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Witness: I thought Kent earthquake was an 'explosion'

A witness of the earthquake in Kent in the early hours of this morning has described how he thought it was an "explosion".

He added: "Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check.

"I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. No damage that I can see. Will obviously see more later when it's lighter. Weird experience anyway.

"I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake."

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Residents: Kent earthquake 'scared the life out of me!'

Kent residents have tweeted their reactions after being awoken by the tremors in the early hours of this morning.

Vikki Petts said: "So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. certainly woke me up!"

Jonathan Tapp said: "Earthquake in East Kent and now can't get back to sleep. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt."

Cameron 'determined' to deliver EU reform for Britain

David Cameron is meeting European leaders today for the first time since securing his re-election.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, the prime minister said it was an opportunity to start some of the discussions about the reform of the European Union.

David Cameron address reporters in Latvia ahead of the meeting of EU leaders

"There will be ups and downs, you'll hear one day this is possible, the next day something else is impossible".

He added that one thing that will be constant is his "determination to deliver for the British people a reform of the European Union so they get a proper choice in that referendum".

Mother faces sentence after cremating son's body

A bereaved mother is to be sentenced later after she falsified documents amid accusations of cremating her son's body without the knowledge of his father.

Cathleen Hackney was convicted at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last month of signing a false certificate and making a false representation with a view to procuring the burning of human remains.

Hackney, of Park View Close, Blurton, was cleared of a third charge brought under the 1902 Cremations Act.

A four-day trial heard that the 56-year-old "slotted in" the body of Paul Moreland for an early cremation service after a dispute with her ex-husband. Mr Moreland, who had a long-standing health condition, died in hospital in November 2010 aged 32. Hackney is due to be sentenced at the same court this afternoon.

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Cloudy weather for the UK with showers in the south

Cloudy in the north and west this morning, with some rain and hill fog. However, it should become drier and brighter here later on in the afternoon.

Cloudy weather for the UK with showers in the south. Credit: Met Office.

Elsewhere will see some warm sunny spells, though a few sharp showers are possible later.

However, most of the showers should clear by the evening to leave most places dry. Highs reaching 21 Celsius (70F).

Police force 'agrees to pay rape victim £20,000'

A police force has apologised to a rape victim and agreed to pay her £20,000 after she was initially arrested by officers, according to a BBC report.

Hampshire Constabulary agreed the out-of-court settlement with the woman, named only as Laura, after she began proceedings against the force under the Human Rights Act, according to the report.

Hampshire Constabulary has reportedly apologised to the rape victim. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

She was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in 2012 after forensic tests on her clothes reportedly did not return a result. But the Crown Prosecution Service ordered it to be re-tested and her attacker was eventually jailed for five years in 2013.

Chief Superintendent David Powell admitted to the BBC that the initial handling of the case had been "poor".

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