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Polytunnels in area of outstanding natural beauty

One of the South East's biggest fruit farmers has won planning permission for permanent polytunnels - covering an area the size of 28 football pitches - in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Sevenoaks Council has approved the development at Penshurst near Tunbridge Wells - despite hundreds of objections. Environmentalists fear it's a test-case decision that could lead to large-scale polytunnel farming on some of Kent's most cherished landscapes. Derek Johnson reports.

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82-year-old farmer mauled by dogs while trying to protect his sheep

Police are trying to track down the owner of two dogs that savaged an elderly Sussex farmer who was trying to protect his sheep from attack.

82 year old Henry Osborne needed urgent hospital treatment when his face was mauled in the attack in the Ashdown Forest.

Neither dog was wearing a collar or tag - and police are appealing for witnesses. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Mr Osborne, conservation officer Steve Alton and Sgt Tom Carter.

Russell Watson talks about his new musical

Now to a man who has been entertaining us for 27 years. In that time he's released 11 studio albums, won four classical Brit awards and has been Number One in both the UK AND the USA at the same time.

Not too bad for a man who left school with no qualifications! We are talking about the tenor known as the Voice, Russell Watson of course, who thrilled the crowds when her performed at Tonbridge Castle this summer.

Caroline Whitmore caught up with him to talk about his brand new musical, Heaven on Earth.

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Girl, 3, dies after being taken to hospital in New Forest

A three-year-old girl has died after being taken to hospital in the New Forest.

Police were called to an address in Whitsbury Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, at 7pm on Thursday.

The child was taken to Salisbury District Hospital and was pronounced dead later that evening.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: "We were called to an address in Whitsbury Road, Fordingbridge, following a report of a concern for welfare.

"Officers attended along with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service.

"A three-year-old girl was taken to Salisbury District Hospital and was pronounced dead later in the evening. Police are making inquiries into the circumstances of the girl's death."

The spokesman added: "A 35-year-old woman from Fordingbridge has been arrested as part of our inquiries."

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