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Inquest opens into death of soldier hit by police car

The family of a Hampshire soldier who was killed when he was struck by a police car say their son has not received the full justice he deserves.

The inquest into the death of Joshua Brown heard the officer was driving too fast along the A31 at Hog's back near Guildford when he hit the 21 year old as he walked along the road.

Today the coroner recorded a verdict of death by road traffic accident. Emma Wilkinson was there.

Fire crews dealing with potentially harmful substance in Kent

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with an incident involving a potentially harmful material at West Street pier in Gravesend.

Road closures are in place to allow emergency services to deal with the incident and so motorists are being asked to avoid the area if possible.

The substance causing the incident is called MDI isoscyanate, which is a component in expanding filler foam. It was being used by contractors to repair a floatation tank on a floating pontoon at Gravesend Pier.

The resulting chemical reaction creates a gas which is classed as an irritant.

This means it may causes problems with breathing or irritate the eyes, although it is more likely to affect those with a pre-existing condition.

Anyone affected should seek medical advice.

Residents in the affected areas are requested to continue to keep windows and doors shut for a further two hours. It is likely that the chemical smell will remain in the air for several days, but it is not harmful.

Concern for missing teenager

Peter Crozier was last seen on Wednesday morning Credit: Sussex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of teenager Peter Crozier, who has gone missing from his home in Broadfield, Crawley.

Peter was last seen on Wednesdaymorning at K2 Leisure Centre in Tilgate.

Peter is white, 5' 10" to 5' 11" and of slim build with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a large black parka style duffle coat with black skinny jeans and a small Adidas bag.

"Please contact us if you know of Peter's whereabouts. We think he may still be in the Crawley area as there have been some sightings of him near to K2 Leisure Centre in Tilgate over the past couple of days."

– PC Mark Green


Man jailed for child sex offences

Lee Danton has been jailed for five years Credit: Kent Police

A man who pleaded guilty to committing nine child sex offences between 1 September 2014 and 4 January 2015 has been jailed for five years and four months.

Leslie Eric Danton, 66, from Chilton Field in Ash was jailed when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 17 April.

He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Police charged Danton on 4 January with a total of nine offences against a young girl. They include:

Three counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by penetration with a part of the bodyThree counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activityThree counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by touching.He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on 26 January.

The offences relate to incidents that took place at Danton’s home.

He was also admitted possession of pornography.

"Danton is a highly manipulative person who carried out a series of attacks on a young girl in a short space of time. I commend the bravery of the victim in coming forward and the sentence given to Danton is a satisfying result for officers who worked very hard to bring the offender to justice."

– Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Daniel Aylett

Oxford Randolph hotel fire believed to have started in kitchen

The MacDonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford

A fire which broke out at an Oxford hotel this afternoon is not thought to be suspicious.

Police have remained at the MacDonald Randolph Hotel this evening after the blaze, which is believed to have started in the ground floor kitchen.

Officers were called to the historic building on Beaumount Street at 4.37pm, following reports of smoke coming from the roof.

Three people were checked over by paramedics at the scene but they didn't require further medical attention.

“Following a fire at the Randolph Hotel, a major incident has been declared. We are supporting our colleagues in Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service who are at the scene.

“We are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum and would like to thank members of the public for their patience and their cooperation

– Supt Christian Bunt, LPA Commander for Oxford

ITV Meridian has learned a significant number of guests and staff from the Randolph and nearby buildings have been evacuated.

All of the floors and rooms in the hotel have been searched and it's not believed anyone remains inside the building.

Road closures in the area will remain in place in to the night, while officers say they are working to try to enable the city to return to normality 'as quickly as possible'.

Road closures in the area include Beaumont Street, Magdalen Street and St Giles.

A diversion for cars is in place via Walton Street and on to St Margaret's Road and Woodstock Road.

A diversion for taxis and buses is in place via Parks Road, Broad Street and George Street.

Motorists and members of the public are advised to avoid the area due to the ongoing disruption.

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