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High winds close Dartford Crossing bridge

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The QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing is currently closed due to high winds.

Traffic is being diverted through the Dartford Tunnel as gusts of up to 70mph are expected in the area along with heavy rain and surface water.

The bridge carries traffic across the river Thames.

An amber alert for gales has been issued by the Met Office across the South East until 6pm today.

Highways England are warning of particular risk to motorbikes, caravans and high-sided vehicles.

It is expected that the bridge will not reopen until 6pm later today.


Travel disruption as Storm Doris hits

Storm Doris has caused travel disruption this morning as 60mph winds hit the South.

Some flights in and out of Heathrow Airport have been cancelled due to the strong gusts.

A 50mph speed limit is currently in place across the rail network leading to delays for some passengers.

Advice is to check before travelling today.

Family 'horrified' as murderer considered for parole

The grandson of a convicted murderer from Bournemouth says the family are horrified to hear he's being considered for parole.

Russell Causley was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife, Carole, despite her body never being found.

What exactly happened to her has remained a mystery for more than 30 years.

Neil Gillingham says his grandfather must stay in prison until he's prepared to admit what he did with her body.

As Martin Dowse reports.

Martin spoke to Russell Causley's grandson Neil Gillingham.


Events planned to mark anniversary of Jo Cox death

Jo Cox Credit: PA

Street parties, picnics and bake-offs are just some of the events planned as part of The Great Get Together in honour of Jo Cox.

Her widower today launched the UK-wide event which is planned for the weekend of 17th and 18th June this year to mark the first anniversary of her death.

The public are invited to come together with friends, neighbours and other people they don't yet know to celebrate all that Britain's diverse communities have in common.

A street party during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The Yorkshire MP was murdered on 16th June last year in her home constituency by Thomas Mair, who is serving life in prison for her murder.

Mair, 53, shot and stabbed the 41-year-old mother-of-two in the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire, as she arrived at the village library to hold her constituency surgery.

It is hoped to be the biggest street party since the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The aim is to spread the message that 'there is more that unites us than divides us'.

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