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Divers search river as fears grow for missing Patrick

Patrick Lamb has been missing for a week Credit: Kent Police

Police searching for 28 year old Patrick Lamb who disappeared in Maidstone a week ago have sent divers in to search part of the River Medway.

It comes as friends of Patrick launch a huge awareness campaign to help track him down.

He was last seen at Bar Chocolate on Friday night LAST week.

Friends are desperate to find the 26 year old Credit: Kent Police

Police have today been using sonar to search part of the river, and this afternoon a tent was erected on the river bank. But an officer told ITV Meridian tonight that there was still no sign of the missing man.

Friends of Mr Lamb, who grew up in Whitstable and went to Canterbury High School, say it is extremely out of character for him not to have made contact and have set up a Facebook appeal for information.

The Facebook page created by Patrick's friends Credit: Facebook

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Faversham remembers WWI hero

A memorial stone has been unveiled in Faversham town centre in honour of the town's war First World War hero, Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame VC.

Sir Philip was awarded the Victoria Cross in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.

The stone was officially unveiled by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, the Chief Royal Engineer.

"He was a great man in so many ways," said Sir Mark, "and the Royal Engineers are delighted that the country has seen fit, in this centenary anniversary of his VC award, to recognise his achievements in this grand manner in his home town.”

Sir Mark Mans unveils memorial stone Credit: Shepherd Neame

Rail delays hit airport passengers

Rail delays have led to hold-ups for passengers heading for Gatwick and Stansted Airports.

For Gatwick-bound travellers, there were problems for the third day running due to, initially, signalling problems at Burgess Hill in West Sussex and then staff shortages on the Thameslink and Great Northern routes.

Those travelling towards Stansted were delayed by a signal problem at the Essex airport's rail station around lunchtime.

There were other delays during the morning rush-hour.

South West Trains' passengers were held up by a broken-down train at Wimbledon in south-west London, while a signalling problem near Canley in the West Midlands led to delays to services run by the CrossCountry, London Midland and Virgin Trains companies.

In Kent and East Sussex, signalling problems between Ashford International and Rye caused hold-ups.

Travellers on Thameslink and Great Northern routes were warned to expect short-notice cancellations, delays and alterations to services owing to the staff shortages.

Govia Thameslink Railway chief executive Charles Horton apologised to passengers.

He said: "Regrettably, despite our best efforts, some services have been cancelled because we have not had enough drivers for all our rail services, especially given the essential training we are undertaking at the moment to deliver Thameslink Programme works.

"We inherited this issue when we took over the franchise in September and we are determined to address it. Thank you for your patience and please accept our apologies. We are determined to make things better."

Tweeting passengers appeared less than impressed. Aran Beedham said the Thameslink situation was "now descending into a farce" while a tweet under the title Trainslate spoke of "the ridiculous driver-shortage excuse".

Candy Cane Staiano tweeted: "Thameslink (formerly run by equally rubbish First Capital Connect) your train service has been shocking this week! Hang your head in shame.

Sevenoaks man convicted of child sexual abuse

A man from Sevenoaks has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Paul Judges, who's 49 and lived in Caxton Close in Hartley in Kent, took indecent photographs of his victim. Police then found these images on his computer, along with photographs of other children.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Donna Read said: "I hope this sentencing brings some closure to those affected by his crimes, who have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and supporting this prosecution."

Paul Judges, convicted of sexually abusing a child Credit: Kent Police

White Christmas is looking 'unlikely'....for now

White Christmas is looking unlikely at the moment Credit: PA

A white Christmas across the UK is looking unlikely for now, but severe weather warnings are in place over the weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said that while any snow that falls will be "restricted to high ground in the north", he added: "It's still six days away so it could change."

The Met Office currently has severe weather warnings in place through to Monday.

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Getaway traffic building up on M25

Rail woe for Gatwick travellers

Gatwick-bound travellers were held up for a third morning running by problems on the railway.

The latest difficulty for those heading to the West Sussex airport by train was caused by a signalling problem at Burgess Hill in West Sussex.

As well as affecting the Gatwick Express services, the problem caused delays to trains run by the Southern and Thameslink companies.

There were other delays during the morning rush-hour. In Kent and East Sussex, signalling problems between Ashford International and Rye caused hold-ups.

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