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  2. Updates on Wednesday 11 January 2017

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Good night from Kent Live

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 06:00 GMT with all the county's news, sport, travel and weather.

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Aslef general secretary denies strikes are politically motivated

Helen Catt

Political editor, BBC South East

Aslef's General Secretary, Mick Whelan, sat down with me to talk about the ongoing strikes.  

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

Be prepared for the white stuff tomorrow. 

Here's my latest forecast.

Southern rail strike: GTR taking legal case to Supreme Court

The owner of Southern rail says it will take the union Aslef to the Supreme Court over its industrial action on the train network.

Drivers are continuing a 48-hour strike, with another walkout planned for Friday. Almost all services have been cancelled.

Further strikes by Aslef have been called for 24, 25 and 27 January.

Southern's owner Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) lost a court case and an appeal last year over halting strikes.

Southern has insisted it will not back down in the dispute over who should open and close train doors.

Southern train
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Southern to take legal action

Govia Thameslink Railway is taking a legal case against union Aslef to the Supreme Court over its industrial action on Southern Railway, the company has announced.

Council calls for new lorry parks

There are calls for a new network of lorry parks in Kent to end the noise and litter problems caused by illegally parked vehicles.   

60 cannabis plants found at Chatham house

A cannabis factory containing an estimated £12,500 worth of the class B drug was found at a property in Chatham.

Police discovered 60 mature plants at the address in Bryant Street following the arrest of a woman on Thursday 5 January.

'We need a lorry park, lots of them'

There are calls for a new network of lorry parks in Kent to end the noise and litter problems caused by illegally parked vehicles. 

These truckers near Folkestone told us how difficult it was to find parking.

Owner of eyesore driveway fined

A Chatham man has been fined £600 after ignoring legal notices to tidy up his unsightly driveway for a year.

Following complaints from residents in Sedge Crescent Darren Bodkin was taken to court by Medway Council and fined.   

Sedge Crescent
Medway Council

'It's not fair to impose this level of disruption'

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling condemned the latest strike action at Southern rail.  

Looking back: Snowmaggedon 30 years ago this week

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

With the first snow of the winter a possibility from tomorrow, we look back to 30 years ago this week to one of the heaviest storms in living memory. 

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A229 and J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 London-bound between J6, A229 (Chatham) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Southern rail strike: The cafe owner

Debbie Davis is a cafe owner in Reigate, Surrey. She explains how the Southern rail strike is affecting her business.  

Crackdown on lorry parking in Kent

A network of small lorry parks has been proposed to stop trucks parking on residential roads in Kent. 

Worst rail strike in 20 years

Here's a look at why the Southern rail dispute is causing problems for so many people.    

#Southernstrike

Investigation into pub fire

An investigation has been launched after a pub fire in Lords Wood Lane in Chatham.

The ground floor of the Victoria Cross has been completely destroyed.

The cause isn't yet known.   

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How is the #Southernstrike affecting you?

Train driver members of the Aslef union are taking strike action again today - as well as on Friday - meaning severe problems for commuters.

Southern is asking customers to only travel if it is essential and to work from home if they can.

For more details from the company, and how to claim strike compensation, click here.    

A strike sign at a railway station
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How is the strike affecting you? 

You can get involved by using #Southernstrike, by emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.   

Ambulances called to prisons over 1,000 times last year

The calls were to prisons across the South East.

The highest number of call outs were to Elmley and Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey for stabbings, drug overdoses and mental health problems.

And an ambulance is called to Lewes Prison in East Sussex on an average of twice a week.

Nationally call-outs to jails are up 40% in three years.

Inside a prison cell
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BreakingA2 has re-opened but delays continue

The A2 has reopened at Bean after overnight resurfacing work overran. But there is still a 10-mile queue back on to the M2 from before the Medway Bridge and local roads are much busier than usual.

What's in this morning's newspapers?

Newspapers are covering the long delays on the A2 this morning.

Kent Online: Roadworks close the A2 at Gravesend and cause long delays for drivers.

Kent News: Broken down works vehicle sparks traffic woes across north Kent with 90 minute delays expected on A2.

Kent Live: People have been stuck in traffic on the A2 for more than TWO HOURS this morning.

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Hospital radio station facing closure

After more than 50 years of broadcasting, the charity which runs Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells has made an urgent appeal for funds.

BBC Radio Kent's Adam Dowling - a former hospital radio presenter himself - has been loooking into the issue.

You can hear his report on the Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening here.

Delays due to over-running roadworks

Over-running roadworks and a broken down vehicle are causing up to an hour and a half delays on the A2 this morning.

There are nine miles of traffic with congestion back to the Medway Tunnel, after the road was closed at Bean.

We'll bring you updates when we have them.

#Southernstrike: 'Can see some empty seats but fairly busy'

‏@tomomi_echigo on Twitter managed to get a train from Purley to London Victoria this morning and has just arrived.

He says the service was busy but there were some empty seats. 

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Chatham pub fire update

Firefighters are still at the scene of a pub fire in Lords Wood Lane.

The main fire is now out but the ground floor of the pub has been completely destroyed.

The cause isn't yet known and an investigation will take place once the fire has been completely extinguished.   

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J5 for M26 and Clacket Lane Services.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J5, M26 (Sevenoaks) and Clacket Lane Services, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J2 for A2.

M25 Kent - M25 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J2, A2 (Darenth Interchange), because of a broken down van.

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#Southernstrike - 'Very limited peak only service'

Southern rail has tweeted the below information for passengers trying to travel by train this morning.

Gatwick is also asking people to leave more time if they're trying to get to the airport today.

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Firefighters tackle pub blaze

Firefighters have been tackling a fire at a pub in Chatham. 

Crews arrived at the pub in Lords Wood Lane about 04:00 GMT to find the pub well alight. Everyone inside managed to get out and there are no reported injuries.

The fire was on the ground floor of the two storey property.

Kent Fire and Rescue is advising people living nearby to keep windows and doors closed for the short term due to smoke.    

Plans for network of small lorry parks

The proposals have been put forward to stop trucks parking on residential roads in Kent. 

A survey found more than 750 lorries were parked - either illegally or inappropriately - during one night last September.

The proposals have been made in Kent County Council's draft Freight Action Plan to tackle overnight parking which causes noise and littering issues. 

Lorry park
BBC

BBC Radio Kent's political reporter Rajdeep Sandu has been looking into this issue - you can hear her report on the Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening here.

What's today's weather got in store?

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

We've got a mild, dry start to today - but will it continue?

Here's my forecast.

Good morning from Kent Live

We'll be here bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 22:00 GMT.    

Peter Johnson managed to capture this huge wave in Deal (we hope he didn't get splashed too badly!). It's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay.

Deal beach
Peter Johnson

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