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Man charged after triple fatal crash

The scene of the crash on the M26 Credit: Meridian

A man has been charged in connection with a serious collision on the M26 earlier this year.

Three people were killed and eight others injured – including three seriously – in the multi-vehicle incident on Wednesday 16 April 2014.

Juraj Orsula, 45, from Slovakia, has been charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury while driving dangerously.

He has been bailed to appear at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Friday 5 December and is prevented from leaving the country.

Tree growers in bid for festive Downing Street glory

Christmas tree growers from across the ITV Meridian region are bidding for the chance to present the tree which will take pride of place at the official residence of the Prime Minister.

The winning tree in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Over 100 growers will take part in a national competition organised by the British Christmas Tree Growers' Association in Oxfordshire today.

The event will see the hopeful contenders - who span in age from 18 to 80 - coming together to showcase their trees to expert growers, and be judged by fellow members.

Each farmer, who will have spent around 10 years nurturing the tree to full 'competition' height, is able to enter categories including Best Nordman, Best Other Fir, Best Pine, Best Norway Spruce, Best Other Spruce, Best Container Grown, and Best Festive Wreath.

Finalists can submit only one tree into each category, and trees entered must be commercially cultivated and be 1.8 metres high from base to tip. Each will be judged for foliage, colour, shape and marketability.

Following the verdict from the prestigious competition day, the winning grower will supply Downing Street's 20 ft Christmas tree, while the winner of the wreath category will create a wreath to hang at the front door of Number 10.

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Return to prison - robber raided the same post office twice

An armed robber held up a post office in Kent just two weeks after being released from prison for a previous robbery on the same premises. Billy Williams was jailed for seven years for robbing the post office in St Mary's Bay, Dymchurch, in July 2010, and committed the second offence after being released on licence at the beginning of this year, Kent Police said.

The 22-year-old and his brother-in-law, Harry Powell, also 22, threatened the cashier with a handgun and left with £10,780 in cash and £2,565 of stamps on the morning of February 15, a police spokesman said.

The cashier, who was in her 50s, pushed the counter's panic button but the men left the scene in a black Ford Escort which police later found partially burnt out nearby.

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