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Channel Tunnel asylum walker due in court

A Sudanese man granted asylum in Britain after apparently walking through the Channel Tunnel from France will appear in court.

Abdul Rahman Haroun who's 40, is expected to learn whether prosecutors plan to drop their criminal case against him following his asylum win.

Abdul Rahman Haroun walked the length of the Channel Tunnel Credit: ITV Meridian

He was charged with causing an obstruction to an engine or carriage using the railway under the Malicious Damage Act 1861 after being arrested in Folkestone last August.

But earlier this month at a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court it emerged that Haroun had been granted permission to stay in Britain on Christmas Eve. Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel said it was disappointed with the decision, saying granting him asylum may encourage others to attempt the same perilous journey.

Haroun, who is on bail, will appear at Canterbury Crown Court in front of Judge Adele Williams from 2pm this afternoon.


Parents await schoolgirls' early return from Paris trip after attacks

More than thirty schoolgirls are returning home to relieved parents in Kent tonight after last night's terror attacks halted their school trip to Paris.

The pupils from Folkestone School for Girls were approaching the French capital as the massacre began.

Tonight David Cameron warned Britiish casualties are likely. Heightened security is disrupting air travel and cross-channel services. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are Chris Ruddle, Minister at Folkestone Baptist Church; and Charlie Elphicke the MP for Dover.


Battle of Britain spitfire recovered from Channel

The De Havilland propeller blade was recovered in nets by the coast at Folkestone Credit: ITV Meridian

Divers have retrieved part of a Spitfire that crashed in the English Channel 75 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

The De Havilland propeller blade was recovered in nets by the coast at Folkestone and is now at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge.

The De Havilland propeller blade was recovered in nets by the coast at Folkestone Credit: ITV Meridian

It's thought to be from the plane flown by Sergeant Frederick Eley who was shot down and killed in July 1940.

ITV Meridian spoke to Dave Brocklehurst from the Kent Battle of Britain Museum.

Weather thwarts Spitfires but Veterans shine on Memorial Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent was in Folkestone this lunchtime, taking veterans' salutes at the National Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

Two spitfires and two hurricanes, that were scheduled to fly over the site as part of the Memorial Day celebrations, had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Andy Dickenson reports. We hear from Tom Neil, Hurricane pilot, 249 Squadron, and Terry Kane, Spitfire pilot, 234 Squadron.

Kent Principal resigns after being arrested

An executive principal arrested after reportedly starting a relationship with an ex-pupil who is now said to be expecting his child has quit his teaching roles.

Sean Heslop, 47, was detained on suspicion of abuse of a position of trust and freed on police bail until July 30 pending further inquiries. He was also suspended from his duties as executive principal of the Folkestone Academy and Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate, Kent. But it has now emerged he has resigned.

A spokesman said: "Governors can confirm that Sean Heslop has resigned his position as executive principal of Folkestone and Marlowe Academies, and the schools will continue to be led by their respective head teachers."

The Sun newspaper reported last month that his arrest came after he allegedly started a relationship with a former pupil.

He is said to be "really excited" at becoming a father with the woman and "the happiest he's ever been", an unnamed relative told the paper.

A spokesman for Kent Police and the academies have declined to comment on the report. The governors have said the case "has not interfered with and will not inhibit the good work going on in the schools".

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said there was no update to the police investigation.

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