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Kent drivers fined more than £8k for using illegal fuel

Drivers in Kent were fined more than £8,000 as part of a clampdown by police on cars running on illegal fuel.

Officers from Kent Police searched a number of areas across the county to issue on the spot fines to those caught filling their tanks with red diesel.

Police visited these locations:

  • 17 March 2014 - A249 at Stockbury, near Sittingbourne – Three vehicles running on red diesel, fines totalling more than £1,700 issued.
  • - 12 May 2014– Chart Road, Great Chart, Ashford – Two vehicles running on red diesel, fines totalling more than £1,000 issued.
  • - 20 May 2014– Vauxhall Road, Canterbury – Two vehicles running on red diesel, fines totalling more than £1,000 issued.
  • - 29 July 2014 – Nickley Wood Road, Shadoxhurst, near Ashford – One vehicle running on red diesel, fines totalling more than £500 issued.
  • - 24 November 2014 – Vauxhall Road, Canterbury – Two vehicles running on red diesel, fines totalling more than £1,000 issued.
  • - 15 January 2015 – Nickley Wood Road, Shadoxhurst, near Ashford – No illegal fuel detected. Two men aged 25 and 23 arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and bailed until 25 May 2015 pending further enquiries.
  • - 10 April 2015 – Mustards Road, Leysdown, Sheppey – Two vehicles running on red diesel, fines totalling more than £1,000 issued.
  • - 15 April 2015 – London Road, Farningham, Dartford – Two vehicles running on red diesel and heating oil, fines totalling more than £1,000 issued.

Protect yourself - telephone scams cost Dorset £1m

Dorset Police are tackling fraud including telephone scams

A day of action is being help in Dorset to fight fraud. The Dorset Police force wants to highlight the number of scams currently operating in the county.

Telephone fraud alone cost Dorset more than a million pounds in just over one year.

The following workshops are being held today to advise people about how to protect themselves against fraudsters:

Dorford Centre, Dorchester - between 9.30am and 11.30am

United Reform Church, Dorchester - between 2pm and 4pm

Christchurch Day Centre, Highcliffe - between 9.30am and 11am

"This is a great opportunity for local residents to learn about a number of scams currently operating in the county. It will hopefully encourage people to take sensible, yet simple measures to help themselves avoid becoming victims of such crimes.

"Telephone fraud has cost the county over one million pounds in just over one year, so we're hoping that people will remember that the police and banks will NEVER ask anyone for their account number of PIN details over the phone.

"People can go away from the event armed with knowledge which they can pass on to their relatives, friends and neighbours and help prevent them from becoming victims of fraud too."

– Steve Marsh, Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector

Dorset Police issued the following guidelines to help people avoid becoming the victims of scams:

  • NEVER give your PIN or bank details out over the phone
  • NEVER withdraw cash and send it anywhere via a courier or taxi
  • NEVER send bank cards anywhere via a courier or taxi
  • NEITHER the police nor your bank will ever ask for you to do any of the above.


Cot warning after seven-week-old baby dies in Sussex

7-week-old Grace Roseman died in Bednest crib

A coroner has expressed concern over a bedside cot after a newborn baby from Haywards Heath was killed while she slept.

Seven-week-old Grace Roseman died while using a crib which could be joined onto her parents' bed.

She had manoeuvred herself over the edge of the Bednest - cutting off the supply of oxygen to her brain.

Grace Roseman was sleeping in a Bednest like this when she died. Credit: Bednest

‘We are greatly saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to Grace’s parents.

We are doubly upset to hear this news, since the concept behind Bednest’s design is first and foremost about baby health and safety and came originally from highly experienced neo-natal nurses.

It is not the case that the coroner has called the cot “dangerous” and asked for it to be withdrawn.

The coroner has highlighted that all safety guidelines for the correct use of the crib are laid out in the instruction manual, but due to a growing second-hand market for our Bednest cribs, these instruction manuals may not be passed on. This may be, sadly, what happened with Grace’s crib.

We are now considering displaying basic instructions on the side of the crib itself.'

– Spokesperson for Bednest

Woman finds dead lizard on jacket she bought in Asda

A dead gecko was found squashed into this coat Credit: Paula Dunican

A woman from Canterbury was horrified to find a very dead, very squashed gecko inside a jacket she bought at Asda.

The £25 garment had a "seeping stain" in the lining which Paula Dunican discovered in the lining when she got it home.

The stain turned out to be the decaying body of the unfortunate animal.

Geckos are a type of lizard, usually found in warm climates.

Asda has offered Mrs Dunican a refund and a £40 voucher. They told ITV Meridian: “We’d like to apologise again to Mrs Dunican for any upset caused, and reassure her this was an isolated incident.”

Makeover complete at Bodleian libraries

It's cost eighty million pounds and taken three years to finish but one of the world's leading research centres has had a major overhaul. The Bodleian libraries in Oxford are home to some of the most important books and manuscripts in history. From tomorrow, for the first time, one of its finest buildings along with its rare collections will be open to the public.

The Oxford Bodleians form the largest university library system in the country with more than 11 million printed items. The plan was to modernize the Grade 11-listed New Bodleian building and create a state-of-the-art facility for researchers to work with the special collections.

Five years ago a purpose built storage centre was constructed 30 miles away in Swindon. Millions of books were moved there as refurbishment work began. Now the volumes and manuscripts that are in high demand from students and academics have been moved back along the A420 to Oxford and are filling shelves in the renamed Weston library.

The building was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott - the architect behind Waterloo Bridge and Battersea Power Station and he designed the iconic red telephone box.

Millions of pounds have been spent bringing this Bodleian into the 21st century. After it opens its doors this weekend, millions of people will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of library that holds a special place in academic history.


Hundreds attend 'ReFashion' event in Oxford

The fourth annual ReFashion event at Oxford Town Hall Credit: Oxford City Council

The fourth annual ReFashion event at Oxford Town Hall welcomed over 600 people wanting to swap, recycle, reuse or up-cycle more than a third of a tonne of textiles.

The free event, which was organised by the City Council and held in the first week of March, brought together charities, students, volunteers and community groups. It was intended to highlight the problem of disposable fashion and give unloved clothes a brighter future.

Easter disruption for rail passengers

Rail passengers across the region are facing massive disruption over Easter. From Good Friday for ten days there'll be major closures and disruption from Didcot to Hayes, because of engineering works. They include the upgrade of Reading station, new signals, and Crossrail. All services on First Great Western and Cross Country will be heavily disrupted in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire. But Network Rail are promising to "put passengers first" and avoid the huge delays cause by works overrunning at Christmas. Mike Pearse reports.

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