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Plans underway for new Heron sculpture

A sculpture of a heron, thirty feet in height, that moves with the tide could soon be built at a seaside town in Kent.

It's planned for the harbour arm at Herne Bay - where the heron is the town's symbol. Its backers hope visitors will flock to visit it.

Abigail Bracken has more.

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Balloon caused light aircraft crash at Kent airshow

A balloon has been found to be the cause of a light aircraft crash at Herne Bay's airshow in Kent.

According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch it became lodged in its engine at last year's event, forcing the pilot to ditch the plane at sea.

The pilot managed to avoid both spectators and swimmers.

Spectators waded in to the water to help the pilot who was face down in the water.

Safety action has been taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Man in court charged with murdering his daughter

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his teenage daughter at a caravan park in Kent.

63 year old Richard Kray appeared via virtual court at Medway Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded to Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 26 July.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the Westfields caravan Park in Herne Bay following a report of a serious assault at around 2pm on Friday 21 July. 19-year-old Olivia Kray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kray has also been charged with an attempted murder against a second woman, who was also known to him.

Due to previous contact between victims and police, Kent Police has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Police hunt man in connection with Kent stabbing

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Officers have released images of a man they would like to identify and locate in connection with a knife attack in Kent.

The assault is reported to have taken place on the High Street in Herne Bay between 2.52am and 2.58am on Sunday 9 July.

The victim, a man aged in his 50s, suffered an injury to his stomach consistent with a stab wound and was taken to a local hospital but has since been released.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the photos, or if they were in the area at the time of the assault.

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Man fights for operation to help him lose weight

A man in Herne Bay is fighting to have an operation he says will change his life. Ian Sandford began to put on weight after an operation to have a rare tumour removed - he went from around 16 stone to 30 stone. Now he wants his local NHS to pay for a procedure to help him trim down, but officials say there's no need for it - Mr Sandford says they have never even seen him. Tony Green has our report.

Praise for airshow pilot who ditches in sea near Herne Bay

There's been high praise today for the skills of pilot Colin Randall who ditched his plane into the sea at the Herne Bay Airshow - avoiding both spectators and swimmers.

Praise too for the spectators who waded in, to help the 71-year-old pilot - who was face-down in the water.

It follows a tightening of flying display regulations after the Shoreham Airshow crash that killed 11 people nearly a year ago.

You can watch a full report by Abigail Bracken by clicking on the link below.

Interviewees are rescuer Davina Cox; eyewitness Nigel Hancock; and Herne Bay Airshow organiser Liz Crudgington.

Pictures and video are courtesy of Emma Bedding, Bruno Tilley and Nigel Hancock.

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