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  1. Updates on Thursday 10 August 2017

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That's all folks

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

We're off home for the night so we can be back bright and early at 06:00 BST to bring you all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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Parents to sue over teenage volunteer's death

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The parents of a 19-year-old volunteer from Canterbury who died in South Africa say they're taking legal action against the charity which organised the trip there.

For the wings of a dove

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

How a group of Kent villagers are helping bring the turtle dove back from the brink of extinction.

The tigers who come to tea...and breakfast

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

This wild animal park offers a room with a very different view.

'It's shedding light, it's not gloomy'

Robin Gibson

Reporter, BBC South East Today

What's it like to suffer from a long-term illness which no-one else can see?

An exhibition at a Medway art gallery tries to explain.

Struggling through the mud to Lee Fest

Final preparations are underway for the music festival

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Union claims Tube staffing 'crisis' after hurt passenger waited 30 minutes for aid

A rail union has warned of a "growing crisis" of unstaffed London Underground stations after two incidents were revealed of passengers being injured and having to wait for help.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it defied belief that Tube stations were being left unstaffed, adding that they should be closed if employees are not available.

The union gave details of two incidents, including one at Ickenham on 3 August when a member of the public fell down stairs and lay unconscious for over 30 minutes.

The union said it was "pure luck" that he was spotted by a Tube driver, with staff having to be called from other stations - leaving them unstaffed.

London Underground network operations director Nigel Holness said: "Safety is our top priority and fortunately these types of incidents are rare.

"Following a review of staffing levels we are now in the process of putting 325 additional new staff members in our stations."

Leading Light pub in Faversham

John McEnery, the former husband of Stephanie Beacham, was arrested in Faversham on Tuesday.

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Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey have spent two weeks training alongside the US military in Michigan

The reserve battalion of the Princess of Wales's Royal regiment have been taking part in an exercise designed to get NATO forces practicing working alongside each other.

Air show pilot 'wearing wrong sort of lifejacket'

Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News Online, South East

An air show pilot who ditched his plane into the sea got wedged in the cockpit because he was wearing the wrong sort of lifejacket, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has found.

The pilot was giving a display of balloon bursting when the plane lost power.

The light aircraft came down in shallow water off Herne Bay during a display in the town on 14 August 2016.

The pilot's lifejacket then inflated automatically inside the plane.

Severe accident: A228 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A228 Kent both ways severe accident, between Tower View and King Hill.

A228 Kent - A228 Ashton Way in King's Hill closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Tower View junction and the King Hill junction, because of an accident involving overturned lorry.

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

Andy Mellors

Andy Mellors confirms new fleet of trains will retain a "second person" on board, but refuses to say what that person's role will be.

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Drying up as we head through the afternoon

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Tomorrow is looking dry and bright too.

Here's my latest forecast.

From pulling pints to pulling triggers

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Reserve soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey training in Michigan all have day jobs, but they are learning key skills from their US counterparts during a major training exercise.

'Respect the water' this August

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The RNLI is urging people to "respect the water" this summer as part of a drowning prevention campaign.

The charity says more people die in UK waters in August than any other month.

Michigan mission for South East soldiers

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A hundred and forty part time soldiers from across the South East are taking part in a joint military exercise in America.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Football team take on African lion in tug of war

Kent News: Police arrest 171 people for drink or drug-driving in one month

Kent Live: Pop-up hotel made from containers plans to come to Kent

Ady Pennock

Gillingham manager Ady Pennock says he wants to sign "two or three" more players before the transfer deadline.

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Soldier's military mission

Dan Maclaren

BBC Live reporter

Part-time soldiers from Kent, Sussex and Surrey will be taking part in a live firing practice battle in the US state of Michigan.

The reservists from the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment will be supported by the full range of American military hardware - including helicopters, heavy artillery, and fighter jets.

Severe accident: A228 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A228 Kent both ways severe accident, between Ladds Lane and Peters Bridge.

A228 Kent - A228 in Snodland closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Ladds Lane junction and the Peters Bridge junction, because of an accident involving Motorcycle and a car.

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

Mum-of-four guilty of smuggling migrants

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A mum-of-four from Gillingham, Kent, has been found guilty of trying to smuggle 12 Vietnamese migrants into the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

Katy Bethel, 28, was heavily pregnant at the time.

Migrants found in Sittingbourne lorry

Eight suspected migrants are being questioned by the Home Office in Dover after being found in a lorry in Sittingbourne.

Police were called to Spade Lane around 19:20 BST yesterday.

Local newspaper reports have claimed they could have been in that vehicle for three days.

It comes after BBC Radio Kent revealed that four Iranians were found on a beach in Dover on Tuesday morning.

The UK government has spent millions boosting security in Calais to prevent illegal immigration. Last year the Calais jungle was cleared. It is believed several hundred migrants have returned to the area.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J1A for A282.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J1a, A282 (Swanscombe), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

Cycling sensation Kiera Byland competes in Special Olympics

She's already a Special Olympics superstar, but 18-year-old Kiera Byland is on the hunt for more gold medals.

Last night she co-hosted the opening ceremony in Sheffield for over 2,600 athletes from across the country.

Today she's competing in the 10k time trial.

It wasn't easy for Kiera growing up with learning difficulties, but when she discovered cycling, her life changed dramatically.

Deal sailor named in GB blind sailing team

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Sailing is a skill that demands accuracy, fine judgement and courage, especially if you're blind.

Just ask Catherine Westbrook, who's been chosen to represent the country at the Blind Sailing World Championships.

Signs of summer?

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

We should finally see some dry weather later today, but that won't last long.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

Tributes paid to man who died attempting to swim English Channel

The girlfriend of a man who died while trying to cross the English Channel as part of an endurance event has described him as "kind, generous and loyal" and says she hopes he is remembered for all of his sporting achievements.

Lola Lewis says Douglas Waymark had prepared "meticulously" for the Enduroman event which sees athletes attempt to run, swim and cycle the 300 miles from London to Paris.

Mr Waymark got into difficulty about halfway across the Channel on Monday.

What a great picture to start the day

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Well, it's not been a very good week weather-wise, but it is August so we've all got to make the best of it.

And here's a picture which should brighten your morning a little bit - this brilliant picture was taken in Haysden Country Park in Tonbridge by Tina Blewden - it's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay.

A sunflower
Tina Blewden

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