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  1. Good night

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    We've finished for another day, but we'll be back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Thanks for joining us!

  2. Brexit vote forces Tonbridge salad firm to close

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    More than 250 people have been made redundant at Tonbridge firm Southern Salads.

    The company's administrators said that the pound's devaluation since the EU referendum vote last year has made the business unsustainable.

    Administrators have been working on a rescue deal, but today said that a rescue package has not been possible and that the immediate priority now is to help staff made redundant.

    Quote Message: Despite successfully producing over 50 tonnes of salad per day for its array of customers, the Company faced an unprecedented pressure on cash flow in the immediate aftermath of last summer’s EU referendum vote. The sudden decline in sterling was not foreseen by the Company, leaving the business grappling with an immediate fall of between 10% and 20% in its purchasing power for overseas-grown salads required for the winter and early Spring UK market which in turn put a severe strain on cash-flow." from Ian Vickers Administrator
    Ian VickersAdministrator
  3. Family awarded £20k payout after suicide

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    After a lengthy legal battle, the family of a mentally ill man who took his own life in 2013 have been awarded £20,000 in compensation for his death.

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    Video caption: Family of a man who took his own life are awarded with £20,000 payout
  4. Here comes the rain

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    It looks like the lovely summer weather isn't going to stay.

    Find out more in my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has the latest forecast for the south east
  5. Police appeal for missing teenager

    Barbora Bogdanova

    Police are appealing for information to help locate a 13-year-old girl who has been reported missing from Chatham.

    Barbora Bogdanova is last known to have been in the Otway Street area of Chatham at 21:30 BST on Tuesday 15 August.

    The teenager is described as 5ft 5in and wearing a white T-shirt with a black vest, light blue jeans and black trainers.

    Anyone with information about Barbora’s whereabouts is urged to call Kent Police on 101 quoting 16-0032.

  6. Rise in number of dog attacks

    A dog and its handler

    There's been a huge rise in the number of people attacked by dogs in the South East.

    New figures obtained by BBC South East show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years and last year there were more than 2,000 attacks on people in Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

    It comes as a Sussex woman has told of the moment she was mauled by a dog and described it as the most terrifying moment of her life.

    Kelly Stevens was bitten by a pitbull-cross in Eastbourne in 2014 and needed plastic surgery.

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    Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A249 Sittingbourne and J6 for A251.

    M2 Kent - Queuing traffic on M2 coastbound between J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) and J6, A251 (Faversham), because of a broken down car, an accident and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

  8. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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  9. Deal sailor named in GB blind sailing team

    Sailing is a skill that demands accuracy, fine judgement and courage, especially if you're blind.

    Just ask Catherine Westbrook, who's been chosen to represent the country at the Blind Sailing World Championships.

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    Video caption: Deal sailor named in GB blind sailing team
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    Severe roadworks: A249 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A249 Kent both ways severe roadworks, between M2 J5 Sittingbourne and A2 Keycol Hill.

    A249 Kent - A249 closed, severe delays and stationary traffic in both directions between Sittingbourne and Key Street Roundabout, because of an overturned vehicle. Congestion on M2 to J4, A278 (Gillingham) and to White Horse Wood Turn Off.

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

  11. 'Respect the water' this August

    The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

    The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

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    Video caption: RNLI launches campaign during 'deadliest' month
  12. A mixed forecast

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    What's the weather got in store for the rest of the week?

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    Video caption: South East weather
  13. Publican's epic swim in honour of his sister

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A Maidstone publican is setting off on an epic swim to raise funds for the hospice named after his sister Demelza.

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    Video caption: A Maidstone publican is raising funds for a Kent hospice
  14. Memorial attracts people from 50 countries

    The Battle of Britain Memorial

    A Kent attraction that pays tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain has said its visitors’ book has amassed signatures from nearly 50 countries in just seven months.

    The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, which includes the Wing visitor centre, has welcomed people from Israel, Hong Kong, Argentina, Switzerland and Puerto Rico since January.

  15. Rural crime figures published

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Rural crime in the South East has risen sharply in the first half of this year, according to countryside insurer NFU Mutual.

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    Video caption: Rural crime figures published
  16. From teenage party to award-winning festival

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    It started as a teenage house party. Now LeeFest - which took place last weekend - is one of Kent's biggest music festivals.

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    Video caption: Large festival started as a house party
  17. Men arrested over phone mast thefts

    Mobile phone mast

    Three men from Kent have been arrested for allegedly stealing dozens of high-value batteries from mobile phone masts.

    They were were stopped on the M25 after police noticed the vehicle appeared overweight.

    The men - a 52-year-old from Maidstone and two aged 31 and 33 from Sevenoaks - were released on bail until September.

  18. Have you seen missing Chloe?

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    A girl reported missing from Maidstone may be in Brighton.

    Chloe Henderson-Smith

    Chloe Henderson-Smith was last seen in Tonbridge Road at about 07:30 BST on Friday 29 July.

    The 16-year-old is 5ft 4in and slim.

    She may be wearing a red or purple coat with white stripes on the sleeves, red and navy patterned trousers and white trainers.

    Police say she also has links to Winchester.

  19. ICYMI: Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

    Amanda Akass

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey have spent two weeks training alongside the US military in Michigan

    The reserve battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal regiment have been taking part in an exercise designed to get NATO forces practicing working alongside each other.

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    Video caption: Part-time soldiers put new skills into action