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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

Live Reporting

By Stuart Maisner and Bob Dale

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye from Kent Live

    Bob Dale

    We're closing our live page for the day. Thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back from 09.00 BST tomorrow, and we hope you can join us during the day.

    In the meantime, if you see something we should be talking about, you can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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
    Image caption: Gatwick staff jailed over £2.43m plot to steal airline goods
  5. 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
    Image caption: The team at the Medway Maritime Hospital
  6. 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
    Image caption: Stewart Ballard
  7. '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
    Image caption: Peter Duhig
  8. '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.

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    Video caption: Damian Collins on refugee who walked through the Channel Tunnel
  9. 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
    Image caption: Bosses from Southeastern are due at the meeting
  10. 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.  

  11. Weather warning for torrential rain

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

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    Video caption: Kate Kinsella has the latest weather
  12. 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.

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    Video caption: Stolen wheelchair
  13. Gillingham's 2016/2017 fixtures

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

  14. 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 

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    Video caption: 3 in 30 bulletin
  15. 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
    Image caption: John Smith's Facebook post
  16. 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.

  17. 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
    Image caption: Abdul Rahman Haroun
  18. '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
    Image caption: Abdul Rahman Haroun
  19. 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. 

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    Video caption: Abdul Rahman Haroun
  20. 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
    Image caption: Abdul Rahman Haroun