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Warning: leave extra time for coast-bound trip

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A second day of diversions will be in place on the M20 this morning due to problems at the Channel Tunnel.

Non-freight traffic travelling in the direction of Folkestone and Dover will be diverted onto the A20 from Junction 8 (Hollingbourne) and rejoin the motorway at Junction 9 (Ashford West).

This allows backed-up freight traffic to park on the coast-bound carriageway.

Kent Police say drivers should leave more time or find alternative routes as 'Operation Stack' continues.

What is Operation Stack?

Operation Stack is where parts of the M20 are used to queue lorries travelling towards the continent, to avoid causing gridlock across Kent's road network.

It is introduced as an emergency measure.

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M25 closed after lorry crash

The M25 has been shut for most of the day after a lorry crashed into a van that had broken down. The white van was ripped apart after the heavy goods vehicle collided with it on the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions five and six in Surrey.

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Kent Police said the driver of the van had left the vehicle to call for help when the accident happened, so luckily both drivers were unhurt. The HGV also collided with the central reservation, spilling oi and concrete rubble on to the road.

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A police spokeswoman said the accident happened at around 9.50am near Clacket Lane, causing the M25 to be closed completely in the anti-clockwise direction, while two lanes were closed on the clockwise carriageway.

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There were delays of more than an hour with traffic queuing back to the M26. Two lanes of the M25 remain closed in both directions.

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Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something
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