50ft hole closes motorway section

A 10-mile section of motorway in Kent has been closed in both directions after a huge, 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation.

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Highways Agency update on the motorway sinkhole

A section of the M2 in Kent remains closed between J5 and J6 in both directions this morning for safety reasons as work continues to investigate what caused a hole to open up in the central reservation yesterday. Lanes on the M2 will only be reopened to traffic as soon it is safe to do so.

Drivers heading to and from Dover are advised to use the M20. The Highways Agency and its contractors are working hard with partners, including the emergency services and Kent County Council to minimise disruption as much as possible.

The hole, between junction five for Sittingbourne and junction six for Faversham, is approximately five metres long, two metres wide, and about five metres deep (15x6.5x15ft) and was reported yesterday afternoon by Highways Agency contractors.

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Police reveal convicted killer on the run for 2 months

A convicted murderer who was admitted to hospital in Gillingham, Kent, complaining of chest pains has been on the run for more than two months, police have revealed.

John Murch, 52, who was serving a life sentence for killing a man in Liverpool, was being held at Category D Standford Hill prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.

He was admitted to the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham on August 31, but absconded the following day.

A public appeal for information about his whereabouts which was made by Kent Police in September did not mention that Murch was a killer.

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Public advised not to approach murderer on the run

Murch is not currently considered to be a direct threat to the public however we advise you not to approach him and call 999 immediately. We are keen to speak to anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts."

– Met Police spokesperson

Anyone with information should call Kent Police, or the Wanted Offender Unit at Twickenham Police Station on 020 8247 7191, quoting ref EWMS 01TW/392014 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Report: Murderer John Murch on the run in Richmond

A killer serving a life sentence for murder has been spotted in Richmond town centre and Sheen High Street, according to the Richmond and Twickenham local Guardian.

John Murch

John Murch, 52, who was serving life after killing a man in Liverpool but absconded from Medway Maritime hospital in Kent after he was admitted the previous day with chest pains.

Murch is described as white, medium build, 6ft and has balding hair. He has connections to Liverpool, Hammersmith and Fulham areas.

Toddler escapes as car squashes buggy against a wall

A child has reportedly been pulled from the wreckage, after a car crashed into his buggy, squashing him against a wall. According to the Daily Mail the child's mother witnessed the accident in Gravesend in Kent. The local MP was also nearby at the time.

It was a miracle. If the car had come a few centimetres further the child would have died.

I heard unhappy sounds and rushed over and a car had crashed into a buggy and it was squeezed into a wall.

The child was lifted out by a guy - the kid seemed fine but the parents were obviously upset.'

– Adam Holloway, Gravesham MP, speaking to the Daily Mail

Watch out, the Snowminator's about...

Children in Kent are being asked to invent names for the county's fleet of snow gritters. The council are hoping to christen their fleet of 60 grit-mobiles with a variety of inventive wintry names.

Suggestions like "Snowminator" "Snow Farah" and "Usain Salt" have got the ball rolling, but if you have any good ideas, you can enter the competition here.

The winners will be invited to attend a ceremony and the top three names will win prizes and the chance to ride in one of the gritters.

  • Entries must be submitted by Friday 18 October 2013.
  • The 60 winning names will be announced between 21 October & 1 November.
  • Entries age limit is up to 11 years old.
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