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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 August 2016

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Stuart Maisner

That's it from your Kent Live team for today. Thank you for joining us. We're back at 09:00 BST tomorrow. 

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

CCTV released following reported assault in Gravesend

Kent police has released this image following a reported assault in Gravesend. 

The victim suffered a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage in the incident which happened on Saturday 2 July. 

Image released of man after reported attack
Kent Police
Image released of man after reported attack

'We need clarity for the future'

Claire Cottingham

The debt-laden Dreamland amusement park in Margate will continue to trade, despite owing creditors £8m. 

The announcement follows a meeting this morning between administrators, operators and those who are owed money. We spoke to Bernie Morgan from the Dreamland Trust who was delighted with the news. 

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"There's a lot of businesses owed money"

Local newspaper round-up

Stuart Maisner

Here are the top stories from Kent's local newspapers this afternoon. 

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This afternoon's top stories from around the county

Kent Online: Police search for gun in field in Iwade.

Kent News: Contactless ‘wave and pay’ parking set for Ashford.

Kent and Sussex Courier: Julian Clary shares picture of Folkestone – and people really don't like it.

Stevens passes a half century

Claire Cottingham

Kent have taken a first innings lead on day two of their County Championship match against Worcestershire at Canterbury. The home side have passed Worcestershire’s total of 211 for the loss of 5 wickets. Sean Dickson earlier made 79 for Kent.

Click here here to listen to ball by ball commentary.

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It's looking busy in Margate

Our reporter Simon Jones is there reporting on Dreamland today.

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Just call me captain

Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili has been named captain of the GB athletics team in #Rio2016undefined.  

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Flood protection blow for Yalding

Stuart Maisner

There's anger in Yalding over plans to scrap planned flood defences for the village. 

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More than 200 homes were flooded in 2013

Scrapped planned flood defences

Yvette Austin

BBC Environment Correspondent

People whose homes and businesses were destroyed by the devastating floods in Kent in 2013, say they're angry over the decision to scrap planned flood defences.

The areas on the Rivers Teise and Beult were part of a £35m scheme to protect Yalding, where more than 200 homes were flooded.

Now the Environment Agency has confirmed Yalding, Collier Street and Laddingford would be better served by more localised flood defences. Here's my report. 

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My flooding report

On this day....one, three, five years ago

Dan Maclaren

Manston to be be used as a lorry park, calls for a stop to test drilling and concerns over milk prices.

Here's your #OnThisDay

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On this day 4th August

Margate's in-debt Dreamland to remain open

The amusement park will continue to trade while efforts are made to turn the business around, administrators have said.  

Read our story here.

An aerial view of Dreamland in Margate showing the Scenic Railway
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The administrators have confirmed Dreamland will continue to trade

Breezy but mostly dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC South East weather

Not as windy as yesterday, but looking mostly dry with sunshine tomorrow. Here's my lunchtime weather forecast. 

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Weather with Elizabeth Rizzini

Police appeal after robbery

Police investigating a reported robbery in Otford have released efits of two men they want to speak to.

At about 18:30 BST on 16 July two men pretending to be police officers stole a bag from a teenager in Sevenoaks Road.

Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting YY/015577/16.

efit released by Kent Police
Kent Police
Officers have released this efit after a robbery in Otford
efit released by Kent Police
Kent Police
Police also want to speak to this man

Lunchtime headlines

Claire Cottingham

Here's your top stories from the morning. 

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3 in 30 with Claire Cottingham

Seaside special in Margate

Claire Cottingham

I was in Margate all day yesterday, asking residents, tourists and businesses to describe the town in three words.

Wendy, who owns Crafted Naturally, loves the town so much that she couldn't describe it in three words.

She needed four. 

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Trader's views on Margate

Local newspaper round-up

Stuart Maisner

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

Pile of newspapers
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Today's top stories from around the county

Kent Online: Firefighters rescue man after he fell about 40ft down a bank on Blue Bell Hill.

Kent News: ‘Health services no longer fit for purpose’ warns NHS document encouraging East Kent overhaul.

Kent and Sussex Courier: Arson not ruled out following fire near Folkestone police station.

'We hope the old girl will be operational by the middle of next week'

It's been revealed that the Scenic Railway at Dreamland in Margate should be working again from next week.  

Here's a ride on the famous rollercoaster.

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Dreamland rollercoaster is closed for essential repairs

Dreamland: Scenic Railway should be 'operational' next week

After administrators announced that Dreamland will continue to trade, it's now been revealed that the Scenic Railway will be working again from next week.

It had been closed for a lift rope to be replaced and specialist engineers were called.

A message on Dreamland's website reads: "The Scenic Railway lift hill rope replacement works will start very soon so we hope the old girl will be operational by the middle of next week. Hooray! We are sorry for the wait but it will be worth it!"

The Scenic Railway in Margate
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The Scenic Railway should be operational again next week

Day two of Kent v Worcestershire

Claire Cottingham

Kent resumed this morning on 55-0 on day two of their County Championship match with Worcestershire.

Listen to live action from Canterbury here.

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BreakingDreamland will continue to trade

It was announced after a meeting of creditors of the park's operators Sands Heritage Ltd in London today.

Benjamin Wiles, Managing Director of administrators Duff & Phelps, said: "...we are able to implement a plan to turnaround the business through investment in the site, enhancing the customer experience and developing an exciting programme of future events.

"It is our aim to maximise the return for creditors, and in our experience, these enhancements and investment will improve the prospects for a successful outcome for the business.”

The Scenic Railway at Dreamland
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A meeting of creditors was held today in London

'It will only help the least vulnerable'

Stuart Maisner

Flood protection measures for the Rivers Teise and Beult, designed to protect villages near Maidstone, won't now be going ahead.

The Environment Agency, which had proposed the measures in the wake of the 2013 floods, says individual properties should be protected instead.

Geraldine Brown, Chair of Yalding Parish Council, told BBC Radio Kent's John and Maggie what she thought about it.

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Flood protection: 'It's the only option we've got'

Tredwell awarded benefit season

Claire Cottingham

Kent and England spinner James Tredwell has been granted a benefit year in 2017.

The 34-year-old Ashford-born bowler made his Kent debut in 2000 and has made more than 500 senior appearances and taken in excess of 800 wickets for the county.  

James Tredwell
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James Tredwell in Canterbury, April 12, 2002
James Tredwell and Alastair Cook
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Tredwell celebrates with England Captain Alastair Cook on day three of the first test match between West Indies and England

Remembrance event to be held after scout's death

Family and friends of a 12-year-old scout who died at an international jamboree in Finland are due to hold a remembrance event and balloon release this evening.

Charlie Girling, of the 1st Aylesford Scouts, collapsed last month at Roihu 2016, near Hämeenlinna.

A gathering is due to be held at Ferryfield in Aylesford from 18:00 BST.

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Charlie Girling died at an international scout jamboree

BreakingChatham body discovery update

A man arrested after a man's body was found in the water near Sun Pier in Chatham last night has been released without charge.

Kent Police say the cause of death is "unexplained" and are investigating. 

Chatham investigation after body found
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Man released without charge after body found in Chatham

360 video of the i360

Claire Cottingham

I was in Margate yesterday for our English seaside special, but I thought I'd flag up this new attraction from across the border in Sussex.

Brighton's new British Airways i360 tower officially opens today - and below is a 360 degree video to give you an idea of what the view's like from inside the pod.

Just click and hold your cursor on the video to look around.

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The end of the 'Old Man of Kent'

Dan Maclaren

In case you missed it...

One of the tallest trees in the country has been felled at Bedgebury Pinetum near Cranbrook in Kent.

The 'Old Man of Kent' was planted in 1840, but had become diseased.

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Disease-ridden 'Old Man of Kent' is felled

The price of football

Ronan Sully

Radio Kent Sports Reporter

On the eve of the new football season, BBC Radio Kent is finding out how much it costs to go to a match. And what are we getting for the money we hand over?

Take a look at my analysis of Maidstone United FC.

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The price of football at Maidstone United

Your chance to buy a piece of history

Parts of Canterbury Cathedral will be available to buy for the first time ever.

Ancient stone, which has been removed during renovation of the famous south stained-glass window, is to be sold at auction.

Here's Leanne Rinne's report.  

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Your chance to buy parts of Canterbury Cathedral

It should be a dry day...

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Let's keep our fingers crossed it continues.

Here's my forecast.

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Kent weather forecast with Nina Ridge

Murder investigation launched after body found

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a body was found in Chatham last night.

Kent Police was called at 20:18 BST to reports a body had been discovered near Sun Pier.

Officers are still at the scene this morning.

Emergency services at the scene near Sun Pier in Chatham
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Police are investigating after a body was found in Chatham last night

Can we please have our summer back?

Claire Cottingham

It brightened up a little bit yesterday, but I'm sure you'll all join me in hoping we see a bit more sun today.

Let's hope we don't have stormy-looking skies like this. Thank you to David Townsend for this stunning picture of Dumpton Gap on the Isle of Thanet - it's our #photooftheday.

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

Picture of stormy looking sky at Dumpton Gap in Kent
David Townsend
Dumpton Gap on the Isle of Thanet