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Brands Hatch has starring role in new film

Video. The fierce rivalry between Formula 1 racing drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda is the subject of a new film, "Rush", which had its premiere last night.

Many of the extras in the movie, set in the 1970s, are Kent motor racing fans. And - as you might expect - the Brands Hatch race circuit has a starring role. Jonathan Marland reports.


Could you prevent Lady from being lonesome?

Lady, the 4-year-old Boxer Cross Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Lady spends time behind the Battersea Brands Hatch reception desk so she doesn't get too lonely Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

A dog at an animal centre in Kent has been waiting for more than 250 days for a new owner.

Lady, the 4-year-old Boxer Cross, has received little interest from potential owners at the Battersea Brands Hatch Centre.

The average stay for a Battersea dog is just 35 days.

Lady was the first dog through Battersea Brands Hatch's doors in 2013. She was brought in because her owners could no longer care for her.

She was pregnant when she arrived and once she had given birth to her seven puppies, they were all re-homed quickly.

Richard King, the Centre Manager at Battersea Brands Hatch has said, "She is such a gorgeous girl and will make a fantastic companion. We just can't understand why she has been with us for so long."

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Three kittens have 24 toes each

A litter of three kittens all born with an extra toe on each paw are looking for a new home after their owner was unable to care for them.

Shortly after they arrived at a Brands Hatch cattery, staff noticed there was something different about the kittens - they had 12 extra toes between them.

Cats normally have five toes on each paw but some cats, known as Polydactyl cats or mitten cats, are born with a genetic mutation that gives them extra toes.

We sometimes see cats coming in with an extra digit on one paw, but to get three kittens in a litter with extra toes on all four paws is quite unusual. They are very sweet kittens and will definitely get lots of attention. Cats tend to breed when it's warmer so we see lots of kittens during the summer months. Sadly people aren't getting their cats neutered and rescue centres are left to pick up the pieces. Our three centres are currently inundated with unwanted cats and we are desperate for more homes."

– Debbie Coker, Brands Hatch cattery

Pudding, Brenda and Niall will be ready for rehoming once they are nine weeks old.

Kitten litter with 12 extra toes between them

Pudding the kitten, showing off the extra toes Credit: Brands Hatch Battersea Dogs and Cats home

Three five week old kittens - recent arrivals at the Brands Hatch Battersea Dogs and Cats home - have been born with an extra toe on each of their paws.

Pudding, Brenda and Niall, and their mother arrived at the centre when their owner fell ill and was unable to care for them.


Pair jailed for cash machine theft

David Ronald Wilson Credit: Kent Police
Jason Maurice Reader Credit: Kent Police

Two men have been jailed for two years for the theft of a stand-alone cash machine containing £20,000. David Ronald Wilson, aged 40, of no fixed address and Jason Maurice Reader, aged 37, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, both pleaded guilty to the offence which took place in Brands Hatch on October 3.

Wilson also pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without the consent of the owner and driving while disqualified and with no insurance. He has been disqualified from driving for four years. Reader also pleaded guilty to allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

Brand Hatch closures

Drivers are being advised to avoid the roads around Brand Hatch racing circuit in Kent as closures come into affect due to the Paralympics. Athletes start using the venue for training from today, which is why the closures have come into affect two days before the start of competition.

  • A20 at Gorse Hill: from south of Eglantine Road to south of Brands Hatch entrance will be closed except for access.

  • Scratchers Lane, Fawkham: from its junction with A20 London Road throughout its entire length to its junction with Fawkham Road will be closed with restricted access.

  • Part of Fawkham Road, West Kingsdown: between Scratchers Lane and a rear entrance to Brands Hatch will be closed with restricted access.
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