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  1. Updates on Friday 29 July 2016

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Goodbye from Kent Live

Bob Dale

That's it from Kent Live today, thanks for joining us.

We're back on Monday from 09:00 BST, with all of Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

You can contact us by tweetemail or send us a message on Facebook.

Have a great weekend.

Woman and boy 'steal cancer girl's money'

The woman and teenage boy are seen stealing the money

A woman and a teenage boy have been caught on CCTV stealing money from a charity box set up to help a teenager who has been given two years to live.

Kelly Turner, who lives in Dover, has a rare form of cancer and her family need £1m to pay for specialist treatment in America. 

The charity money was taken from a newsagents in Hythe.

On This Day

Stuart Maisner

Attempts to make the Kent Test "tutor proof", a man spending four weeks in a coma, and huge lorries driving through the countryside. #OnThisDay in Kent.

On this day...

What's the weather like tomorrow?

BBC Weather

It's looking like it will be overcast yet warm tomorrow in Kent. For a more detailed forecast visit here.

Weather chart

Yobs throw stones at parked foreign trucks



The boss of a Luxembourg-based haulage company has criticised yobs who chucked stones through the window of a parked lorry on an industrial estate. Read the KentOnline report here.

The damage caused to the lorry
The damage caused to the lorry

Spitfires back in T20 action

Kent go to Surrey in their final T20 Blast group game this evening, but their chances of making the quarter finals look to be over.

Essex's victory over Middlesex last night saw them move into 4th spot in the Southern Group with one game still to play.

The Spitfires need a huge victory to boost their run rate, whilst hoping other results also go in their favour if they are to qualify.

Commentary of that match on BBC Radio Kent medium wave and DAB from 18:30 BST as well as online here.

Kent in T20 action
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Kent Spitfires in T20 action

Lunchtime weather forecast

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

What's the weather up to for the weekend? Here's my latest forecast. 

Elizabeth Rizzini's weather

Dover: Will there be more traffic chaos?

Bob Dale

The authorities in Dover are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst, after last weekend's horrendous tailbacks along the M20 and M2.

Preparations for traffic problems at the Port of Dover

BBC Radio Kent presenter in Big Brother house

Stuart Maisner

BBC Radio Kent presenter James Whale became one of 15 celebrities last night to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house. 

On entering the Channel 5 reality show house he said: "I've always been the person who was picked when they couldn't get the person they always wanted and that suited me fine.

"I'm going into the house for the rest and the money".

James Whale
"I'm going into the house for the rest and the money"

Helicopter footage of migrants on boat

Stuart Maisner

Robert Stilwell and Mark Stribling were caught smuggling 18 Albanians into the UK on a small boat. 

Watch footage from the helicopter as their plan was foiled.

The Albanians were found in the English Channel

'Proud, privileged and excited'

Claire Cottingham

New Gillingham captain Josh Wright has been speaking to BBC Radio Kent. 

'Proud, privileged and excited'

Medway A&E corridors are used to treat 12,000 patients

Mark Norman

BBC South East Health Correspondent

We can reveal that as many as 12,000 people a year are treated in the corridors of the A&E department at Medway Maritime Hospital. Here's my exclusive report.  

Thousands of people are treated in Medway Maritime's corridors

Two men jailed for smuggling 18 Albanians into Britain

Two men have each been jailed for more than four years for smuggling 18 Albanian migrants into the UK.

They were caught as the group, including two children, were rescued from their sinking inflatable boat a mile-and-a-half off Kent in May.

Immigration officials said the Albanians were in a "perilous" state without life jackets and facing potential death. Read the BBC News story here.

Rigid-hulled inflatable boat
Kent Police
The rigid-hulled inflatable boat had started to sink off Dymchurch, Kent, as rescuers helped the boatmen and 18 Albanians to safety

Dover: Preparing for gridlock

Bob Dale

More than 50,000 two-litre bottles of water have been delivered to Dover Coastguard by Kent County Council.

The water will be distributed to motorists if there's a repeat of last week's traffic hold-ups at the Port of Dover.

Water bottles
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Water bottles are being stockpiled in case of traffic problems at Dover this weekend

Local newspaper round-up


Here are the top stories from Kent's local papers this morning:

KentOnline: Divers find ID card belonging to Mariola Cudworth, known as Mika, a year after she was killed by husband Jon Cudworth

KentNews: Gravesend business raided in £1.4m fuel fraud investigation

Kent and Sussex Courier: A newsagent in Hythe has described thieves who stole money raised for a terminally ill teenager as "disgusting"

GP offers 'gardening therapy'

Bob Dale

A GP's surgery near Ashford is offering its patients "gardening therapy".

It helps them stay healthy and prevents social isolation.

You can hear more this weekend on Sunday Gardening with Andy Garland, on BBC Radio Kent from 08:00 BST, or listen again here from Monday.

A GP practice near Ashford offers patients gardening to stay fit

This morning's Kent headlines

Stuart Maisner

Calls for rail strike talks, laser pens and a Kent Big Brother contestant. Here's this mornings top stories. #3in30 

This morning's headlines

What's the outlook for the weekend?

Elizabeth Rizzini

After a dull start, will things pick up?

I've got the forecast for the weekend.

The weather forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini

Thousands treated in Medway A&E corridors

Stuart Maisner

We can reveal that as many as 12,000 people a year are treated in the corridors of the A&E department at the Medway Maritime Hospital.

12,000 per year treated in Medway A&E corridors

What's it like for a pilot when a laser pen is shone at a plane?

Bob Dale

There were nearly 100 cases of laser pens aimed at pilots flying into Gatwick and Heathrow this year.

This demonstration uses a laser pen surrendered to police at Gatwick Airport.

A demonstration of a high-powered laser pen

Good morning from Kent Live

Bob Dale

Good morning from your Kent Live team for today.

We're here till 17:00 BST.

You can contact us by tweetemail or send us a message on Facebook.

Lucy Goode got in touch with us on Facebook, and sent us this picture of Dumpton Gap in Broadstairs - it's our #photooftheday.

Dumpton Park, Broadstairs
Lucy Goode
Dumpton Park, Broadstairs