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  1. Updates on Wednesday 21 September

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It's goodnight from us

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thank you for joining us today. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 06:00 BST.

Remember you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or send us an email.  

And that's how it finished...

Gillingham went down 5-0 against Spurs.

Here's what the club had to say.

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Another nice autumn day on the cards?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Will tomorrow be as pleasant as today? Here's my forecast.

Spurs take five-goal leads against the Gills

Here's what the club tweeted.

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'Her children...they shouldn't have seen it'

Eyewitnesses describe how a woman with stab wounds fled a burning house in Broadstairs this morning.

Calais: Truck swerves as migrants try to slow lorries
Migrants are seen putting obstacles in the road, causing a lorry to swerve, on a Calais motorway.

Spurs take the lead against Gillingham

The club has just tweeted this.

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Calais migrants clash with police

Migrants trying to make their way to Britain from Calais clashed with French riot police today.

Police tried to disperse migrants trying to make their way to the approach road for Calais port. 

Entertainment round-up

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton festival names its new director, Gemma Arterton has a new film, and there's an acclaimed play in Sussex. 

Here's a look at the showbiz news.  

Here are the teams

The game is underway as Gillingham take on Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Here's the team news.

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Kent newspaper headlines

Kent Online: Maidstone: Fire behind Tesco Express on A229 Loose Road

Kent News: This is how Kent and south east London’s rail lines could look under Transport for London control

Kent and Sussex Courier: Tunbridge Wells set for only exclusive vinyl shop in west Kent

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Darren Stevens

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Perth

Darren Stevens' unbeaten 107 gives Kent the upper hand on day two of their Division Two match with champions Essex.

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G4S Medway unit: Seven charged over 'abuse' at young offenders centre

Seven further people have been charged following reports of abusive behaviour at a young offenders centre in Kent.

Police began an investigation after BBC Panorama broadcast behind-the-scenes footage from the Rochester-based centre in January.

The seven men were charged with either taking photographs inside the prison or misconduct in public office. Read the full story here.

G4S in Medway
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It's nearly time...

Gillingham are taking on Spurs at White Hart Lane tonight.

Here's the view the players will get when they step onto the pitch.

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Councillor ordered to make public apology for Sadiq Khan comment

A UKIP councillor who posted the comment "Anyone but a Muslim" on a social media site during Sadiq Khan's campaign to become London Mayor has been suspended from all Thanet District Council committees for six months.

Cllr Sarah Larkins has also been ordered to resign as Deputy Mayor of Ramsgate.

She issued an unreserved apology in March, after publishing the comment on Facebook, but has now been ordered to prepare "an unequivocal public apology for her conduct."

Police in road safety project

Police forces in the South East are holding a day of action to try to improve safety on the roads.

It's part of Project Edward (European Day Without A Road Death), which aims to have a total of zero road fatalities in Europe on that day.  

It comes after 125 fatalities across the South East last year. 

Justin Edinburgh: 'Draw couldn't have been better'

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

It will be a bit like David vs Goliath tonight when Gillingham travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur in their EFL Cup third-round tie. 

The last time the two sides faced each other was in 1982. Spurs won 4-2 at Priestfield.

But Gills boss Justin Edinburgh says he couldn't have asked for a better tie than to come up against his former club. 

Charges in Medway G4S investigation

Police investigating reports of abusive behaviour alleged to have taken place at a secure training facility in Medway have now charged a total of eight people.

Peter Scott, 29, of Goodwood Crescent, Gravesend, has been charged with taking photographs and making recordings inside a prison contrary to the Prison Act.

Anthony James Dance, 26, of Hailsham, Christopher Lomax, 34, of Timbertops, Chatham, James Beech, 26, of Chilton Avenue, Sittingbourne, Jonathan Kane, 34, of Stratford Lane, Gillingham, Matthew Cunningham, 35, of Megby Close, Gillingham, and Gareth Evans, 25, of Tintagel Gardens, Rochester, have all been charged with misconduct in a public office.

Evans will appear before magistrates on 18 October. Scott is due to appear on 19 October. The remaining 5 men will appear before magistrates on 25 October.

G4S in Medway
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Police also arrested three men and two women. They have all been released without charge.

One person remains on bail pending further enquiries. A 25-year-old man from Oxfordshire arrested in connection with the investigation remains on police bail until 3 November.

On 13 July Rebecca Harold, 24, of Grecian Street in Maidstone, was charged with common assault. She has been released on bail and appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on 23 August. She is due back before Magistrates on 26 October.

Have you seen Brian Warrington?

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Kent Police want to speak to Brian Warrington in connection with an assault. 

Brian Warrington
Kent Police

He is believed to have connections in Dartford and Gravesend.

If you know where he is call 101, quoting Most Wanted and crime reference XY/36111/16.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.  

Man jailed after falling asleep on M20

A man who fell asleep at the wheel and caused a head-on collision on the M20 in Kent has been jailed for two and a half years. 

Krzysztof Stopko drove the wrong way along the motorway for two miles, before the collision in April. 

M20 collision
Phil Haslam

The 35 year old was on his way back from Poland to his home in Basingstoke in Hampshire when he crashed into a Skoda Fabia and two people inside were injured.

Stopko told Canterbury Crown Court he hadn't slept for 49 hours.

Krzysztof Stopko
Kent Police

'We're the first company in the country where customers pay for the water they've used'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Southern Water is defending its record, despite being named the worst performing company in the UK, with 16,000 written complaints last year.

Upset on the cards?

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh says an upset could be on the cards tonight when they face his former club Spurs.

The Gills will travel to White Hart Lane to meet the Premier League side in a 20:00 BST kick-off.

Former French president and hopeful candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party in 2017 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy (C) flanked by Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart (L) and LR party member Francois Baroin, gestures as he speaks in Calais' town hall, northern France, on 21 September 2016

French presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy says he will force the UK to take responsibility for thousands of migrants in the Calais "Jungle",

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Children

Kent County Council says its demand for foster carers is "reaching crisis point" partly due to the number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum.

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Broadstairs assault - update from Kent Police

A woman and two children have been taken to hospital after an assault in Broadstairs this morning.

Police were called at 07:50 BST to Albion Road.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Kent Police says it is not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and it is believed the arrested man and the injured people are known to each other.

Albion Road remains closed at its junctions with Sowell Street and Church Street.

Broadstairs assault police and fire engine
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BreakingeasyJet pilots vote for strike action

Pilots at easyJet have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over fatigue, but talks are planned to try to resolve the row, said union Balpa. 

Ayo Obileye

Dover Athletic sign defender Ayo Obileye from fellow National League side Eastleigh on a two-month loan deal.

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Police concerned about missing teenager

Police are concerned about the welfare of missing 15-year-old Edward Little from Lancing.

He was last seen leaving a property in Sandwich on Thursday at 15:30 BST to catch a train. It's thought he could be in the Worthing, Lancing or Brighton area.

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 92 of 16/09.

Edward Little
Sussex Police

Entertainment round up

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The Brighton festival names its new director, Gemma Arterton has a new film, and there's an acclaimed play in Sussex. 

Here's a look at the showbiz news.  

What does the weather have in store for us this afternoon?

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

It's not been a bad day so far and the sun is expected to keep shining.

Here's your forecast.

BreakingPlans to contest Operation Stack lorry park

Stanford Parish Council believes it has 'reasonable grounds' to mount a Judicial Review against the planned Operation Stack lorry park in the village.

Chairman Matthew Webb says they met lawyers on Monday to discuss the action.

He says they now need to raise about £35,000 to launch the action.

The Big Grammar Debate

BBC Radio Kent will be hosting this debate in Canterbury next month.

If you want to get involved, contact the email address below. #grammardebate

Grammar Debate graphic
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Three guilty of 'horrific' Chatham kidnap

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Three people have been found guilty of kidnap after a woman was bundled into a car and beaten with a baseball bat, knuckleduster and dog chain.

Kasawayne Williams, 19, of Peckham Park Road, Peckham, George Emmett, 18 of Lakeside Close, Sidcup and Sheneqwa Delpratt, 20 of New Paragon Walk, Walworth have been convicted after a two week trial at Maidstone Crown Court. 

Maidstone Crown Court
BBC

The victim arranged to meet Emmett in Hopewell Drive, Chatham on 1 April 2016 to discuss money she was owed. She was then forced into a car, bound with duct tape and driven to London. 

She was told she owed Wiliams £2,000 and if she didn't pay him he would kill her family. 

The victim was threatened with a gun,and beaten with a metal baseball bat.

She was later dumped by Nunhead railway station and found by a member of the public. 

Williams, Emmett and Sheneqwa will be sentenced on 3 October 2016. 

These are quite possibly the most callous acts of violence I have ever investigated in 15 years as a police officer. It is a truly shocking case. [The victim] could have very easily died after being subjected to such serious and sustained attacks. I would like to praise the tremendous courage she has displayed throughout this whole ordeal.

Detective Constable Matthew LincolnKent Police

Broadstairs assault: Man arrested

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

A man is under arrest in connection with an assault on three people in Broadstairs. 

Two of them, including a woman, are being treated for stab wounds.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else and it is believed the group are known to each other.

Albion Road is closed at the junctions with Sowell Street and Church Street.

Bogus caller warning

Lauren Moss

BBC Live reporter

Police investigating a burglary in Hythe have released a computer generated image of a man they'd like to speak to.

It's reported a man tricked his way into a house on Kingfisher Avenue on 13 September at 09:45 BST saying he had to test the water supply. 

After he'd left it was noticed a quantity of jewellery had been stolen.  

E-fit of Hythe suspect
Kent Police

Anyone with information about the incident should call Kent Police on 01843 222 289 quoting reference ZY/32494/16.  

ICYMI: 'Trying to get a job with a conviction is very hard'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

How difficult is it to find work when you've been convicted of a crime? 

Unlock, a Kent charity, says too many employers are discriminating against ex-offenders.  

Justin Edinburgh: Gillingham boss says facing Tottenham has 'always been a goal'

Gillingham boss and former Tottenham defender Justin Edinburgh says managing a team against his old club "has always been an ambition" for him.

The 46-year-old spent a decade at Spurs, making 279 appearances, and has been in charge of the League One side for almost 18 months.

The Gills go to White Hart Lane tonight in the EFL Cup third round.  

Justin Edinburgh
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