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Good night from the BBC Live team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 06:00 BST with all of the news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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Three arrested after toddler mauled by dog

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Three people have been arrested after a toddler was mauled and bitten by a pit-bull type dog. 

The little girl, who's thought to be around 18 months old, is in hospital with very serious injuries after being attacked in Chatham yesterday afternoon.

The dog was shot dead by police. 

School transport budget cut

Medway Council is to cut its budget for providing transport to school for children with special educational needs. 

It'll mean children younger than five will miss out on funding. 

It follows Kent County Council's decision to also cut its budget.

Distraction burglary warning

You're being reminded by Kent Police to keep your doors and windows secure during the sunny weather. 

It follows a distraction burglary in Ramsgate, on 30 March. 

A woman in her 80s reported that she answered the front door to a woman who was asking if gardening work was available. 

Shortly after, the victim realised her handbag containing cash, bank card and other personal items, was missing from inside the house.

The woman was described as being white, aged between 40 to 50 years old, with a spotty complexion. 

Officers would also like to identify a man who was reported to be in the area at the time, described as a white man, aged between 30 and 40 years old, of a medium build and with dark hair.   

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Thieves go on wrecking spree at cats charity HQ

Kent News : Petition urging government not to slash rail services from Kent to central London reaches 16,000 signatures

Kent and Sussex Courier : Kent will be hotter than Greece this weekend

Will this week's mixed weather improve?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We've got a dry, bright few days ahead.

Here's my latest forecast.

Tributes to Westminster attack victims

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Commemorations have taken place to remember the victims of the Westminster attack two weeks ago - including a minute's silence at Charlton Athletic.

#ICYMI: Southern row: 'The concessions aren't significant enough'

Kathryn Langley

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.

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.  

ICYMI: Air ambulance to stay put

The future of the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance is secure. 

Air ambulance

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.       

Dog attack: Call to police minutes before attack

Kent Police has confirmed that the force received a call from a member of the public minutes before a toddler was attacked by a dog in Chatham. 

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Kent Police received a call at 17:10 BST on Tuesday 4 April 2017 regarding a dog which was pulling its handler around in a park in Jenkins Dale, Chatham. 

"The caller stated the dog was on a lead.

"There was no information during this call that the dog was behaving aggressively or was of a dangerous breed as described under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

"Local patrols were tasked following this call and, as attendance was being arranged, the report of a child being injured was received."

Flytipping CCTV released in Canterbury
An investigation into flytipping at a disused pub sees footage released of men who could help officials.

It's been a sunny morning...

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

But make the most of it. 

Here's my lunch-time weather forecast.

BreakingThird person arrested after Chatham dog attack

A third person has been arrested after a young girl was bitten by a dog in Chatham yesterday.

The woman from Chatham is being held along with a man and a teenager, both from the town, who were arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act after yesterday's incident. 

The toddler remains in a hospital with serious injuries, but police say these are no longer described as life threatening.   

CCTV released in fly-tipping investigation

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Council officials investigating fly-tipping on the site of a disused pub have released CCTV of men they want to speak to.

Tonnes of rubbish has been dumped at the Share and Coulter site in Owls Hatch Road, Greenhill.

Even though the land is privately owned, Canterbury City Council has spent thousands of pounds clearing the site over the past year because of the impact it was having on nearby residents.

Anyone with information is asked to call 01227 655027 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Dog attack: 'I heard two loud bangs'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Mike Tanner's house overlooks the scene of the incident.

He told me what he saw.

Chatham dog attack: 'We need towels, she's losing a lot of blood'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

This woman witnessed the aftermath of the dog attack in Chatham.

This morning's top newspaper headlines

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Kent Online : Dog attack on child in Jenkins Dale, Chatham, witnessed by six children

Kent News : Chatham dog attack toddler remains in ‘serious’ condition 

Kent and Sussex Courier : A child remains in a critical condition after being attacked by a dog in Chatham

Chatham dog attack: 'We extend our heartfelt wishes to the child and the family'

Our thoughts are with the child and her family, our primary concern is for her welfare. The area is within our boundaries and we inspect it every week.

We understand two people were arrested in connection with the attack and are in custody. We will work alongside Kent Police to work out what happened, who was responsible, whether they lived in one of our properties and how it can be prevented in the future.

We extend our heartfelt wishes to the child and the family.

Ashley HookChief Executive, mhs homes

Police appeal after fatal crash

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash in Weymouth Road, Folkestone at about 19:00 BST yesterday.

A white Citroen C3 was travelling along Weymouth Road towards the High Street when it collided with two parked cars, a grey Peugeot 208 and a Volkswagen Touran.

The driver of the Citroen, a local woman, died at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the appeal line on 01622 798538 or email quoting AH/DJ/67/17.

Charlton lose on emotional evening at the Valley

Players and police officers paying tribute at The Valley
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Charlton slipped to a third straight defeat as goals from Stuart O'Keefe and Harvey Barnes secured a win for MK Dons.

On an emotional evening at The Valley, the club paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer, a lifelong fan and season-ticket holder who was killed in the Westminster attack.

PC Palmer's brother John Curtis and 22 members of the police force joined the teams in laying wreaths and holding a minute's silence before kick-off.

It was a classy display off the pitch, but a typically poor one on it for Karl Robinson's side, against his former club.

Read the full report here .

Dog attack: 'Once they get the taste for blood they won't stop'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter, at the scene in Chatham


One neighbour - who wished to remain anonymous - told me: 

"I heard a couple of kids screaming, but I thought they were just playing.

"But it didn't stop and I knew something was wrong.

"The next thing I saw the dog tied up to the posts outside the flats.

"Then police stunned the dog... then they put another bullet in it and took it away.

"Police did the right thing. Round here they call them trophy dogs. Once they get the taste for blood they won't stop."

Girl remains in serious condition after dog attack

Scene of dog attack in Chatham

Kent Police says a young girl bitten by a dog in Chatham remains in a London hospital in a serious condition.

Officers were called at 17:26 yesterday to the Jenkins Dale area of the town.

The toddler had suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance crews to a London hospital.

Police, including firearms officers, attended the scene and to ensure public safety the dog was shot dead.

The force says a man and a teenager were arrested in connection with the incident and remain in custody. Officers are still trying establish the breed of the dog.

Kent Police is continuing to appeal to members of the public who may have footage of the incident to contact 101 and not upload it onto social media.

Severe disruption: A249 Kent southbound

BBC News Travel

A249 Kent southbound severe disruption, between B2231 Lower Road and B2005 Grovehurst Road.

A249 Kent - A249 Sheppey Way partially blocked and slow traffic southbound between Leysdown Turn Off in Queenborough and Iwade in Kemsley, because of rubble on the road.

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

Eyewitness describes dog attack in Medway
An eyewitness has described the aftermath of a dog attack in Chatham in which a small child was left "critically ill".

Dog attack: 'It's described as a quiet area'

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Scene of dog attack

Our reporter Lizzie Massey is at the scene of yesterday's dog attack. 

"The housing association complex has been described as generally a quiet area.

"The playground where it is believed the child was attacked is covered in litter, including empty alcohol cans and bottles.

"Cornelius White, 69, of Charter Street, walks his dog past Jenkins Dale every morning and night.

He said: 'Most of the people with dogs round here are quite good, and they are kept on leads so it's a bit surprising.

'I'm sad to hear about it.'

Hospital fears doctors' action on tax

A major Kent hospital is considering emergency measures to cope with a feared staffing crisis, BBC South East understands.

Margate's Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary (QEQM) hospital fears locums will refuse work in a row over tax changes.

They could see a drop in pay of 20% when tax and national insurance is deducted at source from Thursday. 

But East Kent Hospitals Trust dismissed a claim it could partially close an A&E department to ease any shortage.


A document seen by BBC South East outlines suggestions for coping with a staff shortage. 

These include:

  • cancelling select elective procedures to free up doctors from other areas
  • part closing the emergency department 
  • drafting in other healthcare professionals such as emergency nurse practitioners and paramedics
  • closing Buckland hospital in Dover 

Enjoy this morning's sunshine

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's clouding over this afternoon.

Here's my forecast.

What's coming up on this morning's news bulletins?

Dog shot dead after child attacked

Dog being covered by police officer
Katy Ayres

People reported hearing a shot fired and seeing a child under a blanket being carried to an ambulance after yesterday afternoon's attack.

Jaspreet Uppal said: "First I heard a gunshot, there was a dog on the floor. A few officers carried out a child from the back area of the flats.

"There is a little park there. I could not see the child, they were covered. I think they were quite small."

Charlie Helder witnessed the police marksmen as they arrived in Jenkins Dale.

"I saw two police officers with guns," he told BBC South East. "One said 'stand back' and he shot it twice."

Child left with life threatening injuries after dog attack

A child is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being bitten by a dog.

The attack happened in the Jenkins Dale area of Chatham at 17:26 BST. The child, thought to be a young girl, was rushed to a London hospital in a critical condition.

The dog was shot dead by police firearms officers.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the attack and are in custody as police inquiries continue.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Dean Spinks shot this beautiful Margate sunset - it's today's Kent  #photooftheday

Sunset at Margate Harbour arm
Dean Spinks

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