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  1. Goodbye from BBC South East Live

    Thank you for joining us this week for all your breaking news, travel and weather.

    We will be back on Monday morning.

    But in the meantime, if there's a story you think we should know about, you can contact us via email, Twitter and Facebook.

  2. Pensioner left 'helpless' by broken lift

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    An elderly woman who lives in a block of flats in Bexhill says she's been left "totally helpless", after being told she'll have to wait until after Christmas for a broken lift to be repaired.

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    Video caption: Sussex pensioner left 'helpless' by broken lift
  3. Hove rape suspect sought by police

    CCTV image of suspect

    A man's being sought by police following the rape of a woman in Hove.

    The attack happened in the early hours of Thursday 20 September.

    A man put his arm around the waist of a 25-year-old woman as she walked in Waterloo Street.

    He offered money in exchange for sexual favours, and when she refused police say he raped her.

    Detective Sergeant Paul Hitchcock, from Sussex Police, said: "If you were in the Waterloo Street area early on Thursday morning and saw what happened, or if you think you recognise this man, please get in touch with us right away."

  4. New arrest over Rochester Bridge death

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A fourth person has been arrested over the death of a man in Rochester.

    Peter Beale, 39, and from Sittingbourne, was found dead on the Rochester side of the High Street bridge on 18 September.

    A woman in her 50s from Norfolk was detained in Rochester yesterday evening.

    Two men were arrested in Chattenden on Wednesday, a man in his 40s from Chattenden, and a man in his 20s from Belvedere.

    They have been released pending further inquiries.

    A man in his 30s from Rainham was arrested on the night Mr Beale's body was found, but has since been released without charge.

    Police are still trying to establish how Mr Beale died.

  5. Sensors set up for wintry weather

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Kent County Council plans to set up 120 road weather sensors to improve the reaction to storms following Beast from the East.

    These devices will measure the temperature of road surfaces to ensure gritters are sent to the right places and enough salt is provided.

    The county council and the contractor Amey will be trialling these observational sensors on the highways network.

    At the environment and transport cabinet committee meeting on 20 September, highways manager at KCC Carol Valentine explained the plans.

    She said: "The Smart Winter project is using some additional sensors on the network. "That will just give us additional visibility of the road surface temperature and help us with our decision making to optimise our primary routes in the future."

  6. Council spends £40m on light bulb changing project

    Caitlin Webb

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Kent County Council has spent £40m completing the UK's biggest light bulb changing project.

    The conversion of around 125,000 street lights and 25,500 lit signs and bollards to LED is set to save the council £5.5m every year on energy and maintenance.

    These greener bulbs will also reduce the carbon emissions by more than 16,000 tonnes with a predicted energy reduction of 30,349,072 kWh.

    Cabinet member for highways councillor Mike Whiting said: "This has been an astonishingly successful project, in my view.

    "It is one of the top five in the world and the largest ever in the UK delivered on time, on budget and I would like to give thanks to the management of the staff.

    "The way they have approached this is so professional in view of complaints from members of the public.

    "This has been a huge undertaking that has a massive amount of ongoing benefit to the people of Kent."

    Councillor Ian Chittenden (Lib Dem) asked the cabinet member to fix lampposts as the one outside Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone "has become a public art installation".

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    Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J6 for A251 Ashford Road and J5 for A249 The Ridgeway Sittingbourne.

    M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and very slow traffic westbound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving a motorcycl;e.

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

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    Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M2 Kent westbound severe accident, between J6 for A251 Ashford Road and J5 for A249 The Ridgeway Sittingbourne.

    M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and very slow traffic westbound between J6, A251 (Faversham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving a motorcycl;e.

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

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    Severe accident: A264 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    A264 Kent anti-clockwise severe accident, around Groombridge Road.

    A264 Kent - A264 Ashurst Road in Stone Cross blocked and stationary traffic anticlockwise around the Groombridge Road junction, because of an accident involving a overturned vehicle.

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

  10. Three in hospital after car crash and fire

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Three people have been injured after a car hit metal railings and caught fire.

    It happened in New Road, Sheerness, just before midnight last night, and involved a Vauxhall Zafira.

    New Road, Sheerness
    Image caption: The car crashed in New Road, Sheerness

    A girl is in hospital in London, with injuries which are described as not life threatening.

    A second girl and a woman were treated at a local hospital.

    A 27-year-old man from the Isle of Sheppey is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

  11. Two arrested over Hailsham hit-and-run

    A 73-year-old man's critically ill after a hit-and-run in Hailsham.

    He was found seriously hurt on the northbound side of the A22 just after 04:30 BST today, and taken to hospital by air ambulance.

    A 28-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman from Hellingly have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a road collision.

    Police say a white car is being examined by forensics teams.

    The road reopened just before 15:00 BST.

  12. Children mark International Day of Peace

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Children from three Kent schools are combining in an event to promote world peace.

    Pupils from Tonbridge Grammar School, Hilden Grange in Tonbridge and Lady Boswell's Primary in Sevenoaks are working with the Tonbridge-based organisation Empathy Action, to mark the UN's International Day of Peace.

    Sandy Glanfield of Empathy Action
    Image caption: Sandy Glanfield of Empathy Action with one of the peace doves

    Six hundred and fifty peace dove toys have been made, using offcuts from blankets and tarpaulins manufactured for refugees in war zones.

    They were made in Pakistan by the specialist company NRS International.

    Peace doves being manufactured by NRS

    You can hear more from the local schools involved on BBC Radio Kent from 17:45 BST and then on iplayer.

  13. Labour Party conference

    The leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said he fully supports the MP Rosie Duffield following a rift in the Canterbury branch of the party.

    It follows a failed attempt by a small number of party members to censure her over her support for demonstrations against anti Semitism, an issue which has split the party.

    He spoke to BBC South East's Political Editor, Helen Catt ahead his party's conference

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    Video caption: The Labour Party leader says he fully supports the MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield.