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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 July 2016

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  1. Another hot day in the county of Kent

    Claire Cottingham

    So we're off to catch the last few hours of sunshine.

    We're back tomorrow morning at 09:00 BST - but in the meantime please feel free to tweet us, email us or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

    Enjoy the rays. 

  2. Dover delays: 'Broken the back' of delays

    After a sudden influx of lorries at Dover - which faced long delays due to increased security checks - the Port of Dover believes things should be on the up.

  3. Dover delays: Local MP says extra checks are understandable

    Some passengers have waited up to three hours to clear passport controls at the Port of Dover today.

    The ferry service DFDS is urging customers to leave at least two hours to complete the check-in process.

    Dover MP Charlie Elphicke says he understands why the French have increased their security checks.

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    Video caption: Charlie Elphicke gives his response to delays at Port of Dover
  4. Mayor wants to take over Southern

    Bob Dale

    The mayor of London is calling on the government to put Transport for London (TfL) in charge of troubled Southern rail on a temporary basis.

    Sadiq Khan is also asking for TfL to be handed more responsibility for the South East's commuter routes into the capital.

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    Video caption: Sadiq Khan offers a TfL team to take over Southern Rail
  5. Kent MP speaks about child sexual exploitation

    Bob Dale

    As Theresa May makes her debut at Prime Minister's Questions, Rochester and Strood MP Kelly Tolhurst asks her about government plans to tackle child sexual exploitation.

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    Video caption: Kelly Tolhurst speaks at PMQs
  6. What are this afternoon's top news stories?

    Jessica Banham

    Broadcast Journalist

    London Mayor calls for Southern to be replaced, delays at the Port of Dover and an academy chain hands over control of nine schools. Here's this afternoon's #3in30.

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    Video caption: What are this afternoon's top stories?
  7. UPDATE: Fire at Elmley Nature Reserve

    The fire at Elmley has now been extinguished.

    Eighty acres of hay were alight but it is now largely under control on the farm. The reserve believe it may have been started deliberately.     

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  8. Kent University charges more than £9,000 in tuition fees

    Kent University is among several to announce a tuition fee increase above the £9,000 limit. 

    Parliament is yet to finish debating plans which would pave the way to raise fees.

    Tuition fees for 2017 are listed on Kent University's website as £9,250. Read the full BBC News story here.

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    Image caption: University of Kent fees for 2017 show courses being charged at a new higher rate
  9. Fire at Elmley nature reserve

    There are reports a fire has broken out at Elmley Nature Reserve. Keith Tucker has tweeted this picture saying it "looks serious" as he's in Minster Broadway and "can see and smell the smoke". 

  10. Security checks at Dover cause huge delays

    Claire Cottingham

    Thousands of holidaymakers have been facing huge delays at the Port of Dover in sweltering temperatures due to increased French security checks.

    Some people have been waiting three hours to clear passport controls. Simon Jones has been in Dover for us.

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    Video caption: Reporter Simon Jones, live for BBC South East Today
  11. Blue skies in Kent

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Radio Kent's Pat Marsh snapped this beautiful picture in the county today. He's live on air now with Erika North. You can listen here

  12. Academy chain to hand over control

    Claire Cottingham

    An academy chain that operates nine primary schools in Sussex and Kent is handing over the responsibility of running them.

    The Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust runs schools in Greenhithe, Sheerness, Folkestone, Hailsham and Newhaven.

    The trust said it was working with the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure plans were in place for pupils for the new academic year in September. Parents were given the news by letter earlier this week.

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    Video caption: Voxes
  13. Travel this afternoon

    Delays in Dover have caused long tailbacks. For more detailed information, visit here.

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  14. Sunshine set to continue through afternoon

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Look South East weather

    It's not quite as warm as yesterday, but still plenty of sunshine. Here's your lunchtime forecast. 

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    Video caption: Sunshine, but not as warm as yesterday
  15. Dover Delays: 'Tourist not terrorist'

    Bob Dale

    This is what you've been saying about the three-hour delays at Dover.

  16. Dover delays: Passengers vent their frustration

    There are currently delays of up to three hours to clear passport controls at the Port of Dover.

    It's due to increased French security checks in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

    These drivers have been venting their frustrations.

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    Video caption: Passengers have been waiting at the Port of Dover for up to three hours
  17. Dover delays: P&O responds

    Passengers have been queuing for up to three hours at Dover.

    Quote Message: We can confirm that additional border checks have been introduced and as a result, passengers are encountering delays. We are doing everything we can to allow passengers to begin their journey as quickly as possible. If passengers miss their allocated ferry, they will be able to board the next available ferry, at no additional cost.” from P&O Ferries spokesman
    P&O Ferries spokesman
  18. New coastal path opened

    It's a hugely ambitious scheme - to open up more than 2,700 miles of paths around the entire UK coastline by 2020.

    The stretch between Ramsgate and Camber has now been officially opened.

    BBC South East Today's Robin Gibson took a walk along part of the 66-mile route. 

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    Video caption: new coastal path opened
  19. Sadiq Khan: You can have my 'senior TfL team'

    Sadiq Khan appearing on The Andrew Marr Show
    Image caption: Mr Khan says he's previously called for the Department for Transport to take control

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he urgently wants to put a Transport for London (TfL) team in charge of Southern's services.

    He is suggesting the takeover as a temporary solution. 

    The company, owned by Govia Thameslink Railway, has cut 341 services from its timetable, following weeks of problems caused by staff shortages, increased sickness levels and industrial action over plans to change the role of conductors.

    Quote Message: Thousands of Londoners and longer-distance commuters simply cannot get to and from work, and are understandably furious....I now offer to go one step further and put my senior TfL team in charge of the Southern franchise until we get a permanent resolution. from Sadiq Khan London Mayor in a letter to Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary
    Sadiq KhanLondon Mayor in a letter to Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary
  20. On this day: A future Wimbledon champion

    Migrant deaths in the Channel, a road tragedy in Medway and a teenage Andy Murray in the Davis Cup. Here's your #onthisday.

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    Video caption: On this day