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Sloan family pay tribute to son who 'lived for life'

Christian Sloan was one of three Brits who died at the popular tourist spot. Credit: Family handout

The family of Vietnam waterfall victim Christian Sloan have said he "lived for life".

The 25-year-old from Deal in Kent was one of three British tourists who died at the popular Datanla Waterfalls in the Lam Dong province.

A statement from the Sloan family said: "Christian's death is a very sad loss to us.

"He was a very popular young man, formerly in the Royal Navy, who had many, many friends not just locally but around the world. He lived for life."


Flooding hits Dover as rains continue to fall

Parts of Dover and Deal have been hit by flooding after a deluge of rain in the last few days.

This was the scene on the Alkham Valley Road where the waters rose high enough to stop traffic.

Alkham Valley closed by flooding Credit: Scott Janaway

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for the area. It says a further band of heavy showers will continue to affect parts of Kent and East Sussex for the rest of Tuesday and into the first part of tomorrow.

The showers are expected to give up to 10 mm of rain in an hour.

It says a further 10-20 mm is likely in places through the whole period with perhaps as much as 40 mm locally in the east.

It's warning of local surface water flooding affecting road travel at times.

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Have you seen missing Paul River from Deal in Kent?

Paul River has gone missing from Deal Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for help to find a man who has gone missing from Deal. Paul River, aged 59, was last seen in Mill Road in the town at 8.30am on Tuesday 15th December.

He was wearing black shoes, black trousers, a white polo shirt and a navy blue V neck jumper beneath a coat. The coat was light & dark grey with orange flashes on its sleeves and on its front.

Mr River is believed to have visited Canterbury on Tuesday, and is known to visit Margate. He has a bus pass and may be using public transport.

Anyone with information about Mr River's location can contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 15-1166. In an emergency call 999.


Video: Kent fire crews bring in new oxygen masks for pets

Now, if you had a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you saved? Well, apart from your family, the most likely second choice would be a pet. Some of us would even risk out own lives to rescue them. But the prospect of recovery afterwards is often slim. So now, Kent Fire & Rescue Service have started using new oxygen masks for pets to improve their chances. Andrea Thomas explains. She spoke to Lynn Carberry from the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws and Dave Nolan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

Parents on alert after little girl approached by stranger

Parents in Deal have been alerted after a pupil on her way home from school was approached by a stranger.

The young girl was walking along Cliffe Road in Kingsdown when a man helped her carry her bike up some steps.

He then put his arms round her and started asking her questions but she managed to grab her bike and run to her mother.

Police described the man as white, in his thirties and 5ft 6in tall, with receding dark hair.

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VIDEO: Read all about it! Local paper celebrates 150 years

In 1865 a 2-mile-per-hour speed limit was introduced on British roads, slavery was abolished in the US - and the first edition of the East Kent Mercury was published.

In recent times the local paper has faced challenges from other newspapers and the trend towards internet news, but as the paper celebrates 150 years in print, the editor says its values remain the same - quality local journalism and a community focus. Sarah Saunders reports.

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