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Biker group come to the rescue of RAF veteran who could not afford to replace his lost medals

An RAF veteran who was left devastated after losing his medals said he felt like a "weight had been taken off his shoulders" after his friends rallied round to pay for replacements.

Pensioner Roger Pierce from Dartford had tried to save up enough money to replace his lost medals but could not quite managed it.

Cue a team of bikers who helped ensure this small battle ended in victory as Amanda Nunn explains.

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Kent Kids learn in London in capacity crisis.

For the first time, children in parts of Kent are being allocated school places in London, because there aren't enough places locally.

Kent County Council has sent letters to 53 pupils in Dartford saying there aren't enough places at any of their secondary school choices, and that the London Borough of Bexley is the nearest and best alternative.

David Johns reports, speaking to parents Sue Bull, Richard and Tracey Robertson, and Kent County Councillor Roger Gough.

Serious assault Dartford

Police in Kent are looking for witnesses of a serious assault in Dartford on Friday afternoon. Officers were called at 2.16pm to a report of an assault in Central Park, Dartford where a 27-year old man was reported to have been in an altercation with another man.

He suffered stab wounds was taken to hospital in a serious condition. His condition has improved and officers say he is now stable. Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses who saw anything either before or after the incident.

The incident took place in a park during the daytime and we are certain there will be witnesses who saw it.

– Detective Sergeant Sam Hudson-Gool

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Man dies in fatal collision in Dartford

A man in his 50s has died in a road collision in Dartford. Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened on Wednesday afternoon.

A blue Ford Fiesta was travelling along Green Street Green Road towards Dartford when it collided with a white Peugeot taxi travelling in the opposite direction.

The Ford Fiesta also collided with a white Toyota Carina travelling behind the taxi.

The driver of the Ford Fiesta was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene, while the female driver of the Toyota Carina was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to a woman - who was not involved in the collision - who stopped at the scene to assist.

Men jailed for multi-million pound drugs ring

The ringleader behind plots to import and supply vast quantities of drugs has been jailed along with five associates.

Four of six men jailed for huge drugs ring Credit: Kent Police

Langton (top left) paid a transport company £50,000 for an HGV to transport 75 kilos of cannabis from Greece to the United Kingdom in July 2012. Two of his associates were responsible for logistics and communicating with suppliers in Albania and Greece.

Working closely with the Hellenic Police in Greece, National Crime Agency investigators were able to conduct operational activity in Greece and monitor the transportation of the drugs.

During the ensuing investigation, officers from Kent Police also seized 415 cannabis plants during a raid at a rented unit on the Darent Industrial Park in Erith, near Dartford. A Vauxhall Astra van was also recovered which had a concealed compartment containing packs of amphetamine, blocks of cannabis resin, four bags of cocaine and 7,824 ecstasy tablets.

Two more vans, which had left the unit earlier that day, were stopped on the northbound M6. Officers found 81 packages of skunk cannabis in a Vauxhall Vivaro, plus 18 packages of cocaine and 14 packages of cannabis resin in a Ford Transit.

The group were sentenced to a total of 59 years on 25 November at Maidstone Crown Court.

The joint investigations have resulted in the recovery of 50 kilos of class A drugs and 200 kilos of class B drugs, with a total value of approximately £8 million, as well as £275,000 cash.

Thousands on course for Dart Charge savings

More than 100,000 vehicles have been registered for a Dart Charge account, the Highways Agency revealed today.

Since account registrations went live on November 5, up to 2,200 people every hour have visited the website to sign up for a pre-pay account, which means they'll save up to a third on each crossing.

To help ease congestion at the Dartford Crossing from November 30 drivers will no longer stop at a barrier to pay the Crossing charge. Instead, they will pay Dart Charge online, by phone or post or at one of thousands of retailers nationwide.

Dart Charge in numbers:

  • £2.50 will be the new cost to use the Dartford Crossing – reduced to £1.67 if paid using a prepay Dart Charge account
  • Over 77,000 accounts set up so far – covering over 100,000 vehicles
  • 53% of people a day register for auto top-up
  • It takes less than 7 minutes on average to set up an account
  • 12% accounts set up on a mobile device
  • 18% of accounts set up on a tablet
  • 52 countries where users have registered for account, including Germany, France, Netherlands Belgium, Spain, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain plus one from New Zealand
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