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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Stuart Maisner

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us

Stuart Maisner

We'll be back tomorrow morning.

Remember, if you see something you think we should be reporting you can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook.  

Four arrested in English Channel migrant smuggling probe

Two British men, aged 65 and 49, a British citizen of Kuwaiti origin, 42, and an Egyptian, 33, were arrested. 

Read the story here

The National Crime Agency made the arrests
The National Crime Agency made the arrests

'Significant disruption' for rail commuters from London

Southeastern say Cannon Street station is closed due to flooding and is not due to re-open before 16:30 BST.

A spokesman said: "We are expecting evening peak services from London to be significantly disrupted so please allow extra time to complete your journey." 

Southern services are suffering major disruption too. 

You can check your travel details here for Southeastern and Southern

Southeastern train
Southeastern services have been affected

Man bailed after MP received threats on Facebook

A 28-year-old man arrested after South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay received a threatening Facebook post has been bailed until 26 June.

Disruption after torrential rain

Stuart Maisner

The torrential rain last night has caused flooding and travel disruption across Kent.

Disruption after torrential rain

Margate before the storm

Mark Johnson-Cooper sent us these beautiful images of Margate before the storm. 

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Mark Johnson-Cooper
Margate before the storm
Margate before the storm
Mark Johnson-Cooper
Margate before the storm
Mark Johnson-Cooper

UPDATE: Para-athlete's anger at stolen wheelchair

Here's a picture of John Smith's wheelchair that was stolen from outside his home in West Kingsdown.

The athlete, who is hoping to compete in the Rio Paralympics in September, says his "dreams would be over" without it.  

A picture of John Smith's wheelchair
A picture of John Smith's wheelchair

Will the stormy weather continue?

Here's Elizabeth Rizzini with the latest forecast.

Elizabeth Rizzini with the weather forecast

Three rescued from house fire

Three people have been rescued from a fire at a house in Broadstairs this morning.

It broke out in a bedroom of the two-storey property in Trinity Square around 08.45 BST but was under control in just over half an hour.

Two women and a man were given oxygen by firefighters.

Flooding update: Southeastern disruption

Southeastern says following overnight heavy rain and thunderstorms, flooding is causing severe disruption on a number of their routes. It advises passengers to check before travelling.

A spokesman said: "A number of our trains and crews have been displaced, meaning they are not where they need to be on our network in order to meet our timetable."

You can check your travel details here.

Southeastern train
Southeastern services are facing delays

Here's our #onthisday

A statue to the Gurkhas, disappointment for Dungeness and a revolution in rail travel - it's #onthisday.

#onthisday for 23 June

Sainsbury's hit back

Sainsbury's bosses have denied their new Local store in Borough Green is responsible for the closure of Loco.

You can read the full story in the Sevenoaks Chronicle here.

The Sainsbury's Local store
Sevenoaks Chronicle
The Sainsbury's Local store

Flood warning in Dartford area

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning on the River Shuttle in the Dartford area after last night's torrential rain.

The area highlighted in purple is at risk of flooding.

Map showing flood warning in Dartford area
Environment Agency
Flood warning in Dartford area

This morning's top stories

Stuart Maisner

A big increase in dog thefts, rail disruption due to flooding and a para-athlete's anger at his stolen wheelchair.

Here's our #3in30. 

Today's top stories

'If I don't get it back, there's no Paralympics for me'

John Smith from West Kingsdown says his dream of competing in the Paralympics in Rio have been shattered by the theft of his wheelchair.

The racing chair was taken from his van while it was parked outside his house.

He says with the Games so close, there's no time to order a replacement.

Athlete faces missing Paralympics because of stolen wheelchair

Flooding calls in Kent

Kent Fire and Rescue Service received several calls overnight about flooding in areas including Eastchurch, Herne Bay, Margate and Cliftonville. 

Crews used a pump at a property in Crown Road in Sittingbourne. 

They also attended Staplehurst Road in Sittingbourne where a 2ft round hole appeared.   

Stabbing in Sittingbourne

A man in his 30s has been stabbed in Sittingbourne. 

The incident happened in Woodberry Drive in the town just before 19:30 BST yesterday.  

The man suffered a wound to his lower back and was airlifted to hospital.   

There have been no arrests.

Today's weather forecast - wet!

It's a grey day with warnings of more rain on the way.

Here's Rachel Mackley with your forecast.

Rachel's breakfast weather forecast

Big rise in dog thefts

Stuart Maisner

More than 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen to police forces in England and Wales since the start of 2013, a BBC South East investigation has found.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show there has been a 20% rise in two years.

We've spoken to a dog owner whose pet was stolen. You can read the whole story here.

Big rise in dog thefts

Update: rail disruption to Tonbridge

Southern Rail say Redhill station was closed from 07:45 BST to 08:25 BST due to overcrowding.

The company says the line has now re-opened but there are still some delays. 

Good morning from Kent Live

Stuart Maisner

But it's another miserable day for commuters. There's flooding on the Redhill to Tonbridge line, causing problems at Redhill station this morning - as you can see below.

We're here with updates until 17:00 BST. If you see something you think we should be reporting you can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook.

Redhill station this morning
Charly Ralph
Redhill station this morning
Queues at Redhill station
Andi Ewington
Queues at Redhill station