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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.


Man arrested following reports of illegal riding

A man suspected of causing a nusaince riding an off-road bike illegally around Folkestone on Saturday night has been arrested.

An 18-year-old man was identified and has been arrested and released on bail while police make further enquiries.

Six different people reported a nuisance bike riding around the town centre. The rider was not wearing a helmet, was not insured and was riding dangerously and causing a nuisance.

Officers have launched an investigation to trace the bike and other riders suspected of riding illegally.

Anyone with information about who is responsible, or anyone with information that would help the investigation, is asked to phone 01303 289270 (answerphone) or email.

Car damaged during road rage incident

Car damaged during road rage incident in Folkestone Credit: ITV Meridian

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a road rage incident in Folkestone.

A man in his 30s was driving his green Ford Focus along Cherry Garden Avenue in Folkestone at 2.45pm on Tuesday, 10 March, when he noticed he was being followed by another man in a silver Audi who was driving aggressively.

As he came to a stop at the traffic lights at the junction with Shorncliffe Road, the driver of the Audi got out of his car and began punching the windscreen of the green Ford.

As the traffic lights changed, the motorist in the Focus drove off but later noticed damage to his wheel arch as well as his windscreen.

A 28-year-old man from the Dover area has been arrested in connection with the incident and is on bail pending further enquiries until 3 April.

PC Andy Faiers said: ‘We are treating this as an isolated incident but we would like to hear from anyone with information, in particular, anyone who may have seen either vehicle in the moments before the incident as well as the incident itself.’

Witnesses should contact PC Faiers on 01303 289140 quoting reference ZY/7191/15.

Op stack warning as passport checks change

Lorries use the M20 as a lorry park when Operation Stack's in force Credit: Press Association

The system that turns the M20 into a lorry park could come into force more often when a new way of checking passports begins next month.

That's the warning from the Freight Transport Association. It says Operation Stack will need to be used on the motorway because of the time needed to check documents at Folkestone and Dover.

From the 8th of April, anyone leaving the UK will have to have their passports checked by hand.

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Reversing the decline - plans to convert an historic harbour arm into a new 'pier' for Kent near completion

Multi-million pound plans to redevelop Folkestone harbour are underway, with work on the first major stage due to be finished by early summer. It's hoped this part of the project, which will see the harbour arm opened as a public promenade for the first time in one hundred years, will drive forward regeneration. But when will the other major redevelopments the town has been promised begin? Sarah Saunders spoke to site manager Rick Fretwell, engineering consultant Ben Boyce; and Peter Bettley of the Folkestone Harbour Company.

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