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  1. Updates on Monday 24 July

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And it's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

And that brings the first day of this working week to a close.

Thank you for joining us, we'll be back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST, bringing you all the local news, weather, travel and sport through to 22:00 BST.

If you think there's something we need to know, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

75-year-old leak mystery solved

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The cause of a mysterious leak at a church in Folkestone has finally been discovered.

Restaurants targeted in immigration raids

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Immigration officers have arrested four people in raids on two Indian restaurants in Kent.

Officers visited Shozna Indian Cuisine in Maidstone Road, Rochester, and Humayra Indian Cuisine in Northwood Drive, Sittingbourne, at about 19:55 BST on 21 July.

Shozna Indian restaurant, Rochester
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Shozna Indian restaurant, Rochester

Two men, aged 31 and 40, were arrested at Shozna, and two more men, aged 26 and 27, were arrested at Humayra.

All four were found to have overstayed their student visas and are now awaiting deportation.

Humayra Indian restaurant, Sittingbourne
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Humayra Indian restaurant, Sittingbourne

The owners of Shozna have been served with a penalty notice, which could leave them facing a fine of up to £20,000 per illegal immigrant that they employed.

Using illegal labour is not victimless. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest businesses and cheats legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities. All of our operations are intelligence led and I would encourage people with detailed and specific information about illegal immigration to contact us."

Assistant Director Richard LederleHead of the South East Immigration Enforcement team

Make the most of the sunshine

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

After tomorrow's sunshine there's a lot of rain on the way for the rest of the week.

Cliff fall casualty saved in dramatic rescue

A person's been rescued after slipping from a ledge on the cliffs at Peacehaven, East Sussex.

Coastguard rescue workers
Daniel Moon

Newhaven and Birling Gap coastguard, along with the coastguard helicopter from Lydd, were called to the incident at 21:15 BST yesterday.

As rescue workers were setting up a rope the person slipped further and was left clinging on by the fingers.

A specialist rope rescue technician had to make an emergency descent to fit a harness to the casualty and then both people were winched up to safety.

Daniel Moon sent us this picture and video.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) 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

Missing: Have you seen Emerson?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police across Kent and East Sussex are looking for a teenager, who went missing from his home nearly a week ago.

Emerson Brito, who's 16, was last seen at his home in Eastbourne on 19 July, when he went to bed around 23:00 BST.

He left the house before anyone else the following morning.

While he may still be in Eastbourne, it's thought he may have travelled to Tunbridge Wells.

Emerson Brito
Sussex Police
Olivia Kray

Richard Kray, 63, is accused of killing his 19-year-old daughter Olivia Kray at a Kent caravan park.

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River Rother rower's rather big challenge

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A 95-year-old former World War Two pilot from Wittersham is about to set off on an epic rowing challenge.

'The hardest thing was telling my daughter I was going to die'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A mole on his ear became a lethal cancer for this man from Kingsdown near Deal.

Now he wants his story to be a warning for others.

'He'd been shot seven times... four pellets remain in his skull'

Alex Bish

Investigative journalist, BBC South East

The animals killed or maimed by the irresponsible use of airguns, with the South East one of the worst areas of the country for attacks

Summer's taking a holiday this week

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After this morning's gloomy start it looks like tomorrow's going to be the best day of the week.

Here's my forecast.

Teenager's hope for tumour treatment

The family and friends of a Kent teenager are trying to raise £120,000 so she can have experimental treatment for a rare brain tumour.

People smuggling by air and water

Colin Campbell

Special Correspondent, BBC South East

Migrants trying to cross the Channel are using increasingly sophisticated and desperate methods, with attempts foiled in the air and on the water this week.

BreakingMan jailed for stalking Radio 2 DJ

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

A stalker who sent a series of letters to BBC Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox has been jailed for 16 months for harassing her and for possessing indecent images of children.

Anthony Collins, who's 50 and from Chatham in Kent, wrote in felt-tip pen asking her to invite him to the BBC studios.

He said: 'Sara, I'm lonely. I have an extensive criminal record and to top all that I am seriously psychologically disturbed.'

He told police he was attracted to Ms Cox, and wanted to be in the news.

Officers also found indecent images of children printed from the internet in a bedside drawer at his house.

Judge Martin Joy criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for failing to prosecute Collins for breaching previous restraining orders, saying it meant the court could not consider the danger the defendant posed.

Severe accident: A2 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

A2 Kent westbound severe accident, between B255 and M25 J2 affecting A2260 Southfleet Road.

A2 Kent - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on A2 westbound in Bean between the B255 (Bean Interchange For Bluewater) junction and Darenth Interchange, because of an accident. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion to Northfleet.

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

Witnesses sought to Dartford collision

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A seven-year-old boy needed treatment for head, wrist and hip injuries after being hit by a car in Dartford.

The collision happened in Temple Hill Square last Friday afternoon.

The driver did initially stop to check on the boy but police say he left the scene before any details were exchanged.

They're asking any witnesses to get in touch.

Thinking of buying a dog? Be careful who you get it from

Calls to the RSPCA complaining about unscrupulous puppy sales have risen in the South East.

School exclusions in Medway among highest in England

The number of school exclusions in England is at its highest level since 2009, with Medway making the top 10.

Man sought over Herne Bay attack

Detectives investigating a serious assault in Herne Bay have released these images of a man who may be able to help.

CCTV pictures
Kent Police

The assault is reported to have taken place in the High Street just before 03:00 BST on Sunday 9 July.

A man in his 50s was stabbed in the stomach.

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the photos.

75-year-old leak mystery solved

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The cause of a mysterious leak at a church in Folkestone has finally been discovered.

Lauren's feet kept growing, but nobody could explain why

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A doctor diagnosed Lauren with a condition that only affects about 60 people out of every million, just by looking at Facebook.

Great expectations for historic reopening in Rochester

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

An historic building, which inspired Dickens' writing, is reopening after a lengthy restoration project.

A week of festivities in Ramsgate

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Ramsgate Festival has been launched - a week of music, art and cultural events in Thanet.

Southern: Full timetable after unions suspend overtime ban

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A picket line
BBC

Southern and Gatwick Express have reintroduced a full weekday timetable today after the RMT and ASLEF unions suspended their overtime ban.

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, met with both unions last week for the first time since industrial action started impacting the running of Southern rail.

The dispute over driver-only operated trains has lasted for more than a year.

A soggy start to the week

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It's damp and cloudy to begin the day, but we should see a few spots of sunshine.

Here's my latest forecast.

Welcome to a new week

We thought we'd start things off with this wonderfully serene shot taken in Bedgebury by Michael Heydon, it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Bedgebury Pinetum
Michael Heydon

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