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Fire closes M2 junction in Kent

Map of closed motorway junction Credit: ITV News Meridian

More than forty fire crews are trying to bring a blaze at a linen company in Faversham, Kent under control.

Eight crews from across the county and the high aerial platform have been at the scene of the fire since 3:54am.

The fire has closed the Faversham junction onto the M2 and has also closed the A2.


Archeologists discover medieval gaol

A medieval dungeon has been unearthed in Faversham in Kent when contractors were digging a new water main. It's believed the gaol dates from the mid century .



"In my entire career I've never found a dungeon before, so this is a really rare discovery. The site is beneath where the town's second Guildhall stood that was built during the mid-century. As you can imagine the noise and smell coming from the dungeon meant this wouldn't have been a pleasant place to work.'

– Tim Allen, Kent Archaeological Projects

Woman 'desperate' to see teddy bears returned

Stolen - Steiff teddy bears taken during burglary Credit: Kent Police

An elderly woman's prized collection of teddy bears, ornaments and jewellery has been stolen form her home on Newhouse Lane in Shelwich.

The items included antique jewellery, china and ceramic ornaments, as well as several Steiff teddy bears and Wedgwood china vases, clocks and plates.

Missing - collection of wedgwood vases Credit: Kent Police

The collection is worth tens of thousands of pounds and holds sentimental value for the victim who has been collecting for decades.

A watch belonging to her late husband was also taken. It is believed the burglar loaded the goods into a cardboard box, wrapping each piece in linen to keep it safe.


Magna Carta on display

One of the most valuable pieces of paper owned by any council in Britain has gone on display in Kent.Faversham Council's copy of the Magna Carta is valued at more than fifteen million pounds.

For security reasons it usually it has to be locked away, but residents were given the chance to view it as part of this year's Faversham Festival. Sue Brockman from Faversham Town Council spoke to Meridian reporter Iain McBride about the discovery.

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