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How the Dartford Crossing will look with automated tolls

Here's what the Dartford Crossing will look like when the tolls disappear later this year. From October, ANPR technology will be used to charge drivers - similar to the way the London Congestion charge works.

Artists impression of how the new tolls will look Credit: Highways Agency

Driver will also be able to pay online, at selected shops or by phone. The crossing will still be free to use between 10pm and 6am.

Artists impression of how the new tolls will look Credit: Highways Agency

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Police search house in connection with 1993 murder

Myrtle Place, Greenhithe
Police vehicles outside house being searched in connection with 1993 murder

Kent Police have carried out a search of a house in connection with the murder of schoolgirl Claire Tiltman. The 16-year-old was stabbed to death near Dartford in 1993.

Officers searched the property on Myrtle Place in Greenhithe this morning.

Claire Tiltman
Claire Tiltman aged 16 was stabbed to death in 1993

Detectives have released a short statement about the investigation.

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Kent Police search address over 1993 schoolgirl murder

Kent Police have issued a statement about their search of an address near Dartford in connection with the 1993 murder of 16-year-old schoolgirl Claire Tiltman.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate Cold Case Investigation Team conducted a search warrant at an address in Myrtle Place, Stone, near Dartford, on Thursday 12 September as part of their on-going enquiries into the historic murder of Claire Tiltman. It is standard practice that undetected murders such as Claire's will be reviewed regularly. The activity on Thursday 12 September is part of that ongoing review.

– Kent Police

Wartime bee-keeper hoping to inspire next generation

A bee-keeper from Dartford whose skills helped save the lives of fellow soldiers in a prisoner of war camp is looking to inspire the next generation of apiarists.

Bill Mundy managed to keep bees while he was in captivity, and the honey they produced was used to treat POWs in the camp's hospital.

Now 91, Bill is still busy with his hobby near his home in Dartford, as Derek Johnson reports.

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Incident at Dartford Tunnel - police investigating

The public are being advised to avoid the Dartford Tunnel at present if they can, after an incident which led to the closure of two lanes just after 11am.

There is queueing traffic on the M25 anticlockwise at A282 (Dartford Tunnel toll booths), and congestion on M25 to J1b A282 / A296 Princes Road (Dartford).

Kent Police are investigating the incident on the QE2 Bridge. Traffic is now using the Dartford Tunnels, but traffic is only running in two lanes in each direction.

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Police: 'It's our job to help if someone is scared'

Inspector Paul Sellwood, of the Kent Police roads policing unit, said:

"This incident shows how seriously we take all calls we receive from members of the public.

"We always respond and we try to help to the best of our ability.

"Our role is maintaining order and safety on the roads, so if someone is concerned, trapped or scared, it is our job to attend and help and support from where-ever we can."

Fear of bridges prompts driver to call 999

The Queen Elizabeth II bridge at the Dartford crossing. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA.

A terrified motorist called 999 yesterday because he was too scared to drive through the Dartford Crossing.

The man - who suffers from gephyrophia, a fear of crossing bridges - had taken a wrong turn and called Kent Police when his satnav directed him to drive over the crossing.

The force control room operator explained to the driver he would be passing through the tunnel, not over the bridge, but the motorist said he still felt too scared to cross.

A police patrol car then located his vehicle, while the operator stayed on the phone to reassure him. The police officer drove the man's car through the tunnel, with him as a passenger, and then sent him on his way.

Dartford woman turns fundraiser after sister's death from meningitis

Zoe Hogan was a fit and healthy mother of two young girls, before she was struck down by a form of meningitis. She was just 35 years old when she died. Her sister, Leoni, who is from Dartford, was determined that some good would come from the tragedy.

She has collected almost £50,000 through fundraising and has now become an ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation during Meningitis Awareness Week, which started on Monday. More now from Tom Savides.

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