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By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We're done for another day - join us again tomorrow from 06:00 BST for more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

Sevenoaks woman repeatedly targeted by conmen

Police are searching for a pair of rogue traders, after an elderly Sevenoaks woman was conned for the third time.

The woman, who's in her eighties, was asked by the men to pay £150 for gardening work at her home in Seal Road, after they had originally quoted just £20.

Seal Road, Sevenoaks
Seal Road, Sevenoaks

She had previously been targeted by a man posing as a police officer, who stole her bank cards, and a man who charged her £600 to repave her driveway, but vanished after digging it up.

The two suspects in the latest case are described as white, one in his thirties, with curly hair, and one in his twenties, with hair shaved on one side and long on top.

Joe Denly

Kent's batsmen continue to find runs easy to come by as the hosts draw with Northamptonshire at Beckenham.

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The heat's still on

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's another warm one tomorrow, but the weekend's getting fresher.

Here's my forecast.

The mane attraction?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A herd of decorated life-size horses are appearing across Kent and West Sussex to raise money for Hospice in the Weald.

They've been designed and painted by artists, schoolchildren and community groups and will be on display over the summer and auctioned off in October.

Here's where you can see them...

Pair sought in connection with burglaries

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police believe a pair of distraction burglars have struck in Deal.

A woman in her nineties agreed to let a man who knocked on her door carry out work on her guttering in Manor Road.

After the man, who it's believed had an accomplice, had left, she discovered cash missing from from a box.

Manor Road, Deal
Manor Road, Deal

A neighbour, who's also in his nineties, found his house had been burgled, with cash, watches and wedding rings stolen.

Detectives believe the thieves were driving a white Ford Transit van with a roof rack.

George Low stabbing: Family's anger after suspect 'freed'

George Low
The Bell
George Low used to work in Ayia Napa but was visiting at the time he was killed

The family of a man stabbed to death in Cyprus have spoken of their "shock and devastation" that his "self-confessed murderer" has been freed into Turkey.

Estate agent George Low, 22, from Dartford, was killed near a nightclub in Ayia Napa in Cyprus last August.

Arrest warrants were issued for Mehmet Akpinar, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 42, who fled to the Turkish-controlled north and arrested for an unrelated offence.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson blamed the current political situation in Cyprus.

Mr Low's parents said Mr Ahmet, who is from Bulgaria, was "set free" in June.

Mr Akpinar, who is a Turkish citizen, was released by the northern Cypriot authorities in January.

We fail to understand why Turkey would allow a Bulgarian citizen suspected of murder to be set free in their own country instead of handing him over to the Bulgarian authorities to start the deportation process back to southern Cyprus to stand trial for the despicable and senseless act of violence."

"We feel totally let down by the authorities. They should have been more pro-active in getting the two suspects deported back to southern Cyprus to stand trial instead of allowing this injustice to happen... now 11 months on both men are free to enjoy their lives."

Statement from George Low's parents

Severe disruption: A274 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A274 Kent both ways severe disruption, between Forge Lane and New Road.

A274 Kent - A274 High Street in Headcorn closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Forge Lane junction and the New Road junction, because of a building fire.

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

Rogue traders reported in Swale

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police in Swale are looking for a man who took hundreds of pounds from an elderly householder for building work which wasn't carried out.

The man knocked on the door of the property in Minster Road on 21 June, claiming the roof was damaged and needed urgent repair.

The woman who lived there paid him £500 to do the work, and the following day the man returned with an accomplice.

Minster Road, Swale
Minster Road, Swale

The pair said further work was needed, and demanded more cash, which was handed over.

When a third demand for money was made, it was refused and the pair left.

It's being linked with a similar incident in April, when doorstep callers were given money to carry out work on a house's guttering, then returned in June to demand more cash, demands that were repeatedly made over the phone throughout the month.

Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26 affecting J8 for A217.

M25 Surrey - Delays, one lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Travel time is 60 to 70 minute. Congestion to J8, A217 (Reigate).

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

Ethelbert Terrace, Margate

Aurimas Vilius, who is understood to have known the victim, has been charged with murder.

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Severe disruption: A258 Kent northbound

BBC News Travel

A258 Kent northbound severe disruption, between Upper Road and A2 Jubilee Way.

A258 Kent - A258 in Dover closed and slow traffic northbound between the Upper Road junction and the A2 Jubilee Way junction, because of a shed load.

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

'It's action, punk rock drawing'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Kent comedian Vic Reeves is putting his art skills to the test for charity.

Hidden disabilities: Pain beneath the surface

Imagine having to inject yourself thousands of times over the course of your lifetime, but never talking about it to anyone.

Many people live with hidden disabilities - conditions which don't have physical signs but are painful, exhausting and isolating. Sympathy and understanding from others can often be in short supply.

BBC Radio Kent's Erika North explains what it's like to have a hidden disability.

Very warm again this afternoon

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

There's still a weather warning of thundery showers in place though.

Here's my latest forecast.

Appeal after reported sexual assault

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a man allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in Maidstone.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was at a bus stop in Northumberland Road, Maidstone, on Wednesday 5 July 2017 when a man reportedly approached her between 06:10 and 06:40 BST.

The man is alleged to have shouted at the woman, before pulling at her clothing and knocking her to the ground.

The woman was able to push the man away and he ran off in the direction of Cambridge Crescent.

The man is described as white, aged in his 30s with black short hair. He was unshaven and was wearing a black cap with black tracksuit bottoms.

Southern strike: Dispute raised in Parliament again

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As the dispute involving driver-only-operated trains on Southern Rail continues, Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd asked the Prime Minister why more isn't being done to resolve it.

'It's action, punk rock drawing'
Kent comedian Vic Reeves is putting his art skills to the test for charity.

ICYMI: Hoo has got a zoo in a pub

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Meet the man who's just been given a licence to run a zoo at his pub in St Mary Hoo

Folkestone woman Alison Button reported missing

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Relatives of Alison Button, 32, last saw her at around 11:00 BST on 5 July in the Folkestone area and are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Sergeant Gavin Rolfe said: "We are asking anyone who knows where she is or may have seen her to call us immediately."

Alison is described as white, slim, approximately 5ft, 6in tall and with shoulder length brown hair. It is believed she was wearing a white vest top, dark tracksuit bottoms, white trainers and black rimmed glasses when she was last seen.

Alison Button
Kent Police

The bridge that spans the centuries

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

How a canny investment by Dick Whittington led to the creation of The Rochester Bridge Trust, providing the people of Medway with their vital river crossing.

Severe disruption: M26 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M26 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between M25 J5 and J2A for A20.

M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 eastbound between M25 J5 and J2a A20, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Jobs at risk as jobcentres close

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter


Jobcentres across the South East will be closed under plans described by unions as "an attack on the most disadvantaged".

Centres in six towns across Sussex and Kent are among 68 to close nationwide in a move that will save £140m a year.

Some jobs are at risk but the Department of Work and Pensions say most staff will be moved to other branches and departments.

Virtually exploring St Augustine's Abbey

A four year collaboration between English Heritage and the University of Kent's School of Architecture, has led to the reconstruction of the ruined St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury -- in virtual reality, at least.

So what more do we know about the Abbey?

BBC South East Today breakfast bulletin

BBC South East Today

Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today:

  • A number of jobcentres across the South East are to be closed - under plans described by unions as "an attack on the most disadvantaged".
  • Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a motorist then tied him to his own steering wheel in Minster-on-Sea. He reportedly stole cash from the victim, who was in his sixties.
  • Skeletons have been unearthed by workmen renovating the Brighton Dome site.

Another warm day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

But beware if you're hanging out the washing, there could be a few thundery showers today too.

I've got your latest forecast.

ICYMI: WW2 pilot achieves ambition at 95

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

German war pilot Hugo Broch has wanted to fly in a Spitfire for as long as he can remember.

At 95 years old he's done just that in the skies over Kent.

The weekend's almost here

This softly glowing sunset was snapped in Margate by Kye Boughton, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Margate sunset
Kye Boughton

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