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Southeastern Christmas advice through Gravesend

Southeastern's website has received over a thousand page views in a single day, following the release of travel advice for customers planning to travel through Gravesend this Christmas.

Network rail are planning to carry out a £19 million upgrade of the station between Sunday 22nd December and Monday 6th January.

This will affect services that normally run via Gravesend.

To see the advice from Southeastern, click here.

Man jailed following drugs haul

A Gravesend man has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for conspiracy to supply class B drugs. It's after a huge haul of cannabis was discovered.

Clive Stephen Brown who's 59 and formerly of Alfred Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty in August.

Clive Stephen Brown has been jailed for drug offences Credit: Kent Police

Brown met Gary Newman of Coal Post Close, Orpington back in May, who was driving a silver Ford Transit van at a café in Watling Street, Gravesend.

Newman entered the café while Brown drove the van away before returning later. Newman then returned to the Transit and Brown back to his black Nissan hatchback.

But as Brown went to drive off, officers swooped on both vehicles following covert surveillance by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Cannabis seized in police raid Credit: Kent Police

Inside the rear of the Transit officers found a large wooden crate containing more than 1,000 bars of cannabis resin weighing just under 460kg.

The estimated potential street value of the haul totalled around £2.3million

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Taxi driver sprayed in the eye and then assaulted

Police are investigating a nasty assault on a taxi driver in Gravesend.

The driver picked up two men who needed to get to Denton.

As they asked him to stop, the front passenger threatened the driver with a sharp object.

He was then sprayed with something in the eye.

As he ran from the taxi and began knocking doors for help on Shamrock Road, the men approached him again and began to kick and punch him.

The taxi driver threw his mobile phone on the floor and the two men picked it up and ran.

The men ran off in the direction of Dickens Road at around 12:30am.

One of the offenders has been described as a white man, between 20 and 25, of slim build with short dark hair. He spoke with an accent and wore a blue hooded top.

Anyone with information should call 01474 366088 quoting XY/332958/13.

Police go undercover to jail cocaine dealer for 3 years

A drug dealer has been jailed for three years following an undercover police investigation into the drug supply in Gravesend.

Brian Warrington was sentenced for three years at Maidstone Crown Court after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Warrington was arrested in August after a five month operation in which he offered to supply cocaine to an undercover police officer.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Weatherstone of Kent Police said,

This investigation involved an officer working undercover to get to the heart of a local drug dealing network in Gravesham.

Whilst the quantities of Class A drugs might have been small, disrupting this network can only be a good things as we look to keep drugs off our streets."

– Detective Constable Chris Weatherstone

Toddlers lucky escape after car crash

A buggy was crushed against a wall in Gravesend

A toddler miraculously escaped unharmed after a pushchair was crushed against a wall by a car.

The incident happened at 7.38am in Darnley Street, Gravesend when two cars collided. One of the vehicles is believed to have mounted the pavement and struck the buggy.

Police said that three people were taken to hospital as a precaution but that none of the injuries were serious.

Do you know the victims? Please call our newsdesk on 084488 12006.

A buggy was crushed against a wall in Gravesend

VIDEO: Cost of school uniforms 'unfair on the parents'

A shopkeeper in Gravesend has put up a banner outside his clothing shop criticising schools about their choice of uniform suppliers.

Dilip Ahluwalia isn't an official supplier of uniforms, but he's selling them despite some local schools objecting.

He claims parents aren't getting value for money. Schools say the suppliers they use are providing quality goods at a fair price.

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Cold war bunker out of cold storage

A cold-war nuclear bunker, buried beneath a park in Gravesend, has been given Listed Building status by English Heritage. The Civil Defence Bunker would have been used as a communications centre in the event of a Soviet attack, and was fully functional between 1954 and 1968.

David Johns has been to see it, and speaks to volunteer Naj Lehl, Melanie Norris from Gravesham Borough Council, and volunteer Sam Willoughby.

Bunker wouldn't have survived a nuclear attack

The bunker can't be seen from above ground Credit: English Heritage/Picasa
Inside the bunker and how it would have looked when it was in use Credit: English Heritage/Picasa

A bunker that has been given listed status by English Heritage would not have survived a nuclear attack.

The bunker would have been used between 1954 and 1968 in the case of a Soviet air attack.

The building would have handled information and coordinated the response to a nuclear attack.

Cold was bunker recognised by English Heritage

A bunker in Kent has been given listed status by English Heritage today.

The bunker is a rare example of a purpose built civil defence centre, which would have been used in the case of a Soviet air attack.

The building would have been staffed by around 35 people and was in use between 1954 and 1968.

It has now been restored and is open to the public.

Kent Police tackle anti-social behaviour

Part of the dispersal area the police will operate within Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police have been given more powers to deal with anti-social behaviour near the clock tower in Gravesend.

A Dispersal Area will operate for a three month period from 1st October.

All roads and public spaces near the clock tower to the east of the town will come under the Dispersal Area.

Young people under 16 not accompanied by a responsible adult between 9pm and 6am should be taken back to their home.

Failure to comply could lead to a fine of up top £2,500 and/or three months imprisonment.

Chris Carter, Inspector of Gravesham’s Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Kent Police has received a number of calls from members of the public and businesses in this area concerned about anti-social behaviour, noise and litter left by groups that tend to congregate near the clock tower.

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