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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Witness appeal after 11-year-old boy is hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old boy was hit by a car on Folkestone Road in Dover.

He was hit on Tuesday 28th January just after 6pm.

He was taken to Kings College Hospital in London, but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

Anyone with information or who saw a group of boys playing in and around the road at that time are asked to call PC Mark Ellul on 01304 218110.

Major boost for Dover Docks

New look Western Docks Credit: Dover Harbour Board

Plans have been unveiled to develop Dover's Western Docks, creating a possible six hundred new jobs. It's part of a regeneration project which includes the construction of a new cargo terminal.

Plans unveiled for Western Docks Credit: Dover Harbour Board

The Government approved the development of the Western Docks two years ago. Proposals for achieving this have now been put forward.

Future look of Western Docks Credit: Dover Harbour Board


Full steam ahead for ferry on dramatic final voyage - onto shore.

Where do old ferries go on holiday? They go and get beached in Turkey! This is a famous old cross-channel ferry that clocked up millions of nautical miles going back and forth across the Channel for years.

In her heyday the ferry was called the Pride of Calais and ferried thousands of passengers to and from France for for 22 years. Then in 2012 it became the Spirit of Ostend running services from Ramsgate to the Belgium port.

This footage was filmed in November - but has only just been released on YouTube and has proved very popular with more than 600,000 views. The beach is actually a recycling yard for old ships.

Jail for lorry driver caught smuggling 10 kilos of cocaine

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Ioan Vasile Ionce, 24, from Cernesti, Romania Credit: UK Border Force

A Romanian lorry driver has been jailed for seven years at Canterbury Crown Court for attempting to smuggle 10 kilos of cocaine into Dover.

The drugs had an estimated street value of £675,000.

Ioan Ionce was stopped at the eastern docks in October as he headed to Sundridge in Kent with a load of stonework.

Border Force officers found a purpose-built concealment within the cab containing ten brown taped packages containing the drugs.

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10 kilos of cocaine were found concealed in a lorry cab in Dover Credit: UK Border Force


Gang who passed off £14,000 in fake coins are jailed

Two people have been jailed after smuggling in thousands of fake coins.

Almost 7,500 coins were found in Giuseppe Savoia and Norma Pitrolo suitcase last July when they arrived into Dover.

After Border Force officers caught the Italian nationals, their case was handed over to investigators who found the pair were part of a gang involved in defrauding casinos in London's West End.

Thousands of fake coins were found in the pairs suitcase Credit: Home Office

They had been using the fake coins to play on gaming machines and then getting 'cash out' tickets, which were then exchanged for genuine banknotes.

The coins recovered from the casino were the same as those seized by Border Force in Dover.

Giuseppe Savoia Credit: Home Office
Norma Pitrolo Credit: Home Office

The total amount of fake coins passed off by the gang is thought to be around £14,000.

Savoia and Pitrolo were found guilty of importation and forgery offences and sentences to 10 months each in prison.

"Keep our district clean or face a fine"

Irresponsible dog owners and people who deliberately drop litter in Dover are being warned to keep our district clean or face a fine.

Dover District Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officers have issued 70 Fixed Penalty Notices from September to December 2013.

The new highly visible uniformed Environmental Enforcement Officers patrol the district seven days a week, and have powers to issue fixed penalties of £75 for littering and £50 for dog fouling.

We are very pleased at the success of the new Enforcement Officers. We are working with all our partners to continue to improve the environment, and the message is that we are clamping down on environmental crime, so pick up after your dog, and don’t drop litter.”

– Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Environment
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