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Kent superbike rider dies after seven-man pile-up during race

Tributes are being paid to Mick Whalley from Sheppey Credit: Facebook

A British super bike rider from Kent involved in a seven-man pile up at a race at Donington Park has died

Mick Whalley, from Sheppey, was competing in a support race ahead of the MCE British Superbike championships when the crash occured.

Despite paramedics treating Mr Whalley trackside the Kent rider succumbed to his injuries.

Event organiser MSVR and Donington Park confirmed the news after releasing a statement.

The management of Donington Park race circuit and MSVR have to report that, following a multiple motorcycle accident during a race for the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup, a support race to this weekend's round of the MCE British Superbike Championship, the rider of bike number 77, Mick Whalley of Sheppey, Kent suffered serious injuries.

'The race was immediately stopped and he and other riders involved were treated immediately trackside by the BSB Medical Team.

'It is with great regret that we have to announce that, following his transfer from the circuit, Mick Whalley succumbed to his injuries while undergoing further treatment at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.'

– MSVR and Donington Park

Tributes have been paid to Mick on his Facebook page, including this from Martin Allison:

"RIP Mick my thoughts are with your family and friends at this time- Race hard in the sky Racer.

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TV documentary recreates Kent's worst ever crash

Kent's emergency services and ITV have joined forces to recreate the Sheppey Crossing crash for a one-off documentary. Miraculously, nobody died when over 100 vehicles crashed on the bridge in September 2013. 'Crash: Anatomy of an Accident' airs tonight at 9pm.

September 2013 Credit: PA

It's known as one of the UK's worst ever road crashes. Cars, lorries, vans and motorbikes crashed in thick fog on the 100ft high bridge and the crash site covered around a mile. More than 300 people were caught up in the incident; many were left with life threatening injuries.

The programme is incredibly real and reflective of what happened on that September day. We felt it would be an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that any one of us can get caught up in an accident on the roads, the consequences of what can happen, but more importantly how incidents of this nature can be prevented.

All of Kent's emergency services worked extremely hard that day and were incredibly effective together, so much so that the Sheppey Crossing crash helped us all to forge closer working processes that are in use today and are constantly being developed. It's one of those career moments I'll never forget.

– KFRS Assistant Director, Martin Adams

The huge emergency service response to the Sheppey Crossing crash involved KFRS, SECAmb, Kent Police and other support services like the Red Cross volunteers, who all rushed to the scene to face an unprecedented scenario.

Told from the points of view of those at the heart of the accident, the documentary uses testimonies from individuals trapped in vehicles, those injured in the incident and the emergency service staff who attended the scene throughout the day.

Man jailed for attempted rape after his victim tracked him down on Facebook

James Huggett was tracked down on Facebook Credit: Kent Police

A man who attempted to rape a young woman as she walked home from a nightclub has been jailed for seven years - after his victim tracked him down on Facebook.

James Huggett, 22, of Woodland Drive, Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for the attack on 21-year-old Chanel Purchase last year.

She was able to bring him to justice by turning detective on social media.

She has waived her right to anonymity to warn others of the risks women face.

Chanel Purchase has waived her right to anonymity Credit: ITV News

MoJ statement on inmate death at Elmley Prison

"A HMP Elmley prisoner was found unresponsive in his cell at about 5.20pm on Tuesday 2 December. Paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation. Reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons is a top priority. As is the case in society at large, there is no simple explanation with complex and individual reasons behind any suicide. Published figures show that the number of self inflicted deaths over the last quarter has reduced but every death is a tragedy for the individual and their families and we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent suicides in our prisons."

– A MoJ spokesperson

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Sheppey man charged with sex offence

A Sheppey man has been charged with a sexual offence.

Darren James Holmes, of Windmill Rise, Minster, is charged with inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity in Sittingbourne between 1 January and 31 January of this year.

He appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court on 14 May and was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on 30 May.

Calls for urgent safety measures after pile-up

There's mounting pressure for urgent safety measures on the Sheppey bridge in Kent, the scene of a terrifying 100-car pile-up in thick fog. Thirty casualties remain in hospital, eight in a serious condition.

The AA says a small investment in motorway-style matrix boards could have averted the disaster. Damage to vehicles will run into thousands of pounds. Compensation claims for injuries are expected to run into millions of pounds. Fred and Sangeeta linked to Derek Johnson.

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