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  1. Our live coverage has now ended
  2. Updates on Wednesday 30 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Stuart Maisner and Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night from Kent Live

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it from us for another day, do join us tomorrow to do it all over again.

    We'll be back from 06:00 GMT with all the news, sport, travel and weather for Kent.

    Don't forget you can send us your news, videos or pictures on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email. We'd love to hear from you.   

  2. Behind the scenes at ambulance control

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    I spent time inside South East Coast Ambulance Service's control centre to see how they respond to 999 emergencies.


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    Video caption: Mark Norman inside control centre
  3. Forgotten sailors finally commemorated

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    Two Indian sailors, known as Lascars, who died off the Kent coast at the start of the war, finally have permanent memorials.

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    Video caption: Lascar sailors finally receive a proper burial
  4. Paramedics treat woman who had suffered from crack cocaine overdose

    Charlie Rose

    BBC South East Today

    While filming with South East Coast Ambulance Service the crew were called to reports of a woman who had overdosed on crack cocaine.

    They were told she was unconscious and not breathing.


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    Video caption: Paramedics treat ill person
  5. Family's outrage after Canterbury murders

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Relatives of two people stabbed to death at a house in Canterbury have described their "anger and disgust", after two women jailed for helping to hide the murder weapon have been released from prison within weeks of sentencing. 

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    Video caption: Murder
  6. Another cold night ahead

    Rachel Mackley

    Weather Presenter

    There's going to be another hard frost tonight, but it will get warmer by the weekend.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Rachel Mackley
  7. My day with South East Coast Ambulance Service

    Charlie Rose

    Reporter, BBC South East Today

    The South East Coast Ambulance Service says it’s now taking an unprecedented number of 999 calls. One day in November I spent the day on one of their ambulances to get an idea of the pressures of the job.

    It's 07:20 BST on a grey Thursday morning at Hove Ambulance Station. Paramedic Chris Kaiser and ambulance technician Andy Wilson are taking over from the night shift and getting the vehicle restocked and ready for their 12-hour day. 


    The first call comes in almost immediately. A woman in her 70s has chest pains. Andy tells me the underlying issue could be anything from indigestion to something more serious. It's an automatic hospital referral and after a few checks the patient is taken to A&E.

    The next call is to a block of flats in Bevendean where 87-year-old Parkinson's patient Jack has had a fall. His wife isn't strong enough to pick him up. It's a relatively straightforward visit, and Chris and Andy get Jack back on his feet.

    Social care takes up a sizable proportion of ambulance callouts. Chris and Andy's next patient is 92-year-old Ken in Portslade. For days he's been suffering from diarrhoea and other problems. 

    The team are able to head back to base for a quick break, but as soon as the kettle's boiled another call comes through and this time it's much more serious. The message from the control room says a woman has taken an overdose of heroin and cocaine. 

    When we arrive the woman's drifting in and out of consciousness and moaning unintelligibly. In the back of the ambulance she's convulsing and crying out in agony. Chris treats her as they all race back to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. 

    During the day Chris and Andy told me how their call volume has risen dramatically over the past few years with no increase in staff. With this in mind I wonder whether it's time ambulance crews stopped answering certain types of social care calls? But pressures elsewhere in the NHS mean the ambulance service is often people's first point of contact with the health service. 

    With an ageing population and the first cold snap of the winter season upon us, the problems faced by the service are clear. The solution is far harder to identify.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe accident, between J1A for A282 and J1B for A282 affecting J30 for A13 Lakeside.

    M25 Kent - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J1b, A282 (Dartford), because of an accident. Congestion to J30, A13 (Lakeside).

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  9. A day in the life of a paramedic

    Charlie Rose

    BBC South East Today

    I spent the day with paramedic Chris Kaiser and ambulance technician Andy Wilson.

    Here's a glimpse of what their working life entails.


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    Video caption: Paramedics of South East Coast Ambulance Service
  10. Calls for increase in number of seasonal farm workers

    Stuart Maisner

    BBC Live reporter

    A debate has taken place in Parliament about using foreign workers for seasonal labour.

    The National Farmers Union wants the Home Office to trial a permit scheme for non-EU workers during the 2017 season.

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    Video caption: Seasonal
  11. Ambulance crews 'stuck outside hospitals'

    Ambulance crews in the South East lost more than 50,000 hours over the last year and a half, waiting to hand over patients at hospital A&E departments.  

    Our Health Correspondent Mark Norman is at the ambulance control centre in Lewes this afternoon...

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  12. Large haul of cannabis found in car in Thanet

    More than £20,000 worth of cannabis was found during an operation being carried out during a Road Safety Week campaign in Kent. 

    A driver was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt, but failed to stop. The car was found abandoned near Margate and in the boot were three large bags filled with vacuum packed bags of cannabis. 

    Cannabis found in car
  13. It might be getting warmer...

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC weather

    Hopefully towards the end of the week.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Kate Kinsella
  14. Farmer killed swans with shepherd's crook

    WARNING: You may find this footage distressing.  

    David Thompson, 80, from Snargate in Kent, has been fined £7,500 for killing and injuring swans on his land. 

    He was sentenced for intentionally killing and/or injuring mute swans.

    The farmer was also ordered to pay court costs of £470.

    Mr Thompson was spotted running through a field of rape seed and striking the birds with his shepherd's crook by a coastguard helicopter crew who notified the police. The prosecution was brought by the RSPCA.

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    Video caption: RSPCA video of swans being abused
  15. Margate FC chairman stands down

    Matt Cole

    Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

    John Webb has stepped down as Chairman of Margate Football Club, branding his time in charge "a nightmare".

    Co-chair Alistair Bayliss will take charge of the cash-strapped National South side.

    Quote Message: My period as Chairman should have been a pleasant one, but turned into a nightmare. I know in my time at the club I was not the favourite person in some quarters, but although not born a MFC supporter, I love the club and I do really care about it and for this reason I realise I have reached my span of effectiveness and recognise that the club now needs new leadership to carry this forward, Alistair is the person for that. from John Webb Outgoing Margate FC chairman
    John WebbOutgoing Margate FC chairman
    Outgoing Margate FC chairman John Webb
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and J6 for A22.

    M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J5 M26 and J6, A22 (Godstone), because of a broken down car.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  17. Beating the postal fraudsters

    As fraudsters cost people in Kent around £600,000 in two years, the County Council says enough is enough.

    Ray tells us about his experience.

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    Video caption: Scams
  18. Appeal for witnesses following fatal crash near Ashford

    Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses following a fatal collision yesterday on the M20 near Ashford involving a car driving on the wrong side of the road. 

    The accident, involving the blue Ford Ka car and a motorcycle, happened just before 13:00 GMT on the coastbound carriageway at junction 9. 

    The rider of the motorcycle, a 60-year-old man, died at the scene. 

  19. Great win for Dover

    Matt Cole

    Sports Editor, BBC Radio Kent

    Dover manager Chris Kinnear hailed a “great performance” from his side as they racked up their biggest win of the season – 6-0 at Sutton United.

    Moses Emmanuel scored a hat-trick, National League leading scorer Ricky Miller scored two to take his personal tally to 25 for the season in all competitions, and Ross Lafayette netted his third goal in two games.

    Chris Kinnear

    Dover moved into the play-off places with the victory.

    Chris Kinnear says Moses Emmanuel’s hat-trick came down to hard work.

    Quote Message: “We always knew he was going to score, but people have to learn the way we want to play – even though he (Moses) was here before. Ricky (Miller) wasn’t in the team for a little while at the beginning of the season, they’ve got to do what’s best for the team. When they do that, they become better players.” from Chris Kinnear Dover Manager
    Chris KinnearDover Manager
  20. What can we do to tackle air pollution?

    Air pollution is responsible for 50,000 premature deaths in the UK each year, an environmental report has warned.

    In the wake of last week's report we are looking at ways that people are tackling this issue. How can we solve the issue?

    It could be a simple change in your day to day routine or an advance in the world of business or technological innovation.

    Use the tool here to send us your ideas for solutions.

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