Protests as animal exports resume

Protesters turned out as live animal exports resumed at the Port of Dover amid renewed calls for an end to the controversial trade.

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Size 10 mum had no idea she was pregnant & gives birth

Sophie Aldridge gave birth in A&E because there was not enough time to get her to the maternity ward Credit: ITV News/Daybreak

Svelte Sophie Aldridge was shocked when she gave birth to a healthy baby boy as the 20-year-old had no idea she was pregnant.

The young mum from Kent had none of the usual symptoms of pregnancy in the run up to the birth - she continued to have periods, a flat stomach and no morning sickness.

Sophie was seven months pregnant when this selfie was taken Credit: ITV News/Daybreak

Initially, Sophie thought the pain in her back was caused by her period, but as it deteriorated she was taken to hospital.

The care worker was given an anti-sickness injection and sleeping pills before being sent home.

Shortly after arriving back at her parents house, the pain became unbearable and the size 10 mum was rushed back to hospital by ambulance.

Sophie gave birth to a healthy baby boy despite "doing everything you're not supposed to do" during her pregnancy Credit: ITV News/Daybreak

Paramedics then dropped the bombshell that she was actually in labour - and less than half an hour after arriving at A&E, she gave birth to a healthy 5lbs 8oz baby she named Thomas.

While in transit, Sophie told a paramedic she thought she had wet herself and they quickly realised her waters had broken.


Man charged with drug smuggling after cocaine seized

A 22 year-old man from Kent has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at Dover seized amphetamine and cocaine worth an estimated £400,000.

The drugs were discovered last Wednesday when officers at Dover’s EasternDocks stopped and searched a van.

The drugs were found in the floor of the vehicle. Thomas John Mayes, from Kemsley Street, Bredhurst, Gillingham, appeared at Canterbury Magistrates Court on Friday charged with the importation. He withheld his plea and was remanded in custody. He will appear at Canterbury Crown Court on 10 March.

The amphetamine had an estimated value of £300,000 and the cocaine, once cut and sold on the streets, £100,000.

Following the seizure by Border Force, the investigation and prosecution are being carried out by the National Crime Agency.

Detectives hunting for missing man find a body in Kent

Daniel Till was last seen at his home address on Saturday Credit: Kent Police

Detectives searching for a twenty-two year man who went missing from his home in Dover say they've found an as yet unidentified body.

Daniel Till was last seen by his wife shortly after seven on Saturday morning when he left their home in Auden Way. Kent Police had said they were concerned because he was described as being in a distressed state.


Missing man was in "distressed state"

Inspector Simon Young said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen Daniel after he left home.

"He has not been in contact with his family or friends since then and may be in a distressed state which is why we are concerned about his welfare.”

“We have done everything possible to find Daniel since he was reported missing but have not been able to locate him.

"We are now appealing to the public to get in touch immediately if they see him or know where he may be.”

Anyone who sees Daniel is asked to contact Kent Police on 101, giving reference 22-0299.

Concern for missing Kent man

Kent Police is concerned for the welfare of a 22-year-old man who is missing from his home in Dover.

Daniel Till was last seen by his wife at their Auden Way home just before 7am on Saturday 22 February and was reported missing soon afterwards.

When he left home Daniel was wearing a Superdry black jacket with red writing and a red hood, blue jeans and High Top Superman trainers.

He is described as 6ft 1ins tall with short cropped brown hair, a goatie beard and brown eyes.

On his left wrist and arm, Daniel has a tattoo of a skull, spider and the word “tribal.” On his right arm he has a picture of a panda with the name “Haylie” underneath. He also has a scar on his back.

Ship's Captain describes final voyage

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

She's the equivalent of about 78 in human years, she carried around 30 million passengers and did thousands of cross-channel trips but, as we showed you last week, the Pride of Calais met a somewhat undignified end, being deliberately crashed into the shore at a recycling yard in Turkey.

Now her captain has talked to Meridian about what it was like bringing her days to an end. David Johns reports, speaking to the ship's former Master, Paul Wood.

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