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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.
The ringleader behind plots to import and supply vast quantities of drugs has been jailed along with five associates.
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.
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
A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a car fire in Dartford.
Kent Police is treating the death of a woman, named locally as Donna Eastwood, as an isolated, targeted attack.
They believe the offender and the victim knew each other and say there is no information to suggest the public are in danger.
Emergency services were called to Rowhill Road in the Dartford area early on Saturday morning after the woman's body was found in a burning car.
The arrest comes after officers and a police helicopter have been conducting searches of the local area.
Flowers have been laid in tribute to a woman whose body was found in a burning vehicle in Kent.
Police began a murder inquiry after emergency services were called to Rowhill Road in the Dartford area early on Saturday morning.
The victim has been named locally as Donna Eastwood, a mother of four, whose former partner is understood to have been Kevin McKinley, who was shot dead last year.
Michaela Sargeant, 25, was convicted of the manslaughter of the 32-year-old outside her home in Overy Street, Dartford. She was sentenced to eight years in prison.
The burnt out car has now been removed from the scene, leaving scorch marks on the ground.
The police helicopter has been helping officers search the Wilmington area.
Kent Police has launched a murder investigation after a body was found at the scene of a vehicle fire in Rowhill Road, Dartford at 5.30am this morning.
Officers, with the assistance of the police helicopter, have been conducting searches of the local area as part of their investigations.
No arrests have been made at this stage but enquiries are on-going.
Hundreds of thousands of health workers walked out on strike this morning, many for the first time in their lives, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1% pay rise.
Midwives, nurses, paramedics, ambulance staff, and hospital porters and cleaners mounted picket lines across England from 7am for four hours.
David Johns reports, speaking to Clare Morris from the Royal College of Midwives; midwife Gabby Dowds-Quinn; and independent midwife Virginia Howes.