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. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates from Friday 26 August

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Goodbye from Kent Local Live

Bob Dale

That's it from us today, thanks for joining us.

Have a great bank holiday weekend, and we'll be back from 09:00 BST on Tuesday.

In the meantime, if you'd like to get in touch send us a tweetemail us or drop us a line on Facebook

Enormous pile of rubbish could be moved

The owner of a piece of land in Kent where a huge rubbish tip has developed has hit out at the Environment Agency for failing to take strong enough action against those responsible.

The land will soon be cleared, but the family who've owned it for nearly seventy years say the people who leased the site and dumped the rubbish should have been held to account.

Sara Smith reports.

Hamish Marshall

Hamish Marshall's century is not enough to save Gloucestershire from an innings defeat by Kent in Bristol.

Read more

White Cliffs commemorated with new coin

Charlie Rose

BBC South East Today

It's one of the most celebrated landscapes in Britain, and now the White Cliffs of Dover have been depicted in a commemorative five-pound coin produced by the Royal Mint.

Engraver Laura Clancy says it's the work she's most proud of in her career. I went to meet her at the Royal Mint in Wales.

Bank holiday weather

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Will the bank holiday be a scorcher?

Certainly looks that way!

Amber Rudd urges everyone to learn more about sea safety

The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has called for additional protections at Camber Sands after five men died at the beach. 

Ms Rudd, whose constituency includes Camber Sands, says she will be meeting with the council, the RNLI and other local leaders to discuss what form these protections should take.

I spoke to Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, to discuss what steps can be taken to try to prevent something similar from happening in the future. Camber Sands has strong riptides and we need to find ways to put additional protection in place. I urge everyone to look at the RNLI’s website to learn more about sea safety so they may have safe and enjoyable visits to the seaside this summer."

Amber Rudd MPHome Secretary
Amber Rudd
Ali Budynkiewicz and Lisa North

Two grandmothers have successfully completed their bid to swim across the English Channel and back to raise money for charity.

Read more

Injured friend 'devastated' after backpacker death

Alex Smith

BBC News Online

A friend of a backpacker who was stabbed to death has spoken of his devastation after being caught up in the attack.

Chris Porter, from Kent, has been discharged from hospital after reportedly damaging both ankles when he jumped from a second-storey window to flee the knifeman.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung (below), 21, was killed in the attack at the Shelley's Backpackers accommodation in Australia.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

Smail Ayad, 29, has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of serious animal cruelty and 12 counts of serious assault. 

His case was adjourned after he failed to appear in court as "he had caused a disturbance".

Millions travel for bank holiday weekend

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Are you planning to go away this weekend? If so you're 1 in about 5.1 million people who will be heading off on breaks within the UK over the bank holiday weekend, tourism agency VisitEngland has estimated.

The good news: Officials said they are expected to generate about £1.3bn for the economy.

The bad news: The AA says traffic is likely to begin building up on Friday evening but the busiest single day for motorists is expected to be Saturday. 

Read more on the story here.


Cyprus Mail: Suspects in Low murder ‘didn’t intend to kill

The Cyprus Mail claim the two men arrested in connection with a murder have reportedly admitted to killing Dartford's George Low two weeks ago in Ayia Napa.

The suspects, Mehmet Akpinar, 22, and Sali Ahmet, 43, fled to the Turkish-controlled north and were arrested for an unrelated offence.

Mr Low, a former club manager in Ayia Napa, and his friend Mr Barker are believed to have been stabbed after a row broke out about urinating in the street.

More from the Cyprus Mail here.


Your Bank Holiday weekend forecast

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

So, will the heatwave continue for the Bank Holiday weekend? Here's my forecast. 

Jonathan Bond

Gillingham sign goalkeeper Jonathan Bond from Championship side Reading on loan until 7 January 2017.

Read more
Nitharsan Ravi

Lifeguards are to be deployed over the bank holiday weekend at Camber Sands, where five friends died during a day trip to the coast.

Read more

Have you seen this man?

Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in Halstead where pensioners had boiling water poured over them have issued an image of a man they would like to speak to.

Police believe 26-year-old Drew Morris may have important information which could help following the burglary on 26 April 2016.   

Drew Morris
Kent Police

Camber Sands deaths: Lifeguards to patrol over bank holiday

Lifeguards are to be deployed over the bank holiday weekend at Camber Sands, where five friends died during a day trip to the coast.

Rother District Council said the temporary RNLI lifeguard service would "reassure the public and advise on safety" at the East Sussex beach.

It follows the deaths on Wednesday of the five men in their teens and 20s from south-east London.

Relatives have criticised the lack of lifeguards at Camber.

The men who died have been named by police as:

  • Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18, from Erith
  • Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan 22, from Erith
  • Nitharsan Ravi, 22, from Plumstead
  • Inthushan Sriskantharaja, 23, from Grays
  • Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27, from Welling

Nitharsan Ravi
Nitharsan Ravi's family say the beach should have been closed

BreakingFive men who died at Camber have been formally named

Sussex Police have formally named the five men who died at Camber Sands on Wednesday. 

They are Kenugen Saththiyanathan, 18, and his brother Kobikanthan Saththiyanathan, 22, both from Erith, and their friends Nitharsan Ravi, 22, from Plumstead, Inthushan Sriskantharaja, 23, of Grays and Gurushanth Srithavarajah, 27 of Welling.

The men all travelled together to Camber for the day on Wednesday where they died.

Their deaths have now been passed to the coroner.

ATM theft attempt

Two ATMs were reportedly tampered with in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet.

Kent Police suspect thieves tried to steal the machines between 02:40 and 03:05 BST on Sunday.

Migrants found off Kent coast

Bob Dale

Six migrants who tried to reach the Kent coast in a small inflatable have been rescued off the coast by a Border Force cutter.

On this day

Bob Dale

A funding crisis in care, lightning cuts off communications and rising fuel poverty - here's #onthisday

Camber Sands to deploy lifeguards

Lifeguards will be deployed to Camber Sands this bank holiday weekend after five young men died.

Council officials say the temporary RNLI lifeguard service at Camber Sands is designed to "reassure the public and advise on safety".  

It comes after relatives of some of the men criticised the lack of lifeguards at the beach and suggested they may have stood a chance of survival if it had been manned.

Camber Sands

Local newspaper round-up


Here's a look at the stories making the headlines in Kent's local newspapers this morning:

KentOnline: Loud thunder, bursts of lightning and torrential downpours gave people a rude awakening in the early hours.

KentNews: A 57-year-old woman from Canterbury has released her debut music album after realising her talent following her M.E. diagnosis.

Kent and Sussex Courier: A Folkestonian says the "stupidity" of teenagers jumping into the sea from the Harbour Arm car park could risk the regeneration of the town.

Morning headlines

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Exclusive footage of violent migrants in Calais, a potential child abduction, and a man jailed for stabbing. I've had a look at your top headlines this Friday morning. 

How's rush hour shaping up?

There's some congestion on the clockwise carriageway of the M25. For more information visit BBC Travel.

Traffic map

It's feeling hot, hot, hot...

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

And will for the rest of the day. Here's my forecast for Kent.

EXCLUSIVE: Traffickers lay trees across Calais motorway

In a new tactic designed to bring traffic to a halt, masked people smugglers are blocking motorways to the port with felled trees, and using violence to intimidate holiday makers and lorry drivers.  

The deputy mayor of Calais claims the motorway is now too dangerous for drivers to use after midnight. 

Good morning

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

We'll be here keeping you updated with the county's news all the way through till 22:00 BST.

If there's something we should know about, please get in touch by tweetingemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

Mel Chennell sent us this moody black and white shot from Margate. Its our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Margate steps
Mel Chennell