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  1. Live updates on Thursday 16 June

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Goodbye from us

Bob Dale

Our live reporting has come to an end for today - but we're back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST with your #KentLive updates.

You can get involved by tweeting us, sending us a message on Facebook or emailing us.  

Have a nice afternoon. 

This afternoon's weather

Will the showers continue? Here's Elizabeth with the weather forecast for the rest of the day and tomorrow.

the weather, this lunchtime

Behind-the-scenes with Medway's surgeons

Tune into BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST to see health correspondent, Mark Norman, go behind-the-scenes with Medway's surgeons.

You've waited . Now I deliver! @Medway_NHS_FT surgery team one of best in NHS more @bbcsoutheast tonight

You've waited . Now I deliver! @Medway_NHS_FT surgery team one of best in NHS more @bbcsoutheast tonight

A little taster of tonight's piece @bbcsoutheast 1830 a morning with surgical team @Medway_NHS_FT (-music tonight!)

BreakingData loss 'hugely worrying'

A Kent patient transport company has lost the personal data of more than 100 staff during a contract transfer from NSL to G4S.

It's understood copies of driving licenses and passports were among missing documents. 

Unison said the loss was "hugely worrying" and "hugely embarrassing".  


Gas company investigates a series of explosions, a senior scientist questions bosses at Pfizer and a Kent hospital electronically tags newborns. Here's today's #OnThisDay. 

On This Day

'Surrender alcohol' passengers told

A Port of Dover spokesman said the terminal was extremely busy due to heightened French security.

France is not allowing vehicles carrying alcohol to cross its borders during these matches, and French police in Dover are advising British travellers of this.

Those carrying alcohol are being invited to surrender it if they wish to proceed with their journey."

Port of Dover

Two-hour queues

Passengers have been facing queues of up to two hours at the port amid extra security checks.

People were being invited to surrender their alcohol before boarding.

@Port_of_Dover sorry but this is not good enough, been sat here for 2 hours!! #disgraceful

BreakingAlcohol ban

Travellers crossing to the continent from Dover are being told France is refusing to allow vehicles carrying alcohol to cross its borders during Euro2016 matches.

The Dream City Railway

When model railway enthusiast Roy James was banished to his shed by his partner - who didn't share his love of trains - it was the start of something very special. BBC South East went to take a look.

A remarkable model railway

Jail for man who poured petrol through front door

A man who set fire to a house with two young children inside has been jailed for seven years. 

Christopher Harrison, of Langlands Drive, Dartford, poured petrol through his former partner’s front door before setting it alight.

Christopher Harrison
Kent Police
Christopher Harrison also wrote obscenities on the woman's window

The 36-year-old was found with a petrol receipt inside his car. CCTV also showed him buying a container and filling this up at a petrol station near to the house. 

Det Con Jason Lynch said if a fire alarm had not been installed those inside could have been "seriously injured or even killed".

House fire in New Romney

Twenty firefighters have been dealing with a house fire in New Romney.

It broke out in the roof of a terrace building in Daglish Close, around 03.30 BST.

It's not thought anyone's been injured.

Lightning later?

Looks like we could have some lightning in Kent later. For the full BBC forecast take a look here.

Weather forecast

Gills sign new player

BBC Radio Kent have some important Gillingham FC News...

FOOTBALL: @TheGillsFC announce signing of former Bradford City midfielder Billy Knott on a two-year deal. #Gills

FOOTBALL: @TheGillsFC announce signing of former Bradford City midfielder Billy Knott on a two-year deal. #Gills

KM poll says Kent 'backs Brexit'



KentOnline have reported the findings of a survey which claims the county backs Brexit in the upcoming EU referendum.

The county-wide poll, conducted by Ashford-based Facts International, found immigration was the key issue for those supporting a Brexit. Read the KentOnline story here.

Union Jack and EU flags
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Ambulance service investigated

The ambulance trust covering Kent is under scrutiny by the Care Quality Commission, following claims the response system for emergency calls was "unfit for purpose".

Staff at the South East Coast Ambulance Service have said more than 1,000 calls a week were not answered quickly enough. Linda Southouse is an emergency call handler:


Read the BBC story here.

Kent Spitfires grounded

The Kent Spitfires were beaten by Essex in the One Day Cup at Chelmsford.

Despite hitting 285 for 4 in their 50 overs, including 91 off 52 balls by Matt Coles, they still lost by five wickets.

Full match report here.

Kent Spitfires' Matt Coles at the wicket against Essex
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Matt Coles in action against Essex

'We wanted protection, and we didn't get any'

Thirty-six people have been arrested during disturbances in Lille, ahead of this afternoon's Euro 2016 England-Wales match in Lens.

Speaking to BBC Radio Kent, Gillingham fan Eddie Allcorn, who's going to the game, says England supporters deserve better protection in France.

Gillingham fan says England supporters deserve more protection

Lower Thames crossing 'potential'

Here's what Prime Minister David Cameron had to say about the Lower Thames Crossing when asked by MP for Rochester and Strood, Kelly Tolhurst:

Cameron Thames crossi

This morning's headlines

An investigation into Kent's ambulances, a sex attacker jailed and why the Lower Thames crossing is needed - here's this morning's #3in30.

3 in 30 for June 16th

Head teacher 'harassment'

It started as a row over proposals to merge a Kent grammar school with a local high school. Now - even though the plans have been abandoned - it's escalated into a police investigation.

The head teacher of the Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School in Canterbury has alleged she's suffered harassment from a parent who led opposition to the merger. 

BBC South East's education correspondent Bryony MacKenzie has the details:

Grammar Schools

Another day of sunshine and showers?

Here's Georgina Burnett with the Kent forecast:

Kent weather 16 June

Good morning from the team in Kent

Bob Dale

A very warm welcome to the Kent Live page this morning - I'm here until 14:00 BST with all your local news in the county, but if you see something we should be reporting make sure you tweetFacebook or email us.

First up - here's our photo of the day. Thank you to Robin Lee for this snap taken at Howletts Wild Animal Park. It sums up how we feel this morning...

Robin Lee