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Huge exercise for "missing" man

Dozens of volunteers have taken part in a search and rescue exercise in Kent as part of their work to find missing and vulnerable people.

Kent Search and Rescue works with emergency services, often in cases where there's a risk to life. Derek Johnson reports. He spoke to Paul Lewis and Stewart Baird from Kent Search and Rescue.


Young driver killed in multiple pile-up

Flowers have been left at the scene Credit: ITV Meridian

A young driver who died in a collision involving two other cars in Kent has been named locally as Adrian Stroud.

Emergency crews were called to Old Thanet Way near Herne Bay at around 12.30am this morning.

A silver Volkswagen Golf GTI was reported to have been travelling towards Herne Bay when it was involved in a collision with a silver Land Rover and a blue Vauxhall Corsa near the junction with Eddington Lane.

The 23 year old driver of the Golf, who was from Margate, died at the scene.

Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to free a male passenger from the Range Rover.

He was taken to hospital for treatment along with three other people travelling in the Corsa.

Officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are urging any witnesses to the collision, or who may have seen any of the vehicles leading up to it, to come forward.


Prickly case of stolen hedgehogs

One of the 95 hedgehogs being looked after. Credit: WRAS

An animal charity is worried about the welfare of two rescued hedgehogs which have been stolen from an enclosure in Uckfield, East Sussex.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service has discovered two of their over wintered hedgehogs have been stolen from one of their pens in Uckfield and have reported the incident to Sussex Police.

WRAS has been looking after 95 hedgehogs this winter and is in the process of returning them all to their home ranges, but discovered two of them missing.

The two hedgehogs are microchipped and can be identified and the charity is appealing for the hedgehogs to be returned, as wild hedgehogs do not make good pets, and struggle to survive if released into an area which does not already have hedgehogs.

There are fears for the well-being of the stolen animals Credit: WRAS

“Our volunteers have worked so hard this winter looking after these hedgehogs and it feels like a kick in the teeth that someone has taken them and wasted all our hard work and we obviously don’t want them to end up suffering. This is the first time we have had anything like this happen in the 30 years which I have doing rescue work. I am more concerned that the hedgehogs are returned, so we can rehabilitate them back to the wild safely. So would appeal to those responsible to contact us and arrange to leave them somewhere we can find or collect them.”

– Trevor Weeks MBE, Charity Founder
The charity is appealing for their safe return Credit: WRAS

The charity is now putting padlocks on all its pens and enclosures at various sites across the county.

Archbishop passes on victims' letters

The Archbishop of Canterbury is on a visit to Egypt Credit: PA

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has personally handed over letters of condolence from the families of British terror victims to the leader of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East.

The gesture, believed to include letters from the family of murdered British aid worker David Haines, was made to Bishop Tawadros, the Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians, as the archbishop made a whirlwind visit to Egypt.

The two-day trip, described as a "visit of condolence", follows the murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. The migrant workers were kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants in February.

Appeals after man found critically injured by roadside

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: Simon Rowley

Police are making a further appeal for witnesses after a man was found in the road on the A35 at Burley with serious head injuries on the afternoon of Saturday, April 18.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

At around 4.15pm, a red Nissan Navara was travelling along the A35 through Burley Manor crossroads, towing a fair ground ride.

After it passed through the crossroads, the driver of another vehicle a few cars back spotted a man lying in the road.

The victim, from Kent, is seriously injured in hospital Credit: Simon Rowley

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the red Nissan Navara towing the ride as it travelled from Christchurch Quay, through Somerford and on the A35 towards Lyndhurst.

“We would like to know if anyone noticed anything unusual about the vehicle or its trailer.”

– Sergeant Adrienne Jerram

The injured man, a 51-year-old from Kent, remains at Southampton General Hospital where his injuries are described as life threatening.

Anyone with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Eastleigh police station on 101 quoting Operation Classical. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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