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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 July 2016

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  1. That's it for today

    Claire Cottingham

    Thanks for joining us on an incredibly warm day. We'll be back tomorrow from 09:00 BST.

    In the meantime please feel free to tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

  2. Scorching in Margate

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC reporter

    Just before we leave you for the day I've been chatting to these people in Margate about how they're enjoying their time in the sun.

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    Video caption: Margate seafront
  3. 'I felt disgusted - it just got worse and worse'

    Bob Dale

    The number of children who've been sexually groomed in Kent and Sussex has increased by nearly 40% in five years, figures obtained by the BBC have shown.

    Data showed 165 children were reportedly groomed since 2011.

    We spoke to "Sarah" (not her real name) who was targeted through text messages.

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    Video caption: increase in online grooming
  4. French authorities won't hand over dangerous criminal

    Colin Campbell

    BBC South East Special Correspondent

    The French authorities have refused to hand over a dangerous criminal who was tracked down by BBC South East to an Indian Ocean Island where he was in hiding. 

    John Soares repeatedly shot his partner Martine Almansa with a high-powered air gun in their Ashford home in 2003. 

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    Video caption: French authorites won't hand over dangerous criminal
  5. How do baboons cool off in the hot temperatures?

    Claire Cottingham

    I've visited the baboon enclosure at Port Lympne where they're being given a special treat to help quench their thirst...   

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    Video caption: Baboon enclosure
  6. On this day

    As Kent swelters in the mid-30s, we look back to a heatwave a decade ago.

    Plus a shock for a driver in Leybourne and good news for Kent's newest arts attraction - it's #onthisday on the #hottestdayoftheyear

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    Video caption: On this day in 2015, 2011 and 2006
  7. The weather this afternoon

    The temperature has risen in Kent - it's expected to keep getting hotter. Take a more detailed look on the BBC Weather website.

    Weather chart
  8. 'It costs 24p a litre to produce - today's price is 19p a litre'

    Bob Dale

    Dairy farmers in Kent say they're in crisis. Colin Bastable farms 400 dairy cows in Leigh, and says most farmers will be paid less for their milk than it costs to produce.

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    Video caption: Kent dairy farmers in crisis
  9. London Bridge trains cancelled

    Lauren Moss

    All Southern Rail and Thameslink services in and out of London Bridge have been cancelled for the rest of the day.

    It's after a sink hole opened at Forest Hill near Croydon yesterday.

    Engineers are working to try and fix the problem but as a result the line will be closed for the rest Tuesday and a reduced service will operate.

    Sinkhole at Forest Hill
    Image caption: Sinkhole at Forest Hill
  10. How long will the warm weather last?

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC weather

    We all know it's a scorcher today but how long will the sun be out for? 

    I have your weather forecast

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    Video caption: Afternoon weather
  11. Giraffes having fun in the sun

    Claire Cottingham

    Live from Port Lympne

    The animals are designed to be out in the heat - so they're loving the #hottestdayoftheyear.

    Here's Simon Jeffery, animal manager at Port Lympne wild animal park in Kent, explaining a bit more.

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    Video caption: Giraffes having fun in the sun
  12. Trucker wins appeals against illegal immigrant fine

    A lorry driver accused of bringing illegal immigrants into the UK in his trailer after leaving Calais has had a £10,000 fine overturned by the Home Office.  

    You can reach Jim Rushton's story here.

    Migrants getting into a lorry in Calais
    Image caption: Lorry drivers can be fined £2,000 for each unauthorised person found in their vehicles when crossing into the UK
  13. How are you enjoying the sunshine?

    Lauren Moss

    Live from Tunbridge Wells

    As temperatures soar to 31C we've been finding out how people in Tunbridge Wells have been enjoying - or coping - with the sunshine.

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    Video caption: Tunbridge Wells heat
  14. Ambulance crash in Ashford

    An ambulance and a car crashed in Ashford earlier, South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) have said.

    The collision happened at 08:30 BST on Bad Munstereifel Road, in Ashford.

    Secamb said a crew member was taken to hospital with a wrist injury and three members of the public were checked over at the scene, but discharged.

  15. Keeping cool the rhino way

    Claire Cottingham

    Live from Port Lympne

    Here's a closer look at Rosie the rhino keeping cool at Port Lympne. Remember to send us your pictures and videos of the #hottestdayoftheyear

    You can tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.  

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    Video caption: Rosie the rhino keeping cool at Port Lympne
  16. Acid attack: 'You feel it eating your flesh, and there's nothing you can do'

    Bob Dale

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    Video caption: an increase in acid attacks in the South East

    A man left badly scarred when acid was thrown in his face has said he relives the attack 15 or 20 times every day.

    Samir Hussain, who works in Tunbridge Wells, said covering his face with his hands saved his sight but he was left unable to fully close one eye.

    The 28-year-old, who is backing calls for controls on the sale of corrosive substances, said he felt the acid "eating away" at his face after the attack outside the Cineworld in Crawley, in September.

  17. Sun lotion at the ready - it's going to be a scorcher!

    Simon Jones reports on how some of us are enjoying the heatwave, but others not so much.


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    Video caption: Simon Jones on the heatwave in the South East
  18. Heatwave affecting Port Lympne animals

    Claire Cottingham

    Live from Port Lympne

    I'm at Port Lympne finding out how the animals stay cool during the #hottestdayoftheyear - Rosie's enjoying the mud pool as temperatures nudge 27C.

    Rhino in the mud at Port Lympne
    Image caption: Rosie the rhino enjoying some much needed mud
  19. Man charged over 'double stabbing'

    A man has been charged over the suspected stabbing of two people at a mental health centre in Kent.

    Myha Grant, 30, of no fixed address, is accused of two counts of attempted murder following an attack at the Bracton Centre, in Dartford, on Sunday.

    Bracton Centre sign
    Image caption: The attack happened on Sunday