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Divers search river as fears grow for missing Patrick

Patrick Lamb has been missing for a week Credit: Kent Police

Police searching for 28 year old Patrick Lamb who disappeared in Maidstone a week ago have sent divers in to search part of the River Medway.

It comes as friends of Patrick launch a huge awareness campaign to help track him down.

He was last seen at Bar Chocolate on Friday night LAST week.

Friends are desperate to find the 26 year old Credit: Kent Police

Police have today been using sonar to search part of the river, and this afternoon a tent was erected on the river bank. But an officer told ITV Meridian tonight that there was still no sign of the missing man.

Friends of Mr Lamb, who grew up in Whitstable and went to Canterbury High School, say it is extremely out of character for him not to have made contact and have set up a Facebook appeal for information.

The Facebook page created by Patrick's friends Credit: Facebook


Drink driver caught after running out of petrol

A drink-driver was caught after his car ran out of petrol on his way home.

Jonathan Viney, 28, had been out drinking to drive home.

His car broke down so he abandoned it in the road and went on foot to get fuel from a nearby petrol station.

When he returned police officers were waiting to arrest him.

A breathalyser confirmed he had 86 millilitres of alcohol per 100 millilitres of his breath - more than twice the 35 millilitres legal limit.

He had already served a drink-driving ban after being convicted of the offence in 2006.

Viney, of Silver Birch Drive, Bognor Regis, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 46 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing in Sussex and Surrey, said: "Viney knew the consequences of being caught drink-driving but decided to try his luck anyway and is now paying the price.

"It was fortunate that he had not bothered to keep track of how much petrol was in his car because if he had continued driving he could have caused a serious accident.

"He put both himself and other people in danger.

"There is no excuse for drink-driving and we will not tolerate it in Sussex or Surrey."


Faversham remembers WWI hero

A memorial stone has been unveiled in Faversham town centre in honour of the town's war First World War hero, Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame VC.

Sir Philip was awarded the Victoria Cross in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.

The stone was officially unveiled by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, the Chief Royal Engineer.

"He was a great man in so many ways," said Sir Mark, "and the Royal Engineers are delighted that the country has seen fit, in this centenary anniversary of his VC award, to recognise his achievements in this grand manner in his home town.”

Sir Mark Mans unveils memorial stone Credit: Shepherd Neame

India's dancing bears swap lives of torture for sanctuary, thanks to Sussex charity

An animal charity from Sussex is celebrating the success of its mission to save India's dancing bears from lives of cruelty and exploitation.

It's five years since International Animal Rescue took the last Sloth Bear off the streets and into a sanctuary.

Now, to mark the anniversary, the charity has released remarkable footage showing the bear's new life.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Alan Knight who spearheaded the project.

Hundreds arrested in drink drive campaign

Police Forces across the region have been busier than they'd hoped with their drink drive campaigns this year. Since the beginning of December, Surrey Police have made 56 arrests for drink driving. In Hampshire, that number almost doubles to 101. But the highest number is in the Thames Valley, where 117 have been arrested. Drink driving can devastate lives and lead to years in prison and driving bans. The Police are today asking motorists to consider - is it really worth the risk? Juliette Fletcher has the story.

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