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Ferry closure appeal dismissed

An appeal against closure by MyFerryLink, the cross-channel ferry service operated by Eurotunnel, has been rejected by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

It was originally ordered to stop running in a ruling on June 6th, 2013.

MyFerryLink stemmed out of SeaFrance which went into liquidation in January 2012. Three of their ships were bought by Eurotunnel who set up MyFerryLink and a battle with the existing ferry operators ensued.

Those companies claimed it gave Eurotunnel dominance in the market but Eurotunnel insists MyFerryLink is a free-standing company that's totally separate from them.

The competition commission's now agreed with the traditional ferry operators so the MyFerryLink service will have to shut down.

Ferry firm has been ordered to stop operating Credit: ITV Meridian

Search for men in connection with reported sexual assault

Detectives are continuing to search for two men pictured on CCTV close to where an incident was reported on Christmas Day.

A woman reported she was the subject of a serious sexual assault in Pencester Court, Dover, at around 4am on 25th December. On 2nd January, Kent Police issued CCTV showing two men it wished to identify and speak to in relation to the incident.

One of them was pictured on CCTV wearing a Santa hat shortly after the incident occurred.

These CCTV images have been released in connection with a reported sexual assault Credit: Kent Police
These CCTV images have been released in connection with a reported sexual assault Credit: Kent Police
These CCTV images have been released in connection with a reported sexual assault Credit: Kent Police

"Since our appeal was issued, we have spoken to a number of people who claim to know who these men are. I’d like to thank the public for coming forward with that information which has enabled us to potentially identify them. We still wish to speak to the pair and are working to locate them as we believe they have information which will assist our investigation. If anyone has information about where they may be, we would ask that they contact us. It is thought they may have left the country. At this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with our investigation. I would like to reassure the public that Kent remains a safe place to live and work. Violent crime is rare but where incidents are reported to us Kent Police is committed to bringing offenders to justice."

– Detective Inspector Lee Whitehead

Anyone with any information can contact Kent Police by calling 01303 289600, quoting the crime reference number ZY/41908/14. Alternatively call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police issue CCTV images after Christmas Day assault

CCTV image of a man Kent Police would like to speak to Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating an assault on a woman in Kent have issued cctv images of two men they believe may have information about the incident.

A woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted in Pencester Court in Dover at about 4am on 25th December 2014. Two men, aged 21 and 26 were arrested at 5am on the same day in connection with the assault and have been released on bail while police continue with their enquiries.

CCTV image of two men police would like to talk to about an alleged assault in Dover Credit: Kent Police

‘This is a very serious offence and I ask that anyone recognising the men in these images makes contact with us immediately.

‘Both men are pictured on CCTV walking along Worthington Street before the incident. One is taller than the other. The men are seen again in the area shortly after the incident is reported, by which time the shorter man is also wearing a Santa hat.’

– Detective Inspector Lee Whitehead, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Anyone with information can contact Kent Police by telephoning 01303 289600 and quoting the crime reference reference number ZY/41908/14. Or you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you recognise this man? Kent Police would like to talk to him. Credit: Kent Police

More than 100 cannabis plants found at a Dover house

More than 100 mature cannabis plants have been seized by Kent Police, following a raid at a residential address in Dover.

Officers from the Community Policing Team attended a property in Tower Court, Tower Hamlets, on Friday 12 December and seized a significant quantity of growing and dried cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.


Police given more time to question 'terror suspects'

Police have been given more time to question five terror suspects, three of them arrested in Dover.

Two of the men, aged 33 and 43, were arrested in Dover at 11.30pm on Sunday by Scotland Yard anti-terror officers with armed support officers and Kent Police, while a 28-year-old man was arrested at the same port on Monday morning.

Under the same operation, two men, aged 24 and 40, were arrested on Monday in east London. All five are being held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Police are also carrying out searches at two addresses in North Wales as part of the investigation.

Three suspected terrorists stopped in Dover

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command have arrested five men on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command, supported by officers from Kent police and the MPS Specialist Firearms Command stopped a vehicle going outbound at Dover port at 23:30hrs on Sunday 30th November.

A 33-year-old man and a 43-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism. A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of people trafficking offences.

A further 12 men and one woman, who were stopped in the same vehicle, were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences by Immigration Enforcement officers.

Today, Monday 1st December, a 24 year-old man and a 40-year-old man were arrested in east London on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism.

At approximately 08:30hrs today a 28-year-old man was arrested at Dover port on suspicion of being concerned in the Commission, Preparation or Instigation of acts of Terrorism.

All been taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody.

Four addresses in east London and one in south London are being searched today as part of the investigation.

This operation is not in response to any immediate threat.

Man arrested at Dover on suspicion of drug smuggling

A German man has been arrested by Border Force officers at Dover’s Eastern Docks on suspicion of smuggling class A drugs.

Charles Ukachukwu IMOH, 57, of Essen, Germany was stopped after he arrived by coach from Frankfurt, Germany in the early hours of Saturday 4 October.

Following searches Border Force officers recovered around 80 small packages containing cocaine weighing approximately one kilo with an estimated value of between £81,000 and £200,000.

Tests will now be carried out to establish the purity and final value of the drugs.

Imoh was questioned by investigators from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and charged with attempting to import class A drugs.

He appeared before Folkestone Magistrates Court on Tuesday 7 October where he withheld his plea and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 27 October 2014.

“Border Force officers use a variety of methods and technology to prevent class A drugs entering the UK, and their expertise is regularly demonstrated by seizures like this. Working with law enforcement colleagues including the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”

– Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.

Kent MP: French should help migrants to "go home"

Britain is to send the 9ft 'ring of steel' fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain. It's intended to replace the "inadequate" fencing currently in place and create secure parking for legal travellers to wait without the threat of hassle from any disruption.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the move is part of a bid to send a message that the UK is "no soft touch" for migrants.

The Mayor of Calais has previously threatened to blockade the port and has been urging the British to help out with money and manpower.

But Strood MP Mark Reckless says he thinks the French should deal more stringently with the migrants.

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