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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.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

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.

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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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Fire crews remain on site of major fire

The fire at its height yesterday afternoon Credit: AmmoSingh

Investigations are continuing into what caused a major fire at a caravan site in Kent. Homes were evacuated and people told to stay indoors as more than sixty firefighterstackled the flames in Gravesend yesterday afternoon. Smoke could be seen across the county.

  1. John Ryall

Sixty firefighters tackle major blaze near gas container

More than sixty firefighters have spent the afternoon tackling a blaze at a caravan site at Gravesend in Kent. A number of homes were evacuated, while other residents in the area were told to stay indoors and keep their windows shut.

As John Ryall reports, plumes of smoke could be seen for miles. The interviewee in his report is Chris Colgan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

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