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Suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry in Kent

Four suspected illegal immigrants have been detained after being found in a lorry full of tyres in Kent.

Kent Police were called to the London-bound carriageway of the M20 following reports of suspected migrants on the vehicle.

The motorway was closed near junction 9 while police removed the people from the lorry.

A force spokesman said the immigration authorities would be informed of the incident.

Police appeal for witnesses after fatal collision

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road collision, which occurred on the morning of the 15th October on the London-bound carriageway of the M20.

The collision was reported at around 8.50am next to a slip road leading from junction 1 of the M20 to the M25.

The incident involved one vehicle, a silver Saab 93, which ended overturned on a bank. A man in his 30s, from the Maidstone area, was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or saw the vehicle in the moments leading up to it, to call the Serious Collision Investigation team on 01622 798538, quoting reference 15-0228.

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TRAVEL - ROADS: KENT J11-J10/M20 closed - accident

The M20 in Kent closed between J11 (Westenhanger) and J10 (Ashford) westbound. Emergency services are attending an overturned vehicle.

A diversion is in place - marked using a hollow square symbol on local road signs. This will direct traffic off at J11 on to the A20 westbound through Newingreen, Sellindge and Smeeth where road users can rejoin the M20 at J10.

The Highways Agency is advising drivers to allow extra time for their journeys in the area.

£500 fine for watching and driving

An HGV driver was fined £500 and had to pay a release fee of £80 after the lorry was immobilised - following a call to police claiming the lorry driver was watching a DVD or TV screen while driving.

A concerned motorist phone in the sighting shortly before 2am today. The caller said they had seen the driver watching the screen between Junctions 9 and 8 of the M20 and that the lorry was swaying onto the other carriageway.

When police found the lorry, they saw the driver watching a film. They escorted the lorry to the A228 Malling Road layby. The driver was reported for the offence of driving whilst not in proper control. The vehicle was immobilised as the driver was unable to settle the £500 penalty.

Man airlifted to hospital following M20 crash

Police are appealing for information following a serious road traffic collision that occurred London-bound between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20 at around 4.10pm on Sunday.

The collision involved a blue Ford Focus and an articulated lorry.

The driver of the Ford Focus was trapped in his vehicle, which had come to rest on its side. It is reported that members of the public assisted the police in righting the vehicle and the driver was freed.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and then flown to Kings College hospital with serious injuries.

Tributes paid to man killed in crash in Kent

The family of a man killed when his car left the carriageway of the M20 at the weekend have paid tribute to a ‘generous, full of life son.’

David Fowler was killed when his green Ford Focus overturned and collided with some trees on the London bound carriageway on Saturday night.

Tributes have been paid to David Fowler who died following a collision Credit: Kent Police

A family statement said: ‘We feel devastated at the sudden loss of David. He was a generous, funny, full of life son, brother, grandson and uncle, and our lives will never be the same again.

'He was a passionate music lover, attending his first Glastonbury at the age of 16.

‘It is still so difficult to comprehend the reality of what has happened but we have been comforted so much by the wonderful tributes made by his many friends, and to know that he was so loved, and also the heartfelt messages of sympathy that we have received as a family.’

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TRAVEL: M20 - Kent, Operation Stack in place

The M20 coastbound is closed due to Operation Stack Phase Two between J8 A20 (Leeds Castle / Maidstone Services) & J9 A20 (Ashford North). Channel Tunnel freight services have resumed, with delays. Extreme weather conditions have led to the closure of French motorways, the A16 & the A23 in France.

Diversion - Non-commercial traffic is being diverted on to the A20 and lorries are being directed back onto the M20 to be parked.

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