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  1. Our live coverage has ended
  2. Updates on Thursday 22 June 2017

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  1. That's it from us

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us - we'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow with all your latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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  2. ICYMI: 'Wheelchair rugby changed my life'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    21-year-old Ben Richardson, who has cerebral palsy, says Wheelchair Rugby League has had a huge impact on his life. #thisisme

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    Video caption: Young man says wheelchair rugby changed his life.
  3. #ICYMI: Born on the A21

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Did you miss this one? It's a great story, well worth a watch.

    A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

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    Video caption: Baby born in car after parents got lost
  4. A cooler and fresher forecast

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be considerably less hot and be prepared for some rain.

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    Video caption: Weather 1830 Nina
  5. Emaciated dog on road to recovery

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Snoopy the lurcher, who was found abandoned and starving on a busy roadside, is making a full recovery, thanks to the people who rescued him.

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    Video caption: Emaciated dog found on roadside is recovering well
  6. What's in the Gibb report? Analysis from our political reporter

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    Chris Gibb may begin his long-awaited report by saying he doesn't want to "dwell" on what went wrong on the Southern Network, so as to focus on how to fix it. But the parties involved will seize on what he has to say here.

    While he refuses to blame any one party for the overall chaos, Chris Gibb is clear he feels the industrial action from Aslef and the RMT was the immediate cause of the system failure in 2016.

    If the strikes hadn't happened, Gibb says the service would have been delivered in an "acceptable" manner. What's more, he takes Southern's side in the dispute over Driver-Only Operation (DOO). As you can imagine, the RMT strongly disputes this.

    Southern train

    So how does Chris Gibb propose fixing matters?

    Some of his recommendations have already been carried out - remember, the Government has had a copy of this since late 2016. So, it chose to spend £300m on Thameslink upgrades before 2018 to avoid scrapping the programme. It chose to reduce overnight services on the Brighton Mainline to make room for engineering work.

    But other recommendations remain, to name a few: Phasing out older trains, spinning off parts of the network to TfL, fewer trains through underused stations like Newhaven Harbour. and selling Gatwick Airport railway station to the airport operator, GAL.

    But what about stripping Govia Thameslink of the franchise? Gibb says this may be counterproductive and would probably lead to work on the Thameslink programme pausing.

    Yet Gibb does acknowledge that Chris Grayling has been shaping the industrial dispute from behind the scenes - and suggests the unions will need to be negotiated with on DOO to stop the dispute spreading nationwide, as the technology is issued elsewhere.

  7. Is it hot enough for you?

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    Video caption: People in Gravesend enjoy the heatwave

    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.

  8. ICYMI: Theatre technician says he's 'living his dream'

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Oliver Tourle says he wanted to work in theatre since he was a small boy.

    #thisisme

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    Video caption: Theatre technician says he’s living his dream
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    Video caption: Emaciated dog found on roadside is recovering well

    Emaciated dog found on roadside is recovering well

  10. Do you recognise theft suspect who was carrying man-bag?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A 14-year-old boy's had his BMX bike stolen by an older teenager in Ashford.

    The victim had been given the turquoise Mongoose Scan R160 as a birthday present a week earlier.

    It was taken from him in woodland off the A292 Hythe Road at about 18:45 BST on 8 June.

    Police have released this e-fit of the suspect and say he was carrying a man-bag.

    E fit of suspect
  11. BreakingNew RMT strike date on Southern rail

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    The RMT union has just announced that guards and drivers on Southern rail will strike again for 24 hours in the on-going disputes over Driver Only Operation and the removal of guards from services.

    The strike will take place on Monday 10 July 2017.

    Southern train
  12. Southern Rail: long-awaited report 'to be published today'

    Ben Weisz

    Political reporter, BBC Sussex

    The long-awaited Gibb report on how to improve the troubled Southern rail franchise is to be published today.

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    The report was finished late last year but the Government had delayed its publication until after the election.

    MPs and campaigners have been calling for its release for months.

    There has been speculation in the press that it will spread the blame widely, and that it may even call for the large Southern franchise to be split up.

    But we'll also see whether recent changes to the service - like the scrapping of some late night trains on the Brighton Mainline - was the result of the report's recommendations.

  13. Cooler after the storm

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC weather presenter

    Did you get a thunderstorm this morning?

    The temperatures are down now a good few degrees from yesterday.

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    Video caption: Weather 1330 Elizabeth
  14. Today's Kent newspaper headlines

    Newspapers

    Kent Online: Cecilia Larner, from Tovil, celebrates her 107th birthday

    Kent News: Pick-up truck catches fire on A249 close to Detling turn-off

    Kent Live: Two men have been charged after a man was 'assaulted and forced to get in a van' in Paddock Wood