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Thames Coastguard aware of dead whale off Kent coast

A dead whale has been spotted off the north Kent coast. The mammal, reported to be around 20ft long and either a humpback or sperm whale, was seen off the Isle of Sheppey this morning.

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FAVERSHAM update: The whale in the Swale, stranded between Whitstable and the Isle of Sheppey. Pic @robsbirding http://t.co/2mgu91lH91

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Julia Cable, of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said they were unable to reach the whale because it had refloated. Thames Coastguard said:

"We have informed the local port authority and are just waiting and seeing what happens at low tide."

High winds rip open roof of a house near Bluewater

The weekend's high winds tore part of the roof away from a house in Greenhithe in Kent. Images show the exposed roof beams of the property in Ingress Park, near the Bluewater Shopping Centre.

Get today's full forecast with Martin Stew here

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Motorway hole causes commuter chaos

A huge sinkhole on the M2 in north Kent means one of the south east's busiest roads remains shut this evening - more than 24 hours after it was first discovered. Highways surveyors at the scene say they have no idea when they can fully reopen the motorway.

It's meant long tailbacks and delays for drivers in the Faversham and Sittingbourne areas. Our reporter Nashreen Issa talks to Kevin Bown from the Highways Agency and Philip Gomm from the RAC Foundation.

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M2 sinkhole now has own Twitter account

Sinkhole on M2 now has its own Twitter account Credit: Highways Agency

A sinkhole which opened up on the M2 motorway in Kent has now got its own Twitter account.

The sinkhole opened up on the central reservation yesterday

Using the address @M2Sinkhole it describes itself as the bad boy of the M2. Bringing you all the inside info on the chaos I'm causing! Get the hole story here!

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M2 sinkhole - diversion information

Engineers were joined on site by the emergency services including Kent Fire & Rescue Service. Cameras have been and will continue to be used to investigate the extent and nature of the hole.

The site was closely monitored overnight, whilst equipment and materials are being organised and deployed to site ready for our contractors to start work as soon as it is safe to do so. A clearly signed diversion is in place via the A249, the M20, the A20, the A252, and the A251.

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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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