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  1. Updates on Monday 19 June 2017

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It's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it from us on what's been the hottest day of the year.

We'll be back for more sunshine tomorrow, plus all the local news, sport, travel and weather, from 06:00 BST, all the way through to 22:00 BST.

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email. And we'd love to see your heatwave photos.

'It's immoral not to offer them a vote'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

One South East MP wants to change the law so they will be able to at the next general election.

'In reality we've thought for a long time she must be dead'

Leanne Rinne

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A father whose daughter vanished 16 years ago hopes a fresh appeal will get the answers he desperately needs.

Theft from horse-riding charity

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thieves have stolen £10,000 of equipment from a horse-riding charity that helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Rocking all over the South East

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The scene of a famous Eurovision victory in Sussex, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues were honoured on BBC Music Day.

ICYMI: Student says podcast is a 'safe space'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

University student Gillian Stringer, who produces her own podcasts, says it provides her with a safe space where she can speak freely.


Another scorcher on the way

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Tuesday is going to be another hot one - here's my forecast.

Kent Police response to events in London

There is nothing to suggest there is a specific threat to Kent at this time. We are engaging with the Muslim Community who are observing Ramadan and will be preparing for Eid Celebrations next week to provide reassurance.

Chief Constable Alan PughsleyKent Police

Hockey: Middleton scores for England

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Holcombe's Barry Middleton was again on the scoresheet for England hockey as they drew 3-all with Argentina at Lee Valley at the Hockey World League semi-finals.

The 33-year-old scored twice in the previous win over Malaysia and helped the hosts take a three-goal lead.

But Argentina fought back and it took a save from Holcombe goalkeeper and England co-captain George Pinner from a penalty stroke to keep the tie level in the final quarter.

Despite squandering the lead, England sit top of Pool A after three games.

More here.

Barry Middleton
GB Hockey

Cricket: Kent toil in the heat against Worcestershire

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

Kent have again relied on their tail to add respectability to their first innings score.

At 139-7 when Darren Stevens went for a characteristically combative 39, Worcestershire’s seamers seemed ready to deliver the coup de grace their excellent work deserved.

A 79-run partnership between Adam Rouse (34) and Matt Coles (47*) held them up in entertaining fashion, and got Kent to their first bonus point.

19-year-old Josh Tongue has again impressed with the ball, adding 3-47 so far to his career best six-wicket haul from the Pears’ previous game against Glamorgan.

With some variable bounce and life, this pitch is far from the New Road “road” many predicted at the start, and any score north of 275 is starting to look like a decent total.

Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A229 Kent both ways severe accident, at M2 J3 Chatham.

A229 Kent - One lane blocked and slow traffic on A229 at Chatham, because of an accident. On the roundabout.

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

In this heat, it's a bear necessity

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As Kent swelters, the bears at Wildwood Park near Canterbury are enjoying a cooling ice lolly.

It's a bit bigger than your average lolly, but when you're wrapped up in your own fur coat in this weather you need all the help you can get.

Bear with an ice lolly
Wildwood Trust

Wildwood's bears can keep cool in the shade of the trees in their enclosure, or even take a dip in their personal pool, complete with waterfall.

The lolly is blackcurrant-flavoured, by the way.

Tariqe Fosu

Charlton sign attacking midfielder Tariqe Fosu from Reading for an undisclosed fee, their third new arrival of the summer.

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Sir Julian Brazier: Conservative campaign 'did not go well'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The former Conservative MP for Canterbury Sir Julian Brazier says he still believes Theresa May was right to call an election despite him losing his seat of 30 years.

Seamers impress for Worcestershire

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

When Kent skipper Sam Northeast won the toss on a hot, sunny morning and elected to bat, the sages at Worcester were already muttering about Kent building an innings well into day two.

As it’s turned out, Worcestershire’s seamers have made it a very tough first session, particularly from the New Road End where first Joe Leach (2-7) and then Ed Barnard (1-25) have got it to fizz off a length.

Northeast himself looks to be steadying the innings on 39 not out, but Worcestershire will be very happy with their first morning’s work in this battle between second and third in County Championship Division Two.

Police visit mosque to reassure

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Walking on sunshine

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

Could we be in for the hottest day of the year so far? Here's my latest forecast.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

Stack of newspapers (generic)
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Kent Online: Brave Theo stands days after miracle op

Kent News: Freight bosses call for seamless trade at Kent ports as government begins Brexit negotiations

Kent Live: Can you legally stay home from work if the weather is hot?

BreakingMurder investigation following stabbing in Ramsgate

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A murder investigation has been launched following the stabbing of a man in Ramsgate.

He's been named as 40-year-old Michael Ward.

He collapsed at around 17:00 BST yesterday in Bush Avenue after suffering a single stab wound to his thigh.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns Finsbury Park attack

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has described the attack at Finsbury Park mosque as abhorrent.

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'Students lost Tories Canterbury seat' Sir Julian Brazier says

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

Sir Julian Brazier

Sir Julian Brazier, who lost his Canterbury seat at the general election, puts the Labour win down to the student vote.

The former Tory MP, who had represented the Kent area for the last 30 years, lost his seat to Rosie Duffield.

Speaking on BBC Radio Kent, he said: "I think the big factor this time was the students. We had by far the biggest concentration of students in the country - that was a really big factor.

"We should have had a better message for them."

I'm afraid I don't have the balls to do Strictly Come Dancing."

Sir Julian BrazierFormer Conservative MP for Canterbury

He said meeting constituents on the door step had been "misleading".

"It's mum and dad who come to the door, and they were still with us.

"You've got four names down there and you ask 'what about your son and daughter', and they'd say 'I don't know about them' and you'd optimistically put them down as the same as mum and dad."

"It was only the last couple of days we began to realise that we weren't really reaching the young people."

Rosie Duffield
Labour's Rosie Duffield won the seat with a 45% share of the vote

"I should have been much more active on social media" he said

"Labour had a much more active social media campaign. He admitted he hadn't "built a social media presence".

When asked to respond to being called "out of touch and flustered", he said: "I certainly wasn't flustered".

Following his defeat he said he was exploring several business opportunities and was keen on doing more lecturing at US universities.

It's set to be the hottest day of the year

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's been a stunning weekend and could get even hotter today. Here are some of the photos you've been sending us.

You can send us your images Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Botany Bay
Carole Adams
Botany Bay at sunset by Carole Adams
Lucy Goode
Margate Harbour Arm at sunset by Lucy Goode
Herne Bay seafront
Paul Darby
Herne Bay seafront by Paul Darby
Leeds Castle
Gavin Hall
Leeds Castle by Gavin Hall

Staff shortages cause disruption for patients

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Kent & Canterbury hospital

Staff shortages mean those who suffer a heart attack, stroke or pneumonia won't be taken to hospital in Canterbury, and will instead be sent to hospital in either Ashford and Margate.

Campaigners claim services are being downgraded.

Theft from horse-riding charity

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thieves have stolen £10,000 of equipment from a horse-riding charity that helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Kittens dumped in sodden cardboard box

Two six-week-old kittens have been rescued by the RSPCA after they were dumped in a sodden box in Gillingham.

Kittens dumped in Gillingham

Flora and Kiara, two black and white kittens, were found near to the border of Gillingham and Chatham on Wednesday 6 June.

A member of the public was walking home when he spotted the kittens and took them back home before contacting the RSPCA.

Dumped kittens

Both kittens were looking undernourished and flea-ridden but are now doing much better in the care of staff at Ashford Garden Cattery.

#ICYMI: Born on the A21

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Did you miss this one? It's a great story, well worth a watch.

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

Man arrested following death in Ramsgate

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Ramsgate following the death of a man.

The incident happened at around 17:00 BST yesterday in Bush Avenue in the town.

Police and an ambulance attended and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is being handled by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Enquiries are ongoing.

Feeling hot hot hot

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's been a sizzling weekend. And it could get even hotter today.

Happy Monday

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

We hope you had a lovely weekend - and enjoyed the warm, summery weather.

This stunning image of Larkfield has been sent to us by Michal Bakala - it's our Kent #photooftheday.

Michal Bakala

We'll be here with all your latest news, travel, sport and weather for Kent until 22:00 BST.

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