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  1. Tom Savvides

Will a new speed limit save lives on the Sheppey Crossing?

It's been the scene of one of the worst pile-ups ever seen. And last summer, a mother and her young son were killed in a car crash on the Sheppey Crossing. Since then there has been a long campaign to lower speed limits on the bridge and today that finally happened. But people who live on the Isle of Sheppey say it's still not enough. This report by Tom Savvides includes interviews with Emma Tweed, councillor Ken Pugh and Gordon Henderson MP.


50mph speed limit introduced on Sheppey Crossing

A 50mph speed limit has been introduced on the A249 Sheppey Crossing in Kent.

It follows a serious crash last July in which a mother and her eight year-old son were killed.

A mother and son were killed in a crash on the crossing last year

The coroner investigating asked Highways England to consider urgent safety measures on the bridge, which is the main link between the M2 at Stockbury and Sheerness.

In September 2013, sixty people were injured after more than 120 cars crashed. More than thirty thousand drivers use the crossing every day.

Safety is Highways England’s top priority. We are fully supporting the inquest into the tragic incident that happened on the Sheppey Crossing last July.

Our objective is ensuring safe and reliable journeys on the A249 and the Sheppey Crossing for the 30,000 drivers who depend on it every day.

The speed limit will be carefully assessed to monitor its effect on road safety and Highways England will continue to keep the safety performance of the A249 under constant review.

– A Highways England spokesperson

Pupils banned from using playing field with 'the wrong type of grass'

Pupils have been barred from playing sports on a school playing field for FOUR years after it was said to have 'the wrong type of grass.'The field was declared unsafe shortly after the opening of the St Clements Site of Eastchurch Primary School on the Isle of Sheppey. Tonight - action at last - after angry parents exposed the situation on social media. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to parent Rita Simpson and Sandy Hammock, Chair of Friends of Eastchurch School.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Boy finds suitcase full of missing star's photos

Her career highlights include acting with Joan Collins, Marlon Brando and Ava Gardner. Worldwide fame was found by appearing in some of the most popular programmes on TV in the eighties - Dynasty, and The Colbys.

But when Stephanie Beacham had a suitcase packed full of precious family photos stolen from London, little did she expect them to turn up on a fly-tipping site in Kent - and be found by a young boy on a day out with his Dad.

David Johns has the extraordinary story, speaking to the suitcase-finder, Jordon Mothersole.


  1. Sarah Saunders @SSaundersITV

VIDEO: A bumper collection of dodgem cars to go on show

The hobby of a roofer from the Isle of Sheppey has got out of hand. Peter Ward has collected 45 vintage dodgem cars. One of them he even made roadworthy and his sister is travelling to her wedding in another. Now Peter's passion has caught the interest of Dreamland theme designer Wayne Hemmingway, who has invited Peter to display his cars at the new theme park when it opens next week. Sarah Saunders went along for a ride.

Two charged with murder after Swaleside prisoner death

Two men have been charged with murder after a prisoner died in HMP Swaleside.

Jason George Gomez, 44, and Paul Wadkin, 32, were remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court today via videolink.

The body of a 40-year-old man was found in a cell on Wednesday

They were arrested as part of a Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man in his 40s in a cell on Wednesday 25 March.

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