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  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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That's it from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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Tunbridge Wells death 'not suspicious'

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Detectives investigating after a man was found dead at a campsite in Tunbridge Wells say they're not treating the death as suspicious.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Powder Mill Lane just before 06:15 BST yesterday.

The man was declared dead at the scene.

A woman was taken to hospital where she's in a stable condition.

Officers are asking anyone with information to get in touch.

Gravesend woman going for gold

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Kent Modern Pentathlete, ranked number two in the world, is hoping her success continues at the World Championships in Egypt.

'If I get better, I'm going to need these GCSEs'

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Dover teenager Kelly Turner has had 27 rounds of chemotherapy, but she wasn't going to let that stop her taking her GCSEs.

The 17-year-old gets her results tomorrow.

Ain't no sunshine?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

Is the sun going to reappear for the end of the week?

Here's my forecast.

Transgender legal simplification plea

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney wants to cut the "bureaucratic burden" on people who are looking to change their legal gender.

#ICYMI: From teenage party to award-winning festival

It started as a teenage house party.

Now LeeFest is one of the South East's biggest music festivals.

Part-time soldiers put new skills into action

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.


A fire that saw about 100 people moved from their homes in Northfleet is being treated as suspicious.

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Severe accident: M26 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M26 Kent westbound severe accident, around J2A for A20.

M26 Kent - M26 blocked and queuing traffic westbound around J2a A20, because of an accident.

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

Some decent sunny spells to come

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

And feeling quite warm this afternoon too.

Here's my latest forecast.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Edinburgh Fringe's funniest jokes includes one-liner from Canterbury comic Mark Simmons

Kent News: Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili among athletics heroes welcomed to Downing Street by Theresa May

Kent Live: First pictures of the car fire that caused chaos on the M20

Family awarded £20k payout after suicide

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

After a lengthy legal battle, the family of a mentally ill man who took his own life in 2013 have been awarded £20,000 in compensation for his death.

You can read our full story here.

Huge rise in dog attacks in the South East

Figures obtained by the BBC show an increase of more than 60% in the past three years.

Cancer victim sues his former employers

A Kent man, who's dying from cancer at the age of 57, is suing his former employers for compensation, claiming he was exposed to asbestos.

Canterbury's plans for Britains first 'dementia village'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Britain's first purpose-built village for people with dementia could be created in Canterbury as part of the city's biggest ever housing project

Chef hailed as star of the future

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A chef from Broadstairs has just been hailed a star of the future by the Good Food Guide.

Ben Crittenden owns Stark, which seats just 12 people.

Beinn a' Chlachair

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

What started as a whim seven years ago has become a major project for a London-based photographer.

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Kent mother's petition for still born babies to be registered

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

A mother from Kent is campaigning for stillborn babies to be registered after losing her son at just 20 weeks.

UK law only allows babies born after 24 weeks to be registered but Lisa, from Canterbury, is campaigning to change the system.

ICYMI: Hassan Zubier says he’s 'no hero' after being caught up in Finland attack

A British paramedic who was repeatedly stabbed as he came to the aid of a woman caught up in the terror attack in the Finnish city of Turku has said he’s “not a hero”.

Hassan Zubier, who was born in Kent, said: “I heard a really loud, heart-breaking scream. So I turned around and I saw one of the girls running… the first thing that I thought of was okay, this is a terrorist attack.”

Mr Zubier went to the aid of a woman who had been badly injured. He was stabbed repeatedly as he tended to her.

“I’m not a hero. I’m just a human being who cares for other human beings,” he said.

Foolish' level crossing-hopping learner driver convicted

A learner driver has been banned from driving - before she even got her licence - after crashing through a level crossing barrier.

Adenike Akingbogun, 44, of Monarch Drive, Sittingbourne, Kent, drove on to the crossing in Purfleet in Essex on Christmas Eve when the warning lights were flashing.

As the barriers came down behind and in front of her car she made the decision to reverse - crashing through the barrier and ramming the vehicle behind her.

British Transport Police said Akingbogun, who was with a qualified driver at the time, caused £1,100 of damage to the barrier. It was a "rather foolish manoeuvre", it said.

She was convicted of driving a motor vehicle dangerously, fined £420 plus costs and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

School uniform help

A community wardrobe has been set up in Sittingbourne to help parents struggling with the costs of school uniform.

Fire causes Northfleet evacuation

People living near a derelict leisure centre in Northfleet had to be evacuated from their homes last night after the building caught fire.

Nobody was injured, but people living close to the old Fleet Leisure and Sports Club on Nelson Road, were asked to keep doors and windows closed due to smoke in the area.

The fire is now out.

Another lovely day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

We've got a nice, bright and dry day ahead of us.

Find out more in my latest forecast.

It's the middle of the week..

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And what a beautiful way to start this Wednesday than this photo of Haysden Country Park. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Haysden Country Park
Steve Matthews

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