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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 July 2016

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That's it from Kent Live for today

Bob Dale

That's it from us for Tuesday - thanks for joining us today.

We'll be back between 11:00 and 17:00 BST tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can still tweetFacebook or email us.

Traffic this afternoon

BBC Travel

The roads are running relatively smoothly in Kent as we approach rush hour. For more detailed information visit here.

Traffic map

New free school for Kent

On his last full day as Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced 31 new free schools - including one in Kent.

It's hoped St Andrew's Primary School will open in Paddock Wood in 2018. 

We are delighted that, working with St Andrew’s Church, our proposal for a new primary school for the growing town of Paddock Wood has today been accepted by the Department for Education.

Mr Ian BauckhamExecutive Head of the Tenax Schools Trust

Kent's Driscoll on the road to Rio

Claire Cottingham

If you missed the news earlier, Chatham trampolinist Kat Driscoll has been included in the Team GB squad for the Rio Olympic games in 3 weeks time. 

She's tweeted this image saying she's "lost for words". 

View more on twitter

County Show visitor numbers top 80,000

Bob Dale

Organisers of the Kent County Show are hailing this year's event as a success.

They say over the three days more than 80,000 people came through the gates of the County Showground at Detling, near Maidstone.

Bob Dale and a bull at the Kent County Show
Bob Dale and a bull at this year's Kent County Show

Thunderstorm warning across the South East

Claire Cottingham

Met office warning it could get a bit stormy this afternoon, maybe avoid bringing a brolly...

#Thunderstorms are breaking out across southeastern parts. Each coloured cross on the image is a #Lightning strike

#Thunderstorms are breaking out across southeastern parts. Each coloured cross on the image is a #Lightning strike

Patrick McLoughlin: Southern timetable 'big test for RMT'

The introduction of the emergency timetable today represents a big test for the RMT - do they back passengers or continue with unnecessary and unjustified industrial action."

Patrick McLoughlinTransport Secretary

Man 'refused access' to bus replacement as wheelchair was 'too heavy'

Claire Cottingham

Sam Taylor, a web designer from the South East, says he relies on trains for independence, and when he did try and get a bus replacement service - he was told his wheelchair was too heavy.

A new emergency timetable was introduced by Southern rail yesterday in an effort to end last minute cancellations, however passengers are still complaining of a poor service in Kent and surrounding areas.

Man refused access

A wet end to the day

Aisling Creevey

BBC weather

After a lovely start to the day, I'm afraid the weather's about to take a bit of a downturn.

The weather forecast

'The most difficult job of any peacetime prime minister since the nineteenth century'

Bob Dale

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale says Theresa May's first cabinet should contain members of both the Remain and Leave camps.

Sir Roger Gale on who Theresa May could appoint to her cabinet

Manston airport: Public inquiry to be held

A public inquiry will take place to decide if some of Manston Airport's buildings can be used for things other than aviation.

A date for the inquiry has not yet been announced by the Planning Inspectorate.  

Public inquiry to be held into whether some buildings on the Manston Airport site can be used for non-aviation purposes.

What happened this time last year?

Claire Cottingham

A sailing club closes, there's an increase in abandoned cats and the dualling of the A21 gets the green light. Here's today's ‪#‎OnthisDay‬.

BreakingChatham's Kat Driscoll confirmed for Rio

Claire Cottingham

The British Olympic Association has today named 13 gymnasts who will compete for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which includes Chatham's trampolinist Kat Driscoll.

The two-time World Champion will make her second Olympic appearance. There was no place in the squad for Maidstone's Courtney Tulloch though. 

Getty Images
Kent's two-time World Champion confirmed for Rio

Baby bird adopted by boxer dog called Rusty


An orphaned baby bird looks set to become an internet sensation after being taken under the wing of a two-year-old boxer dog called Rusty. Read the KentOnline report here.  

Rusty and 'birddog'
Rusty and 'birddog' have become inseparable

'We had a very clear instruction from the British people'

Bob Dale

Sevenoaks MP and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says Theresa May has a clear mandate as she prepares to take over as Prime Minister.

Michael Fallon reacts to Theresa May becoming PM

Dartford homes planned for old Tesco site

Plans for the Lowfield Street site
Meyer Homes
Plans include 500 one, two and three bedroom homes

A site which became derelict after it was bought by Tesco but never developed could become a 500-home development.

Meyer Homes, which bought the Lowfield Street site from the supermarket giant in October, is in discussions with Dartford Borough Council.

A scheme for a Tesco store with flats above was rejected following a public inquiry in 2005. Read the full story here.

Is Kent gymnast Kat Driscoll heading to Rio?

Jessica Banham

Medway gymnast Kat Driscoll is hoping to become the first trampolinist to be selected for two Olympic games when the GB team is announced this lunchtime. 

How has Southern's emergency timetable affected you?

Tell us your story about how Southern's train cuts have affected you and your family.

The company's axed 341 services a day to cope with high levels of staff sickness and an ongoing dispute with the RMT.

Did you notice an improvement in punctuality? Or do you rely on one of the services which has now been cut?

You can tweetFacebook or email us with your stories, and you can read more here.

Commuter protest at Victoria Station
Commuter protest at Victoria Station

Horse dealers and vet jailed over sick animal fraud

Claire Cottingham

Two horse dealers and a vet have been jailed for fraud after they colluded to sell ill, dangerous and lame horses to unsuspecting buyers.

Charlotte Johnson and Aniela Jurecka drugged horses and ponies and sold them as suitable for children from farms in Staplehurst and Marden, in Kent.

Read the full story here

Missing Kent lynx still on the run

Claire Cottingham

Zoo wardens could use the recorded call of an escaped lynx's mother in a bid to capture it.

Bedding from the creature's former home at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent will also be used as the round-the-clock search continues after Flaviu went missing from Dartmoor Zoo on Thursday. 

Read the full story here

Klementyna and Flaviu, who is said to be missing his mother

A bright start, but don't be fooled!

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's been a lovely start to the day, but I have some words of warning for this afternoon and tomorrow.

the weather with Rachel Mackley

This morning's top stories

Jessica Banham

A rail protest, a warning for anglers and an Olympic hopeful. Here's your 3 in 30 with Jessica Banham.

Hello from the Kent Live team

Bob Dale

We're here till 17:00 BST, and between now and then we'll be keeping you in touch with the county's top news, sport, weather and travel.

You can tweetFacebook or email us, if you think there's something we should know about.

That's what Brian Whitehead did, when he sent us this dramatic shot of an arch on the chine in Ramsgate's Western Undercliff - it's our #photooftheday.

Arch, Ramsgate Western Undercliff
Brian Whitehead
Arch in Ramsgate Western Undercliff