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  2. Updates on Tuesday 20 June 2017

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The sun sets for another day

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

That's it for us for today, thanks for spending time with us.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your evening and don't find it too warm for sleeping overnight.

We'll be greeting the new day from 06:00 BST tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00.

If there's anything you think we need to know, or if you have any great pictures of how the heatwave's affecting you, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

Anger at 'use taps' comment from ambulance bosses

Mark Norman

Health Correspondent, BBC South East

Ambulance staff are angry that they'll no longer receive free bottled water.

They've also accused managers at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) of being "patronising", for sending an email telling them to use "devices known as taps" instead.

Secamb ambulance

The trust is having to cut costs, and needs to find £15m in savings, and says water dispensers are available at all ambulance stations.

This is coming from people on big salaries, in big buildings, who have as much water as they can drink all day, and quite simply, we're disgusted.'

Andy PrendergastGMB Union

Make sure the stable door's really well bolted

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Horse owners are being warned over security, after riding gear worth thousands of pounds was taken in two burglaries across Kent.

Saddles and bridles were taken from a farm outbuilding in West Farleigh near Maidstone, overnight between 8 and 9 June.

Horse saddle

Then on 13 June, 30 saddles and 30 bridles were stolen from a farm in Staplehurst, after thieves broke padlocks used to secure both the gates and the buildings.

Sunscreen at the ready

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Weather presenter

After a sunny Tuesday, Wednesday is set to get even hotter.

Joe Clarke hit five Championship centuries for Worcestershire in his first full season in 2016

Joe Clarke hits his first ton of 2017, while Joe Leach makes 57 as Worcestershire forge a first-innings lead over Kent.

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Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, after J5 for M26.

M25 Kent - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J5 M26, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

#ICYMI: Not bad for a first acting job

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Meet the Dartford actress who's just joined the cast of EastEnders.

Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

Man arrested after dog left in parked van

A man has been arrested after a dog was left in a parked van for more than four hours.

A passer-by saw a van shaking, and looked inside to see a young Alsatian male crossbreed in a "major state of distress" at The Gatehouse car park in Chichester, West Sussex, police said.

The dog and owner were taken straight to a local vet and it is beleived the dog will recover.

It has been seized from the owner and will be taken into care by the RSPCA.

The owner, a 39-year-old man, from Littlebourne near Canterbury, has been arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

'It's immoral not to offer them a vote'

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

One South East MP wants to change the law so they will be able to at the next general election.

Rocking all over the South East

The scene of a famous Eurovision victory in Sussex, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues were honoured on BBC Music Day.

Sussex MP calls for urgent meeting over 'sex for rent' ads

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, wants immediate action to stop young people being targeted by men offering free accommodation in exchange for sex.

An exclusive BBC South East investigation highlighted the controversial online adverts earlier this year.

Tweet by Michelle Lowe

It shows Hitler hugging members of the public and was sent to be "thought provoking" she said.

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ICYMI: They'll be lovely with a dollop of cream

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The faltering start to the summer might not have pleased everyone, but it's good news for one of the Garden of England's iconic crops.

Another hot and sunny afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

And we're heading for another muggy and humid night.

Here's your latest forecast.

Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

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

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Driver injured in M20 crash

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A driver's been cut free from his truck and taken to hospital after a crash between two lorries on the M20 near Ashford this morning.

It happened on the coastbound carriageway between junctions nine and 10 just after 09:00 BST.

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J6 for A22 and J5 for M26.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J6, A22 (Godstone) and J5 M26, because of a broken down car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man questioned over altercation

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

A 33-year-old man's been arrested in connection with an altercation in Canterbury.

It happened in Pilckem Close just after 19:20 BST yesterday.

Police haven't released many details but they do say no injuries have been reported.

Officers believe there was a large number of people in the area at the time who may have information about what happened.

This morning's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Armed police in Canterbury as man with knife drives at children at Howe Barracks

Kent News: Family pay tribute to 'beloved' 78-year-old Bromley cyclist killed near Canterbury

Kent Live: Police hunt for missing woman from Swanley

Charlton centre-back Jason Pearce

Charlton Athletic centre-back Jason Pearce signs a new three-year contract with the club.

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#ICYMI: Born on the A21

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Did you miss this one? It's a great story, well worth a watch.

A mother has given birth in her car after her husband got lost on the way to hospital.

ICYMI: Student says podcast is a 'safe space'

University student Gillian Stringer, who produces her own podcasts, says it provides her with a safe space where she can speak freely.


Sir Julian Brazier: Conservative campaign 'did not go well'

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

The former Conservative MP for Canterbury Sir Julian Brazier says he still believes Theresa May was right to call an election despite him losing his seat of 30 years.

ABC protest

A commuter group is hoping for a judicial review into the government's handling of Southern rail.

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ICYMI: In this heat, it's a bear necessity

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

As Kent sweltered on Monday, the bears at Wildwood Park near Canterbury enjoyed a cooling ice lolly.

It's a bit bigger than your average lolly, but when you're wrapped up in your own fur coat in this weather you need all the help you can get.

Wildwood Trust

Wildwood's bears can keep cool in the shade of the trees in their enclosure, or even take a dip in their personal pool, complete with waterfall.

The lolly is blackcurrant-flavoured, by the way.

'In reality we've thought for a long time she must be dead'

A father whose daughter vanished 16 years ago hopes a fresh appeal will get the answers he desperately needs.

Feeling hot hot hot (still)

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

We've got another day of hot weather ahead, but it may start to cool off in the coming days.

Here's my latest forecast.

Theft from horse-riding charity

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Thieves have stolen £10,000 of equipment from a horse-riding charity that helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Beautiful Birchington

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

Dean Spinks

Thanks to Dean Spinks for this wonderful picture of Birchington - it's our Kent #PhotoOfTheDay.

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

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