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Bluewater expansion raises fears about local impact

It is a sign of the times - large out of town shopping centres with free parking drawing shoppers away from struggling high streets.

Now that Bluewater in Kent has been granted permission to expand, there are fears about the effect it could have on local town centres in Gravesend and Dartford.

As Sarah Saunders reports.

Sarah spoke to shop owner, Kevin Cheema.

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Two killed and one in hospital after A20 crash

The crash happened on Eglantine Lane in Farmingham in the early hours of this morning Credit: Google Streetview

Two men in their 20's have died and another man has been airlifted to hospital following a crash on the A20 in Kent.

The collision happened in Eglantine Lane in Farmingham near Dartford just after 1:20am this morning.

Seven other people have been treated for less serious injuries.

Officers want to hear from anyone who saw a black Vauxhall Insignia with a 61 registration plate being driven on the A20 from the direction of Brands Hatch towards Swanley.

A blue Citreon Berlingo van and a white VW Polo were also involved in the collision.

The road was closed in both directions until 12.30pm while an investigation was carried out at the scene.

Man stabbed near Dartford Station

Man has been seriously injured in a stabbing close to Dartford Railway Station.

Police were called to an alleyway leading from Station Approach at around 10.30pm yesterday night.

Detectives investigating a serious assault close to Dartford train station are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene and is now recovering in hospital.

His injuries are not life-threatening.

Police are expected to remain at the crime scene until late today (Saturday 1st April), as enquiries and evidential searches continue.

Campaign to relieve pressure on Dartford Crossing

Campaigners are urging the government to make up its mind soon over where and when to build a new road crossing over the River Thames.

It's been almost a year since Highways England recommended that a tunnel be built east of Gravesend to relieve pressure on the Dartford crossing.

But, despite growing concerns about congestion, there's still no decision about whether the six billion scheme will get the green light. It's offered hope for opponents, who want to see another crossing at Dartford instead. Derek Johnson reports

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Woman in hospital after Kent flat fire

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A woman is in hospital after a blaze at a flat in Dartford.

Firefighters were called to Dunlop Close at 9.30 this morning and carried out a search with breathing apparatus.

One woman was treated by paramedics for shock and the effects of breathing in smoke before being transported to hospital for further assessment.

The cause is being investigated.

Murder investigation in Dartford

A murder investigation is underway following the death of a man at a house in Dartford.

Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to Sackville Road where they found a 54-year old man.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 17-year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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