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Podcast: Tributes paid to Kent’s Paul O’Grady following his death at the age of 67

Heartfelt tributes are being paid to Paul O’Grady following his shock death at the age of 67.

The TV and radio star, who lived near Ashford, passed away yesterday evening.

He was well known for his love of animals and was a passionate supporter of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, visiting their site in Brands Hatch with the Queen Consort last year.

In November, he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.

Also in today’s podcast, an investigation is under way following a suspected arson attack at a former pub near Sevenoaks.

At KentOnline you can see drone pictures showing the damage to the building on South Ash Road in Ash.

Asylum seekers who cross the Channel to Kent in small boats could be housed on barges and in former RAF bases under plans being drawn up by the government.

An announcement’s expected later as ministers say they want to reduce the number of refugees in hotels.

A couple who live off grid in converted shipping containers on land they own near Folkestone have been ordered to demolish their home.

Reporter Rhys Griffiths has been speaking to Dan and Stacey Bond who have lived on the site at Swingfield Minins since April last year.

And, a former soldier from Kent is embarking on an epic mission to climb Everest – despite the fact he doesn’t have either of his legs.

Hari Budha Magar from Canterbury was seriously injured in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.