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Summary

  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Live updates on Thursday 3 August 2017

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Kathryn Langley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Thanks for joining us - we're done for the night but we'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Baby Eli death: Couple guilty

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A couple from Kent have been found guilty of causing the death of a five-month-old baby boy.

    Eli Cox's mother Katherine Cox, and her boyfriend Danny Shepherd, had both denied causing or allowing his death in April last year.

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    Video caption: Baby Eli death: Couple guilty
  3. Truck stop treated for mosquitos

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    The eggs and larvae of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, have been found around the Ashford truck stop, Public Health England say.

    The area has been treated to remove the Asian tiger mosquitos which have become more common in Europe over recent years.

    Public Health England (PHE) which monitors 30 UK airports and ports as part of its ongoing mosquito surveillance programme, said there was "no immediate risk to public health".

    PHE said there are no cases of diseases known to be carried by the insect in neighbouring counties.

    This is the second time the species has been found in the UK after eggs were discovered near Folkestone in October last year.

    Asia tiger mosquito
  4. 'Hand gun' found after police search Maidstone house

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after police searched a house in Maidstone.

    Officers were called to reports of an incident in Orchard Place just after 01:00 BST today.

    Crime scene investigators found cannabis inside.

    They also recovered what's thought to be a handgun, which has been sent off for forensic testing.

    Two men, aged 27 and 36, are being questioned on suspicion of being involved in the supply of cannabis.

  5. Don't put the brolly away just yet

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    It's looking nicer over the next few days, but the drizzle hasn't gone away entirely.

    Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Nina Ridge has the latest forecast for the south east
  6. Baby death: Pictures released of Eli

    These pictures of tragic Eli Cox have been released to BBC South East Today.

    Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley, of Kent Police, said after the verdicts: "The death of a child is never anything less than tragic but the circumstances behind Eli Cox's passing are especially upsetting for those of us who share a compassion for others.

    "None of us will ever understand what compels people to cause harm to children, and it is unfortunately true to say that Eli suffered more than most and was robbed of his life before it had barely begun."

    Eli Cox
    Family handout
    Eli Cox
  7. Baby Eli death: Recording captures argument at family home

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Neighbours had reported hearing arguments at the home of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd.

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    Video caption: Baby Eli death: Recording captures argument at family home
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at the Dartford Tunnel.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel, because of a broken down van.

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

  9. Baby Eli death: 'A difficult case'

    Here's a statement from the Crown Prosecution Service after the verdicts in the Eli Cox case.

    Quote Message: This has been a difficult case to prosecute due to the complex medical evidence and challenges in establishing the involvement of either or both of the defendants in relation to the fatal injury caused to Eli.
    Quote Message: When the trial started, our case was that either Danny Shepherd or Katherine Cox had caused Eli’s injuries and the death, or were aware that there was a significant risk of serious physical harm being caused to him, and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent this.
    Quote Message: During the course of the trial and in light of the evidence given, it became possible to say that Danny Shepherd was the perpetrator of the injuries to Eli, including the assault which led to his death.
    Quote Message: The fatal injury and older fractures identified by one of the medical experts showed very significant similarities. This considerably undermined the defence case that they were caused by another person.” from Libby Clark Crown Prosecution Service
    Libby ClarkCrown Prosecution Service
  10. Baby Eli death: neighbour tells of arguments

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A neighbour has described hearing arguments at the home of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd in Minster.

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    Video caption: Baby Eli death: neighbour tells of arguments
  11. Eli Cox death: Why hold a serious case review?

    Lauren Moss

    BBC Live reporter

    A serious case review is now underway to try and establish whether Eli Cox's death could have been prevented by the authorities.

    It comes after his mother and her boyfriend were found guilty of causing or allowing his death.

    Police were called to the home weeks before Eli's death, and the family was also known to Kent County Council.

    But, as the NSPCC explain in this video, the fact a review is happening doesn't necessarily mean something went wrong.

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    Video caption: Colin Peak from the NSPCC explains why serious case reviews are carried out
  12. Baby Eli death: Reaction from court

    Lucinda Adam

    BBC South East Today reporter

    Katherine Cox

    I've been following the case throughout the trial.

    When the jury returned its verdicts, Katherine Cox fought back tears.

    But Danny Shepherd showed no emotion as the couple was convicted.

    Danny Shepherd
  13. Baby Eli death: What do we know about the case?

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    Video caption: Eli Cox backgrounder
  14. Baby Eli death: Police describe death as 'tragic'

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    A Sheppey mother and her boyfriend have been found guilty of causing or allowing the death of her five-month-old baby.

    Katherine Cox, 33, and Danny Shepherd, 25, were arrested following the death of Eli Cox in hospital on 27 April 2016.

    Katherine Cox
    Danny Shepherd

    Baby Eli had fallen ill a fortnight earlier at the family home in Lapwing Close, Minster.

    Both Cox and Shepherd denied being users of cocaine and amphetamine, despite five wraps of the latter substance being found by police in a garden shed at their home.

    Drugs recovered from the Cox home
    Drugs recovered from the Cox home
    Quote Message: The death of a child is never anything less than tragic but the circumstances behind Eli Cox’s passing are especially upsetting for those of us who share a compassion for others.
    Quote Message: None of us will ever understand what compels people to cause harm to children, and it is unfortunately true to say that Eli suffered more than most and was robbed of his life before it had barely begun.
    Quote Message: Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd maintained their innocence throughout but the jury saw through their lies. Only they know the true extent of the abuse Eli was put through, which is simply unthinkable to most members of society including parents who would do anything to protect their children from harm. from Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley Senior investigating officer, Kent Police
    Detective Inspector Ivan BeasleySenior investigating officer, Kent Police
  15. Baby Eli death: Serious case review into Eli Cox's death

    Eli Cox

    A mother and her boyfriend have been found guilty of causing the death of a five-month-old baby boy in Kent.

    Eli Cox's mother Katherine Cox, 33, and her boyfriend Danny Shepherd, known as 'Pickle', both denied causing or allowing his death in April last year.

    Maidstone Crown Court heard Eli was killed by a "catastrophic" injury to the head, but he also had 28 fractures.

    A serious case review is now underway to establish if his death could have been prevented by the authorities.

    Shepherd and Cox of Lapwing Close, Minster-on-Sea, on the Isle of Sheppey. were both found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and causing or allowing serious physical injury to a child.

    Shepherd was also found guilty of possessing a class B drug.

    Both will be sentenced later.

    Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd

    Shepherd and Cox of Lapwing Close, Minster-on-Sea, on the Isle of Sheppey. were both found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and causing or allowing serious physical injury to a child.

    Shepherd was also found guilty of possessing a class B drug.

    Both will be sentenced later.

    Police were called to the home weeks before Eli's death, and Kent County Council confirmed the family was known to them.

    A KCC spokesman added: "The siblings are now being appropriately cared for following the conclusion of care proceedings."

    The serious case review will establish what, if any, failings were made by the authorities.

  16. BreakingBaby Eli death: Mother and boyfriend found guilty

    Baby Eli Cox

    A mother and her boyfriend have been found guilty of causing the death of five-month-old Eli Cox.

    Eli's mother Katherine, and her boyfriend Danny Shepherd, were found guilty on all charges, which also included causing or allowing serious physical injury to a child, and possession of a Class B drug.

    Post-mortem examinations showed Eli's death was caused by a head injury of a "shaking or shaking impact type".

    He also had oxygen deprivation to his brain, a brain injury, bruises at the back of his head and fractures dating back weeks before his death.

    The court heard a hair sample showed he had been "regularly exposed to amphetamine and occasionally exposed to cocaine".

    More to follow as we get it.

  17. Kick off's just around the corner

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The new football season is just days away, so how are the Gills' preparations going at the Priestfield stadium?

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    Video caption: Gillingham FC hope to put last season's disappointments behind them