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Police appalled at lorry driver's response after he's pulled over for using mobile phone

Kent Police have fined a foreign lorry driver after he was pulled over for using his mobile phone which driving.

But they were appalled at his response, after he said: 'These rules are stupid'.

The Roads Policing Unit tweeted about the incident which happened on the M20 near Ashford:

The offender was given six points on his license and had to pay £200 before he could continue his journey.

The account of the incident has outraged any people on social media including @NSiveston who wrote:

'Take an iPad and show some horrific videos of lorry drivers on mobiles causing carnage. film their response and upload'.

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Plans for lorry park off M20 set to be challenged

Hundreds of angry residents are expected to pack a public meeting tonight to challenge plans for a giant lorry park off the M20 in east Kent - a move designed to avoid the chaos of Operation Stack.

Two potential sites with parking for four thousand trucks are proposed between the villages of Stanford and Sellindge.

But villagers say public consultation on the issue has been 'a farce' - and they believe there are 'smarter solutions'.

Andrea Thomas has the story

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Businesses suffer after M20 chaos

Operation Stack on the M20 may have finally been lifted but some businesses are still feeling the effects. Thousands of holidaymakers were caught up in long delays at the weekend as they headed to the continent via Folkestone and Dover. Many tourist attractions along the congested M20 and A20 had been expecting one of their busiest weekends of the year, with schools breaking up for the summer. But as Tom Savvides reports, some have been left counting the cost. He talks to Bill Lash from Leeds Castle, Liesl Smith from the Federation of Small Businesses and Natalie Chapman from the Freight Transport Association.

Drivers in Kent warned of Stack delays

The road closures have returned at the same time as the school holidays

Operation Stack has been re-instated on the M20 in Kent following a new wave of disruption at the Port of Dover.

Junctions eight and nine coastbound are closed due to high levels of freight traffic and problems with the Channel Tunnel.

Despite the port is operating as normal, but drivers should expect delays.

Drivers express their frustration at Operation Stack congestion

Drivers have taken to Twitter to express their frustration, with Operation Stack in place on the M20 again.

It was implemented this morning due to traffic building up towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

The motorway is closed coastbound between junctions 8 and 9 to non freight traffic, with congestion building up to junction 7.

A petition to stop Operation Stack has received more than 15,000 signatures since it was launched two weeks ago.

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