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  1. Ambulance trust issued with warning notice by health regulators
  2. Southern dispute is transport secretary's 'top priority'
  3. Heatwave warning for Kent
  4. Live updates on Monday 18 July 2016

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That's all from us today

That's all from us for another busy day on BBC Local Live: Kent.  Thank you for being there with us.

We're back at 09:00 BST with a heatwave special - finding out how you're affected on what's expected to be the county's hottest day of the year.  

Please send us your pictures taken in the heat - you can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook.

First image of large sink hole in South London

A 50ft-deep hole has opened under a railway track causing widespread disruption to trains in south London.

Southern services are disrupted around London Bridge, with 40 minute delays, after the hole opened in Forest Hill.

sink hole
Network Rail said up to four railway lines in the area had been closed "for safety reasons"

Train delays due to large sink hole

There's misery for commuters travelling home tonight after a large sink hole opened up on tracks near Forest Hill. It's meant two lines into London Bridge have had to be closed. 

As a result Southern services into and out of London Bridge station are severely disrupted.  For details of your journey check Southern or Southeastern

This afternoon's top stories

Bob Dale

SECAmb told to improve by watchdog, the French authorities have refused to handover a dangerous wanted criminal and local authorities go into business. Here's this afternoon's top stories #3in30

This afternoon's top stories

The sun is shining in Kent

Claire Cottingham

TV Presenter Laura Hamilton is enjoying the sunshine in the county today. Make sure you get in touch today with your pictures of the sunshine. You can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook.

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Appeal for missing Kent teenager

Police have launched an appeal to find 13-year-old Chloe Chambers, who was reported missing a week ago after leaving her home in Gillingham. 

Chloe is described as being white with a small build with dark brown hair. She was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit with a pink handbag and her hair was tied up. 

If you know of her whereabouts, please contact Kent police on 101 

Kent Police
Chloe Chambers has been missing since 11 July

Showbiz round up

Stuart Maisner

Strictly without Len, Quo without Rick and Mick with another baby! Here's Stuart Maisner with our entertainment round up. 

Showbiz bulletin

A heatwave warning for Kent

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather presenter

There's a heatwave forecast for Kent. Here's my latest forecast

Kate Kinsella's has a hot forecast

Kent and GB's fastest woman Q&A

Claire Cottingham

Got a question for Kent's Dina Asher-Smith? Head over to BBC NewsFacebook page now.

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Claire Cottingham

The heat looks set to peak tomorrow with highs of 34C in the South East, the hottest in the UK.

Tuesday's temp to hit 34 in South East

111 scandal: CQC issues Secamb with warning notice

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust given a warning by the health regulator.

Read our BBC News story here.

Paramedics helping a patient in the street
The ambulance trust said it was aiming to restore public confidence and faith in the service

Northeast leads from the front

Claire Cottingham

100 runs for Kent cricket captain Sam Northeast, his fourth of 2016. Kent 398-4. Stand of 68* with Alex Blake 44*.

Full commentary here

Rex Features
Northeast scores his 4th ton of 2016

BA apologises for check-in delays at Gatwick and Heathrow

British Airways has apologised to passengers who faced long delays at check-in at Gatwick and Heathrow airports yesterday.  

Read the story here.

Were you affected? You can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook.

British Airways plane
BA apologises for check-in delays

UPDATE: Double stabbing in Kent

Claire Cottingham

Kent Police is continuing to investigate a double stabbing at the Bracton Centre in Dartford, in which two male members of staff were seriously injured.They remain in hospital where their condition is described as being "serious but stable".

 A 30-year-old man, who had been receiving treatment at the centre, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody. 

Bracton Centre sign
Two staff members are in hospital after double stabbing

'An ambulance service struggling to cope'

Mark Norman

BBC South East Health Correspondent

Here's my analysis of the news that SECAmb has been issued with a warning notice by the health regulator.

"This is piling the pressure on the ambulance service.

"A full inspection in May highlighted a range of issues. This notice makes it clear some of those issues need sorting immediately.

South East Coast Ambulance
A full inspection in May highlighted a range of issues

"Problems answering the NHS 111 service are perhaps the most worrying for inspectors.

"SECAMB is already being investigated after it dodged national response targets to gain more time to assess some seriously ill patients.

SECamb ambulances
SECAmb dodged national response targets to gain more time to assess some seriously ill patients.

"In a pilot project during the winter of 2014/15 the trust delayed sending help for certain 111 calls and transferred them to the 999 system, thus gaining an additional 10 minutes to respond.

"Here we are a year and half on and the NHS 111 system is still a major cause of concern for the CQC. 

"Add to that issues with kit, medicines, staffing, a temporary Chief Executive, a temporary Chairman and a huge demand on their services from us, the public, and this is an ambulance service struggling to cope." 

Ambulance trust warning notice: Boss says 'sorry'

Acting Chief Executive of SECAmb, Geraint Davies, said: "The Trust is sorry for not providing the service that the communities we serve should expect and deserve.

“Along with the rest of the Trust’s executive team, our priority now is to focus on addressing the issues which the CQC has highlighted.

“We know that there is a lot that the Trust needs to do to improve compliance with a number of systems and processes to ensure the safety of our patients."

Cricket: Kent batsmen dominate to put hosts in control over Sussex

Claire Cottingham

Sean Dickson, Joe Denly and Sam Northeast hit half-centuries as Kent's batsmen dominated against Sussex on day one at Tunbridge Wells.

Chris Jordan had Adam Ball caught for a duck as the hosts were reduced to 2-1.

But Dickson and Denly shared a 162-run second-wicket partnership before the former was caught at backward point off Stu Whittingham.

Whittingham dismissed Denly after tea but Northeast's unbeaten 75 saw the home side close on 310-3. 

Read the full scorecard here.

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Ambulance trust warning notice: action plan details

South East Coast Ambulance Service says efforts to address the issues highlighted by the CQC are already underway with an action plan under development.

Actions include:

  • Improving operational performance - including increasing the number of staff deployed to provide patient care

  • Ensure medicines practice are understood and operated appropriately by staff

SECAmb ambulance
SECAmb is working on an action plan
  • Look to establish a new patient safety and quality director role 

  • Increase staff recruitment in NHS 111

Your top headlines

Claire Cottingham

I've got a look at your main headlines this morning in Kent. 

Heatwave warning for Kent

Claire Cottingham

It's going to be a warm one this week, as a heatwave warning has been announced for Kent. 

The level-two alert, which is currently in place, is triggered when the Met Office forecasts a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night to have a significant effect on health. 

As the temperatures rise, remember to help vulnerable residents stay safe and well too. And of course don't forget to stay hydrated. 


BreakingAmbulance trust issued with warning notice

Mark Norman

BBC South East Health Correspondent

South East Coast Ambulance Service has been issued with a warning notice by health regulators The Care Quality Commission (CQC).

After an inspection held at the beginning of May, the CQC has called on the Trust to make significant improvements to a number of systems and processes which it says are not operating effectively as well as adequately managing NHS 111 calls in a timely manner.

The Trust now has until September to address the immediate concerns highlighted by the CQC before a full report will be published later in the year.

South East Coast Ambulance Service ambulance
SECAmb issued with warning notice by CQC

Southern dispute is transport secretary's 'top priority'

New Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said resolving the Southern trains dispute is "top of his priority list".  

Read full story here

Southern train
Southern and the RMT union are in dispute over the introduction of driver-only trains on which guards will no longer open and close doors

On This Day - 18 July

Taxi drivers helping the fight against child abuse, a three-month -old baby lemur, and a South East astronaut touching back down to earth.  #onthisday one, five and ten years ago.

On This Day 18 July

Countdown to Rio

Lauren Moss

The Olympic Games begin in Rio in three weeks time and it's inspired two couples from Kent to try all of the sports involved. 

They had the idea after the London Games four years ago - and they've nearly completed the challenge.

I went to meet them and watch some of their final activities

Olympic challenge

'Blue sky and sunshine'

The temperature is due to reach 29C by the end of this afternoon. Here's your Monday morning forecast.

Monday's weather forecast with Kate Kinsella

It's a sunny Monday

After a lovely weekend, the sun is out again this morning.

Thank you to John Linington for this stunning picture of Botany Bay - it's our #photooftheday.

Please send us your pictures taken over the weekend - you can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook.

Picture of Botany Bay beach
John Linington
Botany Bay