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Man drowns after following dog into water

A man has died after following his dog into water at Deal in Kent. Coastguards received a call just after 12.30 yesterday saying a man had gone into the water. The coastguard helicopter at Lydd was alerted, along with RNLI lifeboats. The man was taken to the QEQM hospital in Margate. Police say: "We were called after reports saying that a man in his fifties fell into the sea at Wellington Parade in Kingsdown. A body was recovered and flown to hospital where he was declared dead. Next of kin have been informed and the death is not being treated as suspicious."

Video: Workshops and garages gutted by Kent fire

The blaze destroyed workshops and garages Credit: KFRS

Two fire engines remain at the scene of a fire involving workshops and garages in Tower Industrial Estate, Wrotham in Kent. Firefighters worked through the night to deal with the blaze.

At the height of the inferno, 10 fire engines and specialist appliances attended the scene. Early actions prevented fire damage to adjacent businesses.

A 200-metre cordon, which was set up as a precaution, was lifted at 11.15pm and a section of the A20, which remained closed overnight, reopened at 8.15 am.

There were no reported casualties. The cause of the fire is not yet known.


Rail commuters warned of Christmas disruption

Commuters in Kent and Sussex are being reminded they may need to make alternative arrangements if they're travelling to work over Christmas.

Upgrade work will disrupt rail services from Brighton to London and many Kent trains will not stop at London Bridge.

Rail commuters in Kent and Sussex could face disruption over Christmas Credit: ITV Meridian

"The work we are doing this Christmas is a crucial part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and will mean a better, more reliable railway for passengers when they return to work in the New Year.

"The railway is quieter at Christmas, which is why we do our major work then, but it's still a busy time we know it's still a busy time for people visiting family and friends.

"For that reason we are ramping up our communications to reach as many people as we can, so they can plan ahead and enjoy celebrating while our teams are working hard."

– Network Rail's area director Steve Knight

One year since Dart Charge came into force

The Dart Charge system was launched a year ago to reduce congestion at the Dartford Crossing Credit: ITV Meridian

It's one year since the Dart Charge payment system, aimed at reducing congestion came into force at the Dartford Crossing.

Highways England says removing the barriers has resulted in faster journey times.

But some drivers complain they have faced problems with the billing system.

Homes evacuated following large fire at workshop

Firefighters have set up a 200 metre cordon Credit: ITV NEWS LIBRARY

Homes have been evacuated while firefighters tackle a large fire at garages and a workshop in Wrotham.

It started just before 6pm yesterday at Tower Industrial Estate in Wrotham Heath.

Residents are being asked to keep their windows and door shut.

The A20 London Road is closed between Terry's Lodge Road and the M20.

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