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  2. Updates from Wednesday 31 August

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Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

That's all for our live reporting for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 09:00 BST.

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Have a lovely evening.

Update: Rix agrees to a 'self-refer'

Dover Town Council have made this statement after footage emerged of their mayor Neil Rix snorting a white substance. 

We are taking this matter very seriously and have asked the Kent Association of Local Councils for advice. The Mayor has agreed to self-refer to the district council’s Monitoring Officer for a possible breach of the Code of Conduct. There may be a criminal investigation, but this is a matter for the police."

Dover Town Council

Newspaper round-up

Stack of newspapers

Here's what Kent's local papers are reporting on today:

Kent Online: Drunk ex-cabbie drove wrong way over Sheppey Crossing

Kent News: Drug dealers jailed after throwing Class A drugs into hedges

Kent and Sussex Courier: BGT auditions comes to Sevenoaks pub

Dover Mayor reported he was being blackmailed to the police

After footage emerged of the Mayor of Dover snorting a white substance, he's spoken briefly to BBC South East Today reporter Simon Jones.

Hamstreet stables fire

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Firefighters are dealing with a fire involving a large quantity of rubbish, undergrowth and bushes in a field next in Marsh Road, Hamstreet, near Ashford. 

Crews are using compressed air foam to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby stables and a trailer.  

Lunchtime headlines

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

A traffic warden run over, a man jailed after cannabis worth an estimated £3.5m is seized, and a drop in dragonfly numbers. I've had a look at today's top stories.

It's officially the last day of summer...

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

But will the fine spell continue? Here's my forecast.

Billings named in England squad

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Kent cricketer Sam Billings has been named in the England T20 squad for the match against Pakistan, which takes place at Old Trafford on Wednesday 7 September.

Sam Billings
Rex Features

England T20 Squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Tymal Mills (Sussex), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Gotta count em' all!

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

The National Trust is asking for help in counting the number of dragonflies in #Kent.

Top of her game

Pam Butcher from Gravesend has made it to the top in table tennis - at the age of 86!

Statement from Dover Town Council

We are aware of a video being posted on YouTube of Neil Rix, Town Mayor of Dover. The video and the circumstances in which it has been posted are ambiguous. We will not allow the current speculation to stand in the way of the work of the Mayor and Dover Town Council."

Caught on camera: Mayor of Dover snorts white substance

The Mayor of Dover has been caught on camera snorting a white substance. 

Councillor Neil Rix told the BBC it happened six or seven years ago.

He told the BBC "People were putting stuff in my drink. I was being blackmailed. I'm glad it's out in the open".

'It could have been sherbet for all I know'

#Dover mayor Neil Rix has insisted he will not resign after being caught on camera snorting a white substance inside a toilet cubicle. 

Footage posted online shows councillor Neil Rix, the mayor of Dover, telling a man to close the door behind him before snorting a substance off a toilet cistern.

Cllr Rix claims he's against drug taking, and that for all he knows it "could have been sherbet".

I was drunk. I was stitched up. People were giving me drink, putting stuff in my drink. I was being blackmailed."

Neil RixMayor of Dover

On this day

Bob Dale

Striking ferry workers, a fire visible for twenty miles and bomb hoaxes in Canterbury - here's what was making headlines one, three and five years ago, with #onthisday

Traffic warden run over by driver

A traffic warden was mown down by a motorist who had just been given a parking ticket.

David Drury said the car, which had been parked on a zebra crossing, mounted the pavement, lifting him on to the bonnet on Isle of Sheppey.

Police issued images of a motorist taken by the traffic warden's body-worn camera who they want to speak to. Read the full story here.

Body-worn camera images of man police want to speak to after traffic warden was mown down
Kent Police

It should stay warm and bright today

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

Good news for everyone still enjoying the school summer holidays. Here's my forecast.

'Someone threw a bridge in front of me'

Motorcyclist Jim Shaw, 73, who survived the M20 bridge collapse, spoke exclusively to the BBC's Brihony Williams from his hospital bed.

It's a beautiful day

Claire Cottingham

Kent Live

It might be the last day of August, but hopefully summer's here for a little while longer yet.

We'll be keeping you updated with the county's news until 17:00 BST. If there's something we should know about, please get in touch by tweetingemailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

And here's a nice way to kick off the day. Here's our #photooftheday - Margate by Lucy Goode.

The Lido in Margate
Lucy Goode