Detectives investigating a fire at an Islamic boarding school were tonight working to establish if it was started deliberately.
After less than a week as Britain's first youth crime commissioner, Paris Brown has stepped down from her role over Twitter posts.
Find out more about the raft of changes to the welfare benefits system that began to come into force from the 1 April.
Southern Water has been fined £200,000 after discharging raw sewage into the sea, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.
Defective pumps at Margate pumping station in Kent led to several discharges of untreated sewage between January and June last year.
The repeated failure of the pumps meant Southern Water was unable to pump the sewage to Weatherlees Works for treatment, and instead discharged it into the sea off Margate.
Canterbury Crown Court also heard that the firm, which serves Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, failed to tell the EA or the local food authority about the discharges.
Fire services have been dealing with emergency calls relating to blazes caused by lightning strikes:
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Rescuers have decided not to resume a search for the missing pilot of a light aircraft that crashed in the English Channel, coastguards said.
An air and sea search was mobilised by British and French rescuers after the American-registered single-engine plane, with one person on board, came down in the middle of the Channel yesterday afternoon, about 15 miles off Dungeness in Kent.
Wreckage was later found by the French search and rescue helicopter, and last night teams worked against the clock to try to find the missing pilot before suspending the search after light faded.
"Having taken the advice of the RAF as well as the French rescue authorities, we have decided that we won't be resuming the search," a spokesman for Dover Coastguard said today.
A French search and rescue helicopter has found wreckage around 15 miles off Dungeness, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.
The spokesman added: "The search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham has now joined in with the search, along with the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat, and three French vessels."
– Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson
We had reports that an aircraft was overdue. It was heading from London to Le Touquet. It was an American-registered aircraft with one person on board. The search has been involving a French helicopter and it has been searching for two hours.That will have to return shortly and that will be replaced by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk.
The Dungeness lifeboat is en route and we believe the Calais lifeboat is also involved. The search is ongoing at the moment to find the pilot. We still have about six hours of daylight left.
British and French emergency teams are responding to reports a light aircraft has crashed into the English Channel.The American-registered plane carrying one person on board came down about 15 miles off Dungeness in Kent at around 2.30pm.
A cross-Channel search and rescue operation has been launched involving both English and French teams, including a French helicopter and the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat.
The alarm was raised after the single-engine light aircraft, which was heading from London to Le Touquet, was overdue, a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said
Dungeness Lifeboat Station is responding to reports of a small light aircraft, which is believed to have gone down in water off the coast of Dungeness, Kent.
Dungeness lifeboat launched to small aircraft which is believed to have come down in the water approximately 14.5 miles SSE of Dungeness
Police are searching for two women who they want to return to prison.
Lisa Edwards, 41, was an inmate at East Sutton Park prison in Maidstone but failed to return last Saturday after she was released on a temporary licence.
Kent Police believe she could be with another woman, Alison McDonald, 48, who has been recalled to prison.
The pair have links to the Medway area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 01622 604279 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The journey to shore of a Second World War bomber raised from the seabed off Kent has been delayed. The team that pulled the Dornier 17 out of the water near Deal yesterday is now trying to collect more wreckage before coming back to shore.
The aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. It's believed to be the only surviving Dornier Do 17.
The operation was organised by the RAF Museum. After a two-year restoration project, the Dornier will go on display at the RAF Museum in Shropshire.