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Faulty chainsaws seized at Dover

Self-assembly chainsaws impounded at Dover Credit: PA

Nearly 1,000 dangerous chainsaws imported from China with a host of faults have been seized at one of Britain's main borders. Trading standards chiefs said 486 boxes containing the self-assembly chainsaws were impounded at the Port of Dover in Kent.

They were found to have three crucial faults including a brake failure. Sixteen grass-cutters, also among the consignment, have been impounded as a major part was missing and documents were incomplete.

The importer told officers the chainsaws were destined for Poland. But now Trading Standards officials want the chainsaws destroyed, possibly by a charity which could sell the parts for scrap.

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'Other options' for port redevelopment

Dover Port Credit: ITV Meridian

The Government has announced it won't allow the port of Dover to be sold off under a scheme proposed by the Harbour Board. The Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns, says the proposed scheme "would not ensure a sufficient level of enduring community participation in the port."

He also told the House of Commons that "other options" are available to secure the redevelopment of the Western Docks.

The Parliamentary under Secretary of State, Stephen Hammond, as Minister for Maritime will now discuss with Dover Harbour Board, their plans for the future of the port.

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