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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 August 2016

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  1. That's it from us

    Stuart Maisner

    That's all from your Kent Live team for today. Thanks for joining us. We're back at 09:00 BST tomorrow. We hope you can join us.

    Remember you can get in touch with us and send us your pictures and videos by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.  

  2. Southern: '60% of full timetable to run' during strike

    Stuart Maisner

    Southern says it expects to be able to run 60% of its full timetable during next week's five-day RMT union strike, starting on Monday.   

    Parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) wants to use new trains where the driver operates the doors using CCTV, but the union fears job losses and has raised safety fears about the move.  

    Southern train
    Image caption: Southern hope to run 60% of its full timetable during next week's strike
  3. 'It's not a merger, it's a collaboration'

    Bob Dale

    The South East's troubled ambulance service, SECAmb, could be merged with another trust.

    The possibility's been raised at a meeting of the trust's senior staff and its board of governors.

    There's already a plan in place for SECAmb to "learn" from the South Central Ambulance service which covers Hampshire and the Thames Valley area.

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    Video caption: SECAmb's acting chief executive outlines collaboration with another ambulance trust
  4. Roger Daltrey on a steam train!

    Stuart Maisner

    The Who frontman and steam train enthusiast Roger Daltrey has opened a new restaurant and station facilities on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway at Dungeness. 

    Our reporter Jane Witherspoon has been to meet him. More on BBC South East Today at 18:30 BST on BBC One.   

  5. Creditors' meeting called at Dreamland

    Stuart Maisner

    Margate's Dreamland amusement park has racked up debts of more than £14m and is likely to end up being sold, according to administrators. You can read our story here.  

    A creditors' meeting has been called by administrators on Thursday.  

    Roller coaster in Dreamland
    Image caption: Dreamland has debts of more than £14m

    A spokesman for Thanet District Council said: "The meeting is a normal part of any administration process and does not affect daily operations of Dreamland, which is open for business as usual. The council has been provided with assurances that there is a bright future for Dreamland." 

  6. 'Jungle' ruling overturned

    The Home Office has won its appeal against a landmark ruling allowing four Syrian refugees living in the so called "Jungle" camp in Calais to come to Britain.

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    Video caption: The Home Office has won its "Jungle" appeal
  7. Police concern over mental health workload

    Mental health infographic

    Unprecedented levels of detentions under the Mental Health Act in Kent have led police and crime commissioner (PCC) Matthew Scott to set up a review. 

    He has said about a third of Kent Police time is now spent dealing with cases involving mental health when it is not necessarily the right response. 

  8. It's wet out there

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    A cool and wet start for August. Here's my latest forecast.

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    Video caption: Georgina Burnett's weather
  9. Driver denies charge in Westerham Costa Christmas tragedy

    Bob Dale

    An 87-year-old man has denied killing a woman on Christmas Eve when his car crashed into a Costa Coffee shop in Westerham.

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    Video caption: David Lord denies causing death by dangerous driving
  10. On this day...one, three, five years ago

    Stuart Maisner

    Operation Stack is finally lifted, drilling begins for oil in Sussex and a unique wedding in a treehouse. On this day...one, three, five years ago. 

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    Video caption: On This Day
  11. Ambulance trust may merge

    BBC South East Today's health correspondent, Mark Norman, has some news about South East Coast Ambulance Service...

  12. Mental health detentions: 'I remember covering my ears all the time'

    Stuart Maisner

    Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner says he's concerned by the number of times that officers are having to detain people under the Mental Health Act. 

    Suzanne Williams had to spend a night in a police cell after suffering a mental breakdown because no hospital beds were available.

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    Video caption: Mental health patient
  13. Did you know...? 1976 heatwave facts

    August may have got off to a bit of a dreary start but 40 years ago Kent was in the grip of a gruelling heatwave and drought.

    There were standpipes on the streets, a hosepipe ban and a Minister for Drought was appointed.

    Here are three things you may not have known about the heatwave of 1976.  

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    Video caption: 1976 heatwave facts
  14. Man denies killing woman in Christmas Eve Costa crash

    David Lord
    Image caption: David Lord has pleased not guilty

    An 87-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to killing a woman who died when his car ploughed into a coffee shop.

    David Lord, from Westerham, denied causing Valerie Deakin's death by dangerous driving in Kent on Christmas Eve.

    Ms Deakin, 74, of Udimore, East Sussex, died when Mr Lord's Audi crashed into the Westerham branch of Costa.

    Valerie Deakin who died after the crash on Christmas Eve
    Image caption: Valerie Deakin was sitting near the window at the Costa coffee shop on Christmas Eve

    Mr Lord was given unconditional bail at Maidstone Crown Court but no date has yet been set for his trial.

    Two men and two women were taken to hospital after the crash. Another woman was treated for minor injuries.  

  15. It's a girl!

    You've got to see this.

    A critically endangered female Rothschild giraffe, born last week at Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve near Ashford, takes her first steps.

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    Video caption: Baby giraffe at Port Lympne
  16. The cloud remains...

    BBC Weather

    It looks like the sun will not be making an appearance in Kent today. For a more detailed forecast click here.

    Weather chart
    Image caption: No chance of sunshine today
  17. Health bosses tackle staff recruitment issue

    Mark Norman

    BBC South East Health Correspondent

    I've been to Medway Maritime Hospital to see how they appear to be successfully tackling the problem.

    The trust had been heavily criticised by regulators for putting patients at risk by relying on agency staff.

    At times last year they had a vacancy rate of 65%, but today the rate is just 23% - and they're aiming for a 10% rate by the end of this year. 

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    Video caption: Medway Maritime tackling recruitment problem
  18. Dreamland operator has debts 'over £14m'

    Margate's Dreamland amusement park has racked up debts of more than £14m and is likely to end up being sold, according to administrators. You can read our story here.

    Meanwhile, the park's iconic Scenic Railway has been closed for a few days for essential repairs. Here are some facts about the ride.

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    Video caption: Dreamland rollercoaster is closed
  19. Local newspaper round-up

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

    KentOnline: Senior nurse Hester Wilson, from Kennington, spared jail for affair with inmate at Maidstone Prison

    Kent News: Campaigners opposed to the weapons industry in Kent are set to cycle across the county in protest this weekend

    Kent and Sussex Courier: Details of two people arrested in relation to an air weapon shooting in Rochester last night have been released by Kent Police

  20. Police raid flat after 'air gun shooting'

    Bob Dale

    This is the dramatic moment police raided a flat in John Street, Rochester, just after 17:00 BST on Monday.

    It followed reports of an air gun being fired at people. A man and a woman sustained minor injuries, and two men were arrested.

    Footage by Paul Mizon.

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    Video caption: Police raid a property in Medway after reports of an air gun shooting