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Kids help cops to cut speeding

Hands up how many of us can put our hands on our hearts and swear honestly that we've never crept even slightly over the speed limit when driving? It's all too easy to do yet the effects of a collision when travelling too fast can be catastrophic for everyone involved

Well now police in Kent are trying a new tactic to get the message into people's heads that speed can be dangerous as David Johns reports. The PCSO behind the scheme is Chris Chapman.

Suspected immigrants rescued from dinghy

Nine suspected illegal immigrants had to be rescued when they became stranded on a small power boat in the English Channel. Their rigid inflatable dinghy suffered engine failure about four miles east of Dover, Kent, with a force four wind blowing.

RNLI officials said those on board were "lucky" as they drifted in one of the world's busiest waterways.

Concerned people on passing vessels raised the alarm with the Coastguard after spotting the stricken boat at around 7.20am today.

Dover RNLI launched its six-crewed all-weather City of London II vessel and set up a tow with the dinghy before a Border Force vessel arrived.

An RNLI spokesman said the Border Force vessel then took over the tow and took the boat with its nine occupants on board to Dover lifeboat station at 10am.

The vessel had suffered engine failure and its occupants were drifting in choppy seas with a force four wind blowing. They were spotted by passing vessels concerned for their safety which called the Coastguard. The occupants were cold but didn't need medical attention. They were lucky. They were drifting in an incredibly busy stretch of water with the wind picking up. We're glad everyone is safe and well."

– Tony Hawkins, RNLI Dover boathouse manager


Border Agency brings nine people ashore off Dover coast

A lifeboat was called to assist UK Border Agency staff off the coast of Dover Credit: Chris Baker

Nine people have been pulled ashore by UK Border Agency staff off the coast of Dover.

The Dover Coastguard was called out at around 6am this morning to attend to an inflatable dinghy.

Once the lifeboat had reached the group and checked they were safe onboard, the group were handed over to UK Border Agency staff.


Two bodies discovered beneath Dover cliffs

Kent Police found a man's body on the shoreline in Dover and another body was found on later on in the day.

The body has not been formally identified but family members of a man reported missing from London have been informed.

The body was recovered by RNLI and is not being treated as suspicious.

Earlier on Monday 28th April, another man's body was found at around 7.15am on the shoreline between Dover and St Margaret's.

Police say the two deaths are not connected and neither is suspicious.

Dover Port's travel centre to close after 30 years

The Port of Dover's travel centre will close on the 30th April Credit: Port of Dover

A travel centre at the Port of Dover that has welcomed millions of passengers over the past 30 years will close next week.

The building will be demolished as part of a Traffic Management Project that is transforming the port.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: "Freight vehicle numbers have virtually trebled over the past thirty years and we want to create a new welcome for our customers, one that delivers enhanced efficiency, flexibility and fantastic customer service."

The travel centre is due to be demolished next week Credit: Port of Dover

The demolition is due to be completed by mid-September 2014 to allow two outbound traffic lanes to be maintained during peak teams with minimal impact on inbound traffic.

Following the centre's closure. a new passenger lounge has opened and the Arrivals Area has been refurbished.

Mr Waggott added: "The Travel Centre has faithfully served our customers over a long period of time, but in order to be the best port in the world, we need to move with the times and that means keeping the £89 billion of goods that come through the Port moving."

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