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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.

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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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Demolition begins at Ashford explosion site

Work to demolish a block of flats in Ashford, where an explosion sparked a huge fire, has begun.

The blaze badly damaged a row of houses on Oak Tree Road earlier this week.

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the fire, although Gas distribution company SNG confirmed one of their engineers was working on site at the time.

Today, workmen are removing debris from the top floors of the properties, which housed a number of people in flats.

Families have been moved to temporary accommodation until the council can find them permanent homes.

Neighbours recount horror of Ashford explosions

Jacqueline Pearce and her granddaughter Chelsea Credit: ITV Meridian

Grandmother Jacqueline Pearce and her granddaughter Chelsea were in their house in Ashford when a series of explosions ripped through a neighbouring terrace.

Chelsea rang the ambulance and they both helped people as they escaped from the flames yesterday afternoon.

Gas engineer was working on site at time of Ashford explosion

It's been confirmed that a gas engineer was working in Oak Tree Road, where there was a huge explosion yesterday.

There is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the incident, but Gas distribution company SGN has confirmed there was a worker at the location.

Several homes have been badly damaged by the fire, which occurred at a block of flats, and several people have had to leave their homes, with some being treated in hospital.

An investigation is taking place today to determine what caused the blaze
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