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  1. Updates on Monday 6 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today

Claire Cottingham

Thanks for joining us today on #KentLive. I'm back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST, but if you see anything we should know about in the meantime you can tweet us using #KentLive, send us a Facebook message or email us.

Have a great afternoon. 

Will the weather stay hot and sunny?

Here's Kate Kinsella with the latest forecast.

Here's the weather with Kate Kinsella

Suspects car found in Dover

The car of a man suspected of killing a 75-year-old in Suffolk has been found in Dover.

Ali Qazimaj, from Suffolk, is suspected of stabbing Peter Stuart.

Mr Stuart's wife, Sylvia, is still missing. Police said hopes of finding her safe and well are fading. Read more here.

Ali Qazimaj
Ali Qazimaj's car was found in Dover
Pictures of victims
Sylvia Stuart is still missing. The body of her husband, Peter, was found in woods on Friday

Huckle investigation's 'cultural issues'

Det Ch Supt Andy Brennan, from the National Crime Agency, spoke to reporters on the steps of the Old Bailey about the difficulties in the Richard Huckle paedophile investigation.  

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Brennan

Alex Blake gives Kent victory over Surrey off penultimate ball

Claire Cottingham

Alex Blake hit an unbeaten 66 off 62 balls as Kent overcame a mid-innings collapse to beat Surrey by one wicket in a One-Day Cup thriller at Beckenham.

Safe to say batsman Joe Denly was pleased with their performance! 

Nice win, special from "The Chin" @aj_blake10 #Finisher and ANOTHER 50 for @deebzz23 the boy is in some touch 🙌🏻👊🏻 Tricky tred 👌🏻 Cheers 😎

Can't touch this!

Claire Cottingham

Rather you than me Dominic...catch Dom from 16:00 BST on BBC Radio Kent to find out more.

Don't touch this! Tom Hart-Dyke @Lullingstone warns @radiodominic - find out more from 4 #worldsdeadliestplant

Don't touch this! Tom Hart-Dyke @Lullingstone warns @radiodominic - find out more from 4 #worldsdeadliestplant

Stay sun savvy as temperatures rise in Kent

Claire Cottingham

High or very high #UV levels for most today - make sure you stay safe.

BBC Weather's Helen Willetts explains the factors that affect the strength of UV radiation: 

BBC Weather map

Giant Ramsgate plant to be felled

Take a look at this rare 30ft plant while you can! 

The American Agave plant - which grew through the roof of its Thanet greenhouse - is due to be felled later this week.

Giant Ramsgate plant is to be felled

Charlton Athletic appoint new manager

Relegated Charlton Athletic have appointed Russell Slade as their new manager.

The 55-year-old former Yeovil Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Leyton Orient and Cardiff boss has agreed a three-year deal at The Valley.

Slade left his role as head of football with the Bluebirds last week and replaces Jose Riga, who resigned as head coach on 7 May. The Addicks finished the season in 22nd place.

BBC Sport
New Charlton boss Russell Slade

In numbers: Richard Huckle

Huckle inforgraphic

Huckle sentencing

BBC South East Today's Jane Witherspoon, in court for Richard Huckle's sentencing, has these observations:

#Huckle standing with hands clasped as if in prayer for sentencing

"1000 deaths is too good for you" shouted from the public gallery #Huckle

BreakingRichard Huckle sentenced to 22 life terms

Richard Huckle
National Crime Agency
Richard Huckle's victims were from poor Christian communities

Child abuser Richard Huckle, 30, from Ashford, admitted carrying out the abuse in Malaysia against children aged between six months and 12 years.

The judge sentenced him to a minimum of 23 years in prison. Read more here.

Kent sprinters in action

A sport update now. Orpington's Dina Asher-Smith finished 4th in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

In the men's 100 metres Dartford's Adam Gemili came home 6th. 

Dina Asher-Smith in action
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Dina Asher-Smith finished 4th in her race
Adam Gemili in action
Getty Images
Adam Gemili competed in the 100 metres

Teenager bitten by dog

Police are appealing for information after a teenager was bitten by a dog.

The 18-year-old says it happened in Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, between 10:00 BST and 11:00 BST on Tuesday 2 June.

She suffered injuries to her hands after the incident. She described the dog as being “large and brown”. Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01843 222289.

'Business as usual' at Dreamland

The leader of Thanet District Council has pleaded with the public to continue its support of Dreamland after it went into administration.

Speaking on BBC Radio Kent, UKIP councillor Chris Wells said he was confident the historic Margate attraction would survive.

Chris Wells on why people should still go to Dreamland

Faye Burdett parents 'keep raising awareness'

The parents of a Maidstone toddler, who died from meningitis B, have vowed to keep raising awareness of the disease, despite the government rejecting vaccination pleas.

Watch what they had to say after a sponsored charity "toddle" in Maidstone:

Faye Burdett

Elsa from Frozen spotted in High Halstow!

At least the scarecrow version of Elsa's been spotted there...

She's part of the Scarecrow Festival to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. It runs until Saturday 11 June.

A Scarecrow Festival is being held in High Halstow
Linda Atkinson
High Halstow Scarecrow Festival


A huge fire, a deadly spider in Maidstone and a water shortage across the South East. Here's today's #OnThisDay.

On This Day in the South East

UPDATE: Industrial estate fire

Kent Fire and Rescue Service says smoke from the Higham fire has now cleared and residents can reopen windows and doors. Fire crews are now damping down any remaining hot spots.

Custard Pie Championships held in Kent!

Take a look at this...

The annual Custard Pie Championships took place in Coxheath over the weekend. Teams came from across the world to take part, mostly in fancy dress. The reigning champions from Japan were knocked out early on. And the winners were The Custard-teers from the UK.

Custard Pie Championships

Your #3in30 news bulletin

Claire Cottingham

Row continues between RMT and Southern Railway, landfill targets met and an endangered Kent-born rhino gives birth.

I've taken a look at the main headlines for you this morning. 

Your #3in30 bulletin with Claire Cottingham

Your morning weather forecast

It's looking like a sunny and warm day. Here's Kate Kinsella with your forecast.

Weather forecast for Monday 6 June 2016

Getting ready for Le Mans

Claire Cottingham

It's one of the world's most famous races and a real test of endurance. I've been finding out just what it takes to compete in 24 hours of Le Mans - by visiting the Kent-based workshop of Jota.

But do the cars and drivers really race for the full 24 hours? I asked team principle Sam Higgnett. My report is on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie at 07:39 BST.

Le Mans preparation

Industrial estate fire

It's believed up to 40 firefighters were sent to the industrial estate in Higham, leading to Kent Fire and Rescue issuing this warning:

Residents in Higham, East Gravesend and Chalk are urged to keep doors and windows shut due to an industrial unit fire in Higham, Rochester.

'Keep doors and windows shut'

A large fire at an industrial estate in Higham has led to people living nearby being urged to keep their doors and windows closed.

Kent Fire and Rescue issued the warning after sending eight fire engines to tackle the blaze in Canal Road.

Please send us your pictures or videos of the fire by tweeting us using #KentLive, sending us a Facebook message or emailing us.  

Rail staffing 'dirty tricks' claim

A union claims it has "conclusive evidence" Southern Rail has been deliberately cancelling services and blaming staff sickness.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has written to the managing director of the rail firm accusing the company of "lying". 

The two sides are embroiled in a bitter row over the role of conductors. Southern described the claims as "simply ludicrous". Here's a look at some of the rail issues commuters have faced so far this year.

Rail issues in the South East

Protesters campaign against 'garden town'

Hundreds of protesters from different villages united on Saturday, calling for the council to scrap plans to build a new "garden town". If the plans are approved, 12,000 new homes would be built around Sellindge.

At 07:05 BST BBC Radio Kent Breakfast with John and Maggie will be speaking to the MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins and Hilary Newport from CPRE Kent. 

Protest against new homes plan

Good morning from Local Live for Kent

Claire Cottingham

Hello! I've got your Kent Live updates up to 14:00 BST. To kick the week off here's a picture of Palm Bay in Margate taken by Mel Chennell - it's our #photooftheday.

Please let us know what’s happening where you live by tweeting us using #KentLive, sending us a Facebook message or emailing us.

Palm Bay, Margate
Mel Chennell
Palm Bay, Margate