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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 June

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Bob Dale

That's it from me for today, thanks for joining us this morning.

I'll be back from 06.00 BST tomorrow, with news, weather and sport from across Kent.

In the meantime, we'd still love to hear from you, through email, Twitter or Facebook

'It's affecting them and their families'

A conductor working for rail operator Southern has exclusively told BBC South East that rail minister Claire Perry is wrong to accuse them of taking unofficial strike action. 

 Southern is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the RMT union over driver-only trains. The company says services are being disrupted by a high level of sickness among conductors - the minister says this is "outrageous and unfair". 

The conductor, whose words are spoken by an actor, categorically denies this.

Southern conductor denies sickness levels are unofficial strike action

Leave and remain flotillas clash on Thames

Stuart Maisner

Brexit supporters on a flotilla of boats on the Thames clashed with a rival flotilla supporting the remain campaign. 

Faversham's Sir Bob Geldof, a remain campaigner, shouted insults at UKIP's Nigel Farage.

Flotilla of boats in EU demo

On this day

An award for medical negligence, campaigning against a new quarry and an appeal for a new wheelchair - #onthisday.

On This Day

Darling: 'Families would be poorer'

Stuart Maisner

Speaking alongside George Osborne in Ashford, former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling outlined why he thinks we should remain in the EU.

Alistair Darling on why we should stay in EU

Vote Leave: Labour 'would not support' emergency budget

Chancellor George Osborne said an emergency budget would be needed to plug a £30bn hole in public finances if the UK voted to leave. 

However, Vote Leave chairwoman and Labour MP Gisela Stuart said it was "unlikely" her colleagues would support it, as it would cut spending on the NHS, pensions and schools.

George Osborne and Alistair Darling
George Osborne and Alistair Darling at the Hitachi depot in Ashford

Osborne: 'Jobs at risk'

Speaking in Ashford, the Chancellor George Osborne said the possible effects of British exit from the EU were already damaging the UK economy.

Osborne speaking

'Unpleasant choices'

It's clear to me the Chancellor would have to face unpleasant choices like I had to in 2008"

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling
Former Chancellor Alistair Darling

Osborne prepares for warning

Chancellor George Osborne and former Chancellor Alistair Darling approach the podium ready to issue their Brexit warning in Ashford.

Chancellor walks to podium

Two Chancellors in Ashford

Here's the scene at Hitachi Rail in Ashford as the press awaits Chancellor George Osborne and former Chancellor Alistair Darling. 

Osborne is expected to issue a warning over expected tax rises if the UK leaves the EU.

Vote Leave have preempted the speech calling it "hysterical prophecies of doom".  

The press await the two Chancellors' speeches
The press await the two Chancellors' speeches

Entertainment news bulletin

Stuart Maisner

An honour from the Queen, One Direction twitter buzz and a showbiz legend comes to Kent. Here's our entertainment news bulletin with Stuart Maisner.

South East showbiz bulletin

Kent's cricketers back in action

Kent are up against Essex at Chelmsford in the One Day Cup today, having comfortably beaten Somerset at home yesterday.

In a match reduced to 30-overs a side by the weather, Kent posted 231 before bowling out the visitors for 136. 

You can hear BBC ball-by-ball commentary of the today's play here.

Daniel Bell-Drummond
Getty Images
Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond has been tipped for future England honours

Drug dealer jailed

A 21-year-old man from Gillingham's been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to drug dealing.

Michael Cifra was caught with two needles, eight wraps of heroin and a wrap of cannabis, when a car he was being driven in was stopped.

Michael Cifra
Kent Police
Michael Cifra has been jailed

What were the Westgate recommedations?

Here are the key findings of MP Craig Mackinlay's report into the scandal at Westgate College:

Westgate graphic

'Whistleblowers weren't listened to'

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay is calling for the creation of a new national authority to organise the care of vulnerable adults. 

It follows the scandal at Westgate College, where staff filmed themselves drinking, stripping and using sexually explicit language in front of residents. 

Mr Mackinlay's commissioned a report into what happened and says chances to act were missed.

report published into Westgate

Bromley driver ready for Le Mans

In sport, Bromley's Mike Conway is preparing for the Le Mans 24 hours this weekend.

It's Toyota’s 18th Le Mans entry since its first appearance in 1985 and the #6 car will be piloted by Conway together with former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi and Stéphane Sarrazin.

Car, crew and drivers of Car 6 are ready @Toyota_Hybrid @ThunderheadONE @kamui_kobayashi @Steph_Sarrazin #LeMans24

Car, crew and drivers of Car 6 are ready @Toyota_Hybrid @ThunderheadONE @kamui_kobayashi @Steph_Sarrazin #LeMans24

This morning's top stories

A row over border security, another rail strike is planned and a drug dealer's jailed - here's this morning's #3in30.

3 in 30

Travel this morning

The roads aren't looking too bad in Kent this morning, but please stay up-to-date with BBC travel news.

Travel map

Conductor sickness

The train operator Govia Thameslink has blamed an increase in conductor sick leave for the problems on Southern trains. Here are their figures:


Bitter rail row continues

Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the RMT union over plans to change the role of train conductors. 

Dyan Crowther from Govia Thameslink

BBC South East reporter Jon Hunt spoke to GTR chief operating officer Dyan Crowther and began by asking her why performance levels were so low.    

Fresh strikes on Southern

A union has called for another 24-hour strike by conductors on Southern rail trains.

RMT members will be asked to walk out on Tuesday 21 June.  

Southern operator Govia Thameslink (GTR) said it would implement a new role for conductors from 21 August, with guards no longer opening and closing doors. Read the BBC story here.

Southern train

What's the weather like today?

Will you need a brolly or your suncream today? Here's Georgina Burnett with your weather in Kent.

Kent weather 15 June

Good Morning

Bob Dale

Good morning from the team in Kent. I'll be here until 14:00 BST with all the latest news from the county.

We'll also make sure we keep you posted with the latest on the roads and rails, as well as a look at the weather and the top sporting headlines too.

You can get in touch by tweetingfacebooking or emailing us throughout the day.  

First let's start with our #PhotoOfTheDay - Jackie Thomas sent us this picture of Biddenden. 

Biddenden taken by Jackie Thomas