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Police officers injured after Greatstone beach party
A 29-year-old man was arrested after a fight broke out at a gathering at Greatstone beach.

Footbridge to be replaced three years after collapse

East Street footbridge
Highways England

Work is due to start this weekend on the construction of a footbridge over the M20 which collapsed after being hit by a lorry carrying a digger in 2016.

The East Street bridge had to be demolished after being hit in August 2016, Highways England said.

The crash caused a section of bridge to fall onto the M20

Peter Phillips, Highways England South East route sponsor, said: "Replacing a footbridge which has been struck in an incident is a big piece of work.

"It requires a lot of preparation in terms of designing the structure and planning the installation, and takes time to construct."

The M20 will be closed London-bound between junctions four and three overnight on Sunday and Monday from 20:00-06:00 BST, Highways England said.

Three swimmers and kayaker rescued by coastguard teams

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Alfred Alexander Staden'
RNLI Margate

Three swimmers in distress off the coast of Margate have been rescued by the coastguard and lifeguards.

HM Coastguard received several 999 calls at about 12:30 BST on Wednesday, reporting a woman had fallen off an airbed off Foreness Point.

When the lifeboat arrived a man and a woman were found clinging to the rescue board of a lifeguard from Botany Bay.

A third swimmer who had gone to the aid of the initial casualty was also found, suffering from exhaustion and showing signs of being near drowning.

Kayaker rescued in Thames Estuary
RNLI Margate

In a separate incident on the same day, a man on board an inflatable kayak was rescued in the Knock John channel, in the Thames Estuary, about 13 miles north west of Margate.

The man had set off from Leysdown-on-Sea, on the Isle of Sheppey, the previous day to spend the night on the Knock John Tower, a war time fort.

He was unable to board the tower and spent the night on his kayak but he encountered difficulty returning back to Leysdown, the coastguard said.

He was found in good health shortly after 08:30 BST and taken to Margate.

Inside a toilet roll factory – how the must have item of 2020 is made.
Demand for toilet roll was incredibly high at the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions invested in local building projects

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Thanet Parkway
South East Local Enterprise Partnership
Thanet Parkway station is one of the projects being invested in

Projects in the south east are getting £85m to help the economic recovery in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

The money comes from the government’s £900m Getting Building Fund, which is aimed at financing schemes that will provide jobs and growth.

The local projects will provide 9,167 jobs, 7,234 homes and more than 50,000 sq m of commercial space.

They include:

  • Romney Marsh Employment Hub: 480 new jobs will be created across five hectares of employment land in Folkestone and Hythe
  • Britton Farm Redevelopment Learning Skills and Employment Hub in Medway
  • Thanet Parkway station: a new railway station in East Kent.
  • UTC Maritime and Sustainable Technology Hub: an education-led skills training centre in Lewes
  • The Observer Building, Hastings: the restoration of a local landmark including four floors of leisure, retail, offices, studios and community space
  • An Incubator facility for the Discovery Park in Sandwich

South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Chair, Christian Brodie said: “We are delighted.

"These projects have been carefully selected to target those areas and industries particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and those that can progress, at pace, to support economic recovery."

Council chiefs: 'Don't come to Brighton and Hove'

Council officials in Brighton and Hove say they are "concerned" about the number of people in the city as temperatures climb.

The city council posted a tweet urging people not to travel to Brighton and Hove amid concerns over social distancing.

Elsewhere in the South East, local authorities have reported beaches becoming packed with sunseekers, including in Camber and parts of Thanet.

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Day-trippers flock to coast as temperatures climb

Local authorities across the South East are reporting high numbers of visitors to coastal resorts as temperatures climb.

Car parks at Camber Sands, near Hastings, are already full, prompting Rother District Council to urge people to stay away.

Packed train

Civic officials want to avoid a repeat of scenes in May when chaos ensued when day-trippers flocked to the popular resort, causing gridlock to local roads.

Trains to resorts, including Whitstable, were packed, with standing-room-only available in some carriages.

Meanwhile in Kent, Thanet District Council said beaches and bays in the area, including Botany Bay, were "reaching capacity".

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Two men taken to hospital after stabbing

Two men were taken to hospital after being stabbed in Maidstone.

The pair, aged in their 30s and 40s, were injured at about 20:40 BST on Thursday in Tonbridge Road, Kent Police said.

The men were taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged.

A police spokesman said investigators were trying to establish what led up to the incident, and they appealed for information.

Coastal erosion: Landslide leaves house hanging over Kent cliff
Coastal erosion had undermined the cliff on the Isle of Sheppey, experts say.

No coronavirus deaths in South East in latest figures


NHS England has announced there were no deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in the South East in the 24-hour period up to 16:00 BST on Tuesday.

Cases are only included when the positive Covid-19 test result is received, or death certificate confirmed with Covid-19 mentioned, NHS England said.

These figures do not include deaths outside hospital, including those in care homes.

Across England's hospitals 14 deaths were linked to positive coronavirus tests, with the Midlands seeing nine deaths and the North East and Yorkshire three.