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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 8 March 2016

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  1. Thanks for joining us...

    Claire Cottingham

    That's it from our live reporting page today, thank you for joining us.

    I'll be back tomorrow at 06:00 BST with more from Kent Local Live. 

    Enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. Kent sportsman died as he tried to avoid van



    A Kent sportsman died after being thrown from a bike as he tried to avoid a van.

    Read KentOnline's story here.

    Steve Wand
  3. New arrests in youth offending centre investigation

    Five people have been arrested by police investigating allegations of abuse at the Medway Secure Training Centre. 

    Three men and two women are being questioned on suspicion of misconduct in public office. 

    Five others arrested in January remain on police bail.

    An investigation began at the unit, which was being run by security firm G4S, after secret filming by the BBC's Panorama.

    Image of the centre in Medway
  4. Queen's Birthday celebrations - what are you doing?

    It's the Queen's 90th birthday on Saturday. Will you be doing anything to celebrate?

    Something different to mark the occasion is taking place in the South East today - check out the video below and let us know if you have any plans by email, Facebook or Twitter.

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    Video caption: Video about Queen Parts
  5. On This Day

    A blaze in Maidstone, a shocking attack in Northfleet and a shake-up of primary schools - #onthisday

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    Video caption: On this day, June 8th
  6. In other tree related news...

  7. Grammar school academy plans called off

    The headteacher at Simon Langton Girls Grammar School announced last night that controversial plans to pursue academy status in conjunction with a neighbouring school have been dropped.

    This means a meeting that had been planned with parents and governors tonight has been called off. 

    Simon Langton Girls Grammar school
  8. Felled plant 'only flowers every 80 years'

    Here's a video of the American Agave plant before it was felled. The plant only flowers every 80 years.

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    Video caption: Giant Ramsgate plant is to be felled
  9. Greenhouse-busting plant removed

    Work began earlier on removing a giant American Agave plant from the Italiante greenhouse in Ramsgate after it broke through the roof.

    Scaffolding has been put up and the 30ft plant will be removed section by section.

    Removal of Algave
    Image caption: Owners Janice and Phil Dadds watch as work got underway
  10. ICYMI: Dramatic rescue of teens from beach

    In case you missed it yesterday, here is the helicopter footage of the dramatic rescue of 34 teenagers trapped on a beach near Dover.

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    Video caption: Rescue
  11. Kent v Hampshire

    Claire Cottingham

    Are you heading to Canterbury tonight to watch Kent take on Hampshire in the T20 blast tonight? 

    If so, the weather is looking good - if not, BBC Radio Kent have ball by ball commentary on DAB, MW and Online from 18:30 BST.

  12. UPDATE: Armed police in Northfleet

    Armed response officers were deployed in Painters Ash Lane at 19:30 BST yesterday after a robbery victim reported seeing what she thought was a handgun. 

    A man in his 30s was arrested shortly afterwards in connection with the incident and is now in police custody.

  13. Weather today - mainly sunny

    A sunny day predicted for Maidstone this morning. For more information head to BBC Weather.

    Weather in Maidstone
  14. Lightning filmed in Kent

    Claire Cottingham

    You've been sharing your videos of last night's thunderstorm. Here's some of our favourites. 

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    Video caption: lightning in Kent
  15. 'I just want to do normal things'

    Sixteen-year-old Kelly Turner, from Dover, has already undergone nine rounds of chemotherapy.

    Now she's been told the cancer she's been diagnosed with is so rare, it can't be operated on in this country.

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    Video caption: A 16 year-old girl from Dover needs to raise £1m for groundbreaking treatment
  16. Migrants found in boat off coast

    Three migrants, suspected of being Iranian, were found by the Coastguard in a small boat off the Kent coast.

    The Home Office told the BBC the three people, wearing life jackets, were spotted by a ferry at 05:23 BST on Tuesday.

    They were taken to Dover to be "processed". Read more here.

  17. Kent's top stories

    Claire Cottingham

    Inoperable tumour, UKIP leader speaks out and the migrant crisis continues. I've got your top stories this morning, here's your #3in30. 

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    Video caption: #3in30
  18. Driver admits killing 7/7 firefighter in crash



    A driver caused a crash which killed a firefighter who helped after the 7/7 bombings. Read KentOnline's story here.

    James Moyle
    Image caption: James Moyle died after his motorbike was hit by the car
  19. Today's travel in Kent

    BBC Travel

    Buses are replacing trains this morning on Southern services between Tonbridge and Redhill. 

    The line was closed yesterday because of heavy rain and Southern said tunnels on the line between these stations are still flooded. 

    They don't expect the line to re-open until the end of the day and tickets are being accepted on other services. 

  20. What's today's weather looking like?

    Dry start to the day in Kent, but will it stay that way? Here's Rachel Mackley with the forecast.

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    Video caption: Weather Kent