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  1. Updates on Wednesday 26 October

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That's it from us

That's it from us at Kent Live today.

We'll be back with more live coverage from 06:00 BST tomorrow.

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'The death penalty should be reinstated'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A man who murdered two of his housemates in Canterbury has been sentenced to life and was told he'll serve at least 30 years.

ICYMI: Kent skier aims for quarter finals

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A Kent skier has been selected for the GB team to compete in the 2017 Universiade - the equivalent of the Winter Olympics for university students. 

Laurence Willows is a former pupil of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Dartford and is the British Number One in Skicross. 

In February next year he'll compete against many of the world's best young skiers in Kazakhstan. 

'There are fires everywhere'

Peter Whittlesea

I've watched the Jungle grow bigger over the years - now I'm witnessing its destruction.

Hold off on the central heating!

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Temperatures are holding up! Here's my forecast.

ICYMI: Former One Direction star in Union row

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The University of Kent's student union has been heavily criticised and ridiculed on social media over a Black History Month campaign involving Zayn Malik.  

Severe disruption: A259 Kent both ways

BBC Travel

A259 Kent both ways severe disruption, between Rye Road and Camber Road.

A259 Kent - A259 blocked in both directions between the Rye Road junction in Brookland and the Camber Road junction in East Guldeford, because of an overturned vehicle.

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Fire breaks out in the Jungle camp as migrants prepare to leave while the authorities start to demolish the site on 26 October 2016 in Calais, France

France says Calais "Jungle" camp clearance is complete but charities warn minors have nowhere to go.

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Jungle demolition: 'Mission accomplished'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As officials in Calais declare the demolition of the Jungle "mission accomplished", fires have replaced the tents and shelters.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent southbound

BBC Travel

M20 Kent southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A228 Leybourne.

M20 Kent - M20 lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic coastbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a broken down lorry.

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University of Kent and Kent Union apologise for campaign material

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A university student union has apologised after backlash on social media for using Zayn Malik and Sadiq Khan to front its Black History Month campaign.

Kent Union came under fire on social media for picking the One Direction star and the London Mayor, with students and critics raising concerns that that neither is what they described as black and both come from British Pakistani families.

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Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J5 M26, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Kent rugby player gets international call

Matt Cole

Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

Medway’s Rachael Burford has been recalled to the England squad for their autumn internationals.

England play France, New Zealand and Canada in the Old Mutual Wealth series at Twickenham, as well as an away match against Ireland next month.

The 30-year-old centre returns to the squad after being left out of the Sevens side for the Rio Olympics.

England international rugby player Rachel Burford
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BreakingMan jailed for 30 years after murdering two people

Foster Christian, 54, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering Natasha Sadler-Ellis and Simon Gorecki in Canterbury in March.

Kent skier aims for quarter finals

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A Kent skier has been selected for the GB team to compete in the 2017 Universiade - the equivalent of the Winter Olympics for university students. Laurence Willows is a former pupil of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Dartford and is is the British Number One in Skicross. 

Fires everywhere in the jungle

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Our cameraman Andrew Marshall has tweeted this video as the fires spread in Calais. 

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It's dry and mild

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After the early fog cleared it's turned in to a lovely day out there.   

Fire at the Jungle, 25 Oct

Fires rage across the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, amid a clearance operation.

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'I've seen 15 fires breakout'

Peter Whittlesea

Reporting in Calais

Fires are breaking out in Calais as tensions rise during the demolition of the migrant camp.

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Do you recognise this man?

Officers investigating a reported sexual assault in Gravesend have released a computer generated image of a man they would like to speak with.

Police say the man boarded a bus and sat next to a woman. While he was sat next to her he is reported to have inappropriately touched her. 

 The man officers would like to speak with is described as being of Asian appearance and approximately 5ft 6ins tall. 

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Fires in the 'Jungle'

Simon Jones

Reporter, BBC South East Today

I'm in Calais this morning and it seems most of this street has been torched overnight. 

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Former One Direction star in Union row

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The University of Kent's student union has been heavily criticised and ridiculed on social media over a Black History Month campaign involving Zayn Malik.

What happened #onthisday?

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Postal scams at an all-time high, help for tinnitus sufferers and mental health services stretched.

I've had a look at the stories happening #onthisday one, three and five years ago.

'It will save lives'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

It's hoped a new helipad at a London hospital will help save the lives of thousands of patients in the South East.

Kent Union in Black History Month row

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A student union has come under harsh criticism after it appointed former One Direction singer Zayn Malik as one of the faces of its Black History Month. 

People have taken to social media questioning if the pop star should be included in the campaign, as Malik who has Pakistani heritage

The union has also used the face of Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, who was born in London to Pakistani immigrants.   

Other names on the list include Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Trevor McDonald.

We're awaiting a response from the union, but its president has posted a statement on Facebook.

First of all, I want to apologise on behalf of Kent Union to any individuals who were upset, uncomfortable or offended by the image shared. There was no intent for this to happen and I am very sorry to anybody who felt this way. Whilst we made every effort to include black & minority ethnic students on the planning for the month, clearly, we haven’t got it right on this occasion."

Rory Murray,President, Kent Union
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They've got the X Factor

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Four children from Kent joined a superstar on stage this week.  

BreakingSouthern dispute: New strike ballot

The RMT union is balloting Southern Rail drivers over strike action, and action short of a strike, as part of the continuing dispute over Driver Only Operation.

The union will be calling for a massive YES vote as we step up the pressure on GTR/Southern to abandon their high-risk plans.”

Mick CashGeneral Secretary, RMT

UPDATE: Rochester fire

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Kent Fire and Rescue is warning locals to keep their windows and doors shut after a huge warehouse fire in Rochester.

They say the fire is now surrounded and crews are making good progress on extinguishing it. 

Kent Police are at the scene as malicious ignition is suspected. 

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Kent's headlines

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The 'Jungle' demolition continues, South East air ambulances able to land at a London hospital, and Buckmore Park remembers Henry Surtees. 

I've been looking at the top stories across Kent this morning.

BreakingFire in Rochester warehouse

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Around 30 firefighters are dealing with a warehouse fire at a shipyard in Rochester. 

Six fire engines arrived at the building on Gas House Road at 05:30 BST. It contains paint and oil and there's asbestos in the roof. 

Locals are being asked to keep their windows and doors shut as a precaution, as the smoke plume is drifting over the Medway City Estate and Wainscott areas. 

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and intermittent lane closures on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. Congestion to J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange).

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Born Free to benefit from War Horse creator

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A new children's play, called Running Wild - written by War Horse creator Michael Morpurgo - is about to take to the stage in Canterbury to benefit the Born Free Foundation.  

'It was pretty wild and desperate'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A 94-year-old Folkestone RAF veteran of the Normandy landings has been presented with the Legion D'Honneur by the French government.

It's not looking bad weather-wise

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

After a gloomy start, the prospects for Wednesday are good.

Here's my forecast.

Good morning

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

We'll be here until 22:00 BST with all the news, travel, weather and sport for the county.

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