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Firefighters tackle Kent farm blaze

Firefighters are currently tackling a fire in a number of farm buildings in Kent. The fire at the outbuildings at Pye Corner, Ulcombe started at just before midday.

Residents are being advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution Credit: Lauren Blair


Flight of Britons killed in terror attack return to Oxfordshire

The RAF plane is travelling back to Oxfordshire this afternoon Credit: Neil Connery

A flight containing the bodies of eight Britons killed by a gunman in the Tunisian beach massacre has begun its journey to the UK.

The C-17 military transport aircraft left Tunis airport bound for Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The flight set off as Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs that 27 British nationals had been confirmed dead.

The death roll is expected rise as 30 Britons are believed to be among the 38 shot dead by student Seifeddine Rezgui at the beach resort of Sousse on Friday.

The Repatriation flight will start loading victims' coffins in Tunisia before heading back to the UK Credit: ITV News


Coastguards hand out water to helpless drivers stuck on M20

Members of the Coastguard hand out water to stranded lorry drivers on the M20 in Ashford, Kent Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Operation Stack remains in place due to industrial action in Calais on what is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Travellers on both sides of the Channel are facing further disruption as a strike looks set to keep the Port of Calais closed until Thursday.

Travellers planning to use the Channel Tunnel are urged to check with the operator before starting their journey Credit: PA Wire
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Urgent health warnings issued on hottest day of 2015

A fishing boat in front of the rising sun in the North sea off the Northumberland coast. Credit: PA

Young children, the elderly and those with serious illnesses have been warned to avoid going outside as the UK basks in its hottest day in nine years.

It is the hottest day of the year and temperatures could hit 35C (95F) in London today, while most of Britain will see the mercury hover between 30C (86F) and 33C (91.4C).

Public Health England has warned people to try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, and have called on the public to look out for the elderly, young children and those with serious illnesses.

Independent Age, a charity representing older people, called on the public to check on their elderly neighbours.

Parts of the UK will be hotter than Barcelona and Athens today.

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