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Clarkson hints at Top Gear exit

The presenter from Oxfordshire has suggested he may have to leave the BBC hit programme Top Gear. Writing in The Sun Newspaper the star likened himself to a dinosaur that nature had made a mistake in inventing.

He went on to say that the day must come when you "wave goodbye to the big monsters".

Clarkson's column expands on the comparisons with the animal kingdom saying that big imposing creatures on the brink of extinction, like the polar bears or tigers, had no place in a world which has moved on.

I don't intend to dwell here on what happened then or what will happen in the future. I'm sure you're as fed up with the story as I am.

– Jeremy Clarkson, writing in The Sun
Clarkson suspended from TV show Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The presenter was suspended from the BBC show earlier this week after an alleged 'fracas' with a producer at a Yorkshire Hotel. The next programme, due to be shown on Sunday, has been pulled from the schedule while an investigation is carried out. The BBC disciplinary panel investigating the alleged incident as set to begin hearing evidence next week.

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Knife-wielding teen jailed for three years

Rudy Little jailed for 3 years Credit: Kent Police

A teenager who threatened a man with a knife and threw a concrete block at a front door in Kent has been jailed for three years.

Rudy Little, who's 18 and from Matfield Road in Ashford, also tried to rob his victim of money and cigarettes.

He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court.

Op stack warning as passport checks change

Lorries use the M20 as a lorry park when Operation Stack's in force Credit: Press Association

The system that turns the M20 into a lorry park could come into force more often when a new way of checking passports begins next month.

That's the warning from the Freight Transport Association. It says Operation Stack will need to be used on the motorway because of the time needed to check documents at Folkestone and Dover.

From the 8th of April, anyone leaving the UK will have to have their passports checked by hand.

i360 tower row with Brighton Wheel

Credit: Press Association

A row has broken out about the future of two tourist attractions on Brighton seafront.

The i360 observation tower is due to open next summer. But the owners of the Brighton Wheel have applied for permission to stay another five years too. They say there's room for both.

But the team behind the i360 say it's unfair competition

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Overcrowding in Kent and Sussex prisons

Three out of four men's prisons are holding more inmates than they were designed for, new figures have revealed.

In many cases this has led to prisons having to 'double-up' or 'treble-up' the numbers of prisoners held in a cell, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Three jails in Kent and Sussex are significantly overcrowded - in Lewes, Maidstone and Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey, while one prison in Canterbury was closed, putting pressure on other jails.

Abigail Bracken has the story.

Could this be the world's most expensive pasty?

Chef Richard Shaw's rather pricy pasty

A chef from Hampshire has created one of the world's most expensive cornish pasties - costing a mouth-watering £230.

Richard Shaw from Southwick said he hopes his VIP - very important pasty - will win at the '2015 World Pasty Championships' at the Eden Project in Cornwall this weekend.

His recipe contains Wagyu beef from Japan, black pepper from India and potatoes from the United States of America.

End of the road for Kent Police's Youth Commissioner?

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent has announced that her controversial experiment of employing a young person as a youth commissioner will come to an end - for the time being at least. Ann Barnes made the post a manifesto commitment when she was first elected three years ago - but after two controversial appointments, appears to have decided, it's a trial NOT worth repeating. Her critics and political opponents have accused her of wasting public money. Andrea Thomas looks back on the controversial experiment and speaks to the former Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Craig Mackinlay.

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