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Names of first confirmed beach gold finders revealed

Megan Henderson, Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood
Megan Henderson, Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood confirmed as first people to find gold on beach in Folkestone Credit: Folkestone Triennial

The organisers of the Folkestone Triennial gold hunt on a beach in Folkestone have revealed the names of the people confirmed to have found the precious metal buried in the sand.

Kevin Wood, Kirsty henderson and her sister Megan Henderson from Canterbury made their discovery at about 7pm on Friday evening. They had been digging for about an hour before low tide. Each gold bar is worth about £500.

Folkestone Digs gold bars
The gold before it was buried in the sand Credit: Folkestone Triennial

“My legs went from under me and I started shaking,” Kevin recalled. “I put it quietly in my pocket. We left the beach and half way home, we pulled over for a drink.”

– Kevin Wood, Treasure hunter
Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood
Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood at the Kent beach where they made their discovery Credit: Folkestone Triennial

Former Hampshire MP Sir David Mitchell dies

A former Hampshire MP has died at his home in Odiham this morning, his family have confirmed.

He died aged 86 following a long illness.

Sir David Mitchell represented Hampshire North West from 1964 until 1997.

Hampshire MP
Sir David Mitchell has passed away in the early hours of this morning Credit: PA Wire

He was a former Conservative minister, who served under Margaret Thatcher in various departments including industry, transport and Northern Ireland.

Sir David was alo the father of former Cabinet minister and current Tory MP Andrew Mitchell.


Police release e-fit after woman assaulted in Kent

Detectives believe the man in this e-fit may be able to help with their inquiries Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in Kent have released an e-fit image of a man they believe may be able to help with their inquiries.

A woman in her 30s reported being assaulted in Hampstead near Gillingham on Tuesday the 26th August. She said she had been walking along an alleyway between Cedar Grove and Birch Grove at around 8.10am, when she was approached by a man who grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. The woman said she managed to break free, and that the man ran off down the alleyway towards Hempstead Valley Drive.

The woman said the man who attacked her was white, around 5ft7in tall, about 35-40 years old, and was wearing a grey hooded top with pockets and light coloured jeans.

"The victim in this case was left extremely distressed and we are appealing to the community to come forward if they recognise the man in this image.

'We believe he may have information that could assist in our investigation and I would ask members of the public to call me on 01634 792645, quoting crime reference XY/030366/14.

'Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

– Detective Sergeant Darryll Paulson, Kent Police

Kent Police have arrested a man, aged 47, from Gillingham in connection with the incident. He has been bailed until the 6th October pending further inquiries.


Police search for missing boy turn attention to Spain

Police searching for a missing five-year-old boy, who has a brain tumour and was taken from hospital by his parents, have turned their attention towards Spain.

Ashya King's family have close links to Marbella and there were several sightings of their vehicle yesterday, Hampshire Constabulary assistant chief constable Chris Shead told ITV News.

Read more: Missing boy, 5, with brain tumour believed to be in Spain

Appeal for information after boy aged 7 killed in crash

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a seven-year-old boy died in a fatal collision on the A20 near Hythe. A grey Kia Soul car and a black DAF lorry had collided on the Londonbound carriageway.

Officers were called to the scene at Saltwood at 9.30am on Friday 29th August. The road was closed until 2.40pm - causing major delays.

A family of five from the Leeds area who had been travelling in the car suffered serious injuries. The seven-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other young children and their parents were airlifted to hospitals in London.

‘This was clearly a tragic incident and we continue to work to ensure we have the full picture of the circumstances that led to the collision.

‘I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken with police to contact us as soon as possible. I am also keen to get in contact with a female driver of a blue vehicle who stopped at the scene to assist with traffic control.

‘I would like to ask that person to get in contact to help with my enquiries.’

– PC Dawn Smith, Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.


TRAVEL - ROADS: KENT J11-J10/M20 closed - accident

The M20 in Kent closed between J11 (Westenhanger) and J10 (Ashford) westbound. Emergency services are attending an overturned vehicle.

A diversion is in place - marked using a hollow square symbol on local road signs. This will direct traffic off at J11 on to the A20 westbound through Newingreen, Sellindge and Smeeth where road users can rejoin the M20 at J10.

The Highways Agency is advising drivers to allow extra time for their journeys in the area.


Police believe missing Ashya King may be in Spain

Police have received "positive information" that suggests the family of terminally ill Ashya King may now be in Spain.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital yesterday afternoon
Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital yesterday afternoon. Credit: Hampshire Police

The family may be travelling to the Marbella area where they have strong links, Hampshire Police added.

The need to find Ashya is now desperate. It is really important that we find him and ensure he receives medical attention at the earliest opportunity.

We still don’t know whether the King family have any spare batteries for the machine which administers food, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery.

Without properly administered food Ashya’s situation is very serious.

– Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead

Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm on Thursday and travelled on a ferry to France some two hours later.


Grandmother of missing boy describes 'wonderful' dad

The grandmother of missing boy Ashya King has defended his parents, saying they were "wonderful" and had been left beside themselves by his illness.

Ashya, who was being treated for a brain tumour, was taken out of hospital by his family yesterday.

Ashya was spotted being removed from hospital by his family
Ashya was spotted being removed from hospital by his family Credit: Hampshire Police

Speaking from her home in Southsea, his paternal grandmother Patricia King said she has last spoken to her son "quite a while ago", and did not know whether Ashya's illness was terminal.

Of her son, she said:

He's the most caring and wonderful father you could ever have. The kids love him. We are a very close family. He wouldn't have told me anything because he wouldn't want me to know anything in case I got involved in it all.

I knew he was seriously ill, we all knew that.

– Patricia King, grandmother

Missing boy's parents are Jehovah's Witnesses

The Office of Public Information for Jehovah's Witnesses confirmed that the parents of missing boy Ashya King were followers of the religious movement.

We can confirm that the parents of Ashya King are Jehovah's Witnesses. However, we are not aware of the facts of the case nor the reasons for the family's medical choices, which are personal decisions.

There is absolutely no indication, as far as we are aware, that their decision is in any way motivated by any religious convictions. Jehovah's Witnesses are encouraged to seek the best medical treatment for themselves and their children.

– The Office of Public Information for Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds but are open to other medical procedures.

Police said the family's religious beliefs were "irrelevant" at this point.

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