Live updates

Plea to improve safety on Sheppey Bridge

More than 100 cars were involved in a huge pile up a year ago Credit: ITV Meridian

Councillors representing the Isle of Sheppey will tonight make a formal plea to improve safety on the Sheppey Bridge. Dozens were injured and more than 100 cars damaged in a huge pile-up on the bridge last year.

A paper is being presented to the Swale Joint Transportation Board meeting in Sittingbourne asking for the speed limit to be lowered and for speed cameras to be installed.

Calls for safety improvements one year on from Sheppey crash

More than 100 people were involved in the crash on Sheppey Bridge Credit: ITV Meridian

It's one year since more than 100 cars were involved in a pile-up on the Sheppey Bridge in Kent.

And there are still calls for safety improvements on the bridge. Councillors want speed cameras and a lower speed limit.

More than 100 people were involved in the crash on Sheppey Bridge Credit: ITV Meridian

Advertisement

Calls for safety review on the Sheppey Bridge a year after crash

Councillors are demanding an urgent review of safety on the Sheppey Bridge, a year after a pile-up involving more than 100 cars.

They plan to present a paper next week to the group that monitors local transport policy. They want speed cameras to be installed, and for the limit to be lowered from seventy to fifty miles an hour.

In July a mother and son were killed follwing another crash. The local MP has criticised the Highways Agency for failing to act. Watch Derek Johnson's report.

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

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

Advertisement

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

Load more updates