The Olympic Flame leaves Kent

The torch will leave the Meridian region as it heads through Kent and Surrey today on its way to London 2012. The flame leaves Maidstone this morning, with hundreds of people expected to line the route to Guildford.

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Torch grab latest - statement from Kent Police

Kent Police have arrested a 17-year-old man following an incident as the Olympic torch passed through Gravesend.

At around 9.55am a man apparently attempted to take the Olympic Flame from a Torchbearer in Rochester Road.

The man, who is from Gravesend, was arrested within seconds and is now in the custody of Kent Police.

No one was injured in the incident and the Torch continued on its way without disruption.

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Your pictures - the torch in Strood and Sturry

Steve Bennett carrying the torch today in Strood Credit: Pete Martin
Steve Bennett carrying the torch today in Strood Credit: Pete Martin
Alec Martin, who began the torch route through Sturry Credit: Dave Holdstock
Alec Martin, who began the torch route through Sturry Credit: Dave Holdstock

Crowds gather at the Gurdwara

Crowds gather in Gravesend Credit: Derek Johnson

An estimated 1,000 people are already at Gravesend's Gurdwara. Many schoolchildren have been given the day off to see the Olympic Torch.

Crowds gather in Gravesend Credit: Derek Johnson
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