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"Churches providing hope as well as food to those in need"

The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised local churches for working together to help people who need to use food banks. The Most Reverend Justin Welby was speaking after the annual Good Friday Procession of Witness in Dover this morning.

He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.


Archbishop of Canterbury bears the Easter cross

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby carries the Easter cross through Dover Credit: Press Association

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has led the Procession of Witness through Dover. He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.

Scooterists prepare for challenge

For most people, a journey from London to Dover and back is a simple matter of getting in the car or on a train - and a couple of hours later, the journey's over. But this weekend seven lads from Kent are doing that trip, both ways - on scooters.

David Johns went to see them preparing for their epic journey and spoke to Nick Hardinges and Luka Syplywczak.

Dover port seize 80kg of illegal drugs

More than 80kg of heroin and cocaine with the street value of millions of pounds has been seized by the port of Dover.

A lorry carrying roofing material was stopped at Dover's Eastern docks on the 9th April, after a detector dog discovered the drugs.

The Home Office said that around 48kg of heroin and 34 kgs of cocaine were found.

A 36-year-old man from Romford in Essex was arrested and has been bailed until the 4th June.

Heroin and cocaine are vile and destructive drugs, which ruin the lives of users and the wider community. Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK."

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


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Port of Dover future decided

Plans for a massive development of the Port of Dover can go ahead after the Shipping Minister arrived in the town to lay out his plan for the Port's future today.

He said he wanted to put the people of Dover at the heart of decision making - and allow the board to raise the money needed for its ambitious development plans.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, UNITE steward Michael Doel and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke.

Regeneration for Port by working with the community

Shipping and Ports Minister Stephen Hammond has set out plans for the future of the Port of Dover.

The plans will enable the community and port to work together, boosting commercial development and potentially regenerating the port.

Stephen Hammond said:

Dover is a thriving port with a proud history and today I have set out changes to the port’s constitution and financial powers that will help it grow in the future, and put the community at the heart of decision-making at the port.

I believe these steps are what is needed to secure a shared and enduring future for the port. I now urge the town and the port to work together to deliver its full potential.

– Stephen Hammond, Shipping and Transport Minister

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.

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