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Calais crisis 'costing Kent economy £1.5 million a day'

Attractions such as Leeds Castle in Kent have suffered because of the crisis. Credit: PA

Delays on both sides of the Channel caused by the Calais crisis are costing the Kent economy around £1.5 million a day, the county council estimates.

This figure includes lost revenue to tourist attractions such as Leeds Castle, but not the cost to other authorities such as the police and highways which implement Operation Stack.

Meanwhile, the UK logistics industry is losing around £750,000 a day because of Operation Stack, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

FTA Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham said: "This is the country’s GDP and export standing still in these horrendous queues caused by the situation in Calais."

The operation has been implemented on 24 of the past 40 days, largely due to problems with migrants in France and ferry strikes.


Brighton Pride rerouted after discovery of suspicious package


Police release CCTV images of missing teenager

Missing Victoria Munn Credit: Thames Valley Police
Victoria Munn missing Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for the public’s help in tracing a missing teenager from Windsor.

Victoria Munn, aged 16, was last seen at 11am on 24 July at her home in Windsor. She told her family she was going to try to find a job and was then due to meet up with her friends however did not attend.

Thames Valley Police is releasing CCTV images of Victoria at Maidenhead railway station at around 10.30pm on Saturday (25/7).

Victoria is white, 5ft 4ins, slim and has long straight dyed blonde hair. She is thought to be carrying a black case which contains a saxophone.

She is shown in the images to be wearing a cream or white baseball cap, a dark long sleeved top with a cream or white collar, grey tracksuit trousers, dark coloured shoes and was carrying a blue backpack.

Victoria has links to Windsor town centre and it is believed she has travelled to Portsmouth in Hampshire.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Reeves said:

“Victoria has been missing for over a week and we are concerned for her welfare. It is believed she has travelled to Portsmouth and may be in the company of older people. As she is believed to have her saxophone with her, she may be busking. I would ask that anyone who sees anyone matching her description please contacts police as soon as possible. If you see this appeal Victoria, please get in touch with the police to let us know you are safe."

– Thames Valley Police
Missing Victoria Munn Credit: Thames Valley Police

Anyone with any information about Victoria’s whereabouts, please contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting URN 956 29/7.

Burglary trio sentenced to 17 years behind bars

They were one of Hampshire's most prolific burglary gangs - breaking into 72 homes in just five months across Hampshire. A teenager, her boyfriend and a third accomplice are behind bars for their roles in stealing luxury cars and creating an aladdin's cave of stolen goods including phones, laptops and jewellery.

Helped by his eighteen year old girlfriend - Ellis McMillan -Theo Smithard Powell burgled scores of homes across the Southampton area - creeping in while they were sleeping upstairs. It left victims feeling violated and frightened to be in their own homes.

Sentencing them to a total of 17 years in jail - the judge said they'd subject their victims to abject misery. Chris Maughan was in court.

A night at Coquelles: 200 migrants attempt to break through fences

There are two main causes of Operation Stack at the moment. Industrial action in and around Calais. And the daily repeated attempts that are made by migrants to breach security at the Eurotunnel terminal at Coquelles near Calais.

Their tactics are growing increasingly reckless, not least because hundreds have made it across the channel in recent weeks. Nine have died in the attempt. John Ryall spent a night at Coquelles - and a day at the Calais camp that is home to some three thousand migrants.

Wedding bells on weekend of Brighton Pride!

Up to 200,000 people are expected to take part in this weekend's Pride in Brighton and Hove. The event - celebrating the LGBT community - is in its 25th year and predicted to be the biggest yet.

But for one couple it marks a very special personal milestone too. 92 year old David Montague has chosen this weekend to marry his long-term partner. Malcolm Shaw has been to meet them.

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