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Severe disruptions on high speed train routes

There will be no high speed trains beyond Ashford Credit: PA

High speed trains travelling to and from London St Pancras International are facing serious disruptions because of overhead wire problems at Stratford International.

This means services travelling from London through Kent are all severely reduced or cancelled. There will be no high speed trains beyond Ashford and Faversham at all and passengers will need to change trains to continue on their journeys.

Buses will be brought in to cover services between Dover and Ramsgate.

Rugby fans at the World Cup match between South Africa and USA are likely to face very long delays getting home. They are being strongly recommended to take alternative transport home.

Services from London:

  • St Pancras to Ashford International: 2 trains per hour at 09 & 45 minutes past the hour
  • St Pancras to Faversham: 1 train per hour at 57 minutes past each hour
  • St Pancras to Maidstone West trains will not run

Services to London:

  • Ashford International to St Pancras: 2 trains per hour Faversham to St Pancras: 1 train per hour

Cameron calls his Conservatives a 'top team'

The Prime Minister has delivered his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

David Cameron takes to the stage at the Conservative Party Conference Credit: itv NEWS

David Cameron began by thanking his party and the british people for electing a majority Conservative government, the first for nearly 20 years.

At the podium he reflected on the general election back in May saying the two words that cheer him up are "exit poll". He went on to describe how the family's possessions were all packed up in boxes in the event of a loss.

He told the conference they must deliver a government that supports the vulnerable, backs those who do the right thing and helps them get on in life. He spoke of the importance of good jobs, a decent home, childcare, controlled immigration, lower taxes, and an NHS that operates seven days a week.

"The party of working people, for working people, today tomorrow and always"

– David Cameron

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby was at the conference.


Police officer charged with driving into work drunk but isn't suspended

PC Townsend has been charged with driving into work while drunk Credit: Surrey Police

A police officer based in Surrey has been charged with drink-driving.

Police Constable Nicola Townsend was suspected of turning up to work while over the prescribed alcohol limit on 30th September. She had not travelled into work in a police car.

PC Townsend has not been suspended but is currently working on non-operational duties pending the outcome of criminal and misconduct proceedings.

Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh's latest installation

Presenter and gardener Alan Titchmarsh has been installed as the new Chancellor of the University of Winchester.

Alan Titchmarsh says he's honoured to be chosen for the role Credit: itv Meridian

The presenter who's originally from Yorkshire has been in Hampshire since the 1980's.

He told ITV Meridian the role as Head of the university means he will be the "public face" of the institution and said it was a great honour to be selected.

As Chancellor the presenter will be the public face of the university Credit: itv Meridian

Alan Titchmarsh MBE, is the patron of over 50 charities and organisations and of course a household name, but he says he has no intention of slowing down. He didn't go to university himself but is a champion of education and apprenticeships.

"I am hugely looking forward to working closely with the Vice-Chancellor, to make sure that the University continues to maintain its reputation and goes from strength-to-strength. It will be a challenging role but one that I shall relish.”

– Alan Titchmarsh

The broadcaster, who's also a novelist was officially welcomed into the role as Chancellor at a ceremony today, our reporter Andrew Pate was also there.


Man appears in court over assault on police officers

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with assaulting two police officers in Portsmouth.

Officers were called to an incident at Lloyds Bank in London Road in North End yesterday afternoon after a report of a man stood in the bank holding a knife.

One officer was cut on his arm, while another officer suffered a suspected broken knee bone.

This morning police charged Steven Bradley Wallis, 27, of no fixed abode, with:

  • Affray
  • Possession of a knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place
  • Assault a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm
  • Wound / inflict grievous bodily harm without intent

He's been remanded in custody, to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on November 9.

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