New figures show a big increase in cruise passengers using ports in the South.
Protesters turned out as live animal exports resumed at the Port of Dover amid renewed calls for an end to the controversial trade.
A Surrey man has been jailed for five years after admitting heroin smuggling into Dover.
The region prepared itself for torrential rain and gale force winds today as the remains of Hurricane Bertha arrived. The storm caused part of a supermarket ceiling to collapse in Maidstone, localised flooding across the region and transport delays - but in most areas, it had cleared away by the late afternoon.
Sarah Saunders' report has viewer footage from Ian Duffus and Charlotte Thurston. She spoke to flood victim Bill Smith and weather forcaster Philippa Drew.
Drugs worth £1.3m were found by Border Officers after they seized 31 kilos at the Channel Tunnel entrance.
The cocaine was found in the early hours of Sunday morning when offices searched a Slovakian-registered lorry and its load of mixed goods.
– Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe
Cocaine is a vile and destructive drug, which ruin the lives of users and the wider community.
“Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.”
Six men have been charged with conspiracy to steal after raids were carried out at dawn into heavy good vehicle thefts.
The early morning search warrants were conducted at 14 addresses in Dover following a 12 month investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
Lee Henley Gilmore, 32, of Sidney Powell Avenue, Liverpool, Jeffrey Hamid, 31, of Hargate Road, Liverpool, and Graham Ascroft, 55, Higher Lane, Holmes Tarleton, Preston, Lancashire, have been charged with conspiracy to steal and have been remanded.
They are due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on 30 July.
John Dahl, 43, of Aysgarth Avenue, Liverpool, has been charged with conspiracy to steal and remanded.
Darren John Michael Price, 39, previously of County Road, Kirby, Liverpool, has also been charged with conspiracy to steal and has been bailed to the 30 July.
Stuart Nicolson, 47, of Bindon Blood Road, Whitfield, Dover, has been charged with conspiracy to steal.
Two men aged 46 and 44 from the Merseyside area have been arrested and bailed until 15 October pending further enquiries.
Hands up how many of us can put our hands on our hearts and swear honestly that we've never crept even slightly over the speed limit when driving? It's all too easy to do yet the effects of a collision when travelling too fast can be catastrophic for everyone involved
Well now police in Kent are trying a new tactic to get the message into people's heads that speed can be dangerous as David Johns reports. The PCSO behind the scheme is Chris Chapman.
Nine suspected illegal immigrants had to be rescued when they became stranded on a small power boat in the English Channel. Their rigid inflatable dinghy suffered engine failure about four miles east of Dover, Kent, with a force four wind blowing.
RNLI officials said those on board were "lucky" as they drifted in one of the world's busiest waterways.
Concerned people on passing vessels raised the alarm with the Coastguard after spotting the stricken boat at around 7.20am today.
Dover RNLI launched its six-crewed all-weather City of London II vessel and set up a tow with the dinghy before a Border Force vessel arrived.
An RNLI spokesman said the Border Force vessel then took over the tow and took the boat with its nine occupants on board to Dover lifeboat station at 10am.
– Tony Hawkins, RNLI Dover boathouse manager
The vessel had suffered engine failure and its occupants were drifting in choppy seas with a force four wind blowing. They were spotted by passing vessels concerned for their safety which called the Coastguard. The occupants were cold but didn't need medical attention. They were lucky. They were drifting in an incredibly busy stretch of water with the wind picking up. We're glad everyone is safe and well."
A Romanian man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration, a Border Force spokesman said.
He added that eight Afghani nationals have also been detained and a criminal investigation has been launched by immigration enforcement officers.
Nine people have been pulled ashore by UK Border Agency staff off the coast of Dover.
The Dover Coastguard was called out at around 6am this morning to attend to an inflatable dinghy.
Once the lifeboat had reached the group and checked they were safe onboard, the group were handed over to UK Border Agency staff.
The port of Dover's Travel Centre is to close this evening. The building, which has welcomed visitors for the past 30 years, will be demolished with staff moving to the main passenger handling building. The demolition work is due to be completed by mid-september.