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Millionaire transforms TV's "Darling Buds" farm into 'perfick' wedding venue

Among the many millions of viewers who watched ITV series The Darling Buds of May - set on a Kent farm in the 1950s - was a young businessman who went on to make a fortune from internet marketing. And when Simon Coulson saw that the farm - in Bethersden near Ashford - was up for sale he decided to buy a piece of TV history. His efforts have been so successful, as Pop Larkin might have said, it calls for a cocktail. John Ryall's been to take a look.

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Fly-tipping increases after bin collection overhaul

Credit: ITV Meridian

The amount of rubbish being dumped illegally on Reading streets has increased dramatically since the council overhauled the way bins are collected.

Five months ago, residents were told that extra bags could no longer be left out on bin day, and they would have to pay to have their green waste to be taken away.

Penny Silvester joined council enforcement officers on patrol to see the extent of the problem.

Penny spoke to resident Paul Banks and Gina Frost, a Reading Council Environment Officer.

Rare pre-historic rhino tooth found on Isle of Wight

A teenage fossil hunter has discovered the tooth from a rare prehistoric rhinoceros that roamed the Isle of Wight 35-40 million years ago.

The tooth of the rhino-like Ronzotherium washed up on the beach on the coast near Yarmouth, in the north west of the island after being entombed in clay for million of years.

Theo Vickers, 18,was out fossil hunting when he came across the Rhino molar and knew straight away that he'd found something very special.

Ronzotherium tooth washed up on Isle of Wight Credit: Dinosaur Isle Museum

I knew straight away it was a species of rhinoceros, and after researching it further online I contacted Dinosaur Isle Museum. Finds of primitive rhinos like Ronzotherium are really rare.

It’s strange to think that such an iconic animal that people would usually associate with the African savannah, was actually evolving here, on the Isle of Wight, 35 million years ago.

– Theo Vickers

The clays where the fossil was found were laid down in a sub-tropical swampy floodplain similar to the Florida Everglades that covered the area which is now the Solent.

There have only been a handful of these teeth found in the UK and and they are all at the Natural history Museum and date from the 19th century.

This is the first one that has been found in may years and the first in our collection which dates from 1820.

It dates from the Oligiocene period when the world was changing dramatically and the Northern hemisphere was cooling.

There was extensive swamp over the area we now know as the Solent, and at this point in our history the UK was connected to mainland Europe. Other teeth and bones have been found in France.

The tooth had only been out of the clays for a few days it was washed out of eroded clay but is still very shiny. I think it is important the tooth stays on the Island and it will be looked at by a specialist and hopefully will add to our knowledge.

– Dinosaur Isle Museum curator, Dr Martin Munt

Fly-tippers made to pick up rubble & put it back in truck

The amount of flytipping has gone up. This was left behind at an area in Purfleet, Essex in 2014 Credit: PA

Two fly-tippers caught in the act have been made to pick up the rubble and put it right back in their truck.

Police officers on patrol saw the Ford Transit tipper truck in an area off the A228 at Halling in Kent at about 1.30pm today (Saturday 23rd June). It was reported that a large amount of rubble was being dumped from the vehicle.

The officers told the men to tidy up the mess and put the rubble back onto their truck. The driver has been reported for an offence of fly-tipping; as well as for having no vehicle tax, no vehicle insurance - and no valid MOT. Now the matter will be forwarded to the local council, which has responsibility for dealing with fly-tipping.

Kent Police say that while anyone who wants to report an area affected by fly-tipping should contact their local council, if you see fly-tipping in progress and actually taking place you should contact your local police on 999.

According to the latest statistics from DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), local authorities in England dealt with 936,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2015/2016, which was a 4% increase on the levels in 2014/2015.

Clearing up the mess caused by fly-tipping cost local councils in England almost £49.8million in 2015/2016.

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