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German aviator forever linked with the town of Gravesend

Aviator became the first and only German prisoner of war to escape from Britain. Credit: ITV News Meridian

A town in Kent is honouring its links to a unique piece of wartime history. A plaque and information board in Gravesend will remember the exploits of the only German prisoner to have escaped from Britain in both world wars. Derek Johnson reports.


Huge cannabis factory discovered in Gravesend

A multimillion-pound cannabis operation has been uncovered by police at an industrial estate in Gravesend.

More than a thousand plants we seizes by officers after a search of a property at Canal Basin, and thousands were found at another property nearby.

Specialist officers remain on scene and will be examining the evidence found in the properties and carrying out initial enquiries – a process expected to take several days.

This is a hugely significant find of an operation clearly linked to organised crime gangs and we are appealing to members of the public to think back to whether they may have seen anybody behaving suspiciously in this area.

– Detective Inspector Kevin Downard, Kent Police

Man charged with murder in Gravesend

Gravesham Court, Clarence Row, Gravesend Credit: ITV news

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Kent. Police were called to an address in Gravesham Court, Clarence Row in Gravesend on Sunday and discovered the body of 29 year old Danny Wallis.

Travis John Smith ,23, of no fixed abode has been charged with murder. He is due to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 3 June.

Three arrested after man found dead in Gravesend

"Kent Police was called to an address in Clarence Row, Gravesend, at 7.46pm on Sunday 31 May where officers located the body of a man in his 20s. Secamb attended and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, both aged 23, and a woman aged 29, were subsequently arrested in Windmill Street on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody. Those arrested were known to the victim. Enquiries are on-going."

– Kent Police


Fire crews dealing with potentially harmful substance in Kent

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is currently dealing with an incident involving a potentially harmful material at West Street pier in Gravesend.

Road closures are in place to allow emergency services to deal with the incident and so motorists are being asked to avoid the area if possible.

The substance causing the incident is called MDI isoscyanate, which is a component in expanding filler foam. It was being used by contractors to repair a floatation tank on a floating pontoon at Gravesend Pier.

The resulting chemical reaction creates a gas which is classed as an irritant.

This means it may causes problems with breathing or irritate the eyes, although it is more likely to affect those with a pre-existing condition.

Anyone affected should seek medical advice.

Residents in the affected areas are requested to continue to keep windows and doors shut for a further two hours. It is likely that the chemical smell will remain in the air for several days, but it is not harmful.

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