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Plans for new M20 junction in Kent a step closer

The plans would see Junction 10a created Credit: Google Images

Plans for a new junction on the M20 near Ashford in Kent are a step closer.

A £39.1 million contract has been awarded to VINCI Construction by Highways England.

The proposals would see the creation of Junction 10a, approximately 700 metres east of the existing Junction 10.

It would connect to the existing A20 and a new carriageway link road would be built to the A2070 near Sevington.

Developers are currently waiting for planning permission to be granted.


Man in hospital after firearms incident near Ashford

A shotgun may have been involved in the incident at Little Chart Credit: Bing

A man is in hospital after a firearms incident at a property in Kent.

Detectives are appealing for information after a man in his 40s was left with an injury following an incident with a weapon believed to have been a shotgun. It happened in Little Chart on the outskirts of Ashford. Officers are trying to locate up to five other people who had been in the property before the incident happened.

The injured man is in a stable condition in hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting 211507. Or you can call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police raid brothels to rescue girls from 'modern-day slavery'

Police have raided dozens of brothels across Kent and Sussex as part of a national crackdown on the criminal gangs trafficking young women into the sex trade. Four eastern European girls are being offered the help of welfare services after the raid in Ashford. In many cases victims are forced into prostitution, in what police describe as a form of modern-day slavery.

Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham from Kent Police issued an appeal for the public to report any suspicious activity.Position12reorder

‘Operation Perceptional has been coordinated by the National Crime Agency and although this is very much business as usual for the force, we are keen to play our part and raise awareness.

‘Kent is the gateway to Europe and does provide criminals the opportunity to traffic individuals through the region. However, this is a national problem which we are working hard with our partners to target.

‘Prostitution is a hidden crime, it is rare that victims come forward and as a consequence of that it is important that people come forward with information if they have concerns about a suspected brothel operating in their neighbourhood.

‘It is often the case a house, flat or bungalow is rented for a short period of time and has two or more women residing in it. There will be a steady stream of male visitors who stay for a short time and periodically the occupants of the property will change.

‘The woman working within the brothels are often brought into the country under the false pretence of working in the beauty or child care industry, they are intimidated and have their passports taken away before being forced into prostitution. They are some of the vulnerable people that we come across and I would ask anyone who has information that may help us safeguard the future wellbeing of these individuals, to come forward.’

– Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham, Kent Police
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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.

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