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Complex emergency rescue after woman injured on boat

The injured woman is transferred to paramedics Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Emergency teams have rescued a woman from a boat after it's thought she broke her leg.

Firefighters worked closely with South East Coast Ambulance Service's hazardous area response team to rescue her from the vessel at Medway Bridge Marina, near Rochester.

Crews used a hydraulic platform to transport the woman Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Crews used a 7 metre ladder, assisted by the service's height vehicle, to gain access to the casualty, who was then secured into a stretcher and passed to the care of paramedics.

Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue Service


Dinosaur roadblock bemuses motorists

Motorists on the Isle of Wight have been confronted with a giant triceratops blocking the main road through Godshill.

It's thought alcohol may have had a part to play in the prank, after the dinosaur was moved from its regular home in the garden of a fossil and gem shop.

The owner reckons it must have taken five hefty lads to move Godshilla, who of course is named after her home village.

Lots of people took to social media to share their photos.

Godshilla's owner, Martin Simpson said "It's great people are talking about it, but I wouldn't want to encourage anybody to cause a hazard for traffic."

Tributes to single dad, who died after motorbike crash

Alessandro, known as Alex, was a single dad of two girls Credit: Kent Police

Tributes are being paid to a young father-of-two, who died in hospital, two days after his motorbike collided with a car in Sheerness.

The 26-year-old, who died on Friday 12 February as a result of injuries sustained in the collision, has been named as Alessandro Arcadipine, known to everyone as Alex, from Minster on the Isle of Sheppey.

Alex’s family have paid tribute to a well-respected young man who stepped up to the plate as a single dad to his two daughters, Lucy and Ellie, who lived with him.

His father Joe described him as devoted to his daughters and said nothing was too much trouble for him and he was extremely proud of his little family.

Mr Arcadipine said that Alex would be missed by all who knew him and that he loved his life and his friends but mostly his daughters, with whom he spent all his spare time.

The collision happened on Brielle Way Credit: Google maps

Alex was riding his black Yamaha YQ 100 near the Blue Town end of Brielle Way when he was involved in a collision with a red Citroen C2 at about 10.10am on Wednesday 10 February.

The collision is being investigated by Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit and officers would like to hear from any motorists who witnessed the collision or who may have driven over debris on Brielle Way near where the collision occurred.

UPDATE: Huge container ship 'freed' after running aground

APL Vanda is twice the size of the Hoegh Osaka Credit:

An enormous cargo ship which ran aground on the notorious Bramble Bank overnight, is now back in port after being pulled into deeper water.

The 150,000 tonne APL Vanda was en-route from Le Havre to Southampton when she was grounded off the Isle of Wight at around 10pm on Saturday.

It's believed the grounding was intentional following a loss of power.

APL Vanda was heading to Southampton from Le Havre Credit: UKNIP

The Singapore-registered cargo ship is more than twice the size of the Hoegh Osaka, which was deliberately grounded in the same location in January last year.

The 51,000 ton car transporter was the subject of the largest ever maritime rescue which saw her returned to port several weeks later.

Last night's operation was more straightforward thanks to the skill of eight tugboat teams.

Eight tugs were involved in the rescue operation Credit: UKNIP

APL Vanda was pulled into deeper water shortly after midnight and has now returned to port safely.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency told us they're continuing to monitor the situation

"A large container ship has executed a controlled grounding this evening at Bramble Bank, in Southampton Water, following a loss of power.

"Port of Southampton Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) has sent eight tugs to the vessel.

"At this time no damage or pollution has been reported, the Coastguard continue to monitor the situation."

– MCA statement

Child sex offender found

A Weymouth man wanted for breaching his licence conditions has been found.

David Chadwick, 58 and of Weymouth, was convicted of sexual offences against children in 2013.

He had been wanted by Dorset Police since Wednesday 10 and had travelled around Dorset before leaving the county.

DI Joe Williams, of Dorset Police, said: “Earlier this evening, Saturday 13 February 2016, David Chadwick presented himself to police officers working in Lowestoft, Sussex. He will be immediately recalled to prison.

“I would like to thank members of the public, as well as the media, for their assistance in this investigation.”


Tugs on standby as massive container ship runs aground on Bramble Bank in The Solent

A giant container ship has run aground on the notorious Bramble Bank in The Solent. The Apl Vanda is a Singapore-registered container ship that is nearly 370 metres long and 51 metres wide, it's tonnage is put at at more than 150,000. It's thought to have run aground while trying to turn across the busy waterway between Cowes, Isle of Wight and Southampton Water. Tugs are on standby to try and help the ship get afloat at high tide.

The ship was launched in 2013 and is believed to have sailed to Southampton from France.

Missing child sex offender now thought to be in Norwich

Detectives searching for a wanted Dorset man believe that he travelled to Brockenhurst, in the New Forest, before possibly heading toward Norwich.

Officers are reminding members of public not to approach the man, but instead call police on 999.

David Chadwick, 58 and of Weymouth, was recently released from prison, having been convicted of sexual offences against children in 2013.

After breaching his licence conditions on Wednesday 10 February 2016 he is wanted by the police.

Detective Inspector Joe Williams, said: “The search for David Chadwick is ongoing with officers following numerous lines of enquiries, including house-to-house checks and examination of CCTV.

“We now believe that Chadwick boarded a train at Wareham railway station on Wednesday afternoon and arrived in Brockenhurst, in Hampshire, at around 4.45pm. It is suspected that he may have then boarded a further train on Thursday 11 February 2016 with the intention of travelling to Norwich.

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