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Hundreds queue to scrutinise new Thames Crossing proposals

It's ludicrous - that's the reaction of many people living near the proposed site of a new tunnel beneath the Thames. It would run under the river east of Gravesend, with roads cutting through at least two villages. It's the preferred option for a new crossing between Kent and Essex. It was among proposals on show at the first public exhibition in Kent which had hundreds of people queuing today. Andrea Thomas was there. She spoke to Martin Potts from Highways England.

Concern for missing teenager

Tia Addison was last seen leaving her home last night Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for help to find a missing teenager.

Tia Addison is 14 years-old, and was last seen leaving her home in Gravesend on the evening of 2nd February, at around 8.30pm.

She was believed to be going to Northfleet but has not been seen since and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

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Statue commissioned to mark Queen's 90th birthday

This image shows where the statue would be built in Gravesend Credit: ITV Meridian

The town of Gravesend has commissioned a statue of the Queen to mark her 90th birthday.

It will be cast in bronze and show Her majesty seated.

Work will begin to raise the two hundred thousand pounds needed for the project.

The statue will be made by Douglas Jennings who also created the town's statue of wartime pilot Mahinder Singh Pujji.

ITV Meridian spoke to Cllr John Cubitt, Leader of Gravesham Council.

Appeal into whereabouts of teenager in Gravesend

Police want to speak to members of the public who helped a teenager in Gravesend.

The girl is safe and well, but officers are investigating the circumstances of her whereabouts up until the time she came to Gravesend police station.

The girl, described as black and wearing red jeans, a black hooded coat and black and white trainers, is thought to have spoken to a number of people and asked for directions to the nearest police station, where she arrived in a distressed state at 7.20pm on the evening of Tuesday 19th January.

"This is an unusual set of circumstances and we are making enquiries to establish where the girl may have been staying and under what conditions.

"We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the girl walking or those who spoke to her."

– Detective Constable Rob Sircar, of Kent Police

Firefighters tackling house fire in Gravesend

Firefighters are dealing with a fire in a three-storey house in Milton Road, Gravesend.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus have carried out a full search of the property. No-one has been reported missing.

Firefighters are using main jets and hose reels to tackle the blaze which is affecting the roof and all floors of the building.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Son appeals for help after father killed in hit and run

Rimantas Karvelis Credit: Kent Police

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to a hit and run collision in Gravesend, after a man died from his injuries. It happened on Saturday 24 October in London Road, Gravesend.

A black Vauxhall Astra collided with a 56-year-old man but failed to stop and was later found abandoned in Grange Road. Three people were arrested in connection with the incident and later released on bail pending further investigation.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital, but later died. He has been named as Rimantas Karvelis, who was here on a one-month holiday from Lithuania to visit one of his two sons.

His son, Audrius Karvelis, who has travelled back from America, said: "I can't believe he’s gone, my magnificent Dad, who came here to visit my brother and encourage him to fight Guillian Barre Syndrome at Darenth Valley Hospital. Our life has changed irrevocably; we are shocked and deeply saddened. We know there are many difficult days ahead without him. He was an amazing person, a real example to others. We still can't understand how this happened, why the driver did not stop. It is such a big loss for our family and community."

Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch from the serious collision investigation unit said: ‘It was a wet rainy Saturday evening on 24. October. I would like to speak to any witnesses who saw the pedestrian crossing London Road, the collision or the manner in which the Vauxhall Astra involved was being driven.”

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