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  2. Updates on Friday 25 August 2017

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National League

A second-half header from Tyrone Marsh is enough for Macclesfield to claim a 1-0 win at home to Dover.

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Leading Light pub in Faversham

John McEnery, the former husband of Stephanie Beacham, was charged after an incident in a Faversham pub.

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A feast for all the senses

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Boing Festival comes to Canterbury this weekend.

Six London rail terminals closed or disrupted over weekend

Major disruption on the railways will peak this weekend, with key stations in London, and services to and from Wales and the north of England due to be heavily affected by engineering work.

Up to 17,000 Network Rail staff will be working on a major scheme of engineering works across the Bank Holiday.

There will be no trains to London on the West Coast Mainline on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, and Euston Station will close entirely.

"Significant maintenance work" will also be carried out between Watford Junction and Euston at the same time.

London Waterloo has already seen some of the worst problems in August, with fewer trains running from Saturday 5. Work will continue until Monday 28, as part of a £800m project to increase capacity at the station.

ICYMI: Hassan Zubier says he’s 'no hero' after being caught up in Finland attack

A British paramedic who was repeatedly stabbed as he came to the aid of a woman caught up in the terror attack in the Finnish city of Turku has said he’s “not a hero”.

Hassan Zubier, who was born in Kent, said: “I heard a really loud, heart-breaking scream. So I turned around and I saw one of the girls running… the first thing that I thought of was okay, this is a terrorist attack.”

Mr Zubier went to the aid of a woman who had been badly injured. He was stabbed repeatedly as he tended to her.

“I’m not a hero. I’m just a human being who cares for other human beings,” he said.

Criticism over G4S hospice decision

Stuart Maisner

BBC Live reporter

A Government minister has criticised the security company G4S for refusing to take patients to hospices in Kent as part of their £90m NHS contract to provide non-emergency transport.

The company argues that hospice care is not provided by the NHS so does not fall within their remit.

Greg Clark, the MP for Tunbridge Wells, says the transport company should show some compassion.

Severe disruption: A20 Kent both ways

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A20 Kent both ways severe disruption, between Ash Lane and Pells Lane.

A20 Kent - A20 London Road in Stansted partially blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Ash Lane junction and the Pells Lane junction, because of a building fire.

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

Take a look at the bank holiday weather forecast

Update: Police appeal after man's body found in sea

Kent Police say they are no longer appealing for information about a man whose body was found in the English Channel on Sunday 13 August.

The force says it has now located the man's next of kin.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Kent mother's petition for still born babies to be registered

A mother from Kent is campaigning for stillborn babies to be registered after losing her son at just 20 weeks.

UK law only allows babies born after 24 weeks to be registered but Lisa, from Canterbury, is campaigning to change the system.

This pub is big, really big

It's the largest Wetherspoons pub in Britain and it's about to open in Ramsgate.

Cannabis worth £10m found in rabbit hay lorry

The drugs were found stashed under rabbit hay in a lorry when police pulled it over near the Dartford Crossing.

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J31 for A1306 and J1A for A206.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise between J31, A1306 (West Thurrock) and J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J28, A1023 (Brook Street Roundabout).

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

Severe accident: A20 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A20 Kent both ways severe accident, at Church Street.

A20 Kent - Queuing traffic on A20 King Street in both directions in Maidstone at the Church Street junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the A229 Bishops Way junction and to the A249 Wat Tyler Way junction.

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

Spit hood

Kent Police started training officers to use the hoods in June and says they are under constant review.

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What has the weather got in store this bank holiday?

Elizabeth Rizzini

Weather presenter

Well it's looking lovely and warm for the most part.

Here's my latest forecast.

Severe accident: A28 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A28 Kent both ways severe accident, near Nethergong Hill.

A28 Kent - A28 Island Road in Upstreet closed and slow traffic in both directions near the Nethergong Hill junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Police investigation into Dover sex offence

Detectives investigating a sex offence against a girl in Dover are searching for other possible victims.

Officers say a 17-year-old was touched inappropriately as she sat with a man after he claimed to have suffered a seizure.

It happened in Pencester Gardens at about midnight on 27 May.

Police want to hear from anyone who's been approached in similar circumstances.

A 66-year-old homeless man was arrested and remains under investigation.

Canterbury's plans for Britains first 'dementia village'

Britain's first purpose-built village for people with dementia could be created in Canterbury as part of the city's biggest ever housing project

Great spotted woodpecker

Utility company UK Power Network is using a wood filler containing a scent that repels the birds.

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Cancer victim sues his former employers

A Kent man, who's dying from cancer at the age of 57, is suing his former employers for compensation, claiming he was exposed to asbestos.

Today's Kent newspaper headlines

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Kent Online: Car fire causes traffic delays on the M20 at Leybourne

Kent News: Fake woman's head added to bargeman statue in Sittingbourne High Street

Kent Live: Convoys of self-driving lorries will be coming to Kent roads next year

Severe accident: A256 Kent both ways

BBC News Travel

A256 Kent both ways severe accident, between A257 and A258.

A256 Kent - A256 in Sandwich closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A257 junction and the A258 junction, because of an accident involving Motorcycle and a lorry. Diversion in operation - through Sandwich. Congestion to the Sandwich Road junction and on A258 Deal Road to The Street junction.

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

Transgender legal simplification plea

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney wants to cut the "bureaucratic burden" on people who are looking to change their legal gender.

'Foolish' level crossing-hopping learner driver convicted

A learner driver has been banned from driving - before she even got her licence - after crashing through a level crossing barrier.

Adenike Akingbogun, 44, of Monarch Drive, Sittingbourne, Kent, drove on to the crossing in Purfleet in Essex on Christmas Eve when the warning lights were flashing.

As the barriers came down behind and in front of her car she made the decision to reverse - crashing through the barrier and ramming the vehicle behind her.

British Transport Police said Akingbogun, who was with a qualified driver at the time, caused £1,100 of damage to the barrier. It was a "rather foolish manoeuvre", it said.

She was convicted of driving a motor vehicle dangerously, fined £420 plus costs and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

School uniform help

A community wardrobe has been set up in Sittingbourne to help parents struggling with the costs of school uniform.

A happy tail

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Kent-bred dormice are helping save the threatened species from extinction.

Eighteen of the tiny rodents born at Wildwood near Canterbury are part of a colony being established in woodland near Warwickshire.

baby dormouse
Wildwood Trust

They make up nearly half the total number of dormice released at the site.

The hazel dormouse has been in rapid decline because of the loss of their woodland and hedgerow habitat, but Wildwood has managed to breed hundreds for captive release programmes.

baby dormouse
Wildwood Trust

They're reintroduced gradually, housed in cages with food and water for several days, before the doors are opened.

More food is left in the cage to help the dormice as they settle in to their new environments.

Dormice in nest
Wildwood Trust
The Wildwood dormice are settling into their new nest in Warwickshire

Our babies are looking very healthy and will form a major part of next year's reintroduction, helping prevent further decline or even extinction.'

Hazel RyanSenior Conservation Officer, Wildwood Trust

Rail passengers warned of major disruption

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Passengers across the South East are being warned of major disruption on trains this bank holiday weekend and into next week because of engineering work.

From tomorrow until next Saturday there will be no Southeastern trains running to or from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge.

Southeastern has put out this tweet explaining how its services will change:

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This weekend there will also be a reduced Southern rail service to and from London Bridge.

Chef hailed as star of the future

A chef from Broadstairs has just been hailed a star of the future by the Good Food Guide.

Ben Crittenden owns Stark, which seats just 12 people.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M20 Kent - Queuing traffic on M20 London-bound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an earlier car fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J7, A249 (Maidstone).

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

Debate shifts over Sands

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

The Port of Dover says it will now source some of the sand for a massive building project from elsewhere, after plans to dredge the Goodwins sparked furious opposition.

But it's adamant some material will have to come from the site near Deal.

Warm and sunny today

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

And the bank holiday weekend weather is looking mostly dry with some sunshine too.

Here's my latest forecast.

It's Friday

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

And what better way to start the day than this photo by Christopher Brown in Margate - it's our #PhotoOfTheDay.

Margate
Christopher Brown

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