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Workshops and garages gutted by Kent fire

The blaze destroyed workshops and garages Credit: KFRS

Two fire engines remain at the scene of a fire involving workshops and garages in Tower Industrial Estate, Wrotham in Kent. Firefighters worked through the night to deal with the blaze.

At the height of the inferno, 10 fire engines and specialist appliances attended the scene. Early actions prevented fire damage to adjacent businesses.

A 200-metre cordon, which was set up as a precaution, was lifted at 11.15pm and a section of the A20, which remained closed overnight, reopened at 8.15 am.

There were no reported casualties. The cause of the fire is not yet known.


Burglar's DNA linked him to two crimes

A burglar whose blood was found on a tennis Swingball set in Queenborough has been jailed.

Darren Rogers broke into a home in Minster Road and stole valuable Asian gold jewellery.

Rogers, 37, of First Avenue, Queenborough, was arrested on 13th August after forensic tests linked his DNA to play equipment in the victim’s garden.

Detectives investigating the crime also linked Rogers to another offence at the home of an 89-year-old woman living in Whitstable.

The victim reported a man had entered her home claiming he needed to inspect her property, following complaints from neighbours she had rats.

The victim reported after the male had left she noticed he had rstolen jewellery from her bedroom and a purse from her living room. The victim was then further deceived into handing over her pin number for a bank card in the purse.

Shortly after £300 in cash was withdrawn from the victim’s bank account.

At Maidstone Crown Court Rogers pleaded guilty to the burglary in Queenborough but denied being inside the pensioner’s home in Whitstable.

Rogers also admitted two further charges of possessing cannabis and on 25 November was sentenced to a total of 2 years and 10 months in prison.

Brighton Hippodrome could re-open within 3 years

The Brighton Hippodrome closed in 2007 Credit: ITV Meridian

Brighton's Hippodrome could re-open within three years - owners have revealed.

The Grade two listed theatre closed in 2007. It once welcomed stars such as The Beatles, Houdini and Laurence Olivier.

The Brighton Hippodrome closed in 2007 Credit: ITV Meridian

But now, a campaign to save the Victorian venue has gathered 15 thousand signatures - backed by Dame Judi Dench.

The 'Save our Hippodrome' group hopes to transform the site with a 13 million pound makeover.

Rail commuters warned of Christmas disruption

Commuters in Kent and Sussex are being reminded they may need to make alternative arrangements if they're travelling to work over Christmas.

Upgrade work will disrupt rail services from Brighton to London and many Kent trains will not stop at London Bridge.

Rail commuters in Kent and Sussex could face disruption over Christmas Credit: ITV Meridian

"The work we are doing this Christmas is a crucial part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will mean a better, more reliable railway for passengers when they return to work in the New Year.

"The railway is quieter at Christmas, which is why we do our major work then, but it's still a busy time we know it's still a busy time for people visiting family and friends.

"For that reason we are ramping up our communications to reach as many people as we can, so they can plan ahead and enjoy celebrating while our teams are working hard."

– Network Rail's area director Steve Knight


Firefighters tackling blaze at commercial garage

Flames could be seen from the roof of the building Credit: UK NEWS IN PICTURES
40 firefighters are tackling the blaze Credit: UK NEWS IN PICTURES

Crews from Hampshire were called to a large fire at a commercial garage in Otterbourne at around 3:30am. Up to 40 firefighters are trying to stop the blaze.

The fire started just after 4am Credit: UK NEWS IN PICTURES

One year since Dart Charge came into force

The Dart Charge system was launched a year ago to reduce congestion at the Dartford Crossing Credit: ITV Meridian

It's one year since the Dart Charge payment system, aimed at reducing congestion came into force at the Dartford Crossing.

Highways England says removing the barriers has resulted in faster journey times.

But some drivers complain they have faced problems with the billing system.

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