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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 21 June 2017

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The sun sets for another day

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for us for today, thanks for spending time with us.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your evening and don't find it too warm for sleeping overnight.

We'll be greeting the new day from 06:00 BST tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00.

If there's anything you think we need to know, or if you have any great pictures of how the heatwave's affecting you, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

#ICYMI: Not bad for a first acting job

Meet the Dartford actress who's just joined the cast of EastEnders.

Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

Thunderstorms could be coming

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

The heatwave's coming to an end, and it's going to be stormy for some of us.

Here's my forecast.

Sussex MP calls for urgent meeting over 'sex for rent' ads

The Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, wants immediate action to stop young people being targeted by men offering free accommodation in exchange for sex.

An exclusive BBC South East investigation highlighted the controversial online adverts earlier this year.

'It goes like an oven'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

In the current scorching temperatures it only takes minutes for a car to become a death trap for your dog.

ICYMI: Student says podcast is a 'safe space'

University student Gillian Stringer, who produces her own podcasts, says it provides her with a safe space where she can speak freely.

Rocking all over the South East

The scene of a famous Eurovision victory in Sussex, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues were honoured on BBC Music Day.

Have you got raspberry ripple flavour?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As the South East continues to swelter, staff at one of the South East's most popular wildlife parks are helping their animals keep cool.

Is it hot enough for you?

Let us know if you're loving or loathing the heat.

You can do that on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Here's what people in Gravesend told presenter Rob Smith.

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J8 for A20 Leeds Castle and J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 London-bound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of an accident involving two cars.

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

It's a scorching midsummer's day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

As temperatures hit the thirties again today, the records are tumbling.

But it's all about to change. Here's my forecast.

ICYMI: Church's collection of human skulls

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Why does a Kent church have a collection of a thousand human skulls?

Were they pirates or those killed in battle?

North Kent theme park: Local MP's response

Tom Darby

BBC Live reporter

Following the news that a planned £2bn entertainment resort in North Kent won't now be themed after the films of Paramount, Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has issued this statement:

The main thing for me is not how the park is themed but how the local area will be able to cope with a large development of this nature. The jobs it would bring are very welcome but it has to be approached in the right way. I am due to meet with the project team shortly to discuss all the key issues."

Gareth Johnson MP(Con) Dartford

Work begins on coastguard base at Lydd

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Construction has started on a new base for the coastguard's Search and Rescue helicopters at Lydd Airport.

The service has operated from the Kent Airport for the past two years.

The new buildings will be completed next year.

Around 30 people operate the helicopters.

RNLI coastguards
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Computer generated image of proposed entertainment resort

Developers say they still plan to submit a planning application for the £3.2bn park in November.

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Portsmouth and Blackpool players celebrate promotion to League One

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This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Owner arrested and pet seized after dog left in hot van

Kent News: Natural England unveils plans to improve footpaths along 36-mile stretch of coast between Whitstable and Iwade

Kent Live: A person has been hit by a train and its causing rush hour chaos for services into London from Kent

'We won't have the name Paramount above the door'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The developer of a major theme park in Kent has parted company with the entertainment company whose works the park would be based on.

The £3.2bn entertainment complex is earmarked for the Swanscombe peninsula, and was originally planned to be themed on the films of Paramount Pictures.

A spokesman for the developer said it was "committed to going ahead" and would be submitting its planning application in November.

What it means for us in reality is that we'll be able to talk to other brands, stories, films and television programmes that just wouldn't have become part of us because we were under a single studio name, so it gives us that freedom to work with other partners.

Paramount haven't pulled out, we've agreed with them we're not going to proceed with them. It's something we've agreed together as partners. It's very amicable, we're all still friends and it's been in the pipeline for some months so it's not a shock to anyone. We're still planning to open in 2022."

Andy MartinLondon Resort Company Holdings

Bees killed in suspicious fire

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Bees
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A large number of bees have been killed after 26 beehives were burnt to the ground at village in Kent.

Police were called to a farm in Sellindge, on the A20 between Ashford and Folkestone.

The fire took place between 15:00 BST on Sunday 11 June and 19:00 BST the next day.

Kent Police say two beehives were stolen from another farm in the village later that week and the two incidents are thought to be linked.

BreakingTheme park deal collapses

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Paramount park
London Resort Company Holdings

Developers behind plans for a huge theme park in north Kent have announced they've split with film studio Paramount Pictures.

In a statement London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) said the two parties had "jointly agreed to discontinue the licence agreement" for the proposed resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula near Dartford.

LRCH said it still intends to submit a planning application for the resort in November.

More details to follow as we get them.

ICYMI: Sir Julian Brazier - Conservative campaign 'did not go well'

The former Conservative MP for Canterbury Sir Julian Brazier says he still believes Theresa May was right to call an election despite him losing his seat of 30 years.

Anger at 'use taps' comment from ambulance bosses

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Ambulance staff are angry that they'll no longer receive free bottled water.

They've also accused managers at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) of being "patronising", for sending an email telling them to use "devices known as taps" instead.

SECamb ambulance
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The trust is having to cut costs, and needs to find £15m in savings, and says water dispensers are available at all ambulance stations.

This is coming from people on big salaries, in big buildings, who have as much water as they can drink all day, and quite simply, we're disgusted.'

Andy PrendergastGMB Union

The relentless heat continues

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's going to get even hotter today, but relief is finally on the horizon, with thundery showers expected tomorrow.

Watch my forecast for more.

Will it be as hot again today?

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Dogs
Lucy Goode

Yesterday was a real scorcher as this pic by Lucy Goode attests. We love it and it's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay.

But will today be as hot?

We'll be here till 22:00 BST keeping you updated with all the news, sport, travel and (importantly) weather.

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