Heating duct fallen down

School accident investigation

A Kent teacher has told ITV that he nearly had a 'national tragedy' on his hands when a heating duct collapsed on top of 150 children

Steelworker at work

Steelworkers' struggle

Former Thamesteel employees will ask MPs for help at Westminster today after delays to their redundancy payments.

Men packing food parcels for Thamesteel workers

Food bank helps job loss steelworkers

Emergency food supplies are being provided for some of the 350 steelworkers made redundant from a Thamesteel plant in Kent.

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1,000 tonnes of baled hay up in flames in barn fire

Keith Tucker
Flames inside the barn this morning Credit: Keith Tucker

About 1,000 tonnes of baled hay went up in flames at a farm on the Isle of Sheppey this morning. Fire crews were called Queenborough in the early hours . Two crews worked to stop the flames spreading and nobody was hurt. The site is now back in the care of the owner of the property.

Sheppey Crossing closed southbound following crash

Kent Police were called to reports of a collision on the Sittingbourne bound carriageway of the Sheppey Crossing at 2.37pm, involving a car and a van.

South East Coast Ambulance service were also at the scene. They say a male patient in his 30s, suffered a medical episode and reversed into the van behind him. He was taken to the Medway Maritime Hospital. The other driver is not believed to be injured.


Disabled woman robbed of her walking frame

Kent Police is appealing for information after a disabled woman was robbed of her walking frame on the Isle of Sheppey. On 12th July, the victim - a woman in her 60s - was at the bus stop along Minster Road when two men holding cans of lager walked up to her.

They made derogatory comments to her about her disability and as they walked past, one reached out and punched her on the arm, causing her to fall over.

The pair then grabbed her walking frame and ran off with it, running down the road and disappearing down an alleyway.

The woman cut her arm when she fell and was left shocked and distressed.

This was a revolting act of mindless aggression against a vulnerable lady who cannot walk far without the aid of her frame. To verbally abuse and belittle her is low enough but to knock her down and steal the frame, leaving her helpless on the ground, is truly despicable and I'm sure the entire community shares our disgust. We are following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this and would welcome any information from the public.'

– Detective Sergeant Martin Carter of Kent Police

Demands for safety measures following fatal crash

There are renewed demands tonight for urgent road safety measures after a mother and child were killed in a horrific crash on the Sheppey Bridge in Kent.

The mother and son killed in this latest tragedy have been named as 42-year-old Debbie Roberts from Sheerness and eight-year-old Marshall Roberts. Marshall's head teacher said staff and pupils were 'devastated'. Watch Nashreen Issa's report.

Pictures used at the beginning of this video courtesy of Kentonline.co.uk

Community 'devastated' following death of schoolboy

The whole community at Rose Street Primary School has been devastated by the death of Marshall Roberts and his mother Debbie on Tuesday of this week.

The School was informed in the late afternoon of the tragedy and immediately put its contingency plan into action....

Most children, and their families, were aware of the accident before they came to school. An assembly, led by the Head of School Mrs Chetty – Marston, has been held. After this the school family came together to start the process of coming to terms with their loss.

– Rose Street Primary School, Sheerness

Mother and son killed in Sheppey crash named locally

A mother and her eight-year-old son who died in a car crash in Kent have been named locally.

Debbie Roberts, who was 42 and from Sheerness, died in the accident on the Sheppey Crossing yesterday, along with her son, Marshall Roberts. The driver of a pick up truck, who's from Essex, has been bailed until September on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Video of the crash - courtesy of Kentonline.co.uk


Man arrested on causing death by dangerous driving

A 42-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son have died in a crash on the Sheppey Crossing.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the crash, which happened at 1:18pm today.

The woman and her son were in a red car which crashed with a white pick-up style transit.

The male driver of the pick-up has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A 6-year-old boy was hurt and taken to a London hospital for treatment.

The bridge is currently closed in both directions and is expected to remain closed for some time.

Traffic is being diverted over the Kingsferry Bridge.

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