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Paedophile pretended to be teenage boy

A paedophile who pretended to be a teenage boy to encourage a 14-year-old girl to send him indecent images of herself has been jailed.

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Arson attacks under the spotlight

by Tom Savvides

The work of a new team of forensic scientists in the south east could help uncover whether a fire has been started deliberately. The University of Kent at Canterbury has set up a fire investigation unit to examine suspicious substsances and liquids found at the scene of a blaze. Tom Savvides talks to Emma Wilson from the company Prometheus and Bob Green from the University of Kent

Chronic brick shortage threatens housebuilding across the south

With high house prices in South, many people can't afford to move - so they look at extending their homes - as a way of making more space. But they're coming up against a brick wall.

Yes, a chronic shortage of bricks means your builder could be waiting for up to a year, before receiving the right ones for the job. In an exclusive report, Cary Johnston has been to meet ... Bob the builder.

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Margate burglar jailed

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Krystian Dubis has been sentenced to 28 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

A serial burglar who was caught after detectives tracked him down by his fingerprints has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Krystian Dubis, 23, of Athelstan Road, Margate, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 22 August after pleading guilty to burgling a dwelling in Cliftonville.

He entered the address in Stanley Road, through a window on 6 July and stole a laptop and charger worth £150.

Dubis was arrested on 25 July after officers found his fingerprints at the scene of the burglary.

He also admitted a charge of burglary other than dwelling in connection with stolen tools worth £1,000 taken from a communal cupboard in Union Crescent, Margate on 10 July.

"Due to overwhelming evidence by police Dubis had no option but to admit his guilt. This man showed little respect for people and stole their belongings without a second thought. I hope his sentence of 28 months will serve as a warning to anyone who is considering carrying out similar offences. Our team of detectives are committed to investigating reports of burglaries in the Thanet area and will continue to put their efforts into bringing offenders before the courts."

– Detective Sergeant Neil Watford, of Kent Police

Man and woman jailed for human trafficking

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Didier Andre Robert Devos has been sentenced to four years in prison Credit: Kent Police
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Sandra Mirelle Evelyn Vieno has been sentenced to two years in prison Credit: Kent Police

A man and a woman, who smuggled four people into the UK from France, have started a combined 6 years prison sentence for their crimes.

They were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court after being found guilty of trafficking three adults and a child from Calais to Dover.

They are:

· Didier Andre Robert Devos, 36 and unemployed of no fixed abode in France. He was given 4 years jail.

· Sandra Mirelle Evelyn Vienot, 28 of Grande-Synthe, Dunkerque, in northern France was given 2 years jail.

On Monday 30 June 2014 just after 4pm a French registered Renault was intercepted at Dover Eastern Docks. The male driver and his female passenger had just arrived on a Calais to Dover ferry. They claimed to be visiting the local area and would be returning to France later that evening.

When border officers based at Dover Eastern Docks searched the car they found two men, a woman and a child in the boot. They all indicated that they were from Afghanistan. The four illegal entrants were transferred to the Dover Asylum Screening Centre (DASC) at Dover Eastern Docks where it was confirmed that three of the nationals were from the same family - 28 year old mother, 30 year old father and seven year old daughter. The other man was 55.

"The highly organised smuggling of people through countries is a despicable crime where the offenders prey on desperate people who are often transported in shocking and dangerous conditions. Both Devos and Vienot, like others who trade in human misery, were driven by financial greed and had no regard for human life. This was apparent by the poor condition that their victims were in when they were discovered in the pair’s car boot. People were disposable to them. In bringing these two to justice we have disrupted, if not dismantled, one more illegal enterprise and hopefully saved other potential victims from inevitable suffering. We've also sent a clear message to current and would be people smugglers that we will find you and bring you before the courts no matter who you are or where you're from."

– Frontier Crime Unit Detective Constable, Matthew Whitlock

People smugglers sentenced after family found in a car boot in Dover

A man and a woman, who smuggled four people into the UK from France, have started a combined 6 years prison sentence for their crimes.

They were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court after being found guilty of trafficking three adults and a child from Calais to Dover.

Didier Andre Robert Devos
Didier Andre Robert Devos Credit: Kent Police

Didier Andre Robert Devos, 36 and unemployed of no fixed abode in France, was given 4 years in jail.

Sandra Mirelle Evelyn Vienot, 28 of Grande-Synthe, Dunkerque, in northern France was given 2 years jail.

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Sandra Mirelle Evelyn Vienot Credit: Kent Police

They were both puller over by border officers at Dover's Eastern Docks in June, where officers found two men, a woman and a child in the boot of a Renualt Clio.

The four illegal entrants were transferred to the Dover Asylum Screening Centre (DASC) at Dover Eastern Docks where it was confirmed that three of the nationals were from the same family - 28 year old mother, 30 year old father and seven year old daughter. The other man was 55. It's believed they came from Afghanistan.

VIDEO: Migrants clamber on to lorries in Calais

Footage of desperate migrants trying to clamber on to lorries coming into the UK from Calais has been posted online.

It was taken by a coach passenger who said he saw hundreds of people trying to get onto vehicles at the border crossing. It comes as calls have been by the Freight Transport Association to get the Home Office to lobby the French government, in order control the situation in Calais.

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New road schemes confirmed for the region

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£24 billion will be spent on roads Credit: ITV News

The Government has today confirmed the key road schemes it plans to take forward in the next Parliament. All the schemes have been announced before apart from an upgrade to the A303 which it hopes to make public in the Autumn Statement.

£24 billion will be spent on roads which it says is the biggest amount since the 1970's and six times more than in recent years. By 2021 is says there will be 900 more miles of extra lanes.

Critics say the announcement contained nothing new and falls short of what is needed to bring our roads up to a good standard. £9 billion will be spent on maintenance and £6 billion on resurfacing 3,000 miles of main roads. They also point out a change of Government could make major changes or axe some of the schemes.

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£24 billion will be spent on roads Credit: ITV News

Key improvement schemes include new by-passes and turning motorway hard shoulders into running lanes.

These are the planned schemes to start after the next election:

A21 Tonbridge - Pembury - New bypass M4 J3-12 Extra running lane A2 Bean - Junction improvement A2 Ebbsfleet - Junction improvement A27 - Chichester Bypass M23 J8-10 - Extra running lane M27 J4-11 - Extra running lane M20 J10a - Junction improvement M3 J9-14 - Extra running lane M20 J3-5 - Extra running lane

Roads Minister John Hayes said, “ As a crucial part of our long-term economic plan to secure a brighter future for Britain, we are fixing problems that have been created by governments of the past by delivering around 35% more capacity on our roads than was delivered in the nine years up to 2010. It is because of the difficult decisions that this Government has taken that we are able to triple investment in our major roads to over £3 billion a year up to 2021. “We’re doing this with great care for our environment. This extra capacity will be achieved mainly by the use of smart motorways and selective widening to minimise the environmental impact..."

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Farage says he is not complacent after hustings win

Nigel Farage told Good Morning Britain there is "not one ounce of complacency from me" after he was selected to stand in the South Thanet seat for Ukip at next year's general election.

"I'm not pretending for one moment that it's going to be easy, but Ukip is offering something different and distinctive," Farage said.

Asked if he would stand down as leader if the party fails to win a single seat at the election, Farage reiterated his comments from last night.

"If we'd failed in the European elections I would have stood down, if we fail next year the party will pick someone better than me, but do you know what? That ain't going to happen," he said.

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