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Freight train strikes fence post

British Transport Police officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a freight train struck a fence post. It had been placed on the rail tracks near Buckland Road in Rochester.

The incident was reported to BTP this afternoon, and was also attended by Network Rail who removed the fence post. Officers say the train could easily have been derailed.

Man dies after road crash

A man has died after a road collision in Crawley. The collision happened at 6pm on Tuesday March 12 in Gatwick Road, Crawley, at the junction with Oakwood Trade Park, when a red Daewoo Lanos car left the road and collided with a tree.

The 69-year old driver, Ronald Williams, of Marshall Road, Maidenbower, Crawley, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Mr Williams died in hospital. His passenger was treated for slight injuries.


London Welsh season hangs in balance

London Welsh will go into next Sunday's Aviva Premiership game against Saracens knowing they may no longer be in control of their top-flight survival.

The Premiership newcomers who play at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, have been summoned to appear at a Rugby Football Union hearing next Tuesday.

They are charged with fielding an ineligible player in "a number" of Premiership games this season.

The issue relates to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats, who, Press Asociation Sport understands, was ineligible for nine of the 13 Premiership fixtures he featured in.

Welsh are currently three points above bottom club Sale Sharks and two behind 10th-placed London Irish.

Should the Keats matter go against them, they could be facing a considerable points deduction - possibly enough to relegate them - and probable fine.

Woman dies in Berkshire crash

Thames Valley Police are at the scene of a fatal collision in Chieveley, near Newbury. Officers were called to a three-car collision near the Newbury Showground in Priors Court Road at 3.55ppm.


One man was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with serious injuries and is currently in a critical condition. The road is blocked, and the crash is also affecting the A34.

Women threatened with knife and gun

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an aggravatedburglary in Portsmouth. It happened at around 9pm on Monday, February 25 at anaddress in London Road.

Two men came to the front door of the property and were shoutingthrough the door before one of them kicked the door and forcedentry into the property.

The victims, two women aged 27 and 32, were threatened with a knifeand a gun. The men stole a Blackberry mobile phone, a black Toshibalaptop and a silver handled kitchen knife before leaving the address.

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