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  2. Updates on Tuesday 11 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all for today

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Our day has ended - thanks for joining us. We'll be back at 06:00 BST with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about?

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

  2. Hatton Garden film: 'I can't forgive Reader'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Today sees the release of a film about the Hatton Garden heist, masterminded by Brian Reader from Dartford.

    But in 1985, along with M25 murderer Kenneth Noye, Reader was involved in the death of a Kent police officer.

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    Video caption: Hatten Garden heist made into a film
  3. It's not long until the local elections...

    Elections to our county councils take place in less than four weeks.

    Here's our Political Editor Helen Catt with more details.  

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    Video caption: Election 2017 preview with Helen Catt
  4. Lorry driver denies charges over M20 bridge collapse

    Bridge crash

    A lorry driver has denied dangerous driving charges over the collapse of a pedestrian bridge on to a motorway.

    A motorcyclist suffered broken ribs when the bridge fell on to the London-bound carriageway of the M20 in Kent on 27 August last year.

    Alan Austen, 63, of Darlington, Durham, pleaded not guilty to two charges of dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    Maidstone Crown Court set a trial date for 19 February 2018. Read more here.

  5. Thames Crossing announcement expected

    Land near Dartford

    A long-awaited decision on the location of a new Thames Crossing linking Kent and Essex is expected tomorrow.

    Highways England has been recommending a new tunnel east of Gravesend, but ministers have also been considering another crossing at Dartford.

    The decision follows the largest ever public consultation for a UK road project.

    We'll have the announcement as soon as it's made.

  6. The spring sunshine is here for a while.

    Nina Ridge

    BBC Weather

    There's plenty of sunshine coming up, but the nights are staying cold.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Nina Ridge
  7. Huge fire destroys camp housing 1,500 migrants in France

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    Video caption: Huge fire destroys camp housing 1,500 migrants in France

    A camp housing 1,500 migrants in northern France has been destroyed in a fire that officials said began during a fight.

    At least 10 people were injured when the fire tore through closely-packed huts at the Grande-Synthe camp, near the port of Dunkirk.

    Last month, officials said the camp would be dismantled because of unrest.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

    M25 Kent - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down van and a rolling road-block.

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

  9. Rise in obesity hospital admissions

    Dan Maclaren

    BBC Live reporter

    Is the NHS prejudiced against obese people? 

    One Sussex woman says she was forced to go private for life-saving weight-loss surgery.

    Last year obesity was a factor in more than 33,000 hospital admissions in Kent, Sussex and Sussex. 

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    Video caption: Medical experts have accused the NHS of prejudice against obese patients.
  10. What was school like in Kent during WW2?

    Dan Maclaren

    BBC Live reporter

    A book containing a series of paintings by a wartime art teacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls has been published.

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    Video caption: A wartime scrapbook portrays school life at a Kent school.
  11. Up, up and away

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Did you miss this on Friday? The pictures are just stunning.

    A world record attempt took place from Dover for the number of hot air balloons crossing the Channel.  

    Organisers say 82 balloons that took off from Dover on Friday morning made it to France.

    The previous record for the number of balloons flying over the channel was 49.

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    Video caption: Hot air balloons 'break cross-channel record'
  12. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

    Read more
  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A206 and J31 for A1306 affecting J3 for M20.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 Dartford Tunnel anticlockwise between J1a, A206 (Erith) and J31, A1306 (West Thurrock), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J3, M20 (Swanley Interchange).

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

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M26 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J2A for A20 and M25 J5.

    M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 westbound between J2a A20 and M25 J5, because of emergency repairs.

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

  15. Gatwick's 'zero tolerance approach' to passengers who drink too much

    Man drinking alcohol (anonymous)

    Gatwick Airport says it has a 'zero tolerance approach' to passengers who drink too much.

    It comes after a House of Lords Select Committee found that alcohol is too easily available at some airports and that some people were drinking even before breakfast.

    The committee wants restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol at airports - which are currently exempt from the 2003 Licensing Act. 

    Here's Gatwick's statement.

    Quote Message: The vast majority of our 44 million passengers behave responsibly, but the airport operates a zero tolerance approach for the very small number that cause disruption through the consumption of too much alcohol.
    Quote Message: As a signatory of UK Aviation’s Industry Code of Conduct, Gatwick works closely with airline, retail and security partners to minimise the impact of disruptive passengers and, where possible, to prevent the issue occurring in the first place. Measures taken include intelligence-led security patrols targeting both potential problem flights and also individuals or groups identified as intoxicated, and early intervention measures so staff can report problem passengers to the police at the earliest possible stage, including at check-in or in licensed premises. Frequent public facing awareness campaigns highlighting the consequences of excessive drinking at an airport are also run in conjunction with Gatwick Police.
    Quote Message: Gatwick does not tolerate underage drinking and all outlets selling alcohol operate a strict challenge policy and will refuse to serve alcohol to any customers who are unable to prove their age when challenged.
    Quote Message: Evidence suggests that Gatwick’s policy on disruptive passengers is working with fewer incidents reported in 2016, compared to the previous year. These measures are being improved during 2017 and are kept under constant review to ensure they are as robust as possible. from Gatwick Airport Spokesman
    Gatwick AirportSpokesman
  16. It's a dry and bright day

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    And it's looking fine in the run up to the Easter Bank Holiday.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: It will stay mainly dry and bright this week
  17. Wayne Parnell of Kent

    Listen to live BBC Sussex commentary as Sussex face Kent in the County Championship Division Two.

    Catch up
  18. Dreamland bosses confident for new season


    The operators behind Dreamland in Margate have told BBC South East about their multi-million pound plans for expanding and revamping it this summer.

    In their first interview since being placed in administration, Sands Heritage have revealed there will be new rides and a £15,000 capacity music stage.

    The theme park has had financial struggles since it was restored in 2015. 

    But it's received £25m in private investment and operators say it will be "massively different" when it reopens next month.

  19. Today's Kent newspaper headlines


    Kent Online : Daughter turns detective to catch thief

    Kent News : Dozens of council chiefs across county raking in more than £100k a year

    Kent Live : A Dover man landed a very unusual catch on a late night fishing trip