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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.

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

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.

Violent scissor attacker jailed

A violent offender who stabbed a man in the back with a pair of scissors and repeatedly punched a woman in the face has been jailed for six years.

Ross Eaglestone, who's 27 years old and from Dartford, carried out the assaults in May and September 2015.

He was sentenced to six years at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 12 May.

Attacker jailed Credit: Kent Police

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, wounding with intent and one offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that in May 2015, a short time after being released from prison, Eaglestone went to an address in Swanscombe and forced his way into a garden where a man was having a barbecue.

He then stabbed the man, who was known to him, in the back with a pair of scissors.

During a seperate incident he punched a woman in the face several times before leaving her unconscious in the street.

She was left with serious head injuries, including a fractured eye socket and a small bleed on the brain, and required hospital treatment for five days.

Eaglestone’s attacks were both shocking and cowardly. He left two people with serious injuries and it is extremely fortunate that they have both recovered. Despite the severity of his actions, and the considerable pain he inflicted on two people, he showed no remorse and even went as far as threatening to kill a seven-year-old girl to prevent a witness testifying against him in court. I would like to commend the victims and witnesses for the incredible bravery they have shown in standing up to this man and assisting Kent Police in this investigation.

– Detective Constable Roger Harris
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