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Kids go hungry in summer months

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

It's the summer holidays so you might think for kids that means ice creams, fish and chips and lots of fun. But in fact too many children across the south east, are going hungry while they're out of school - because parents can't afford to feed them.

That, at any rate, is according to new research from the main foodbank charity, the Trussell Trust.

David Johns has been investigating, speaking to education consultant, Nigel Utton, and Mark Ward from the Trussell Trust.


Long delays on motorways as thousands leave for Bank Holiday

There are massive jams on the M25 this afternoon as thousands head away for the Bank Holiday. Long queues mean delays on the entire southern section with two-hour delays from Dartford to Heathrow.

The junction around the M11 is badly hit as well.

Gridlock at the junction with the M3 means many drivers are diverting to the M4. It follows a slow start to the getaway earlier today.


Fire chiefs warn residents over smoke

Around 50 firefighters were called to a large fire involving three barns near Elm Lane, Minster-on-Sea on the Isle of Sheppey, shortly after 1.15am today.

Smoke from the fire was thought to contain some potentially irritant substances so Kent Fire and Rescue Service asked members of the public to remain inside their homes and keep doors and windows closed as a precaution.

Farm machinery was used to break apart haystacks that were alight to stop the fire spreading further.

A short time ago, two fire engines were still at the site. The cause of the fire is not yet known and will be investigated.

Woman 'raped in Reading Festival caravan'

Thames Valley Police is investigating a report of rape that took place on the grounds of Reading Festival last night . At around 11.30pm, the victim, a 19-year-old woman met a man and a boy near an ice cream van opposite one of the mobile phone charging points in one of the campsites.

The victim reported that she had subsequently been raped in a caravan on the festival traders' site.

A 31-year-old man from London and a 14-year-old boy from Surrey have been arrested on suspicion of rape and are currently in police custody.

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