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  2. Updates from Tuesday 6 September

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham and Bob Dale

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Good night

Bob Dale

That's all for our live coverage from Kent today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 06:00 BST with more updates.

If you'd like to get in touch with us, you can find us on TwitterFacebook, or send us an email.

Paedophile trapped by vigilantes

A paedophile was caught at Bluewater, by vigilantes who posed online as an 11-year-old girl to snare him. He's admitted a child sex offence in court.

Vannessa Cuddeford reports.

Grammar leak: analysis from our Political Editor

Helen Catt

Political Editor, BBC South East

Up until now it's just been really reports and rumours. What this photograph has done is suggest that opening new grammar schools is being seriously considered within government.

It has instantly reignited all the range of reactions that the grammar school debate provokes.

The National Union of Teachers has accused Theresa May of taking education back to the 1950s. Jeremy Corbyn raised the spectre of the return of unpopular secondary moderns.

Many Kent MPs are supporters of grammars - some I've spoken to today are pleased with this development. Gareth Johnson in Dartford told me he believes they help social mobility. 

But the Department for Education remains tight-lipped.

We are looking at a range of options to allow more children to access a school that lets them rise as far as their talents will take them. Policies on education will be set out in due course and it would be inappropriate to comment further on internal government documents"

Department for Education

Grammar leak: New schools planned

The Government is planning to open new grammar schools, according to a document signed by the Department for Education's most senior civil servant. 

Here's what we know:

Sean Dickson

Promotion hopefuls Kent are bowled out for just 230 on day one of their home Championship game against Northants.

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Paralympics: 'It's not quite hit home yet'

Stuart Maisner

Let's meet two more of our South East Paralympians about to compete in Rio - judo's Natalie Greenhough from Crawley and table tennis player Will Bayley from Tunbridge Wells.

Ambulances 'facing high levels of demand'

Health bosses in Medway write to all GPs in the area asking them not to call the ambulance service unless absolutely necessary.  

Get the full story here.

Seacamb ambulance

Pilot's war images developed 100 years on

These old photos have just been printed after more than 100 years.  

Captain William Chambers died aged 21 in a routine reconnaissance mission over France in May 1918 and his pictures never surfaced.

The images depict daily life for pilots and include aerial shots over Kent. Read the full story here.

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M2 accident: Severe delays

One lane is closed, and there are severe delays on the coastbound M2, between J5 and J6, due to an accident.

For regular updates on the situation, go to the BBC Travel website.

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Construction work at the site of the camp.

Paris announces plans to open its first refugee camp in October while another projected centre for asylum seekers is set alight near the French capital.

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Tough stance on school uniform involves police



Police car

Police have intervened at a Kent school after parents protested their children had been sent home from school because of problems with their uniform. More from KentOnline here

Warm and humid afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's muggy out there, but we can expect some sunshine over the next few days. 

British Airways apologises to delayed passengers

Passengers at Gatwick have been affected by delays after an IT glitch affected check-in desks.

The airline said passengers were able to check in at Gatwick and Heathrow airports "although it is taking longer than usual". It advised passengers to check in online.  

Read the latest story here.

Passengers at Heathrow airport

ICYMI: Football club's mystery M20 bridge collapse bride found

In case you missed it, this was a great story. 

A mystery bride photographed with a football team while stranded on the M20 after the bridge collapse has come forward.

Friends interrupted her honeymoon to tell her she had made headlines. The full story is here.

Bride with football team by side of M20.
Ted Matthewson

Kent looking to boost promotion chances

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

After an impressive performance by Kent last week when they beat Sussex by an innings and 127 runs inside three days, they now welcome Northamptonshire to Canterbury.

You can listen to the full commentary here

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Pilot's war images taken in Kent developed 100 years on

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Photographs taken by a British fighter pilot during World War One which lay undeveloped for nearly 100 years have gone on show at a museum.

Captain William Chambers died aged 21 in a routine reconnaissance mission over France in May 1918 and his pictures never surfaced. The images depict daily life for pilots and include aerial shots over Kent.

Here is an aerial image of military headquarters at Dover Castle

Dover Castle
Richard Chambers

Balls talks Strictly

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

Don't miss Ed Balls talking all things Strictly tonight on BBC Radio Kent's drive time with Dominic King tonight.

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Secamb ambulance

Health bosses in Medway write to all GPs in the area asking them not to call the ambulance service unless absolutely necessary.

Read more

Canterbury Cathedral face-lift is almost complete...

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

The look of Canterbury Cathedral will be changing over the next couple of weeks. 

Scaffolding which has covered the South West Transept will gradually come down revealing seven years of painstaking work on the Great South Window. 

Local newspaper round-up

Newspapers (generic)

Here are the headlines from Kent's local papers:

KentOnline: A massive search and rescue operation, that was launched after two children were seen playing in the sea, has been called off after they were found safe.

KentNews: A man on crutches has had cash and a mobile phone stolen during a robbery in Sittingbourne.

Kent and Sussex Courier: Shocking images have emerged after a horror crash on the A21 at Hurst Green that left a young woman seriously injured.


Bob Dale

Thousands raised for drowned triathlete, a woman sent other people's tax details by mistake, and fears for the safety of a ship full of explosives. They all happened #onthisday.

Your top stories this morning

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

I've had a look at the main headlines in Kent this morning, which include an update on Calais, Ambulance shortage and another RMT strike.

Here's how your drive to work is looking...

BBC Travel

There are no major disruptions on the roads this morning. For more detailed information visit the BBC Travel website here.

BBC Travel map

Will you need your suncream or a brolly?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Here's your weather forecast for Kent this morning.

ICYMI: 'It was like a bomb exploding in my face'

Bob Dale

Six weeks after he was caught in a petrol fire, leaving him with 30% burns, the MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey has returned to work.

Now Gordon Henderson is warning others not to repeat his mistake of throwing petrol on a bonfire.

Good morning

Claire Cottingham

Local Live reporter

We'll have all the news, travel and sport updates you need up to 22:00 BST. 

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Anthony Messett captures this moment, of trees seeming to float in the mist, in Tenterden. It's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Trees in the mist
Anthony Messett