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Chihuahua plucked to safety by firefighters

Foxy the Chihuahua might only be tiny, but she had a big adventure after escaping from the family home in Pegwell Bay, near Ramsgate on Sunday afternoon.

Foxy became stuck after taking herself off for a stroll Credit: Kent Fire & Rescue

Hayley King, owner of the four-year-old, red-haired Chihuahua believes one of her children left the back door open and Foxy saw her opportunity to take herself off for an afternoon stroll. Once the family realised she was missing they spent over three hours searching for her, alerted the police and put up posters and messages on Facebook.

At 6.30pm Hayley received a call from Kent Police to advise that someone had seen her run past the Stanley Gray pub in Pegwell Bay, but couldn’t catch her as she darted towards the undergrowth at the top of the cliff.

“As soon as I went to the cliff, I immediately recognised her cry but couldn’t see her,” said Hayley, “but thankfully off duty Kent Fire and Rescue Service firefighter, Gareth Redmond came to help. He climbed down to look for Foxy in the brambles and undergrowth, but just couldn’t get to her.”

Gareth put in a call for assistance and colleagues from Blue Watch at Ramsgate Fire Station used a thermal imaging camera to find the adventurous pooch, whose faint whimpering could be heard in the distance.

Foxy was quickly brought back to safety using safe access equipment - a line-based system for lowering and raising firefighters into areas of difficult or hazardous access and happily reunited with her grateful owner.

Amazingly Foxy wasn’t even injured, she was checked over by the vet and had a few scratches and just needed a bath. I can’t thank the team enough for rescuing her.

I would also like to say a big thank you to Gareth for his efforts and to his partner Nikki, who stayed with us throughout and was really helpful and reassuring during a very upsetting time.

– Hayley King, owner

Rescue operation to free women trapped under tree

Three people have been injured as strong winds, the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo, buffeted the south today.

Three women were trapped when a tree fell at Southwick Recreation Ground in West Sussex. One was in a mobility scooter. They were all taken to hospital.

The incident happened minutes after the Met Office upgraded it's weather warning to include the South of England. That remains in force until eight o'clock tonight until which time further disruption to travel and further damage is a possibility. Malcolm Shaw reports:


RSPCA warning over 'dumping pets like rubbish'

We're supposed to be a nation of animal-lovers - but the RSPCA has today warned that more people than ever are dumping pets "like rubbish".

In Kent the RSPCA dealt with 970 cases since January. In Essex there were 867 cases, in East Sussex 456 cases, and in West Sussex there were 302.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been to see one dog in Kent that was found dumped in a drugs den.

Prolific art forger's paintings up for sale

He had the dubious reputation of being the world's most prolific art forger. Until his death, Eric Hebborn churned out works in the style of the old masters - Rubens, Van Dyck and even Michelangelo.

His paintings were so convincing he fooled experts in some of the top international galleries. But how did he do it?

Clues to the answer are revealed as some of his sketches go on auction tomorrow in Wiltshire. Here's Martin Dowse.

Jury retires to consider verdict in double murder trial

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a dog breeder charged with shooting dead his partner and her daughter.

82-year-old John Lowe denies murdering Charlotte, who was 66, and 40-year-old Lucy Lee at his puppy farm at Tilford near Farnham.

Richard Slee sends this report from Guildford Crown Court.

Man jailed for 7-years for possession of a machete

Aaron Shucksmith has been sentenced to seven years Credit: Kent Police

A man who caught with drugs and machete on him during a stop check has been jailed for seven years.

Aaron Shucksmith, 25 from Middlesex was seen in a BMW King Street, Margate on 5 January 2014. Officers had reason to believe the car had earlier been involved in a road traffic collision so when they searched the vehicle found drugs and a machete. He originally told officers the driver of the car had fled, but he was found to be carrying the key to the ignition.

He was arrested and during further examinations at the station more drugs, including heroin were found which he had tried to conceal.

He was charged with possession of a bladed article and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

A jury at Canterbury Crown Court found him guilty on 14 October and he was sentenced to seven years on Thursday 16 October.

"Shucksmith showed a total disregard for the law by having a considerable amount of controlled drugs concealed on his person and being in possession of a machete in public. Shucksmith intended to sell these drugs and was prepared to defend himself if necessary. Even though Shucksmith attempted to evade justice a dangerous offender has been removed from the streets of Kent."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Adam Hinton


'Illegal immigrants' found in lorry in Kent

Four suspected illegal immigrants have been detained after being found in a lorry full of tyres in Kent.

Kent Police were called to the London-bound carriageway of the M20 following reports of suspected migrants on the vehicle.

The motorway was closed near junction 9 while police removed the people from the lorry.

A force spokesman said the immigration authorities would be informed of the incident.

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Sunderland fans offered refund after 8-0 defeat

Credit: P.A.

Dedicated Sunderland fans who travelled to Southampton to watch their team lose 8-0 have been offered a refund.

The idea was initially suggested by goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Speaking on behalf of the squad, Sunderland AFC’s captain John O’Shea said: “We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle."

Details of how to claim a refund are on the club's website.

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