Live updates

Fighting child poverty in Thanet.

Shocking new figures have revealed that half of all children in one area of Thanet are now living in poverty.

The charity, End Child Poverty, says there are also problems in St Leonards in Sussex where 44 per cent of children are in poverty and Brighton and Hove Kemp Town where the figures are only marginally better - at 40 per cent. It comes as a Government report suggests the UK is in danger of becoming 'permanently divided'. One teaching union has even warned that many children are attending school so hungry that they lack energy and are unable to concentrate.

Advertisement

Chihuahua plucked to safety by firefighters

Foxy the Chihuahua might only be tiny, but she had a big adventure after escaping from the family home in Pegwell Bay, near Ramsgate on Sunday afternoon.

Foxy became stuck after taking herself off for a stroll Credit: Kent Fire & Rescue

Hayley King, owner of the four-year-old, red-haired Chihuahua believes one of her children left the back door open and Foxy saw her opportunity to take herself off for an afternoon stroll. Once the family realised she was missing they spent over three hours searching for her, alerted the police and put up posters and messages on Facebook.

At 6.30pm Hayley received a call from Kent Police to advise that someone had seen her run past the Stanley Gray pub in Pegwell Bay, but couldn’t catch her as she darted towards the undergrowth at the top of the cliff.

“As soon as I went to the cliff, I immediately recognised her cry but couldn’t see her,” said Hayley, “but thankfully off duty Kent Fire and Rescue Service firefighter, Gareth Redmond came to help. He climbed down to look for Foxy in the brambles and undergrowth, but just couldn’t get to her.”

Gareth put in a call for assistance and colleagues from Blue Watch at Ramsgate Fire Station used a thermal imaging camera to find the adventurous pooch, whose faint whimpering could be heard in the distance.

Foxy was quickly brought back to safety using safe access equipment - a line-based system for lowering and raising firefighters into areas of difficult or hazardous access and happily reunited with her grateful owner.

Amazingly Foxy wasn’t even injured, she was checked over by the vet and had a few scratches and just needed a bath. I can’t thank the team enough for rescuing her.

I would also like to say a big thank you to Gareth for his efforts and to his partner Nikki, who stayed with us throughout and was really helpful and reassuring during a very upsetting time.

– Hayley King, owner

Man jailed for 7-years for possession of a machete

Aaron Shucksmith has been sentenced to seven years Credit: Kent Police

A man who caught with drugs and machete on him during a stop check has been jailed for seven years.

Aaron Shucksmith, 25 from Middlesex was seen in a BMW King Street, Margate on 5 January 2014. Officers had reason to believe the car had earlier been involved in a road traffic collision so when they searched the vehicle found drugs and a machete. He originally told officers the driver of the car had fled, but he was found to be carrying the key to the ignition.

He was arrested and during further examinations at the station more drugs, including heroin were found which he had tried to conceal.

He was charged with possession of a bladed article and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

A jury at Canterbury Crown Court found him guilty on 14 October and he was sentenced to seven years on Thursday 16 October.

"Shucksmith showed a total disregard for the law by having a considerable amount of controlled drugs concealed on his person and being in possession of a machete in public. Shucksmith intended to sell these drugs and was prepared to defend himself if necessary. Even though Shucksmith attempted to evade justice a dangerous offender has been removed from the streets of Kent."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Adam Hinton

'Illegal immigrants' found in lorry in Kent

Four suspected illegal immigrants have been detained after being found in a lorry full of tyres in Kent.

Kent Police were called to the London-bound carriageway of the M20 following reports of suspected migrants on the vehicle.

The motorway was closed near junction 9 while police removed the people from the lorry.

A force spokesman said the immigration authorities would be informed of the incident.

Advertisement

Suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry in Kent

Four suspected illegal immigrants have been detained after being found in a lorry full of tyres in Kent.

Kent Police were called to the London-bound carriageway of the M20 following reports of suspected migrants on the vehicle.

The motorway was closed near junction 9 while police removed the people from the lorry.

A force spokesman said the immigration authorities would be informed of the incident.

Eurostar number up

Credit: P.A.

The number of passengers taking Eurostar services through the Channel Tunnel increased this summer.

The high-speed train company carried 2.8 million passengers in summer 2014 (July to September) - a 3% rise on the summer 2013 total of 2.7 million.

Sales revenue for July to September 2014 rose 2% - going up from £207 million in summer 2013 to £211 million in summer 2014.

This is the 10th successive year of growth in passengers and sales revenue for Eurostar which celebrates its 20th anniversary next month.

In May 2015, the company is launching a new all-year-round service direct from London to Provence in southern France, stopping at Lyon, Avignon and Marseille.

Tickets go on sale in early December 2014.

Then in 2016 Eurostar starts a direct service from London to Amsterdam.

Before then, Eurostar will be unveiling on November 13 - the eve of its 20th anniversary - its new e320 trains which will be capable of carrying 900 passengers and reach speeds of 200mph. They will enter service next year.

The UK Government is seeking buyers for its 40% stake in Eurostar - a move criticised by Labour and rail unions.

"After 20 years of leading the way in cross-Channel high-speed rail travel our sights are now set on expanding further afield and making rail the obvious choice for short-haul travel."

– Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar
Load more updates