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Podcast: Number of asylum seekers crossing Channel to Kent since January tops figure for all of 2020

The number of asylum seekers making the dangerous journey across the Channel to Kent in small boats this year has already topped the figure for the whole of 2020.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has promised to take further action, and signed an agreement with France to increase the number of patrol boats along their coast.

Hear what’s been said in the Commons plus by an asylum group in the county.

Also in today’s podcast, a police officer has been praised for saving a man from a burning building near Folkestone.

PC Cattermole’s heroics were caught on his body cam.

There’s a warning that we’ll get more extreme weather in future after a heatwave this week led to damaging thunderstorms.

It’s been suggested that wolf-whistling is made a specific offence as part of plans to improve safety for women in children – we’ve been getting your views.

Smokers are being encouraged to light-up outside as part of a new campaign to reduce the number of smoking-related house fires in Kent.

And, Gravesend boxer Cheavon Clark has been speaking ahead of his first fight at the Tokyo Olympics.