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Summary

  1. A local developer has offered to help build a new hospital in Canterbury
  2. South Thanet MP Craig MacKinlay has appeared in court over allegations he breached spending limits during the Conservatives' 2015 election campaign.
  3. There are calls for facial recognition technology at the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel to help prevent the use of fraudulent passports
  4. The RMT union has put forward a proposal aimed at breaking the deadlock with Southern Railway
  5. How often do you visit a museum? One Kent council says the number of visitors fell by around 14,000 last year
  6. Video: A guide to what you can and can't do while flying drones
  7. Live updates on Tuesday 4 July 2017

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Good night from the BBC Live team

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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

Thanks for joining us.

Virtually exploring St Augustine's Abbey

A four year collaboration between English Heritage and the University of Kent's School of Architecture, has led to the reconstruction of the ruined St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury -- in virtual reality, at least.

So what more do we know about the Abbey?

The bridge that spans the centuries

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

How a canny investment by Dick Whittington led to the creation of The Rochester Bridge Trust, providing the people of Medway with their vital river crossing.

Get your fans out, it's about to get hot again

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

The temperatures look like they'll continue to rise over the next few days.

Here's my forecast

Dover lorry crash update: Romanian driver charged

A lorry driver from Romania has been charged with causing the deaths of two men, after a collision in Dover.

The 51-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash involving a lorry and a Nissan Qashqai on the A2 in Jubilee Way just before midnight on Sunday.

The car driver, a man in his 20s and his passenger, a man in his 30s, both from Canterbury, died at the scene. Their next of kin have been informed but the men have not been formally identified, Kent Police said.

Police said a 36-year-old man who was also arrested at the scene has since been released without charge.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe disruption, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206 affecting J29 for A127.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J29, A127 (Romford).

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

Southern Rail debate is underway

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A debate about Southern Rail is underway in Parliament.

It's called 'The Chris Gibb Report: Improvements to Southern Railway' and was requested by Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman.

We'll bring you updates on this page and you can also watch it here.

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Good weather for tennis?

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

For the next couple of days, the weather's obliging for Wimbledon fans.

Here's my forecast.

Developer puts forward hospital plan

Kent and Canterbury Hospital
BBC

A local developer has offered to help build a new hospital in Canterbury.

City councillors and local NHS managers say they're giving serious consideration to the proposal -- which includes plans for 2,000 new homes.

The plan has been put forward by Mark Quinn of Quinn Estates.

Part of the land is allocated for housing in the city council's emerging Local Plan, but part is not.

The offer involves making a "significant" contribution to replacing the existing hospital buildings with new hospital buildings, potentially with some of them on part of the current hospital site.

The developer has had early discussions with the city council, and these have been outlined to the NHS.

The idea will now be given further examination.

The future of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital is important to all of us, so when proposals like this are put forward, they should be given proper and serious examination. Given the number of parties that are involved in this, it will be a complicated process, and more information will be made available in due course."

Cllr Simon CookLeader, Canterbury City Council

We are working with the public to develop proposals for our longer-term strategy for healthcare in east Kent, both in and out of hospital, for public consultation next spring. It is important to look at all possible options and we will discuss this proposal with Canterbury City Council as part of this work.”​

Simon PerksCanterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group

We want to provide the best healthcare possible for our patients and we will continue to work closely with Canterbury City Council to look at this and any other potential options, as part of the longer-term strategy for our hospitals."

Matthew KershawChief Executive, East Kent Hospitals

Cricket: Dickson stamina 'astonishing'

Kent 603-3 v Northamptonshire - lunch

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

Another eye-watering session of batting from Kent as records continue to tumble and opener Sean Dickson moves apparently inexorably towards a triple century.

At 276 not out, he went past head coach Matt Walker’s post-war Kent highest of 275 and at 294 not out at lunch, he’s only 40 short of Bill Ashdown’s all-time record for the county, having already set the highest all-time partnership with Joe Denly of 382.

Dickson has stayed patient and shown astonishing concentration and stamina. Not bad for a player who was playing Kent Premier League cricket at the weekend to try and regain some form..

Lorry driver held after two die in collision

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Scene of the collision in Dover
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A lorry driver from Romania is being questioned by police after two people died at the scene of a collision in Dover.

The 51-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash involving a lorry and a Nissan Qashqai on the A2 in Jubilee Way just before midnight on Sunday.

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s from Canterbury, died at the scene.

A second man, who was a passenger, also died.

Police said a 36-year-old man who was also arrested at the scene has since been released without charge.

Kent MP appears in court over fraud accusations

Craig Mackinlay
PA

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay has appeared in court over allegations he breached his spending limits during the Conservatives' 2015 election campaign.

He's accused of two offences under the Represenation of the People Act.

He was charged last month but retained his Kent seat in the election with a majority of 6,387 and has always maintained his innocence.

His agent Nathan Gray, 28, and campaign director Marion Little, 62, also face charges.

All three defendants indicated not guilty pleas when the charges were read to them.

#ICYMI: Art student shocked by attitudes

A student has spoken of her shock after people expressed surprise that she was at university - because she is black.

#thisisme

A guide to drone flying

A drone flying close to Gatwick Airport led to the closure of the runway and forced five flights to be diverted.

An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods on Sunday - of nine and five minutes - after the drone was sighted.

Easyjet said four of its flights were diverted, while British Airways said one aircraft was diverted to Bournemouth.

Other flights were put into holding patterns as a precaution. Sussex Police is investigating.

Here's your guide to what you can and can't do with drones.

Cricket latest: Kent v Northamptonshire

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Sean Dickson
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Kent's cricketers dominated with the bat as they ended day one of their County Championship match against Northamptonshire on 434-1.

Sean Dickson hit a career-best of 210 not out, while Joe Denly finished unbeaten on 143 at stumps, as the pair put together a 305-run partnership at Beckenham.

Daniel Bell-Drummond was the one man out in the day for 49, following an opening stand of 129 with Dickson.

Play on day two begins at 11:00 BST. Hear every ball from Beckenham via the BBC website.

WW2 pilot achieves ambition at 95

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

German war pilot Hugo Broch has wanted to fly in a Spitfire for as long as he can remember.

At 95 years old he's done just that in the skies over Kent.

Hoo has got a zoo in a pub

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Meet the man who's just been given a licence to run a zoo at his pub in St Mary Hoo.

Calls to tackle fraudulent passports

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

The Port of Dover
BBC

There are calls for facial recognition technology at the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel to help prevent the use of fraudulent passports.

The Reform thinktank says the roll out of eGates would help to stop criminals trying to use false documents to smuggle people into the country.

BBC Radio Kent has seen numerous sellers advertising passports for sale on the dark web.

I've been investigating and will have more on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Anna this morning - you can listen here.

#ICYMI: Is this the world's first online delivery being ordered?

Think online shopping is a 21st Century invention?

A Sussex inventor came up with the idea over 30 years ago.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Firefighters have spent almost six hours tackling a fire at the former Buckland Hospital in Dover.

Kent News: Assault victim airlifted to hospital with head injury as cordon formed around Gravesend house

Kent Live: Tonbridge grammar set to get controversial new sports pitch

Firearms seized at Coquelles

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A huge haul of handguns, apparently heading for Kent, have been discovered at the French end of the Channel Tunnel.

BBC South East Today headlines

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BBC

Here are the headlines from BBC South East Today's breakfast bulletin:

  • A former scout leader has been jailed for 24 years for historical sex offences against boys in Sussex and Surrey.
  • South Thanet MP Craig MacKinlay will appear in court today over allegations he breached spending limits during the Conservatives' 2015 election campaign.
  • One of the unions involved in the Southern Railway dispute has offered up a proposal to try and break the deadlock over driver-only operated trains.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between Clacket Lane Services and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J5 M26, because of a broken down van. Traffic is coping well.

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

A bright start to Tuesday

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It'll stay dry and very warm today.

Here's your latest forecast.

Not a bad view to wake up to...

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Wimbledon is underway and so far the weather is behaving. I think we're all hoping that continues.

To kick the day off we bring you this picture of sunset on the Isle of Sheppey - it's our Kent #photooftheday

Isle of Sheppey
Jon Lee

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