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Churchill's cigar to go under the hammer

The chewed end of a cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed is expected to fetch up to a thousand pounds at auction in Dorset. The cigar was smoked in 1962 while Churchill was recuperating from a fractured hip. It was saved by a student nurse and kept in a paper bag. The cigar will go under the hammer in Dorchester in October.

Churchill's cigar to go under the hammer Credit: ITV News Meridian


The sewing soldier from Salisbury

It's not a hobby you often associate with the Army - but one soldier from Salisbury is so keen on sewing he's determined to pass on his passion. Lt Col Neil Stace believes that learning to use a needle and thread could help veterans with mental health problems overcome their issues. This week he travelled to Aldershot to demonstrate his skills. Kate Bunkall reports.

Gatwick says Heathrow third runway "unlawful"

Heathrow Airport Credit: ITV News

A third runway at Heathrow would be "unlawful", its rival Gatwick claimed today.

It says expansion at Heathrow would breach strict European air quality limits. Gatwick, meanwhile, claims it would meet all limits with a second runway and expansion should be in Sussex.

But Heathrow has hit back saying it would put measures in place to mitigate and the airport is the best place for expansion with tens of thousands of new jobs boosting the local economy.

The row erupted on the final day of consultation on pollution by the Airport Commission, which will make a recommendation on a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick in the next few weeks.

Kent's exploding ships and some extraordinary stories

A service has been held in Sheerness to remember the hundreds of people killed when two ships exploded in local waters during the First World War. Around 700 men died after an internal explosion on HMS Bulwark in 1914. Another 350 were killed 6 months later when the minelayer Princess Irene blew up in the Medway Estuary. Andrea Thomas went to the memorial service and spoke to Carolyn Little, the granddaughter of a Signalman on Princess Irene, who escaped the explosion at the last minute, Shipwright's granddaughter Maureen Taggart, whose grandfather perished on the ship, and relative Peter Zahra, who was named after his father's cousin, who also perished when Princess Irene blew up.


Concern for missing Kent teenager

Police are growing increasingly concerned over a 16-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man who have been missing for a week.

Kaylie Hatton climbed out of a window at her grandmother's home in Sidcup, Kent, in the early hours last Saturday, police said.

Missing Teenager Kaylie Hatton Credit: Met Police/PA Wire

She is believed to be in the company of a man police named as Fred Finch.

Kaylie is thought to be with Fred Finch Credit: Met Police/PA Wire

Detective Sergeant Graham Scott said the pair are "high-risk missing persons".

He said Kaylie had had an argument with her grandmother on the Friday night, and had then decided to leave in the early hours of Saturday morning.

We have had some unconfirmed sightings over the past week and we think they might be using swimming pools and leisure centres to grab a shower."

The pair had been seen on a 96 bus in the Welling/Crayford area.

The last proof of life we have got is Sunday night between 4pm and 8pm at a friend's address

– Det Sgt Graham Scott

Mr Scott said Kaylie is "distinctive" and could pass for a 21-year-old. She is described as a white female with long blonde hair which may have been dyed dark.

The teenager was last seen wearing a white top with a gold chain around the collar, black leggings and light brown/tan Timberland boots.

Finch, from Eltham in south east London, is described as a white man with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a black/blue baseball cap, a black jacket, black jeans and black Nike trainers.

Civic pride and patriotism in Kent's county town

Troops from 36 Engineer Regiment have been marching through Maidstone exercising their Freedom of the Borough. Some of the soldiers have recently come back from Nepal. And as Andrea Thomas reports many of the troops still have one eye on the relief efforts in the country. She spoke to Lt Col Richard Walker, the Commanding Officer of the regiment and Mayor of Maidstone, Daniel Moriarty.

Can conservationists save dwindling population of once-widespread woodland butterfly?

An ambitious project is underway to try save a once-common butterfly from extinction. The number of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries has fallen by almost three-quarters in the last forty years, mainly due to the loss of suitable habitat. But now conservationists are recreating ideal conditions to bring the butterflies back to our woods. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Neil Hulme of Butterfly Conservation, and Stuart Sutton from the Forestry Commission.

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