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Lucky escape after sun reflection burns through wall

A man from Kent was lucky to avoid what could have been a disastrous fire - after he came home to find sunshine burning through his wall at home.

He came back from holiday to find the reflection of the sun in his mirror had singed his wall.


Nearly came back from hols to a disaster. The consequence of leaving #mirrors exposed to the #sun! @kentfirerescue


Children among group rescued from mud

A group of people had to be winched off their speed boat after it ran aground in Herne Bay harbour.

Two children were with two men and a women who had to be rescued after their boat got stuck in the mud by the Neptune’s arm.

One of the group being rescued
One of the group being rescued Credit: Michael McLaughlin

Coastguards were on the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised, but the RAF rescue helicopter was called to minimise delays.

A man being winched to safety
A man being winched to safety Credit: Michael McLaughlin
A child is pulled to safety
A child is pulled to safety Credit: Michael McLaughlin
The group were airlifted out of the mud
The group were airlifted out of the mud Credit: Michael McLaughlin


Kent teen wins bronze despite last minute call-up

A teenager from Kent won a bronze medal in judo in the Glasgow games last night.

Jemima Yates-Brown from Tonbridge claimed a judo bronze medal in the women's 63kg category - despite only being called up to the squad on Tuesday.

Kent's Jemima Yeats -Brown (white) in her match with Szandra Szogedi of Ghana Credit: John Giles/ PA Wire

The 19-year-old was called upon to replace an injured teammate only two hours before the registration deadline but she still managed to secure a medal.

Faulty chainsaws seized at Dover

Faulty chainsaw
Self-assembly chainsaws impounded at Dover Credit: PA

Nearly 1,000 dangerous chainsaws imported from China with a host of faults have been seized at one of Britain's main borders. Trading standards chiefs said 486 boxes containing the self-assembly chainsaws were impounded at the Port of Dover in Kent.

They were found to have three crucial faults including a brake failure. Sixteen grass-cutters, also among the consignment, have been impounded as a major part was missing and documents were incomplete.

The importer told officers the chainsaws were destined for Poland. But now Trading Standards officials want the chainsaws destroyed, possibly by a charity which could sell the parts for scrap.


12-year-old rescued after getting caught in rip current

A 12-year-old girl and her older brother were rescued off Ramsgate beach on Wednesday after they got caught in a rip current.

As the school holidays are now underway, the RNLI are warning beach goers about under lying currents.

Alexandra Hewitt from Ramsgate had been with friend splashing around the shallows when the current carried her and her 21-year-old brother out of their depth, past the harbour.

Beach lifeguard Jack Basson plucked the pair to safety as they were being swept out to sea.


Dog dies on ferry as he is forced to stay in hot car

Merlin died in a hot car on a ferry Credit: SWNS

A ferry company has defended itself against allegations of animal cruelty after a Surrey family's pet dog died on a Channel crossing.

Current rules do not allow pets to be taken out of vehicles on crossings, and neither can owners sit with them.

On a hot day last week, the Wallace family from Brookwood, were travelling with their sons and three dogs, including four-year-old pug Merlin, on a P&O Ferries' Calais to Dover crossing.

On arrival at Dover, the Wallaces found Merlin unconscious, and the animal died despite efforts to revive him.

On Twitter, P&O have been accused of cruelty to animals.

P&O Ferries spokesman Chris Laming said: "We are reviewing our policy concerning dogs.

"But this particular dog was in a car with two other dogs which were fine, and there were a total of 20 dogs on that crossing.

"We also carried more than 250 dogs last week and the carrying of pets on board has worked well since it was introduced in 2000."

A post on the company's Facebook page said: "Many airlines refuse to transport certain breeds of dogs, notably pugs, bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds, due to the respiratory issues from which these animals are prone to suffer.<

"P&O Ferries, which carries more than 50,000 pet dogs a year of all breeds, is reluctant to stop offering a service to the owners of certain breeds, believing that owners are best placed to judge the suitability of conditions when transporting their animals."

Iconic armour of King Henry VIII's on display in Kent

King Henry VIII's armour has returned to Leeds Castle in Kent after 500 years.

Two of the most iconic pieces of armour that belonged to the infamous monarch are on exhibition in the Castle from 23 July to 21 September.

King Henry VIII's armour on display
The Tonlet armour of King Henry VIII's will be on display at Leeds Castle Credit: Leeds Castle

The Horned Helmet was commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I as a gift for the young King.

And the and the Tonlet armour, which was made for the King for the foot combat at the Field of Cloth of Gold, have been loaned to Leeds Castle by the Royal Armouries – home to the national collection of arms and armour.

Horned Helmet
The Horned Helmet was a gift for the young king Credit: Leeds Castle

Ben Blakeley 'guilty' of Jayden murder: the background

The ex-boyfriend of teenager Jayden Parkinson has been found GUILTY of her murder. Ben Blakeley, aged 22 and from Reading, strangled her after he found out that she was pregnant.

Jayden, who was 17-years-old, had grown up in Kent, but was was living in Didcot. She was last seen following Blakeley through Oxford - on the way to her death. In court he was described as 'cold and callous', 'violent and controlling'.

Cary Johnston has been following the four week trial at Oxford Crown Court, here is his report on Jayden's last journey.

The interviewees are: Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Murray, Thames Valley Police Dr Jennifer Wild, Clinical Psychologist, University of Oxford Reverend Karen Beck, All Saints' Church

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