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Crews dealing with large fire in block of flats

Crews tackle a fire at a flat in Canterbury Credit: ITV Meridian

Fire crews in Kent are fighting a fire in Creine Mill Lane North Canterbury.

They were called at 14.28 to a fire in the utility room of a top floor flat.

Crews have been using four breathing apparatus, three main jets, two hose reel jets and a 135 ladder. Four fogspikes, which pump a fine spray into the building, are being used to create firebreaks to help prevent the lateral spread of the fire.

Ten pumps are currently at the incident. All residents are accounted for. The area is being evacuated.

Celebrated illustrator Sir Quentin Blake in Hastings

The inimitable Sir Quentin Blake has returned to the Jerwood Gallery for an exclusive new exhibition, Quentin Blake: Life Under Water – A Hastings Celebration which opens today (until 6th September 2015)

The celebrated illustrator and first Children’s Laureate has created 24 new works that combine the vitality and vibrancy of the famous, historic town and the sea that defines it.


Bears bangers bash to help children's hospital

More than 130 drivers from across England, Scotland, Wales and Europe are gathering at Arlington Stadium for a banger racing evening in aid of the The Royal Alexandra children's hospital in Brighton. The event is organised by the country's largest team The Bears who hope to raise £7000 to pay for a new heart/cardiac monitor.

If we could raise enough to cover the purchase of the monitor outright that would be incredible. We know how much they desperately need this equipment, and so we will all being going out to do our best to ensure we can provide it for them. We want to make ‘The Bash’ at Arlington, an evening that race fans simply won’t forget!

– Nigel Riley, Bears captain

This is the third time The Bears have hosted this event. Including a sky dive, to date they've raised over £16,000 for the hospital. Racing starts at 5:30pm.

Don't drink and swim - RNLI warning after drunk saved from sea

The RNLI in Brighton is warning people not to drink alcohol before swimming in the sea - after their fourth rescue in a month

Volunteers rushed to the rescue of an intoxicated man who was spotted near Brighton Palace Pier this morning (Saturday 4 July).

The crew were paged at 5.45am after receiving a call from Sussex Police saying that a man had entered the water fully clothed and was refusing to come out.

The man was brought onto the lifeboat where a full medical assessment was carried out. His condition was deteriorating due to a mixture of alcohol and cold water shock and he was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital.

This is our 4th shout in a month to an intoxicated male. We are urging all party-goers not to go in the sea after a night out as can be very dangerous. Today the gentleman was very lucky with the quick response from Sussex Police, Brighton Seafront Office, Shoreham Coastguard and the crew from the lifeboat.

– Jade Cohen, volunteer Brighton lifeboat

The incident highlights the RNLI's annual Respect the Water campaign which seeks to educate people about the potential dangers of entering the sea without checking conditions, without proper equipment and precautions, or while under the influence of alcohol.

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