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  1. Our live page updates for the day have now ended
  2. Updates on Thursday 28 September

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Pothole pain for motorist

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A pre-winter blitz on Kent's potholes has come too late for one motorist.

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    Video caption: Kent County Council plan a pre-winter blitz on potholes
  2. Family fundraising for girl with rare condition

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    This girl's joints dislocate more than 40 times a day.

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    Video caption: Family fundraising for girl with rare condition
  3. Prickly warning about hedgehogs

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Queen guitarist Brian May has visited school children to tell them why hedgehogs should be protected.

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    Video caption: Brian May campaign to save hedgehogs in Maidstone.
  4. Here comes the rain again

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter, BBC South East

    After a wet start on Friday, the afternoon will clear up.

    But watch out for more rain on Sunday.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: The weather with Rachel Mackley
  5. Preview: Discover the Thames Barge

    Mary-Ann Ochota discovers the story of the Thames sailing barge.

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    Video caption: Mary-Ann Ochota discovers the story of the Thames sailing barge.
  6. A minute with the PM

    Helen Catt

    Political editor, BBC South East

    Ahead of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, we spoke to Prime Minister Theresa May about elections, the economy and rail strikes.

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    Video caption: Interview with the Prime Minister
  7. The last of the Thames Barge skippers

    Meet Jimmy Lawrence, one of the last men to skipper a working Thames Barge.

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    Video caption: Meet Jimmy Lawrence, one of the last men to skipper a working Thames Barge.
  8. #PhotoOfTheDay: Meet Jamie

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Meet the 12-year-old who's just displayed his photography in an exhibition for the very first time.

    Jamie Horton from Margate is the latest in our series meeting our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

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    Video caption: 12-year-old displays his photography in an exhibition
  9. 'We're getting close to the elastic breaking'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    As Kent County Council tries to save another £75m from its annual budget, its leader tells the Prime Minister that austerity is pushing local government finances to breaking point.

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    Video caption: Leader of Kent County Council calls for more money for local councils
  10. Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes 'cut herself daily'

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    Video caption: Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes 'cut herself daily'

    Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes has spoken of how she self-harmed as she struggled to overcome injuries she thought would end her career.

    Dame Kelly, who lives in Kent, won gold in the 800m and 1,500m competitions in Athens in 2004.

    She said just a year earlier she was "cutting" herself regularly "to release the anguish" she experienced.

    Dame Kelly said: "At my lowest, I was cutting myself with scissors every day that I was injured."

    Read more here.

  11. Bumper harvest for watermelons

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Britain's largest ever batch of watermelons has been produced at a farm in Kent.

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    Video caption: Britain's largest ever batch of watermelons has been produced at a farm in Kent
  12. Leader of Kent council says austerity has gone too far

    Lizzie Massey

    BBC Live reporter

    The leader of Kent County Council is making an urgent plea for the government to provide extra funding to help ease austerity measures.

    Paul Carter said essential front line services could be cut next year.

    Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council
    Quote Message: The day of reckoning is coming, our plea to government is to accept the extraordinary pressures we face and what we've done to help restore the public finances" from Paul Carter Leader of Kent County Council
    Paul CarterLeader of Kent County Council

    He said local government had already done its "fair share" of efficiency savings, and the council is being stretched so far that it was "getting very close to the elastic breaking".

    The council is expected to make around £75m of savings next year, out of a £900m budget. While many savings are already accounted for, the last £15-20m is a struggle he is hoping the government will help with.

    Speaking to BBC South East he said without additional funding, decisions on further cuts were "unpalatable".

    He would not reveal which frontline services could face cuts to avoid "public panic".

    A Government spokesman said: "We need to live within our means as a country. We need to ensure we have a balanced economy dealing with our debts to keep the economy strong but also keeping taxes low for working people. We are also continuing to invest in our public services with record levels of investment into the NHS and schools.

    “Kent Council’s core spending power is increasing by 4.7% over four years, and it will have access to £3.6 billion as a result of the funding package we have made available up to 2020. This will allow them to deliver the services that local people want."

  13. Adoptions fall despite more children taken into care

    Woman and baby

    The number of looked after children adopted in England has fallen for the second year in a row, despite a rise in the number in care.

    There were 72,670 children in care as of March 2017, 2,220 more than the year before.

    In the same year, 4,350 children were adopted from care, down from 5,460 two years earlier.

    Charity Adoption UK said the number of children needing a home would outnumber those offering to provide one.

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  14. Road to recovery

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    These young people, who are facing serious illness or bereavement, are learning to cope and grow with the help of a breast cancer survivor.

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    Video caption: These young people, who are facing serious illness or bereavement, are learning to cope.
  15. #PhotoOfTheDay regulars: Meet Scott

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Meet the former policeman with a rare neuromuscular disease who's now an award-winning amateur photographer.

    Scott Sinden is the latest to appear in our series meeting our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

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    Video caption: Terminal illness man becomes award-winning photographer