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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 August

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Goodbye from Kent Live

Bob Dale

That's it from us today, thank you for joining us.

Claire Cottingham will be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, with all of Kent's news, sport, weather and travel.

In the meantime, if there's something we should know about, please get in touch by tweetingemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

On This Day...

Amanda Akass

BBC South East reporter

Traffickers jailed, an anti-fracking protest, and biting bedbugs. They happened #onthisday one, three, and five years ago.  

What's the weather like tomorrow?

Have your brolly at the ready. Here's tomorrow's forecast with Sarah Keith-Lucas.

Government urged to help migrant children

Piers Hopkirk

BBC South East Today reporter

There are up to 100 children living in the Calais "Jungle" who have the right to live in the UK.

Local council leaders visited the refugee camp today to see conditions for themselves, and urged the government to do more to help.

Councillors visit Calais "Jungle"

Bob Dale

National political leaders have been condemned by their local counterparts for not doing enough for children living in the Calais refugee camp.

Local council leaders visited the "Jungle" today, and called for more to be done to help unaccompanied minors who already have family living in the UK.

Dog owner warning after virus discovered


Dog owners are being warned to make sure their pets up are up-to-date with their parvovirus vaccinations after three dogs were diagnosed with the condition.

The infected animals were found on land near the Civic Centre, Strood Esplanade. Read the KentOnline report here.

Sick dog

Travel: Problems on the M25

There are delays on the M25 clockwise carriageway due to an accident between a lorry and a car.

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This afternoon's headlines

Bob Dale

A level results, the partner of a victim of the Shoreham air crash speaks out and a bid to find a solution to the Calais Jungle - here's this afternoon's #3in30.

'I'm really, really happy'

This was Katie Slade's reaction to her A-level results at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, Kent.

It's fair to say she was pleased.

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Post on Craig Mackinlay's Facebook page

The case against a man accused of posting a threatening message on a Tory MP's Facebook page is dropped.

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'I feel pretty pleased'

Hannah Hawkins, who studied for A-levels at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks in Kent, is pleased with her results and is now planning to take a gap year.

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Students celebrate at Dover Grammar School

Students at Dover Grammar School were visited by KCC's Roger Gough as they opened their A-level results this morning.

They were also visited by BBC Radio Kent reporter Joe Pocock.

Students at Dover Grammar School
Students at Dover Grammar School
Students at Dover Grammar School

Arrest over Sheerness stabbing

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following an alleged stabbing in Sheerness.

Kent Police said they were called at 03:30 BST to Halfway Road.

A man in his 20s was found with a stab wound and taken to hospital - he is in a "serious but stable" condition.

A 20-year-old man from Sheerness has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and remains in custody.

Dartford's Adam Gemili looking forward to the final

Adam Gemili has made it into the 200m final. Will you be staying up and watching?

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Success at Dover College

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Dover College celebrated some of the best results on the Kent coast with 44% of all A Level/BTEC results at a four-year high of an A* or A grade. 

Over half of all grades were above a B, equating to an average UCAS candidate points per entry total of 93 and UCAS points per candidates total of 347 which is higher than local selective grammar schools on previous year’s results.

Dover College
Dover College

Can Kent edge closer to a Lord's final?

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

We'll find out today - the teams are warming up at Canterbury ahead of Kent v Yorkshire in their One Day Cup quarter final.  

Full commentary on BBC Radio Kent DAB and MW and online from 14:00 BST.

BBC Sport

Say goodbye to the sunshine for a bit...

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It looks like we've got a few days of rain on the way. Here's my lunchtime forecast.

BreakingSheerness stabbing update

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following an alleged stabbing in Sheerness High Street. 

Kent Police was called at 03:32 BST to a report of an assault between Maple Street and Halfway Road, where a road closure currently remains in place. 

A man in his twenties was taken to a London hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition. 

A 20-year-old man from Sheerness has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody. 

Officers from the Major Crime Unit would now like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything at the time of the alleged assault, or an earlier disturbance involving four men at the exit of Sheerness Holiday Park on Halfway Road. 

Results day-ja vu

Leaping girls, happy twins. Here are 6 things you always see on A-level results day 

Generic teenagers jumping

That heart-stopping A-level results moment

This brave student at Seaford Head Sixth Form Centre in East Sussex allowed BBC South East Today to film him opening his results.

For those of us who've been in a similar position in the past, it brings back that horrible knot-in-your-stomach nervous feeling...

A-level rally driving quiz

She scored A* in photography, A in English and a B in biology - but 18-year-old Catie Munnings, from Headcorn in Kent, won't be going to university. Instead she's going to be a rally driver.

BBC South East Today's Education Correspondent Bryony Mackenzie quizzed her yesterday.

It's an experience we're not sure Bryony wants to repeat...

Breaking'Facebook threat' court case dropped

Mark Verier, 28, of Ramsgate High Street, had been accused of one count of sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing communications to South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, but has had the case against him dropped.

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Tweets from Kent's new students

After getting their A-level results, students who've been accepted into Kent's universities have been tweeting about their excitement. 

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Amanda Akass

BBC South East reporter

Traffickers jailed, an anti-fracking protest, and biting bedbugs. They happened #onthisday one, three, and five years ago.

No university for rally driving teenager

It's A-level results day - and that means a mixture of nerves, excitement and hopefully celebrating.

Catie Munnings, 18, from Headcorn in Kent, will soon find out her results - and she's predicted to get straight As.

But instead of applying to university, she's decided to follow her dream of becoming a world rally driving champion instead.

'Take in the bigger picture'

Tips on how to react to disappointing news

A cartoon of a confused girl

BBC Newsbeat has put together a handy guide on how to react if you don't get the results you need. 

A taster: "It might look like everyone has done better than you, but there will be plenty of people who will be sitting quietly and thinking about their results."

Travel update

There's congestion on several Kent roads this morning.

For up-to-date information on the traffic where you are, head to the BBC Travel website.

Kent traffic map

Maybe avoid any hats this weekend...

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

I think this has summed up the coming weekend's weather quite spectacularly... 

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Morning headlines

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

I've taken a look at your top stories today as homelessness in Kent is claimed to have doubled in the space of a year, a plane crash is investigated after a Kent man died, and a man is released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm. 

Newspaper round-up

A stack of newspapers

Here's what Kent's local papers are reporting on this morning.

KentOnline: Five-month-old girl survives despite contracting two types of deadly meningitis.

Kent News: Campaigners call on Lower Thames Crossing consultation to be scrapped

Kent Olympics update

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Five Kent hockey players have guaranteed themselves at least a silver medal - and it could yet be gold.

Canterbury's Susannah Townsend, along with Holcombe's Nicola White, Shona McCallin, Sam Quek and outgoing goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, all featured as Team GB saw off New Zealand 3-0 in last night's semi final. 

Celebrating hockey
Koen Suyk

Dartford's Adam Gemili is also a step closer to an Olympic medal - he's into a first Olympic final, after finishing third his 200 metres semi final.

Adam Gemili
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No medal, though, for Orpington's Dina Asher-Smith - she finished fifth in the final of the Women's 200 metres.

Dina Asher-Smith
Getty Images

BreakingSheerness stabbing

A man is being treated for life threatening injuries. It's thought he was stabbed on Sheerness High Street. 

Officers are at the scene and the High Street is currently closed between Maple Street and Halfway Road.

Kent Police say they were called to the scene at 03:00 BST following reports of an assault. The man has been taken to a London hospital.  

Weather: Cloudy and cooler than yesterday

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Doesn't look like the sunshine is here to stay this weekend, Here's my morning forecast. 

'We bumped into Mark Cavendish!'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Angela Mance from BIggin Hill has been volunteering in Rio as a Hockey Maker for the Hockey team.

She's been sharing some of her experiences.

Charity's concern at homeless figures

A Kent charity claims it's seen a significant rise in the number of rough sleepers in the county.

The latest statistics from Porchlight are here. 

BBC Radio Kent's Breakfast Show with John and Steve will be speaking to 18-year-old Steven who ended up on the streets in East Kent after a family breakdown. You can listen to the breakfast show here.

It's A level results day!

Bob Dale

Students across Kent get their A level results today.

Good luck - we hope the hard work pays off and you get what you need!

We'd love to see any pictures or videos you have of those all-important grades arriving.

You can send them by emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook, or Twitter.  

Students taking exams

Sunshine on a rainy day?

Claire Cottingham

We've had a lovely few days - but there could be rain on the way.

Thank you to Alan Glicksman for this lovely picture of Westgate-on-Sea - it's our #Photooftheday

If there's something we should know about, please get in touch by tweetingemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

Alan Glicksman