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  1. Updates Thursday 24 August 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining the team today, we'll be back at 06:00 BST tomorrow with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

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Debate shifts over Sands

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Port of Dover says it will now source some of the sand for a massive building project from elsewhere, after plans to dredge the Goodwins sparked furious opposition.

But it's adamant some material will have to come from the site near Deal.

This pub is big, really big

It's the largest Wetherspoons pub in Britain and it's about to open in Ramsgate.

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.

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.

Walking on sunshine?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter, BBC South East

It's looking bright for the bank holiday weekend.

Here's my forecast.

Police trying to trace family of man found in sea

Police are trying to trace the family of a man after his body was found in the English Channel.

The remains were found seven miles off Dover on 13 August, and have since been identified as Daniel Mark Beggs, who was 42 and from Clacton in Essex.

Detectives have so far been unable to trace his family, despite contacting the NHS and Essex Police.

We are not treating Daniel's death as suspicious but it is a priority for us to locate his family. We do all that we can to notify the next of kin immediately following a death and in most cases are successful. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, on this occasion we have no further lines of enquiry that we can follow."

Detective Sergeant Stuart WardKent Police

School uniform help

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

Canterbury's plans for Britains first 'dementia village'

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

Two children among four rescued from fire

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Two women and two children have been rescued from a fire at a house in Tonbridge.

Fire crews were called to East Street in the early hours of this morning where the fire had started in the kitchen.

A member of the public helped them rescue the four people from the roof.

Kent Fire and Rescue said the whole property has been heavily damaged by smoke.

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.

GCSE results: Half a million pupils get their grades

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

More than half a million teenagers will learn their GCSE results this morning.

It's the first year of a new grading system in maths and English.

But some education experts have concerns.

Sunny spells and staying dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

More of the same tomorrow too.

Here's my latest forecast.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: 'I'm not sexualising my daughter'

Kent News: Women and children climbed onto roof to escape terrifying Tonbridge house fire

Kent Live: A driver from Dover was VERY unhappy about being clamped for not having tax

Send us your GCSE results photos and videos

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Students at Charles Dickens School
Charles Dickens School

Thousands of you are collecting your GCSE results today from schools and colleges across Kent.

If you've been to get yours, send us your stories, pictures and videos.

You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

#ICYMI: From teenage party to award-winning festival

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It started as a teenage house party.

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

Do you recognise these men?

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

CCTV image
Kent Police

These two men are being sought by police investigating a burglary at a shopping centre in Greenhithe.

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Kent Police

It's reported to have happened at a Watchfinder store at about 16:50 BST on Saturday 19 August.

A number of Rolex watches were stolen.

Detectives say the would like to speak to the two men pictured, or anyone else who recognises them.

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Kent Police

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.

ICYMI: 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.

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.

Thousands of Kent-bound migrants caught by UK Border Force last year

Alex Bish

News editor, BBC Radio Kent

Migrants were caught making 56,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally last year, BBC Radio Kent has discovered.

They were detected by UK Border Force officers at the Eurotunnel terminal, the Ports of Calais and Dunkirk and the Eurostar terminals in Paris and Brussels.

The number of migrants caught last year is lower than the 2015 figure of 83,580 but higher than 2013 and 2014 combined. (2013: 16,009, 2014: 35,115)

Meanwhile the number of illegal immigrants who were found in UK ferry ports increased last year. There were 1,868 detected in 2016, compared with 1,305 in 2015.

'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.

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.

There's a chill in the air this morning

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

But it's looking like a pleasant day to come.

Here's my latest forecast.

Good morning

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And what a great way to start the day with this shot of Littlestone-On-Sea by Gavin Edwards.

Sea
Gavin Edwards

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

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