Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 August 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's it from us

Stuart Maisner

That's all from your Kent Live team for today. Thanks for joining us. We're back at 09:00 BST tomorrow. We hope you can join us.

Remember you can get in touch with us and send us your pictures and videos by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

Southern: '60% of full timetable to run' during strike

Stuart Maisner

Southern says it expects to be able to run 60% of its full timetable during next week's five-day RMT union strike, starting on Monday.   

Parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) wants to use new trains where the driver operates the doors using CCTV, but the union fears job losses and has raised safety fears about the move.  

Southern train
Southern hope to run 60% of its full timetable during next week's strike

'It's not a merger, it's a collaboration'

Bob Dale

The South East's troubled ambulance service, SECAmb, could be merged with another trust.

The possibility's been raised at a meeting of the trust's senior staff and its board of governors.

There's already a plan in place for SECAmb to "learn" from the South Central Ambulance service which covers Hampshire and the Thames Valley area.

SECAmb's acting chief executive outlines collaboration with another ambulance trust

Roger Daltrey on a steam train!

Stuart Maisner

The Who frontman and steam train enthusiast Roger Daltrey has opened a new restaurant and station facilities on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway at Dungeness. 

Our reporter Jane Witherspoon has been to meet him. More on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST on BBC One.   

Look 'Who' I found at the drinks carriage. Coming up @bbcsoutheast 6.30pm
Look 'Who' I found at the drinks carriage. Coming up @bbcsoutheast 6.30pm

Look 'Who' I found at the drinks carriage. Coming up @bbcsoutheast 6.30pm

Creditors' meeting called at Dreamland

Stuart Maisner

Margate's Dreamland amusement park has racked up debts of more than £14m and is likely to end up being sold, according to administrators. You can read our story here.  

A creditors' meeting has been called by administrators on Thursday.  

Roller coaster in Dreamland
Dreamland has debts of more than £14m

A spokesman for Thanet District Council said: "The meeting is a normal part of any administration process and does not affect daily operations of Dreamland, which is open for business as usual. The council has been provided with assurances that there is a bright future for Dreamland." 

'Jungle' ruling overturned

The Home Office has won its appeal against a landmark ruling allowing four Syrian refugees living in the so called "Jungle" camp in Calais to come to Britain.

The Home Office has won its "Jungle" appeal

Police concern over mental health workload

Mental health infographic

Unprecedented levels of detentions under the Mental Health Act in Kent have led police and crime commissioner (PCC) Matthew Scott to set up a review. 

He has said about a third of Kent Police time is now spent dealing with cases involving mental health when it is not necessarily the right response. 

It's wet out there

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

A cool and wet start for August. Here's my latest forecast.

Rainy weather has affected most of Kent

Driver denies charge in Westerham Costa Christmas tragedy

Bob Dale

An 87-year-old man has denied killing a woman on Christmas Eve when his car crashed into a Costa Coffee shop in Westerham.

David Lord denies causing death by dangerous driving

On this, three, five years ago

Stuart Maisner

Operation Stack is finally lifted, drilling begins for oil in Sussex and a unique wedding in a treehouse. On this, three, five years ago. 

On this, three, five years ago

Ambulance trust may merge

BBC South East Today's health correspondent, Mark Norman, has some news about South East Coast Ambulance Service...

Could troubled @SECAmbulance merge with neighbouring trust? Boss doesn't t rule it out. @bbcsoutheast 1330 1830

Could troubled @SECAmbulance merge with neighbouring trust? Boss doesn't t rule it out. @bbcsoutheast 1330 1830

Mental health detentions: 'I remember covering my ears all the time'

Stuart Maisner

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner says he's concerned by the number of times that officers are having to detain people under the Mental Health Act. 

Suzanne Williams had to spend a night in a police cell after suffering a mental breakdown because no hospital beds were available.

Mental health patient Suzanne Williams

Did you know...? 1976 heatwave facts

August may have got off to a bit of a dreary start but 40 years ago Kent was in the grip of a gruelling heatwave and drought.

There were standpipes on the streets, a hosepipe ban and a Minister for Drought was appointed.

Here are three things you may not have known about the heatwave of 1976.  

Watch some 1976 heatwave facts

Man denies killing woman in Christmas Eve Costa crash

David Lord
David Lord has pleased not guilty

An 87-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to killing a woman who died when his car ploughed into a coffee shop.

David Lord, from Westerham, denied causing Valerie Deakin's death by dangerous driving in Kent on Christmas Eve.

Ms Deakin, 74, of Udimore, East Sussex, died when Mr Lord's Audi crashed into the Westerham branch of Costa.

Valerie Deakin who died after the crash on Christmas Eve
Kent Police
Valerie Deakin was sitting near the window at the Costa coffee shop on Christmas Eve

Mr Lord was given unconditional bail at Maidstone Crown Court but no date has yet been set for his trial.

Two men and two women were taken to hospital after the crash. Another woman was treated for minor injuries.  

It's a girl!

You've got to see this.

A critically endangered female Rothschild giraffe, born last week at Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve near Ashford, takes her first steps.

Baby giraffe takes first steps at Port Lympne

The cloud remains...

BBC Weather

It looks like the sun will not be making an appearance in Kent today. For a more detailed forecast click here.

Weather chart
No chance of sunshine today

Health bosses tackle staff recruitment issue

Mark Norman

BBC South East Health Correspondent

I've been to Medway Maritime Hospital to see how they appear to be successfully tackling the problem.

The trust had been heavily criticised by regulators for putting patients at risk by relying on agency staff.

At times last year they had a vacancy rate of 65%, but today the rate is just 23% - and they're aiming for a 10% rate by the end of this year. 

Medway Maritime tackling recruitment problem

Dreamland operator has debts 'over £14m'

Margate's Dreamland amusement park has racked up debts of more than £14m and is likely to end up being sold, according to administrators. You can read our story here.

Meanwhile, the park's iconic Scenic Railway has been closed for a few days for essential repairs. Here are some facts about the ride.

Scenic Railway - the facts

Local newspaper round-up

Newspaper (generic)

Here are the top stories from Kent's local newspapers this morning:

KentOnline: Senior nurse Hester Wilson, from Kennington, spared jail for affair with inmate at Maidstone Prison

Kent News: Campaigners opposed to the weapons industry in Kent are set to cycle across the county in protest this weekend

Kent and Sussex Courier: Details of two people arrested in relation to an air weapon shooting in Rochester last night have been released by Kent Police

Police raid flat after 'air gun shooting'

Bob Dale

This is the dramatic moment police raided a flat in John Street, Rochester, just after 17:00 BST on Monday.

It followed reports of an air gun being fired at people. A man and a woman sustained minor injuries, and two men were arrested.

Footage by Paul Mizon.

Police raid a property in Medway after reports of an air gun shooting

This morning's top stories

Stuart Maisner

M20 chaos, mental health detentions and a jailing over Dover demonstration violence. Here's this morning's top stories.

This morning's top stories

This might brighten up your day...

Thank you for all of the stunning pictures of Kent you've been sending us.

Here are five of the best from the last few days.

Remember you can send us your pictures by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.    

Picture of Walpole Bay by Philip French
Philip French
Walpole Bay by Philip French
Picture of a cornfield in Birchington
John Linington
Picture of a cornfield in Birchington
Botany Bay by Agnieszka Wasicka
Agnieszka Wasicka
Botany Bay by Agnieszka Wasicka
Ramsgate by Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson
Ramsgate by Peter Johnson
Viking Bay by Mel Chennell
Mel Chennell
Viking Bay by Mel Chennell

Football's back on BBC Radio Kent

Bob Dale

BBC Radio Kent has exclusive commentary on every Gillingham FC match this season, home and away.

The Sports Hub team returns for a new season on Saturday.

BBC Radio Kent has exclusive commentary on all Gills matches this season

Traffic problems on the M20

BBC Travel

There are major problems on the M20 northbound carriageway this morning.

Emergency services have been called to two separate crashes between junctions 11 and 10 - one involving two cars and a lorry, and another involving two lorries. Diversions are in place via the A20.  

You can get updates here.

Kent's travel news map
The incident is highlighted on the BBC's traffic news site

It's August and guess what...?

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

It's raining. But on the plus side, if you're planning your summer week off, tomorrow's looking brighter.

Here's your Kent weather forecast

Happy Tuesday

Stuart Maisner

Your Kent Live team will be bringing you video news, weather and sport updates until 17:00 BST.

And to kick the day off here's a stunning picture taken at St Margaret's at Cliffe by David Stearne - it's our #photooftheday

Remember you can get in touch with us and send us your pictures and videos by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

St Margaret's at Cliffe
David Stearne
Clouds over St Margaret's at Cliffe