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Summary

  1. Channel Tunnel man sentenced to nine months but walks free from court
  2. Heavy rain warning
  3. Para-athlete's wheelchair stolen
  4. Updates on Wednesday 22 June 2016

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By Stuart Maisner and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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Bob Dale

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Arrest made after MP receives threatening Facebook post

Police investigating a threatening Facebook post to South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay have made an arrest. 

A 28-year-old man from the Thanet area was arrested today as part of the investigation.

He is being questioned by officers. 

Heavy rain warning

People in parts of Kent are being warned to prepare for possible flooding tomorrow and Friday due to incoming thunderstorms.

Heavy rainfall is forecast overnight into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning. 

The Environment Agency says it will be tracking the weather system to make sure its staff can act fast. 

Gatwick staff jailed over £2.43m plot to steal airline goods

Fifteen former Gatwick Airport workers, including a man from Gillingham, have been convicted over a plot to steal electrical goods, cigarettes, alcohol and perfume worth £2.43m.  

Read the story here.

Gatwick staff jailed over £2.43m plot to steal airline goods
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Gatwick staff jailed over £2.43m plot to steal airline goods

Hospital goes smoke-free

From 17 October, Medway Maritime Hospital will become a completely smoke-free site, with smoking banned in buildings, grounds and even car parks.

To coincide with the move the Medway NHS Foundation Trust is offering free nicotine replacement therapy to in-patients and support for staff.

Medway Maritime Hospital
Medway Maritime
The team at the Medway Maritime Hospital

Off-duty police officer nominated for award

Kent and Sussex Courier

A police officer has been nominated for a bravery award after shoplifters ran over his leg in Edenbridge.

You can read the story here.

Stewart Ballard
Kent and Sussex Courier
Stewart Ballard

'Nearly cost a man his life'

An Isle of Sheppey man's been jailed for ten years, for deliberately running over another man, leaving him with nine skull fractures and life-threatening brain injuries.

Peter Duhig, who's 55 and from Leysdown, had previously been in a relationship with the victim's partner.

The two men got into an argument after Duhig followed the woman home.

Detective Constable Claire Brown said: 'This was a particularly nasty crime in which Peter Duhig let his anger get the better of him, and his callous actions nearly cost a man his life. I am pleased the sentence reflects the seriousness of this offence."

Peter Duhig
Kent Police
Peter Duhig

'The millions spent have made the Tunnel much more secure'

Bob Dale

A Sudanese man has been sentenced to nine months in prison after admitting an obstruction charge by walking through the Channel Tunnel from France to Kent.

40-year-old Abdul Rahman Haroun, who's been granted asylum in the UK, appeared before Canterbury Crown Court this morning.

Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins says the case shows how important the recent improvements to Channel Tunnel security have been.

Damian Collins MP

Rail bosses to appear before MPs

Bob Dale

Bosses of the South East's railway operators are to appear before MPs on Monday.

Managers from Govia Thameslink Railway, the parent company of both Southeastern and Southern, will be questioned by members of the Transport Select Committee.

The theme of the session is 'improving rail passenger experience', with Rail Minister Claire Perry also due to appear.

Display board on a Southeastern Train
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Bosses from Southeastern are due at the meeting

Serious assault in Rochester

Police are appealing for information following a serious assault in Rochester. 

The attack happened at 18:00 BST yesterday in Friary Place. 

A 36-year-old man was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries.  

Weather warning for torrential rain

There's a warning for torrential rain in Kent this evening. Here's Kate Kinsella with the forecast.

Kate Kinsella has the latest weather

Top athlete's wheelchair stolen

Stuart Maisner

Kent Police say they are investigating after the theft of para-athlete John Smith's custom-built racing wheelchair.

Wheelchair stolen from outside John Smith's house

Gillingham's 2016/2017 fixtures

Here's a look at next season's fixtures.

IMAGE: The #Gills 2016/17 League One fixtures in full.

IMAGE: The #Gills 2016/17 League One fixtures in full.

Here's our 30-second look at what's happening in Kent today

Stuart Maisner

Train delays, losses at Hornby and a proposed Bluewater expansion. Lets take a look at this morning's #3in30 

#3in30 bulletin

Police investigating after para-athlete's wheelchair stolen

Kent Police say they are investigating after the theft of para-athlete John Smith's custom-built racing wheelchair.

The wheelchair was stolen from a van in Neal Road, West Kingsdown between 20:00 BST on 21 June and 08:00 BST on 22 June. It is valued at around £5,000.

John Smith's Facebook post
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John Smith's Facebook post

Update: 'Risking death by dodging high-speed trains'

Peter Whittlesea

Haroun walked through the Channel Tunnel towards waiting British police officers. 

Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said: "He was asked how he had got into the tunnel and he said 'I came from France, always trying to get here'." 

The court heard he risked death by dodging high-speed trains.

Up until then, his journey had involved travelling for a month to Egypt, then Libya before crossing the sea to Italy. He then made his way to France and Calais.

BreakingSudanese man gets 9 month sentence

Abdul Rahman Haroun has been sentenced to nine months after being caught walking through the Channel Tunnel.

But he walks free from court after serving five months in custody.

Today he changed his plea to guilty to "obstructing an engine or a carriage using a railway" at Canterbury Crown Court. 

Abdul Rahman Haroun
BBC
Abdul Rahman Haroun

'The trains were going so fast'

Peter Whittlesea

The court heard how Haroun said: "The trains were going so fast. When I saw the trains coming I had to hold onto metal pieces on the wall of the tunnel."

It caused hours of delays for hours for passengers and freight transport vehicles.

Abdul Rahman Haroun
BBC
Abdul Rahman Haroun

Channel Tunnel man's guilty plea

Abdul Rahman Haroun, 40, from Sudan, was granted permission to stay in Britain after being caught walking near the end of the 31-mile Channel Tunnel at Folkestone last August.

Ahead of a trial at Canterbury Crown Court today, he changed his plea to guilty to "obstructing an engine or a carriage using a railway". 

Here he is outside court after a previous hearing. 

Abdul Rahman Haroun at a previous hearing

Channel Tunnel man's guilty plea

Abdul Rahman Haroun, from Sudan, has pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court to an obstruction charge after walking through the Channel Tunnel to Britain last August.

Abdul Rahman Haroun
BBC
Abdul Rahman Haroun