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Crackdown on dangerous parking around schools

The crackdown on parents in Brighton parking illegally outside primary schools is continuing today.

Yesterday a parking warden was pushed to the ground by a parent outside the Rudyard Kipling school when they were asked to move their car.

Parking enforcement officers and police are issuing fines to parents who park dangerously.

"Our Safer Routes to School programmes are encouraging more and more children to travel to the classroom on foot, bike or scooter. Therefore it is vital to ensure that nearby pavements and junctions are kept free from obstruction, and motorists behave considerately to enable everyone to travel safely to and from school."

– Councillor Pete West, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee


The biology of books

If you've read a book from a library and wondered about all the other people who might have turned its pages before you, you might be interested to hear about a new project at Kent University. A three hundred year old book is going under the microscope to see what biological history it's picked up. Scientists will analyse bacteria, fungi, viruses and skin cells to unlock secrets of the past. Andrea Thomas reports.

Fighting child poverty in Thanet.

Shocking new figures have revealed that half of all children in one area of Thanet are now living in poverty.

The charity, End Child Poverty, says there are also problems in St Leonards in Sussex where 44 per cent of children are in poverty and Brighton and Hove Kemp Town where the figures are only marginally better - at 40 per cent. It comes as a Government report suggests the UK is in danger of becoming 'permanently divided'. One teaching union has even warned that many children are attending school so hungry that they lack energy and are unable to concentrate.


Chihuahua plucked to safety by firefighters

Foxy the Chihuahua might only be tiny, but she had a big adventure after escaping from the family home in Pegwell Bay, near Ramsgate on Sunday afternoon.

Foxy became stuck after taking herself off for a stroll Credit: Kent Fire & Rescue

Hayley King, owner of the four-year-old, red-haired Chihuahua believes one of her children left the back door open and Foxy saw her opportunity to take herself off for an afternoon stroll. Once the family realised she was missing they spent over three hours searching for her, alerted the police and put up posters and messages on Facebook.

At 6.30pm Hayley received a call from Kent Police to advise that someone had seen her run past the Stanley Gray pub in Pegwell Bay, but couldn’t catch her as she darted towards the undergrowth at the top of the cliff.

“As soon as I went to the cliff, I immediately recognised her cry but couldn’t see her,” said Hayley, “but thankfully off duty Kent Fire and Rescue Service firefighter, Gareth Redmond came to help. He climbed down to look for Foxy in the brambles and undergrowth, but just couldn’t get to her.”

Gareth put in a call for assistance and colleagues from Blue Watch at Ramsgate Fire Station used a thermal imaging camera to find the adventurous pooch, whose faint whimpering could be heard in the distance.

Foxy was quickly brought back to safety using safe access equipment - a line-based system for lowering and raising firefighters into areas of difficult or hazardous access and happily reunited with her grateful owner.

Amazingly Foxy wasn’t even injured, she was checked over by the vet and had a few scratches and just needed a bath. I can’t thank the team enough for rescuing her.

I would also like to say a big thank you to Gareth for his efforts and to his partner Nikki, who stayed with us throughout and was really helpful and reassuring during a very upsetting time.

– Hayley King, owner

Rescue operation to free women trapped under tree

Three people have been injured as strong winds, the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo, buffeted the south today.

Three women were trapped when a tree fell at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex. One was in a mobility scooter. They were all taken to hospital.

The incident happened minutes after the Met Office upgraded it's weather warning to include the South of England. That remains in force until eight o'clock tonight until which time further disruption to travel and further damage is a possibility. Malcolm Shaw reports:

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