotion push which begins in early April.

Will the weather calm down?

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Storm Doris has been blowing heavily across the South East, but will it continue?

See my latest forecast to find out.

Storm Doris: Massive train queues

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Southeastern train services have been affected by Storm Doris throughout the day.

A speed limit of 50mph has been in place between 10:00 GMT and 17:00 GMT. Fallen trees across Kent, Sussex and South London have added to delays and cancellations.

These have been cleared but there is ongoing disruption.

These pictures were taken at Tonbridge station by Dan Goodfellow at 16:30 GMT. He says it took him 90 minutes to travel from Tunbridge Wells to Paddock Wood.

Tonbridge station
Dan Goodfellow
Tonbridge station
Dan Goodfellow

Yarnold gears up for World Championships

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold says she is "fired up" for the World Championships after a "disappointing" return to the sport.

Lizzy Yarnold
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After completing a  career grand slam  in 2015, Yarnold took a year's sabbatical citing  exhaustion  before returning to action late last year.

She claimed silver in her in second race back, but after struggling with a back injury came 11th in her last race.

The first two of four World Championship runs for the female skeleton sliders begin on Friday in Konigssee, Germany, with the second two on Saturday.

Results this season haven't been as good as they should've been, but I have always enjoyed failure, getting things wrong and being disappointed because that's what fires me up for the next competition.'

Lizzy YarnoldOlympic Skeleton champion

Now this is cool...

Chrissie Reidy

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Four years ago, 30-year-old Nick Smith from Paddock Wood was working as a full time tattooist. 

That was until the extraordinary snowman he created for his son in their back garden went viral.

Fast forward a few years and he's just come fourth at the Ice Sculpting world championships in Helsinki.

BreakingGills boost their defense

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Gillingham have announced the signing of experienced defender Zesh Rehman on a deal until the end of the current season.

Gills new signing
Gillingham FC

The 33-year-old started his career at Fulham and has most recently been playing in Malaysia for Pahang FA.

Capped at international level by Pakistan, Rehman has also played for Queens Park Rangers, Bradford City and Brighton.

I've spent six years and clocked up over 200 games playing overseas, so it's good to be back in England. I'm looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and helping in the fight to move the club up the Sky Bet League One table.”

Zesh RehmanGillingham defender

Storm Doris reaches Margate seafront

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Former Kent player named keeper of the year

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Former Holcombe player and Olympic gold medal winner Maddie Hinch has been named female goalkeeper of the year.

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Daniel Wallace (left) and Kacey Adams

The two men poured boiling water from a kettle over the couple during a raid at their home.

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This afternoon's Kent newspaper headlines


Kent Online : Pair admit pouring boiling water on couple in violent raid

Kent and Sussex Courier : A huge cannabis factory has been discovered in Chatham

Kent News : Dartford Crossing disruption as QEII bridge closes due to Storm Doris winds

Find out what is happening with Storm Doris

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Storm Doris has been battering our shores with 60mph winds, will it continue? Find out in my forecast.  

Severe disruption: A249 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A249 Kent both ways severe disruption, between Old Ferry Road and B2231 Lower Road.

A249 Kent - A249 Sheppey Crossing in Swale closed in both directions between Lower Halstow Turn Off and Leysdown Turn Off, because of strong winds.

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

Cannabis factory located in Chatham

An investigation is ongoing following the discovery of a cannabis factory in Chatham.

Cannabis factory located in Chatham
Kent Police

Kent Police was called at 02.47 GMT on Wednesday 22 February 2017 to a report of suspicious activity at an address in Luton Road. Officers attended the property and found approximately 150 cannabis plants inside, which have been removed for disposal.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.  

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A206 Erith and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

M25 Kent - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock). Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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