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What's on the menu at your local hospital?

It's a bold new move to try to improve the standard of food in our hospitals. As part of a national campaign to raise the quality of meals they will have to meet set requirements to provide healthy and nutritious meals for patients. Latest statistics show a wide variation here in the South East. Andrea Thomas reports now from the Kent and Canterbury Hospital which was rated highly. She spoke to patients, hospital matron Wendy-Ling Relph and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Charges temporarily lifted at the Dartford Crossing

The Highways Agency has temporarily suspended Charges northbound for the Dartford crossing due to an incident involving a HGV and a car which led to a large oil spillage earlier today.

The decision was made at 4.44pm today to help ease the particularly severe congestion which has built up as a result of the emergency and also to reduce the risk of minor collisions in queuing traffic.

Gold diggers descend on Folkestone beach

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

A German artist has sparked an extraordinary 'gold rush' on the Kent coast. Hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach at Folkestone Harbour to search for buried bullion.

Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival. A few fortune-hunters have struck gold. But 20-plus of the ingots are still there for the taking.

David Johns explains, talking to treasure-seekers and the project organiser Claire Doherty.

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Francis Benali one week into his 'Big Run'

Now former Southampton defender Francis Benali is one week into his 'Big Run' which sees him running to every Premier League ground in the country.

The challenge, which aims to raise more than one million pounds for Cancer Research means he has to complete around 50 miles every day for three weeks.

Yesterday he arrived at Burnley from where he spoke to us about what had been a difficult day.

For more information on the run and how to donate click here

Major police operation underway to find boy with brain tumour

A major police operation is underway tonight to find a desperately ill five-year-old boy taken from Southampton Hospital by his parents against the wishes of doctors.

Ashya King has a brain tumour and is receiving 24-hour specialist care - without medical treatment, doctors say there are serious concerns for his life.

Police believe his parents, Brett and Naghemeh King, from Southsea, have taken their family to France.

Ashya was taken from Southampton General Hospital at approximately 2pm yesterday afternoon.

Police say his mum and dad, along with Aysha and six siblings, boarded a ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm - arriving in France three hours later - that's 8pm French time.

They're driving a grey Hyundai hatchback with the registration KP60 HWK. Officers are working with French authorities to try to find them.

Well, our Correspondent, Martin Dowse has more.

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