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  2. Updates on Friday 3 February 2017

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Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Thanks for joining the live team - hope you have a great weekend. 

We'll be back on Monday at 06:00 GMT with all of the latest news, travel, sport and weather.

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'I was blown away, I just couldn't believe it'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

How a £50,000 donation from a Hollywood star could save the life of a Dover teenager.

Wentwood Reservoir

Human remains found in a reservoir near Newport are identified as a woman, police say.

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Cancer patients told vital chemo unit will not open for weeks


Cancer patients have been told that a chemotherapy ward will not reopen until at least the end of the month after a building company went into administration halfway through the work. Read more from KentOnline.

Southern passengers: 'It's good news'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

There's relief at Brighton station at the news the Aslef strike on Southern was coming to an end.  


A businessman let mattresses pile up 16ft in a village that was "an eyesore and fire hazard", a court hears.

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Things can only get better

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

After a windy evening, there's a better than expected forecast for the weekend. 

Tube strike called off

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A tube strike, due to start on Sunday, has been suspended.

The RMT had called the action in a row over job cuts and plans to close ticket offices.

The Transport Salaried Staff's Association (TSSA) had already said it wouldn't take part in the action.

The walkout was due to start at 18:00 GMT.

Tube station

Pennock: 'We're relishing going there'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Bradford City are unbeaten at home in the league this season, but Gills head coach Ady Pennock is up for the challenge.

Workers rescued from refinery blaze

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Two workers had to be rescued from the roof of an oil refinery after a large fire broke out inside the storage facility on the Kent-London border.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters are tackling the blaze after being called to the refinery on Manorway in Erith at 13:10 GMT.

London Fire Brigade says the three-storey building contains two oil refinery cylinders.

The cause of the blaze is not currently known.

Two men had escaped from the ground floor of the building before fire crews arrived.

Burning oil refinery in Erith
David Letchford
Burning oil refinery in Erith
David Letchford
Campaigners stage protest

Govia has asked the RMT that discussions be held "without the threat of further industrial action".

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Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J3 for M26 and J2 for A20.

M20 Kent - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M20 London-bound between J3 M26 and J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Closed gates at London's Liverpool Street Underground Station

The two strikes on London's Tube network had been due to start on Sunday.

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BreakingFresh talks between union and train operator

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The RMT union has agreed to meet Southern Rail next week, in the long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains.

Aslef members are due to vote on an agreement reached with the operator yesterday.

Southern train

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

BBC Travel

M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A229 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road coastbound at J3, A229 (Chatham), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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'Rugby is a great sport for women'


It's not only the men's Six Nations that kicks off this weekend. The women's equivalent gets under way, too, with Scotland hosting Ireland this evening,followed tomorrow by Wales v Italy and - arguably the pick of the ties - England v France at Twickenham

The women's game is really taking off across the UK, so watch England full-back Danielle Waterman explain her love of rugby and the different versions you can play - and if you're inspired to pick up the oval ball yourself, check out our Get Inspired guide.

England Women v France Women kicks off at 19:35 GMT on Saturday, with live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, plus highlights of all three matches on BBC Two at 22:45 GMT.

Batten down the hatches, it's getting windy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC weather

Take care this afternoon, especially near the coast.

Here's my forecast.

Severe congestion: M25 Kent anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Kent anti-clockwise severe congestion, at the Dartford Tunnel affecting J1B for A282.

M25 Kent - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at the Dartford Tunnel. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J1b, A282 (Dartford).

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BreakingDutchman caught with trousers down jailed for smuggling cocaine

Two men sentenced to a total of 40 years for trying to smuggle £2.4m of cocaine in an aircraft from the Netherlands to Rochester Airport.

Dutch pilot John Buwalda was sentenced to 23 years, while Jan Polak was given 17 years. They were accused of bringing the drug into Kent by light aircraft.  

Mr Buwalda, from Hilversum, was found in a bathroom, while his co-defendant was arrested outside a Holiday Inn, the Old Bailey was told.

National Crime Agency
National Crime Agency

National Crime Agency (NCA) officer Jim McMorrow told the court the co-defendant Jan Polak, of Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, was found to be carrying 48lb (22kg) of cocaine when he was arrested outside the hotel near Rochester Airport.  

Good samaritan 'beaten' while trying to break up an assault

An innocent by-stander who witnessed an assault and came to the aid of the victim, was turned on and beaten himself.

It is reported a man in his 30s working in security at a bar in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkstone, was attacked by two men. 

Another man standing nearby tried to intervene, and was also reportedly assaulted by one of the two men.

A 17-year-old man from Folkestone has been arrested and bailed and police are now calling for witnesses to come forward.

One of the men, said to be involved in both assaults, is described as white, 5ft 11in, of slim build, with floppy ginger hair and wearing a white and blue checked shirt, jeans and trainers. 

It was around 23:50 GMT on Saturday 28 January.

This morning's newspaper headlines


Kent Online: Surgeons at Darent Valley Hospital using 3D glasses

Kent News: Police say formal identification of body found in River Medway, feared to be Ben Savage, will take a ‘couple of weeks’

Kent and Sussex Courier: This Hollywood A-lister has donated a whopping £50,000 to Kelly Turner's cancer fund

Transport Secretary: 'What people want is a service that works normally'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Chris Grayling says the priority now is getting the service on Southern Rail back to normal for passengers.

'You're under pressure because you've got targets to hit and fulfil'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Dover teacher whose petition to give colleagues a day away from the classroom every week has collected over 19,000 signatures.

'We don't send any deal that we don't recommend'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Although no details of the deal worked out between Aslef and Southern have been revealed, the union says it will be recommending its members vote to yes.

'The dispute is over'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The moment it was announced that talks between Aslef and Southern had succeeded.

N'Gala's Gills move falls foul of new rules

Ben Watts

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Defender Bondz N'Gala's move to Gillingham has fallen through because Fifa regulations say he has played for too many clubs this season.

Bondz N'Gala
Rex Features

The 27-year-old defender thought he had joined League One Gills on Thursday after leaving Eastleigh.

Rules state a player cannot feature for more than two sides in one season and N'Gala played for Barnet before joining National League Eastleigh in November.

Gillingham said they did not realise National League clubs counted.

BreakingSouthern dispute: RMT responds

The RMT rail union has told the BBC it is "likely to hold some discussions" with Southern "quite soon". 

The union's southeast coordinator Paul Cox says "central to the agreement" between the Aslef train drivers union and the company is "a guarantee of a second safety-critical person on the train".

He added that his union is available for talks with Southern "almost immediately".

The view from the platform

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Here's what passengers had to say about Aslef and Southern striking a deal, which could end the dispute between the union and the company.

It's an ill wind

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

It's going to be a blustery day. Here's my forecast.

It's the end of the week...

And we'll be here with you till 22:00 GMT.

To kick the day off here's a great photo of Margate by Alan Glicksman - it's our #photooftheday.  

Alan Glicksman

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