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  1. Deported asylum seeker to be returned to UK

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Samim Bigzad

    A Kent asylum seeker who was deported yesterday is to be returned to the UK while his on-going judicial review claim is considered, according to his solicitors.

    Samim Bigzad had been living in Ramsgate after entering the country illegally two years ago in order to join his father who was granted asylum.

    A previous removal attempt failed after a Turkish Airlines pilot refused to fly him over concerns for his safety.

    Lawyers for the 22-year-old say the latest development follows an out-of-hours injunction.

    Quote Message: Yesterday, Samim was notified at 8am that he was to be removed at 11:30am. The removal went ahead and he got to Istanbul for a connecting flight to Kabul. Following last night's order, Samim is to be returned to the United Kingdom on the next available flight. We remain deeply concerned about the legality of the Home Office's actions in the course of this enforced removal and we now seek to challenge the legality of these actions." from Duncan Lewis Public Law
    Duncan LewisPublic Law
  2. Facelift for Medway theatre

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    The Brook Theatre

    A theatre in the Medway towns is being given a £400,000 facelift.

    Brook Theatre in Chatham opened in 1997 in a former council building.

    The investment has been criticised by some as "an extravagance" when public services are under financial pressure.

    Medway Council says cultural investment is also important.

  3. A wave of inspiration

    Yasmine Djadoudi

    BBC Live reporter

    Ross Andrews has built a reputation for creating giant works of art on the beaches of east Kent - huge patterns that only last as long as it takes for the tide to come in and wash them away.

    Now the artist has taken his work into the sea, and inside waves as they break.

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    Video caption: Ross Andrews' latest art project involves snapping shots of waves as they break
  4. Police crackdown at Eurostar terminals

    A police officer and a border official speaking to a woman

    Police and the UK Border Force have been targeting Eurostar terminals in Kent and London as part of a crackdown on forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.

    Officers say individuals who may have travelled from certain countries have been spoken to and given educational material.

  5. Swapping the decks for dogs

    Charlotte Wright

    Reporter, BBC South East

    The DJ from Kent who felt compelled to hang up his headphones to run an animal welfare charity.

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    Video caption: Mike Dowler felt compelled to start an animal sanctuary in Thailand after adopting a dog
  6. Warnings to drivers as Storm Aileen passes through Kent and Sussex

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

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    Drivers across the South East are being warned to take extra care on the roads this morning because of high winds brought by Storm Aileen.

    Motorcyclists and people driving lorries and caravans are being advised to avoid exposed roads, including the Shoreham Flyover, Medway Viaduct and the Dartford bridge.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for very strong winds until 10:00 BST, with gusts of more than 60mph expected along the Kent and Sussex coast.

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    Southern rail says a tree is blocking all lines line between Tonbridge and Redhill with disruption expected until at least 08:30 BST.

    Southeastern says all its lines are open after a tree had to be cleared from the line at Dover Priory during the night.

    There are currently delays of up to one hour and 40 minutes on DFDS Seaways between Dover and Calais, and delays of about 30 minutes between Dover and Dunkirk.

  7. #PhotoOfTheDay regulars: Here's Mel

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    Meet the bank clerk whose passion is taking photos of the South East's stunning skies.

    Mel Chennell is the latest in our series meeting our #PhotoOfTheDay regulars.

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    Video caption: The woman with a passion for taking photos of the Thanet skies
  8. Storm Aileen is bringing strong winds to the South East

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    And we're looking at heavy showers with a few sunny spells later.

    Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: South East morning weather
  9. Beautiful autumn skies

    We thought this colourful shot of Pegwell by Peter Johnson was gorgeous, so we made it our #PhotoOfTheDay.


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