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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 July 2016

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That's all from us

Stuart Maisner

That's all from your Kent Live team for today. Thanks for being there with us.

We're back at 09:00 BST tomorrow.

Remember, if we're missing any news in your area you can tweetemail or send us a message on Facebook.   

What's the weather like tomorrow?

BBC Weather

It's looking it bit rainy in the afternoon on Thursday in Kent.

Weather map

Teenage boy stabbed in Gillingham

A 17-year-old boy has been taken to a London hospital after being stabbed in the stomach in Gillingham High Street. Emergency services were called at 13:45 BST. No arrests have been made. 

Gillingham beat Dartford in pre-season friendly

Claire Cottingham

Gillingham's penultimate pre-season friendly saw a come-from-behind victory against Dartford. 

Ryan Hayes opened the scoring for the Darts, but second half efforts from Joe Quigley and Emmanuel Osadebe won it for the Gills. 

Meanwhile Gillingham have annouced Josh Wright as their new captain. 

BREAKING NEWS: @Joshwright4 appointed as the new #Gills captain, Stuart Nelson vice-captain.

BREAKING NEWS: @Joshwright4 appointed as the new #Gills captain, Stuart Nelson vice-captain.

Meanwhile Dover beat a Millwall XI 2-0 with goals from Ricky Miller and Jamie Grimes. Maidstone drew 1-1 at Leatherhead and Ebbsfleet United were 3-2 winners at Folkestone.  

Video: So, a pony walks into the pub and goes up to the bar...


Mocha the pony managed to sneak in for a pint at The Ascot Arms in Gravesend. Watch KentOnline's video here.

Pony at pub
Mocha the pony in the pub

Kent openers share 203 in victory over Hampshire

Claire Cottingham

Joe Denly who has scored 291 runs in six One Day Cup innings
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Joe Denly has scored 291 runs in six One-Day Cup innings for Kent this season

Joe Denly hit a fine century and Daniel Bell-Drummond made 91 as Kent chased down 230 to beat Hampshire by five wickets in the One-Day Cup.

The Spitfires bowled out the hosts for just 229, with six wickets for Matt Coles. Joe Denly, who hit 105, and Daniel Bell-Drummond with 91 put on a double century opening stand to put them in a winning position. 

A late collapse saw them lose five wickets for 13, but Kent still won. They're up to 3rd in the South group, one win from the remaining two games could be enough to qualify.

Unpaid fines for bringing illegal immigrants into Kent

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

More than £2m worth of fines issued to lorry drivers caught with illegal immigrants hiding in their vehicles has gone unpaid. 

A report by the Home Affairs Select Committee calls the failure to collect the cash "unacceptable". It also says that 40 illegal immigrants a day were found in the Dover area last summer. 

Fines for lorry drivers with illegal immigrants

Charlie Girling death: Family release statement

The family of 12-year-old scout, Charlie Girling, who died while attending a jamboree event in Finland have released a statement.

Charlie Girling
Girling Family
Charlie Girling died in Finland

We are so saddened at the loss of our lovely son, Charlie. He was much loved by us and his brother and sister. We have been overwhelmed by the lovely messages that we have received about Charlie, and how much he was loved by his friends and those who knew him.

Although Charlie’s life was short, he lived life to the full, and we are so sad that he will never fulfil all his dreams. He was a keen footballer, did well at school and enjoyed Scouts and we are so proud of all that he achieved. We will miss his cheeky smile, floppy hair and our goodnight cuddles.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their care, to everyone at Roihu who could not have done more for Charlie and then looked after us so well since, and to the leaders of 1st Aylesford Scout Group and the wider Scouting family for all their help and support."

Helene, Les, Abby and Jack Girling

Lunchtime weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter

Will the weather pick up for the end of the week?

I've got the lunchtime forecast.

The lunchtime weather with Owain Wyn Evans

Kent man swims the length of Lake Geneva

Claire Cottingham

Meet Mark Sheridan who's just become the first British person to swim the length of Lake Geneva.

Kent man swims length of Lake Geneva

Entertainment round up

Stuart Maisner

A friendly Kent giant, stars announced for jazz festival and "the hills are alive" in Canterbury. Here's my showbiz round up.  

The BFG is a box office hit

Stowaways: 'You need to consider making it a criminal offence'

Bob Dale

Millions of pounds in fines imposed on lorry drivers caught with illegal immigrants has gone uncollected.

The Calais "Jungle" has made Dover a hotspot for people smuggling.

Now politicians are demanding tough action against those caught carrying stowaways.

Millions in fines go uncollected

'Dreamland could close', says insolvency expert

Claire Cottingham

Dreamland in Margate has an uncertain future. Investors are owed millions and the company running it is no longer a going concern.

There is a critical meeting between creditors and administrators next week, but Mark Newman, an insolvency expert, says this summer is crucial. 

"Dreamland could close", says insolvency expert

On this Day...

Claire Cottingham

Rejection for a contraflow system, Southern rail ordered to take down website claim and a family speaks of their grief. Here's today's ‪#‎OnThisDay‬.

On This Day for 27 July

Mother of vulnerable boy speaks out

When the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate and the associated Westgate College closed last year it was the end of a local institution - the oldest school of it's kind in the country. 

It also left young people in residential care there without a permanent place to go - despite assurances from the authorities.

Mother of one vulnerable young man

This morning's top stories

Stuart Maisner

The investigation into the death of a young scout, illegal migrants in Dover and a strike ballot for industrial action on the trains. Here's this morning's #3in30

This morning's top stories

This morning's weather

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Will the rain clear this morning in Kent? Here's my forecast.

Here's your weather in Kent this morning

Top stories in today's newspapers


Here's a round-up of the top stories in this morning's local papers:

KentOnline: A woman has been rescued from the sea off Folkestone.  

Kent and Sussex Courier: Fire at pool house in Hadlow.

Kent News: Lorry drivers rack up £2 million of unpaid fines for illegal stowaways.

Tributes paid to scout Charlie Girling

Tributes have been paid to a 12-year-old scout who died at an international jamboree in Finland.

Charlie Girling, of the 1st Aylesford Scouts, collapsed on Sunday at Roihu 2016, near Hämeenlinna.

Charlie had been a Year 7 pupil at Maplesden Noakes School in Maidstone. Headteacher Jane Prideaux said teachers were "deeply shocked and saddened" by his death. Read the full story here.

Headteacher pays tribute to Charlie Girling

Good morning from you Kent Live team

Stuart Maisner

Good morning and welcome to Kent Live.

We'll bring you news, sport and weather updates throughout the day.  

But to kick the day off thank you to Lisa Kalloo who sent us this photo celebrating her birthday on Ramsgate Main Sands yesterday afternoon - it's our #photooftheday. Happy belated birthday Lisa!

Remember, if we're missing any news in your area you can tweetemail or send us a message on Facebook.    

Ramsgate beach
Lisa Kalloo
Lisa Kalloo's birthday celebrations on Ramsgate beach