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Volunteers deliver 6,000 water bottles to stranded drivers

A Sikh humanitarian relief organisation helped thousands of motorists stranded in queues headed for Dover, delivering almost 6,000 bottles of water and snacks overnight.

Khalsa Aid volunteers distributed the refreshments as drivers faced delays of 11 hours on the approach to the port, with many forced to spend the night in their cars.

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'Lack of encouragement robs girls of engineering careers'

Selective schooling and a lack of encouragement is to blame for a disproportionately low number of women pursuing a career in engineering, one of the country's leading experts has said.

Girls need to be encouraged to explore a career in engineering, Prof Dame Ann Dowling said Credit: PA

Women in Britain account for just eight per cent of engineers, compared with around 20 per cent in other European countries.

Prof Dame Ann Dowling, the Royal Academy of Engineering's first female president, said she was "concerned" that young women in particular were giving up on physics at the age of 14 or 15.

Speaking to Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, she said: "Girls do very well at GCSE science but a small number, only 20 per cent, continue physics on into the sixth form. And physics and maths are the standard entry to do a degree in engineering.

"I am concerned that young women in particular are giving up physics and probably making these decisions when they're 14 or 15."

Young children are "natural engineers" and need encouragement to develop their desire to create and design, she added.

Hundreds forced to spend night in cars amid Dover delays

Hundreds of drivers have been forced to spend the night in their car after tightened security checks by French border officials caused huge delays.

As temperatures soared today, many were left stranded as miles of tailbacks built up.

Drivers have been caught up in delays heading to Dover Credit: APTN

Providing regular travel updates, the Port of Dover Twitter feed said the estimated travel time between the Roundhill Tunnels on the A20 in Folkestone to the port - a nine-mile journey - was 11 hours.

Meanwhile, from the Whitfield Roundabout on the A2 - just five miles away - motorists could expect delays of just under two hours.

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