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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Tuesday 28 February

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  1. That's it for today

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  2. A dry start to Wednesday...

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    But then the heavens open in the afternoon. Watch my forecast here.

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    Video caption: BBC South East weather 28 February 2017
  3. Two men questioned over Maidstone attack

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Two men have been arrested after a man was assaulted and robbed in Maidstone. 

    The victim was walking near Camp Way when he was attacked by two men, and had his mobile phone and bank cards stolen. 

    He was taken to hospital with head and jaw injuries. 

    Two men, aged 31 and 32, were arrested and bailed on suspicion of robbery. 

  4. MP leads team to pancake race victory

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A Kent MP has led her team to victory at Westminster's annual Parliamentary pancake race outside the Houses of Parliament.

    The Shrove Tuesday charity event pits MPs, peers and the press pack against each other.

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    Video caption: MP leads team to pancake race victory
  5. The next Richard Branson?

    Meet Steve Williams, a Littlehampton commuter so fed up with Southern he wants to start his own train company.    

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    Video caption: Steve Williams is sick of Southern's service
  6. Maidstone fire: Man released on bail

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A man arrested in connection with a fatal fire in Maidstone has been released on bail.

    A man died and two other people were injured in the blaze in Marsham street on 26 February. 

    The 38-year-old has been bailed until 19 April.

    The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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    Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A228 Leybourne and J5 for A20.

    M20 Kent - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M20 coastbound between J4, A228 (Leybourne) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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

  8. Arrest over hoax calls

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A man's been arrested after two hoax calls were made to the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

    It happened on Monday when crews were called to two separate addresses in West Kingsdown. 

    Police said anyone making such calls will be prosecuted, as it not only wastes time but could jeopardise a genuine emergency.

  9. Southern rail staff to strike again

    Southern rail staff  have voted to strike in a dispute over the role of guards .

    Southern train

    The RMT union announced the walkouts in a dispute with the firms over plans to remove guards from trains, which would become driver-only-operated (DOO).

    Union officials, who confirmed the 24-hour strike on 13 March, say the move will make trains potentially dangerous.

    The  Office of Road and Rail insists they are safe  provided the right equipment and training is given.

  10. Schoolgirl's warning over brain tumour

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Chatham schoolgirl Poppy Eden had to attend more than 20 different medical appointments before finally being diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

    Now she and her family want to raise awareness as an early diagnosis can save lives.

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    Video caption: Chatham schoolgirl's brain tumour undiagnosed despite 20 visits to the doctor
  11. When's your team playing: Tonight's fixtures

    Ben Watts

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

    It’s a packed schedule for Kent’s football clubs tonight, with Gillingham travelling to Wiltshire seeking back-to-back wins, as they take on rivals Swindon Town in League One.

    The acrimony between the clubs stretches all the way back to a promotion battle in the late 1970s – something of which top scorer Josh Wright says all the Gills players are fully aware.

    There’s full commentary of that match on BBC Radio Kent from 19:30 GMT plus online commentaries from the National League too.

    Dover Athletic will look to tighten their grip on a play-off place as they travel to Woking, while Maidstone United could move out of the relegation places with a positive result at Dagenham & Redbridge.

    Board showing football fixtures for tonight
    Board showing football fixtures for tonight
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    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J4 for A21.

    M25 Kent - M25 entry slip road closed anticlockwise at J4, A21 (Orpington), because of a vehicle fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. It's a wet and cold end to February

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC weather

    Winter's not done with us yet.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: Kate Kinsella with the weather
  14. Today's Kent newspaper headlines

    Newspapers (generic)

    Kent Online : Tesco 'delivered me food too near its sell-by date'

    Kent News:  Dreamland Margate splashes out £15m on new rides, 15,000-capacity live music site and street food extravaganza

    Kent and Sussex Courier:  Kent Police's hilarious response to catching an M20 motorist with a parrot on his steering wheel

  15. BreakingAnother Southern strike date announced

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Southern Trains

    The RMT Union has announced a new strike date in its ongoing dispute with Southern Rail.

    The union's members will walk out for 24 hours on 13 March, in its long-running dispute with Southern over driver-only operation on trains.

    The dispute has been ongoing since April 2016.

  16. Driver ruffles traffic cops' feathers

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A driver in his twenties has been caught with a parrot on his steering wheel.

    He was in a Sprinter van which was stopped between junctions 6 and 5 of the M20 near Maidstone on 27 February.

    Officers issued him with a report for not being in proper control of his vehicle, and later tweeted about the bird.

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