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Serial shoplifter who showed 'no remorse' is jailed

Ben Laker, 24, has been jailed for 630 days Credit: Kent Police

A serial shoplifter who police say had "no remorse" has been jailed.

Ben Laker, 24, stole jewellery from a shop in Folkestone's Old High Street in in the early hours of Thursday 1st December last year, smashing a window to get in.

Laker was arrested when blood found on the inside of the window matched his DNA.

He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, and six counts of shoplifting, carried out in Folkestone between Wednesday 4 January and Friday 27 January 2017.

He also admitted to breaching a suspended sentence twice for other thefts.

Laker was sentenced to a total of 630 days in prison.

Laker acted without any respect for his victims and showed no remorse. I am pleased he has received time in prison where he can no longer pose a threat to the public.

– Detective Constable Jacqui Mennie, Investigating officer

Remembering Canada's fallen soldiers in Shorncliffe

Canadian soldiers have been honoured at a commemoration in Shorncliffe near Folkestone.

The event was held to tell the story of the Canadians who fought at Vimy in France.

The Shorncliffe Trust who organised the event, wanted to acknowledge their journey from Canada to Shorncliffe - before setting out across the Channel in 1917.

Jenna Verdicchio has been speaking to Captain Terry Plant and Chairman of the Shorncliffe Trust, Chris Shaw.



The Channel Tunnel is closed due to power problems

Passenger and freight services through the Channel Tunnel were suspended earlier today because of a technical fault in the tunnel. Both Eurotunnel and Eurostar services were affected, while the tunnel was closed. Technical teams have now resolved the issue but passengers are warned of long delays. Lorries are facing a 90 minute wait for Check In and a further 4 1/2 hour wait on the Channel Tunnel Terminal.

Body found in lorry which may have come from France

A body has been found in lorry in Kent. Credit: @Kent_999s

A man has been found dead in the back of a lorry which police believe may have come from France.

Officers from Kent Police were called to the incident on the A20 at Sellindge near Folkestone on Tuesday morning.

The South East Coast Ambulance was also deployed to the area.

An investigation is underway to identify the dead man and find out the cause of his death.

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