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  2. Live updates on Tuesday 4 April 2017

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Kathryn Langley

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Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

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M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

M25 Kent - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Southern row: 'We could take more action'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Simon Weller, the Assistant General Secretary of Aslef, has described the relationship between Southern and its staff as "utterly toxic".

He says if the two sides can't resolve the dispute the union could take more strike action.

BreakingChild left with life threatening injuries after dog attack

Firearms officers shot a dog dead after it attacked a child, causing life threatening injuries.

Kent Police was called at 17:26 BST to the incident in the Jenkins Dale area of Chatham.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Service also attended and the injured child has been taken to a London hospital in a critical condition.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident and they have been taken into custody while enquiries into the incident continue.

Members of the public who may have footage of the incident are asked to contact Kent Police on 101 and not upload it onto social media.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Brave teen loses brain tumour fight

Kent News : Bexley council renews backing for Crossrail extension to Gravesend

Kent and Sussex Courier : This video of a man pushing a fridge freezer with his head in The Pantiles will make your toes curl

Pothole road repair

A Freedom of Information request reveals 568 motorists have had their claims refused since 2015.

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A cold but bright start tomorrow

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It should stay dry though.

Here's my latest forecast.

James Harris

Kent sign Welsh pace bowler James Harris on loan from Middlesex for the start of the new county season.

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Secret plan to blow up Channel Tunnel revealed

The UK Government considered plans to blow up the Channel Tunnel using a nuclear bomb during the Cold War.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road to the roundabout above the motorway coastbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone). Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Air ambulance to stay put

We can exclusively reveal that the future of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance is secure. 

Air ambulance
KSSAAT

Fears were raised when it was announced that development at Redhill Aerodrome could mean it would have to move - but today it's been announced that a new 25 year lease has been signed for the operation to remain at the aerodrome.     

Southern row: 'There's a complete lack of trust'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The train drivers' union Aslef says it's no surprise members rejected Southern's latest offer to resolve the dispute over Driver Only Operation.

The cricket season is almost here

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Australian Jason Gillespie is keeping his message simple to the Kent’s cricketers ahead of the new season – show everyone how good you are.

The 41-year-old former fast bowler and ex-Yorkshire coach has linked up with Kent as interim assistant as cover for Allan Donald, who is working towards the qualifications he needs to obtain a visa.

Gillespie says he’s been overwhelmed by the welcome he’s received in the county.

Kent get their County Championship campaign under way on Friday against Gloucestershire at Canterbury. 

Ball-by-ball commentary of every game is available online via the BBC Sport website .

Jason Gillespie
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A grey day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've had a rather overcast morning already, and it doesn't look like things will get better this afternoon.

Watch my forecast to find out more.

Migrants rescued from sinking boat

Six Iranian migrants have been rescued from a sinking boat as they attempted to cross the English Channel. 

French authorities received a distress call from the small fishing vessel, which was travelling from Calais to Dover, just after midnight on Tuesday.

Kit removed from ambulances over weight concerns

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The South East Coast Ambulance Service is being forced to remove equipment from some of its ambulances, and limit the number of people who can travel in them. 

It's because the vehicles are getting too heavy to be safe on the road. 

Forty five out of a fleet of 300 will only be allowed to transport a maximum of two crew members and a patient and 18 of those ambulances have had kit removed.

Cigarette smuggler 'on the run'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Richard Curtis
HM Customs

Customs officers are hunting for a lorry driver who is on the run after being caught smuggling more than 5.7m cigarettes into the UK through Dover.

Richard Curtis, who's 57, from South Yorkshire, failed to attend his trial at Maidstone Crown Court and was found guilty of evading more than £1.3m in excise duty.

His HGV was stopped at the Port in November 2013 and found to contain 5,729,900 cigarettes hidden beneath boxes of frozen chips.

Halstead boiling water burglary duo jailed for life


          Daniel Wallace (left) and Kacey Adams pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing
Kent Police

Two "barbaric" men were each been given life sentences for beating a couple and dousing them with boiling water during a burglary at their home.

John and Janis Buswell were tied up with cable ties and tortured during a two-hour ordeal in Halstead, Kent.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard they were also threatened with a knife and a hot iron last April.

On Monday, Daniel Wallace, 33, and Kacey Adams, 34, were told they would serve a minimum of seven-and-a-half-years each.

Read more here .

Southern strike: 'They want them to do something, not fiddle around'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Talks resume today between Southern and the RMT, after the drivers' union Aslef voted to reject the latest deal.

But the RMT involved in the dispute has a warning for their colleagues.

Southern rail: Aslef members reject latest proposed deal

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Members of the Aslef union have rejected a deal aimed at ending the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains on Southern railway.

Members voted by 372 votes (51.8%) to 346 (48.2%) against the proposed deal.

General secretary Mick Whelan said: "We understand and support the decision arrived at in a democratic vote."

Govia Thameslink Railway said it was "hugely disappointing" as the agreement had "the full support and recommendation" of Aslef leaders.

Read more here .

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Kent's great pothole loophole

Kent News : Maintenance of parks and open spaces in Dover switches back to council control

Kent and Sussex Courier : Man has to eat 'half frozen food' and says he's been treated 'like dirt' by Margate carers

Rail users' misery turned into musical satire

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

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Mark Brailsford

The trials and tribulations of being a commuter on Southern Rail has been turned into a satirical stage show. 

Southern Fail - The Musical has been created using parts of The Treason Show, a comedy sketch series running in Brighton for 17 years. 

Director and producer Mark Brailsford said he hoped the musical would hold a mirror up to the rail operator, forcing it to reflect on its conduct. 

Satire doesn't really change the world, but it can add its little ten pence. It channels people's anger and shines a mirror up to the issue."

Mark BrailsfordDirector and producer

It centres around two commuters, from different backgrounds, who become friends and team up to stand up to the firm. 

The show is on 10 June at Shoreham Ropetackle and 24 June at Brighton's Sallis Benney Theatre. A crowdfunding page has been set up to take the show to other venues further along the rail line and into London. 

Dog mess DNA tests

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Science Photo Library

DNA testing is going to be used in Kent to track down dog owners who fail to clear up after their pets. 

Thanet District Council says clearing up after other people's dogs is costly for them because it requires special equipment and it believes the DNA testing will save money in the long run.

The testing will begin this month.

Spring takes a break

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Grey skies today, but the sun will be back tomorrow.

Here's my forecast.

Police warning after series of burglaries

It might seem simple advice but following a series of burglaries in Tonbridge you're being reminded to lock your doors.

Police say several items have been reported stolen, including electrical devices, power tools and bicycles.  

Officers say in some cases burglars have got in through unlocked back doors.

Good morning

This stunning view of Pegwell Bay was shot by Nick Powell, it's today's #PhotoOfTheDay.

Pegwell Bay
Nick Powell

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