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Drink driver caught after running out of petrol

A drink-driver was caught after his car ran out of petrol on his way home.

Jonathan Viney, 28, had been out drinking to drive home.

His car broke down so he abandoned it in the road and went on foot to get fuel from a nearby petrol station.

When he returned police officers were waiting to arrest him.

A breathalyser confirmed he had 86 millilitres of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath - more than twice the 35 millilitres legal limit.

He had already served a drink-driving ban after being convicted of the offence in 2006.

Viney, of Silver Birch Drive, Bognor Regis, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 46 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing in Sussex and Surrey, said: "Viney knew the consequences of being caught drink-driving but decided to try his luck anyway and is now paying the price.

"It was fortunate that he had not bothered to keep track of how much petrol was in his car because if he had continued driving he could have caused a serious accident.

"He put both himself and other people in danger.

"There is no excuse for drink-driving and we will not tolerate it in Sussex or Surrey."

Faversham remembers WWI hero

A memorial stone has been unveiled in Faversham town centre in honour of the town's war First World War hero, Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame VC.

Sir Philip was awarded the Victoria Cross in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.

The stone was officially unveiled by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, the Chief Royal Engineer.

"He was a great man in so many ways," said Sir Mark, "and the Royal Engineers are delighted that the country has seen fit, in this centenary anniversary of his VC award, to recognise his achievements in this grand manner in his home town.”

Sir Mark Mans unveils memorial stone Credit: Shepherd Neame

India's dancing bears swap lives of torture for sanctuary, thanks to Sussex charity

An animal charity from Sussex is celebrating the success of its mission to save India's dancing bears from lives of cruelty and exploitation.

It's five years since International Animal Rescue took the last Sloth Bear off the streets and into a sanctuary.

Now, to mark the anniversary, the charity has released remarkable footage showing the bear's new life.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Alan Knight who spearheaded the project.

Hundreds arrested in drink drive campaign

Police Forces across the region have been busier than they'd hoped with their drink drive campaigns this year. Since the beginning of December, Surrey Police have made 56 arrests for drink driving. In Hampshire, that number almost doubles to 101. But the highest number is in the Thames Valley, where 117 have been arrested. Drink driving can devastate lives and lead to years in prison and driving bans. The Police are today asking motorists to consider - is it really worth the risk? Juliette Fletcher has the story.


Brothers jailed for life for brutal murder

Two brothers convicted of murdering a hard-working newsagent as he headed to work in Southampton in the early hours of the morning have been jailed for life.

Jonathan McKinley, 23, and Samuel McKinley, 25, will both serve at least 28 years behind bars before being eligible for parole over the killing of Choudhry Zishan, a court official confirmed. Cary Johnston reports.

Statement from family of cyclist killed in crash

Bethany Mackie has been jailed for five years Credit: Kent Police

A teenage motorist who caused the death of a charity cyclist on the Old Thanet Way earlier this year has been jailed for five years.

Bethany Mackie, 18, of Beltinge Road in Herne Bay, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 19 December, having previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, and driving with excess alcohol.

Her Peugeot 206 collided with cyclist Christian Smith near Chestfield, Whitstable, at 4am on Saturday 22 March.

"The last eight months have been incredibly difficult and I hope after today that myself and my children will be able to start looking forward.

I would not have made it through this time without the amazing support of my family and friends, for which I will always be thankful.

I would also like to thank Kent Police for treating me with such kindness and consideration.

I thank everyone in advance for continuing to respect our privacy."

– Katie Smith, wife of Christian Smith
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