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Two men in prison escape

Mark Chatfield was jailed for burglary Credit: Sussex Police

Two men have absconded from Ford Prison in Sussex. The pair haven't been seen since Thursday morning (2 July).

Lee Fudge, 29, was jailed for life in 2007 for the robbery of a BP garage in Kent. He has links to Gravesend and Birchington in Kent.

Chatfield, 39, was jailed for four years for burglary in August 2014 after he broke into a home in Guildford, Surrey.

He has links to Surrey, in particular Guildford, Albury and Leatherhead, and to Farnborough in Hampshire.

We need the public's help to find both men so they can be returned to custody to serve the remainder of their sentences. If you see them do not approach them but instead call 999

– Detective Inspector Dave Grover

Recent Calais disruption 'costing economy £250m a day'

The Port of Dover remains open as normal with regular sailings following a series of industrial action in France.

As the Port of Calais continues to operate two berths only, P&O Ferries continues to run a full service to Calais, whilst DFDS Seaways operates a full service to Dunkerque, with an additional vessel diverted to the route to help accommodate heavy traffic.

"P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways have done a fantastic job at keeping the traffic moving in recent days, with the re-routing of vessels and the short-term use of Boulogne. The recent disruption to this vital international trade corridor cost the national economy £250million per day in lost trade. From Kent Police, Highways England, Kent County Council, the ferry companies and port staff to the local community, I would like to thank all involved for a positive partnership approach to tackle a very difficult situation."

– Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover


40 minute delays for Dover ferries

There are delays of up to 40 minutes on P&O Ferries between Dover and Calais.

Passengers should check in on time.

It comes after Operation Stack on the M20 in Kent was stood down this afternoon as the Port of Calais re-opens as usual.

Dog dumped in street with tumour so big it couldn't sit down

A dog who was put down after being dumped in the street with a tumour that was so infected and sore, the animal couldn't sit down.

The chocolate labrador was found outside a shop in High Road in Basildon in Essex at around 9.30am on Saturday 27th June.

The tumour was so large the dog had to be put down Credit: RSPCA

The dog had a very large ulcerated tumour to his rump, as well as a testicular lump, and was clearly suffering.

The dog warden from the council was called, and took him straight to the vet, who very sadly said the kindest thing to do was put the dog to sleep to end further suffering.

The RSPCA are appealing for information as it is not known how long he had been there.

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School holiday policy under fire

Would you risk your child being expelled from school to save money on your summer holiday? That's the threat parents at one school face if they take their children away during term.

The headteacher of Fleetdown primary in Dartford told us fining parents sixty pounds was no deterrent at all. Instead Angela Konarzewski says she's ready to expel children if they take a break when they should be at school.

Many parents have reacted angrily saying they can't afford to go away in school holidays.

David Johns reports, speaking to the headteacher and parents outside the school.


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Final wind turbines are installed

The final turbines are being installed at an offshore windfarm in the Thames Estuary. Phase two of the Kentish Flats scheme off the coast near Whitstable is almost complete. A total of forty five wind turbines could power seventy five thousand homes each year. Tom Savvides talks to project director Matthew Green and Gunnar Groebler from the company Vattenfall.

The South falls silent

The South fell silent for a minute at midday and flags flew at half-mast to commemorate the thirty eight people murdered in the Tunisia beach attack a week ago.

We remembered thirty British dead including a pensioner from Tadley near Basingstoke.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prime Minister paid silent tribute. They delayed play at Wimbledon and stopped rowing at Henley. Heads were bowed at churches and village halls and schools across the South. Andrew Pate has our report..

Southern 'don't understand' why RMT decided to strike in July

Southern trains have said they 'do not understand' why the RMT has decided to take strike action in July, the train line has less than three weeks of its franchise left.

It comes as the rail union plans to strike, affecting some services across the Thames Valley next week in a row over pay.

“We are also at a loss to understand why they have issues around the lean process as this process was introduced four years ago and has successfully kept work in-house for their members. It has never before been raised by the Union as an issue.

“Southern remains willing and ready to talk to the RMT to resolve these issues. We wrote to them to confirm the above points prior to them announcing this industrial action.

“Less than 30% of our engineers voted for industrial action and if this strike goes ahead we expect the majority of our staff and managers to work as normal, and we will do everything we can to minimise the impact that any industrial action may have on our passengers.”

– Southern spokesperson
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