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Will the Calais migrant camp affect cross-channel trade and tourism?

The Mayor of Calais says the migrant crisis at the city's port is the responsibility of the French government. Natacha Bouchart has visited Ashford, promoting cross-channel tourism and trade. Her trip comes ahead of another blockade at the port of Calais on Monday, this time by local residents demonstrating about the migrant camp. Tom Savvides talks to Mrs Bouchart and to councillorr Mark Dance.


Predatory paedophile from Kent faces life sentence

He masqueraded as a Christian teacher and charity worker, but abused some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

Richard Huckle, who's 30 and from Ashford in Kent, is facing multiple life sentences for his appalling crimes.

Huckle targeted children from the poorest communities in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, in Southeast Asia.

The former grammar school pupil assaulted up to 200 boys and girls, some as young as 6 months old.

Malcolm Shaw heard from James Traynor of the National Crime Agency.

Caught on camera: Near miss for badger as Storm Imogen hits

A badger had a lucky escape when it was nearly hit by a flying object during the weekend's storm.

As Storm Imogen started to take hold on Saturday night, the badger had a close shave in Ashford in Kent.

Wildlife enthusiast Angie Davidson's night vision camera filmed the badger eating peanuts in her garden.

It narrowly misses getting hit by the top of a large vegetable planter after it blew loose in the wind and toppled over.

The poor badger was startled and ran off. However, it did return later to finish its snack.


Champagne corks popping over wine investment in Kent

It's being described as a 'game-changer' for wine production in the South East. A leading French champagne house is making a massive investment in Kent, where it's confident it can produce a world-class sparkling wine bearing its famous name.

Tattinger will create a 70-hectare vineyard at Chilham between Canterbury and Ashford - eventually producing 300,000 bottles a year.

Industry experts say the move, made possible by climate change, could establish Kent and Sussex as one of the world's premier wine producing regions.

Ashford explosion: Relief that no one was killed

Residents have spoken of their relief that no one was killed when a huge blaze ripped through a block of flats on Oak Tree Road in Ashford.

In the video below, local resident Hermione Best, Labour Cllr Derek Smyth from Kent County Council and Labour Cllr Jill Britcham from Ashford Borough Council, speak to ITV News Meridian.

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