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Investigation begins into cause of prison riot

It had been branded as 'dangerous' with 'high levels of violence'. So how were 60 prisoners able to cause a major disturbance at one of Kent's biggest jails overnight?

Swaleside is one of three prisons on the Isle of Sheppey - known as the Sheppey Cluster. Alongside Stanford Hill, and Elmley, it houses almost 3,000 inmates.

It was condemned in a report last summer as an institution where more than two thirds of prisoners felt unsafe, and having "worrying" levels of violence.

Last night, specialist riot prison officers had to be called in, when inmates took control of a wing for several hours. Fires were lit and troubled flared.

It was only in the early hours of this morning, that order was restored.

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Campaign launched to save babies' lives in Kent

Credit: Kent County Council

A new campaign has been launched in Kent to support parents with young babies, offering vital safety advice to protect their children and reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Each year in Kent, approximately nine babies under a year old die unexpectedly in their sleep.

There are no obvious reasons for these deaths, but factors such as overheating and co-sleeping increase the risk.

Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board and partner organisations have developed innovative thermometer cards which will help parents understand the issues and monitor the temperature of the room in which their baby is sleeping.

My daughter Maisie is 14-weeks-old and I’m fairly aware of the dangers of her overheating but I know some new parents aren’t and they can be easily confused, especially when it’s winter and you’re looking at putting your baby in a grow bag or a blanket to sleep.

– Mum Jemma Gardner, from the Isle of Sheppey

To prevent your baby overheating, it is advised:

  • Never cover your baby’s head when they are sleeping
  • Never put your baby to sleep in a cot/crib with pillows, cot bumpers, duvets/quilts or soft toys
  • Always remove your baby’s hat and outer clothing when coming indoors – especially if the baby is asleep
  • Always remove your baby from their car seat as soon they are brought inside – car seats are designed for transport only.
  • Avoid dressing your baby in warm clothing when carrying in a baby sling – they could overheat.

Water back on in Sheppey after 1,000 households left relying on bottled water

Hundreds of homes were left without water on the Isle of Sheppey after a mains burst. More than 1000 housholds were relying on bottled water and 3 schools had to close on Friday.

Water was restored today - but Southern Water says some people may still experience problems as the supply becomes re-established. It comes after long-running repairs were carried out to the Island's water main under the A249 at Bobbing.

Sarah Saunders has the latest.

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Water supplies restored to hundreds of homes on the Isle of Sheppey

Water has been restored after more than a thousand homes were left without supplies on the Isle of Sheppey after a mains burst. Hundreds of households were relying on bottled water and 3 schools had to close on Friday.

Southern Water says some people may still experience problems as the supply becomes re-established. It comes after long-running repairs were carried out to the Island's water main under the A249 at Bobbing.

Sarah Saunders reports

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Water supplies being restored on Isle of Sheppey

Water being restored to thousands of homes in Kent

Free water has been handed out to customers affected on the Isle of Sheppey Credit: ITV Meridian

Southern Water say they have now installed two water mains after a burst water main left thousands of homes on the Isle of Sheppey without water.

The mains run underneath the A249 between Sheerness and Bobbing and water is being pumped back into supply.

The water firm says the work needs to be carried out slowly to avoid any further damage to the pipe and means that some customers will receive their water supply back later than others.

Bottled water is being handed out to customers affected on the Isle of Sheppey Credit: ITV Meridian

"We are sorry for the inconvenience this disruption has caused customers and are working as hard as we can to ensure all supplies are returned as soon as possible. Free bottled water is still available from Morrison's carpark in Queenborough."

– Spokesperson, Southern Water

Four thousand homes without water in Kent

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Four thousand homes on the Isle of Sheppey have been without water for most of the day. It's due to a burst water main on the - A249 - between Sheerness and Bobbing. Bottled water is being provided for residents in the area.

Southern Water says "We are working as swiftly as possible to reconnect the water supply to customers on the Isle of Sheppey. Bottled water is available at Morrison's supermarket in Queenborough. We are sorry for the inconvenience but it is unlikely that water supplies will be connected this evening. This is because once the water supply is reconnected it will take a few hours to test and refill the water network in the area. A separate burst on a much smaller pipe in Harps Avenue, Minster, was fixed earlier today however the customers affected by that incident may still be without water because of the larger burst under the A249."

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