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Cross-channel ferry services re-open following blockade

Cross channel ferry services have re-opened Credit: ITV NEWS

Cross-channel ferry services have reopened following a fresh blockade at the Port of Calais which disrupted the bank holiday journeys of thousands of passengers.

Ferry service operators P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways both said services have resumed, however some are still subject to delays.

Passengers at the ports of both Dover and Calais were left stranded for hours on Sunday when movements at the French port were suspended because of the protests.

The industrial action was carried out by disgruntled former staff of the now dissolved MyFerryLink, who used lifeboats to block ships from docking.

Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart said she regretted that the port had been taken "hostage".

In the early hours of Monday morning DFDS Seaways tweeted: "Calais port has now reopened, normal service has resumed. All services are operating to the advertised scheduled with space available."

P&O Ferries added: "Calais port has now re-opened for shipping movements. The Port of Dover is now open again - our services are subject to delays."

Richard Hill, in Calais, said his ferry was unable to leave the port. "Authorities are saying to the captain that they cannot sail past the lifeboats. We are stuck on the ferry along with 2,000 others, luckily we have a seat. The seating is very limited now and people are starting to get weary."

The workers were reportedly protesting over 600 potential job losses caused by the sale of a ferry service between Dover and Calais - MyFerryLink.

Former employees at MyFerryLink have also orchestrated wildcat strikes before this summer, causing delays and cancellations for British holidaymakers looking to cross the Channel.

The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, is due to visit the port today, on what is already one of the busiest days of the year because of the British bank holiday.

The strike action has also coincided with the growing migrant crisis in Calais, which has caused travel chaos all summer.


Art meets car boot sale in Margate

Hundreds of people flocked to an art sale with a difference in Margate this afternoon.

The "art car boot" event saw new works from an array of local artists alongside those from big names including Margate's own Tracey Emin; Jim Moir - otherwise known as Vic Reeves - and Sir Peter Blake. The sale is a chance for the public to buy art directly from its creator.

Here's a few shots of the event:

And this is what the celebrities had to say about their day here:

Lake search for missing triathlete continues

The missing man has been named locally as Paul Gallihawk

Rescue workers have continued searching a lake in Kent for a man who failed to emerge from the water after taking part in the swimming session of a triathlon.

The man who has gone missing at Leybourne Lakes in Larkfield near West Malling, has been named locally as 34-year-old Paul Gallihawk from Maidstone. The introduction on the triathlete's fundraising webpage says he was hoping to raise £300 for King's College Hospital in London where his father was treated last year.

Rescuers at work at Leybourne Lakes

Family and friends have been at the lake today while the emergency services have been carrying out their search.

Stewart Baird from Kent Search and Rescue, said the team was doing everything possible to find him.


Art car boot sale heads to Emin's hometown of Margate

Art fans in Margate hoping to snap up a bargain Credit: David Johns

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale is taking place in Kent today, with names from the art world travelling to Margate to take advantage of the occasion.

Among the big names attending the event are the artist Tracey Emin, who grew up in the Kent town. The event, which combines a classic car boot sale and an art fair, was set up by Karen Ashton, who came up with the idea in 2004. Other artists taking part include Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard, Vic Reeves and Sir Peter Blake.

Tracey Emin behind a stall at Art Car Boot Sale in Margate

Search & rescue teams redeployed at lakes

Teams redeployed at Leybourne Lakes Credit: Kent Search & Rescue

The Kent Search and Rescue team was redeployed today to continue searching for the triathlete who went missing during an event at Leybourne Lakes on Saturday.

Emergency crews searching for missing person at lakes Credit: Kent Search & Rescue
Large search operation underway at waterside Credit: Kent Search & Rescue

Search continues for missing triathlete at Kent lakes

Missing triathlete at Leybourne Lakes in Kent

The search for a missing person who was taking part in a triathlon at Leybourne Lakes near Maidstone in Kent is continuing today.

Participants in the event were scheduled to start their races at 8am at Leybourne Lakes near West Malling on Saturday 29th August. The vent involved a swim, a cycle ride and a run.

Kent Police confirmed they were looking for a missing person at the waterside. The police helicopter was called in to help with the search.

The organisers Ocean Lake Triathlon put out a statement on their Facebook page this afternoon:

Statement from Credit: Ocean Lake Triathlon

The search continues.

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