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Delays on M25 after mobile crane catches fire

The mobile crane fire is causing delays on the M25 Credit: Joel Tadman

There are delays on the M25 after a mobile crane caught fire.

Traffic is queuing due to smoke blowing across the road between J16 M40 and J17 A412 (Maple Cross).

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A mile of rubbish blights countryside

Cory's Wharf has become a dumping ground Credit: Your Thurrock
The rubbish has accumulated over several months Credit: Your Thurrock

It's a sea of rubbish as far as you can see.

For months, land at Cory's Wharf in Purfleet, Thurrock, has been used to dump sofas, mattresses, building materials and household waste.

It's dumping on an industrial scale.

Video filmed by YourThurrock.com shows the full extent of the blight on the landscape.

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"Thurrock Council is aware of the situation on land it owns in Purfleet and is working with partners in the police and the Environment Agency to tackle this issue, bring the perpetrators to book and recoup the clean-up costs – estimated to be in the thousands.

"The council will be investigating the site for toxic or otherwise dangerous material before any final decision on its removal is taken.

– Spokesperson for Thurrock Council

Hampshire record-breaking sailor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, takes third place in Route du Rhum

Sir Robin completes another record breaking voyage across the Atlantic

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. He managed to hold off rival Wilfrid Clerton, who was 20 miles behind.

When he last sailed in the race 32 years ago he finished in 14th place in a time of 20 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes.

The first man to sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968/9 said he was happy to finish the 3,542 mile race after the "intense" contest for the final podium place.

He sailed the 3,542 mile (Rhumb line) course at an average speed of 7.26 knots but in reality he actually did 4,416 miles at an average of 9.05 knots.

Sir Robin, who founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, returned to his solo ocean-racing roots by entering his Open 60 yacht Grey Power into the Route du Rhum competition which started today in St Malo, France.

The veteran sportsman, who was the oldest participant, last competed in the 3,542-mile race from St Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean in 1982 in his 70ft catamaran Olympus.

And this is his first solo race since his Velux 5 Oceans circumnavigation in 2006-7, which he also sailed in Grey Power.

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