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  2. Live updates on Thursday 17 August 2017

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  1. Good night from the BBC Live team

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    We've finished for another night, but we'll be back first thing tomorrow with more of the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

    Join us from 06:00 BST.

  2. 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
  3. Another 250 new homes approved for Ebbsfleet Garden City

    Artists impression of Ebbsfleet plan

    The decision was taken at a meeting last night and include a new village centre with a supermarket.

    Plans were approved for schemes across the Garden City including new shared ownership properties.

    A new primary school, Cherry Orchard, opens in the area next month and eventually there will be 6,250 homes in three villages in Eastern Quarry.

    Quote Message: It's good to see another 250 homes being approved after a phenomenal 12 months for Ebbsfleet Garden City which saw more than 600 homes under construction. from Paul Spooner Interim Chief Executive, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
    Paul SpoonerInterim Chief Executive, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
    Quote Message: Ebbsfleet Garden City provides a wide range of housing, from affordable with shared ownership, helping to give people a good start on the property ladder, to quality family homes, all on London's doorstep but at a fraction of the price."
  4. Where did the sun go?

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    We've got heavy winds and rain coming our way - though the sun might pop out for a little while.

    Find out more in my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Rachel Mackley has the latest forecast for the south east
  5. Today's Kent newspaper headlines

    A pile of newspapers

    Kent Online: Transgender wedding - Denise and Kristiana Taylor from Sonora Fields, Sittingbourne, renew vows

    Kent News: £3.1m children and young people’s health and wellbeing centre handed over to NHS in Strood

    Kent Live: Hundreds of people are about to descend on Tunbridge Wells for a secret woodland sex festival

  6. Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

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    Video caption: Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East
  7. Tributes paid to electrocuted teenager

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    The funeral of a 16-year-old girl who was electrocuted on a railway line last month in Herne Bay has taken place today.

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    Video caption: A funeral service has been held for Taiyah Peebles, who was electrocuted on a rail line
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J31 for A1306.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an incident. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 20 to 25 minutes. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

  9. 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
  10. 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.

    You can read our full story here.

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    Video caption: Family of a man who took his own life are awarded with £20,000 payout
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J7 for A249 Maidstone and J8 for A20 Leeds Castle.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 coastbound between J7, A249 (Maidstone) and J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. #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
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    Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between Clacket Lane Services and J5 for M26.

    M25 Surrey - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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