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Smooth sailing for holidaymakers on Black Saturday

Extra border police are on duty at the Port of Dover to prevent a repeat of the long delays suffered by holidaymakers last weekend. More than a quarter of a million cars got caught in huge jams when French authorities stepped up security checks. Today is known as Black Saturday usually the busiest day of the year but so far there've been no major hold ups. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Man critical after crash which closed motorway for 6 hours

Long queues after crash on M3 Credit: Sangeeta Bhabra

Police are trying work out why a van crashed off the M3 motorway into a marker post.

The northbound carriageway was closed for around 6 hours overnight and the southbound carriageway closed for a short period to allow the air ambulance to land.

The white Ford Transit Tipper van left the M3 northbound carriageway between junctions 7 and 6 and collided with the mile marker post for junction 6 shortly after seven last night (Friday, July 29).

The driver, a 25 year-old man from Bournemouth, was taken to Southampton General Hospital by road with a serious leg injury. His condition today is described as critical, but stable.

Police say they don't believe any other vehicle was involved. They're asking drivers who saw the accident to get in touch.

M3 closed after accident involving white van Credit: Sangeeta Bhabra

Appeal after teenager stabbed in stomach

A 17 year old boy is in hospital in a stable condition after being stabbed with a knife during an argument in Reading.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident in Kings Meadow off Napier Road at around 6.50pm yesterday.

Police say they believe the victim knew the offender. He's being treated for a stab wound to the abdomen at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.


Man with automatic machine gun jailed for 11 years

A man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after admitting possessing a fully-automatic TEC 9mm machine pistol along with ammunition in Hastings town centre.

Anthony Hearn, 43, of no fixed address, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life or enabling another to do so; possessing a prohibited automatic weapon; and possessing ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

Anthony Hearne Credit: Sussex Police

Armed officers arrested Hearne and his partner in Wellington Square on the afternoon of Tuesday 1 March. The weapon with silencer and 16 rounds of ammunition were found in a bag in the footwell of their car.

Tamara Callan, 43, of Strathnairn Street, Eltham, South East London, was initially charged with the same firearms offences but that prosecution was later discontinued by CPS. She was also charged with two offences of driving a vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit. She admitted these offences and was sentenced to 12 months disqualification from driving on 11 May at Hastings Magistrates Court.

Five men, one aged 22 from Hastings, one aged 41 from Chatham, one aged 35 from South East London, one aged 46 also from South east London, and one aged 23 from St Leonards, who were also arrested on Tuesday 1 March in Hastings and Bexhill on suspicion of being concerned in the sale or transfer of a prohibited weapon and ammunition, are currently on on police bail until 18 August while enquiries continue.

The gun seized in this operation is a fully working machine pistol capable of firing up to 900 rounds per minute, a potentially devastating weapon that we have been able to take off the streets of Sussex. It is vital that we continue to receive support from our communities so that we can effectively tackle crime, and take weapons like this off our streets.

If you have any information that could lead to the seizure of illegally held firearms, or that could help us in tackling serious crime, please get in touch with us via or call 101. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 (”.

– Detective Superintendent Nick May

Fire in tumble drier destroys family home

A family escaped after a fire which started in a tumble drier engulfed their home. The blaze broke out just after seven yesterday evening at a house in Field Gardens in Wantage.

Tumble drier fire engulfs family home Credit: Oxford Fire and Rescue Service

Three Fire Engines were sent to the incident as well as specialist support vehicles and an Aerial Ladder Platform from Rewley Road Oxford.

Fire crews went in wearing Breathing Apparatus and using high powered water jets to bring the blaze under control.

Home in Wantage gutted Credit: Oxford Fire and Rescue Service

Thanks to the quick actions of the occupier, the family escaped from the fire safely as they followed our advice and: got out, stayed out and called the Fire Service out. This was a severe fire and the prompt offensive action of the initial fire crews undoubtedly saved the adjoining property. Our crews will be continuing to work throughout the night to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

– Incident Commander, Station Manager Paul Molloy
Destroyed by tumble drier Credit: Oxford Fire and Rescue Service
Fire fighters at scene Credit: Oxford Fire and Rescue Service
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