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  1. Updates on Monday 1 August 2016

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That's it for today...

Claire Cottingham

Thanks for joining us today, we're back tomorrow at 09:00 BST.

In the meantime, you can get in touch by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

First pictures of baby giraffe

Stuart Maisner

Here's the first pictures of a critically endangered female Rothschild giraffe, born last week at Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve.       

Baby giraffe at Port Lympne

Rollercoaster shut for 'essential repairs'

Stuart Maisner

The iconic Scenic Railway in Dreamland in Margate has been closed for "essential repairs". 

Dreamland rollercoaster is closed

Kent's Charlotte Edwards' first game for Southern Vipers ends in injury

Claire Cottingham

Plenty of Kent's women cricketers featured at the Ageas Bowl in Stars v Vipers. 

But there were concern for Kent captain Charlotte Edwards who hurt her neck. More here.

Charlotte Edwards injured
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Charlotte Edwards was down for some time after colliding with Fi Morris

Suits you, sir.

Bob Dale

Today we're remembering the long hot summer of 1976.

BBC Radio Kent's Joe Pocock has been trying some of the fashions for size.

Joe Pocock tries out some 70s fashions

Dreamland scenic railway is closed

South East Today reporter Simon Jones says the iconic scenic railway at Dreamland is shut.

The Scenic Railway at Dreamland in Margate has been closed for a few days for essential repairs.

Scenic railway at Dreamland
Margate scenic railway closed for essential repairs

Brollies at the ready!

Aisling Creevey

It's going to be a wet end to the day. I've got the lunchtime forecast.

weather forecast with Aisling Creevey

Mike Stemp: 'We had nothing left'

Claire Cottingham

Rural crime in Kent is continuing to rise with high value farm vehicles most commonly targeted.

Some farmers say they are seen as a soft target by thieves and are turning to specialists to help protect vital equipment.

Mike Stemp is a farmer from Kent, who was burgled in March.

Mike Stemp was upset about the burglary

Escaped prisoners remain nameless


Fourteen prisoners are on the run from Kent jails, but the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will not release their names. Read the KentOnline report here.

Standford Hill open prison in Eastchurch on Sheppey
Standford Hill open prison in Eastchurch on Sheppey

It's a girl!

Claire Cottingham

Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve has welcomed a critically endangered female Rothschild giraffe calf - the first to be born at the park, near Ashford for eight years.

Baby Rothschild giraffe ventures out for the first time at Port Lympne Reserve
Port Lympne Reserve
Baby Rothschild giraffe ventures out for the first time at Port Lympne Reserve
Giraffe running
Port Lympne Reserve
Baby giraffe jumps for joy
Giraffe in reserve
Port Lympne Reserve

Your memories of the 1976 heatwave

Stuart Maisner

Do you remember the heatwave of 1976? The droughts? The standpipes? The sheer, unending heat? Have you memories of how you coped with (or didn't cope with) the long hot summer?

You can get in touch by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

Memories of the 1976 heatwave

The latest entertainment news

Stuart Maisner

Dame Vera Lynn honoured, Big Brother latest and Rocky Horror in Kent. Here's this week's South East entertainment bulletin.

Latest entertainment news.

Maddie Hinch: 'Rio 2016, meeting Usain Bolt and what I cannot do without'

Claire Cottingham

Holcombe Ladies goalkeeper Maddie Hinch's Olympic experience got off to the best possible start as she met Usain Bolt at Heathrow Airport. Here's her latest column for BBC Sport. 

Maddie Hinch
BBC Sport

Get your brolly ready

BBC Weather

It's looking like rain will hit Kent later this afternoon. For more detailed information visit BBC Weather here.

Weather chart
Rain is likely to reach Kent later

Local newspaper round-up

Newspapers (generic)

Here are the headlines from Kent's local newspapers:

KentOnline: A 55-year-old man has been arrested and bailed following a crash involving three other vehicles.

Kent News: Fire crews were called onto the River Medway on Sunday night after a 25ft cruiser was on fire.

Kent and Sussex Courier: The police helicopter was scrambled in the early hours of this morning to help search for the occupants of a vehicle who went missing following a crash near the world-famous Otford pond.

On this Day...

Claire Cottingham

Protest at Folkestone, Kent man flown back to the UK and a bus is set on fire. Here's today's ‪#‎OnthisDay‬.

On this Day - 1st August

Morning headlines

Claire Cottingham

I've got your top stories in Kent this morning.

3 in 30 with Claire Cottingham

William Harvey Hospital chemo unit delayed reopening


A chemo unit for cancer patients in east Kent will now not reopen until next year. Read the KentOnline report here.

The William Harvey Hospital in Ashford
The William Harvey Hospital in Ashford

'Yes, the person survives, but it could easily mean they don't'

Bob Dale

A recently retired prison officer from Kent says there's now so much violence behind bars he fears an officer is going to be killed.

Last year there was a record number of assaults on staff in England and Wales, while in Kent there were more than 800 attacks in a year.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the former officer told BBC Radio Kent what he and his colleagues faced.

Concerns over rising violence in Kent prisons

This morning's weather

Aisling Creevey

Weather presenter

It's the start of August. But have I got a summer forecast for you?  

This morning's forecast

Good morning from your Kent Live team

Stuart Maisner

We're here until 17:00 BST, with all of Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.

You can get in touch by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

James Pearce took this picture of Broadstairs fireworks - it's our #photooftheday

Fireworks in Broadstairs
James Pearce
Fireworks in Broadstairs