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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 7 September

Live Reporting

By Bob Dale and Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from Kent Live

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

We'll be back from 06:00 BST tomorrow, with all Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

Remember you can get in touch on TwitterFacebook or send us an email.

Investment for Dover?

Roads surrounding the Port of Dover could receive extra Government funding to relieve pressure, the Prime Minister has announced. 

Theresa May told the Commons this afternoon that the area will be considered as part of the "next road investment strategy".

It follows chaos at the start of the summer holidays, when motorists travelling to the port queued for up to 17 hours because of enhanced French security checks.

Dover traffic

'He's very dangerous for everybody, for society'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man convicted of shooting his former partner at their home in Ashford, and tracked to an island in the Indian Ocean by the BBC, has been set free by a French judge.

Southern train

A Southern rail strike which is causing fresh travel chaos across London and the South East is being "solidly supported", the RMT says.

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Refugee children

Daniel Wainwright

BBC News

The number of children seeking asylum in the care of English councils rose by 62% in a year, figures compiled by BBC News show.

Read more

Newspaper round-up

A pile of newspapers

Here are the headlines from Kent's local papers:

KentOnline: Police appeal after man dies in M26 crash

KentNews: Dover ‘will be considered for extra investment’ to ease road pressures

Kent and Sussex Courier: ​A burglar handed himself in after he saw his own computer-generated image in a police appeal.

Hartsdown Academy

Students flouting uniform rules are sent home for the second day in a row after police intervened in angry scenes at the school gates on the first day of term.

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Ben Duckett

Ben Duckett makes 208 as Northants lead Kent by 154 on first innings and then reduce them to 15-4 before the close.

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'They're determined people taking desperate measures to get to the UK'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Would a 4m high wall around Calais work? The organisation which represents many hauliers isn't so sure.

Cigarette smuggler jailed

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A lorry driver who tried to smuggle 400,000 cigarettes through Dover by hiding them in boxes of ice cream has been jailed for 14 months.

Smuggled cigarettes
UK Revenue and Customs

UK Border Force officers stopped Krysztof Wiktorowicz at the Eastern Docks in November 2014, when they found the cigarettes worth almost £100,000 in duty in taxes.

Krysztof Wiktorowicz
HM Revenue and Customs

'This will be the last day she attends this school'

Bob Dale

There were angry scenes at Hartsdown Academy, where pupils have been refused entry for the second day in a row.

David Hopper's daughter wasn't allowed in yesterday, and today she's been refused for a totally different reason. Mr Hopper was caught on camera confronting head teacher Matthew Tate.

Calais Wall

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Suspended sentence for ex-UKIP scammer

A former UKIP MEP's chief of staff has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for a year, and 40 hours of community work, following an expenses scam.

In March 2015 Christine Hewitt was secretly filmed at a restaurant, appearing to ask for an invoice for a much higher sum than the bill she had originally received.

Janice Atkinson MEP was suspended from UKIP as a result. 

You can read the original story from 2015 here.

What was happening #onthisday?

Bob Dale

Kent hospital patients sent to France, a bomb hoax on the Dartford Crossing and cobnut oil returns - it's #onthisday.

ICYMI: Paedophile snared by vigilantes

A paedophile was caught at Bluewater by vigilantes who posed online as an 11-year-old girl to snare him. 

He's admitted a child sex offence in court.

Vanessa Cuddeford reports.

'Big new wall' planned for Calais

There are plans to build "big new wall" in Calais as part of security arrangements, according to Home Office minister Robert Goodwood.

It would be a 4m high, 1km long barrier.

Mr Goodwill was speaking at a Commons Home Affairs committee.

Calais sign

School uniform row: More pupils sent home in crackdown

More pupils have been turned away from classes at Hartsdown Academy in Margate in the headteacher's crackdown on students who flout uniform rules.

An undisclosed number of children were denied entry for apparently wearing the wrong clothes. 

It was the second consecutive day that students had been turned away from lessons for breaching the uniform policy of the school under new head Matthew Tate. 

Hartsdown Academy
Hartsdown Academy

School uniform row: Letter sent to parents

This is the letter given to parents whose children have been sent home from Hartsdown Academy in Margate for flouting uniform rules.

It was sent to BBC Radio Kent.

Letter from Hartsdown Academy on uniform rules

School uniform row: Schoolgirl sent home for 'wrong shoes'

A Hartsdown parent sent BBC Radio Kent this picture of their daughter's school uniform and a close-up of her shoes. 

They say she was sent home because her shoes weren't "leather" or "leather-look".

What do you think about the school's uniform policy? Have your say on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.   

A schoolgirl sent home from Hartsdown Academy
A show

ICYMI: 'Grammar plans' caught by photographer

Did you miss this yesterday? It's interesting given the number of grammar schools in Kent...

Plans to open new grammar schools in England appear to have been accidentally caught by a photographer.

The document, photographed in Downing Street, proposes expanding current grammars before opening new schools. You can read the full story here.

A letter which mentions grammar schools
Barcroft Media

Calais migrants: Work to start on UK-funded wall

Construction of a UK-funded wall near Calais' so-called Jungle migrant camp will begin very soon, a minister says.

Dubbed the "Great Wall of Calais" by some media, the 4m (13ft) wall will run for 1km (0.6 miles) along both sides of the main road to Calais port.

Read the full story here.

Migrants in Calais
Getty Images

Going, going, gone

The skyline in part of Kent has been altered forever after one of the tallest concrete structures to be demolished in the UK was blown up.

Experts detonated the 801ft (244m) chimney of the defunct Grain A Power Station earlier, creating about 40,000 tonnes of concrete rubble.

Taller than 55 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other and more than double the height of Big Ben, the structure has been a prominent feature of the Medway skyline for more than 30 years.

RMT: 'Dispute could last until Christmas'

Stuart Maisner

Garry Hassell from the RMT union has told BBC South East he thinks the dispute with Southern could last until Christmas.  

'Riot' as pupils sent home in uniform row

Police intervened when 50 pupils were sent home from school for wearing the wrong uniform on the first day of term.

A PCSO based at Hartsdown Academy in Margate, along with officers passing the school, stepped in after a "disturbance" outside the gates. Read the full story here.

What do you think? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.      

Hartsdown Academy
Hartsdown Academy

Southern strike: 'There's more to this than meets the eye'

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

It's become a critical battle in a wider war over how the railways are staffed in future.

The government wants to save money and that inevitably means changing the roles of some of the people who work there. Moving to "driver-only-operated" trains in franchises is a way to cut costs.

Rail passengers standing on a platform

The unions say that threatens jobs, so they've drawn a line in the sand. No more driver-only trains.

Both sides have a lot at stake. Whatever happens on Southern could set the tone for other rail franchises coming up in the future.

Passengers give us reaction to strike
Commuters trying to get to work during the latest Southern rail strike have been venting their frustration.

ICYMI: Pilot's war images developed 100 years on

These old photos have just been printed after more than 100 years.  

Captain William Chambers died aged 21 in a routine reconnaissance mission over France in May 1918 and his pictures never surfaced.

The images depict daily life for pilots and include aerial shots over Kent. Read the full story here.

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Southern: More misery for South East passengers

Kathryn Langley

Sussex Live

As RMT members at Southern walkout again in their dispute over the role of conductors, there are claims passengers are bearing the brunt of the disruption.

Rise in lone children seeking asylum in England

Daniel Wainwright

Data unit - English regions

The number of asylum seeking children in the care of English councils has risen 62% in a year.  

The data shows Kent County Council now cares for more than one in five of England's unaccompanied minors.  

Read the full story here.

Two young children in Calais 'Jungle'

Have your say with #SouthernStrike

Commuters have been getting in touch with us venting their frustration.

Keep sending us your views on Twitter using #Southernstrike, send us a message on Facebook or email us.    

The only day trains are all on time is when a #Southernstrike is on 😂 can't make this up

See, I'm confused over the #SouthernStrike - I could count on one hand the amount of times I've seen a conductor on a #SouthernRail train.

Effect of striking diminished when service is abysmal daily. Surely bigger "safety issue" is overcrowding? #Southernstrike @chrisphilp_mp

Budhathoki: 'I couldn't imagine I could come this far'

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Vinod Budhathoki is a military athlete who's going to Rio, not to take part, but as part of a programme to inspire future Paralympians. 

He lost his legs and an index finger in May 2010 after stepping on an IED while on patrol in Helmand Province and now has two prosthetic legs. The soldier from Maidstone is hoping to compete at the 2020 Paralympics. 

Southern are hoping to run 60% of their normal service

Stuart Maisner

So what's the strike all about and what can passengers expect today?

It's a hot and humid day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

That's not great news for anyone trying to get on a train today during the strike.

But it is good news for anyone who's taken the day off.

Here's my forecast.

Weather forecast with Kate Kinsella

Will we see Mr Blue Sky today?

Stuart Maisner

Let's hope so... In the meantime we'll have all the news, travel and sport updates you need up to 22:00 BST. 

Remember you can get in touch on TwitterFacebook or send us an email.    

To kick the day off Dean Spinks has sent us this stunning picture taken in Deal. It's our #photooftheday

Picture of red sky in Deal
Dean Spinks