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Arrests and weapons seized after violence in Dover

Police seized weapons including a knife during violent clashes in Dover. Credit: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire/PA Images

Several people have been arrested and weapons, including a knife, knuckle duster and hammers were seized, after far-right protesters clashed with anti-fascist groups at rival demonstrations in Dover.

Three men were arrested for public order offences, breaching the peace and possession of an offensive weapon.

More than 20 weapons were seized in total at Dover and the M20 services, including a lock-knife, knuckle duster, poles adapted to cause harm, pieces of wood, glass, hammers and bricks.

– Kent Police spokesperson

Earlier, Maidstone services on the M20 were closed at around 11am after several coaches believed to be taking people to the protest were damaged.

Six people were injured and two coaches had swastikas painted on them in blood. One had its windscreen smashed as rival groups clashed.

Six men aged between 25 and 53 were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

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Mother and baby son found after police appeal

Samantha Thomas, 24, and her baby son had been missing since Christmas Eve. Credit: Kent Police

A young mother and her baby son who went missing on the morning of Christmas Eve have now been found safe and well, police said.

Samantha Thomas, 24, from Sheerness, Kent, and her 10-month-old son have not been seen since 10.30am on Thursday, prompting increasing concern from officers.

However Kent Police said on Christmas Day evening that they had both been found safe and well.

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Car which crashed into Costa removed by recovery team

A car which crashed into a Costa Coffee shop in Kent, killing one woman, has now been removed by recovery workers.

The car crashed into a Costa Coffee earlier today Credit: ITV News

A woman in her 70s died and four people were seriously injured when the Audi went through the window of the shop in Westerham.

Pictures show the front of the car badly damaged following the smash.

Police say there were two older people in the car at the time it went through the shop window.

The front of the car was badly damaged Credit: ITV News
The car has now been removed Credit: ITV News

Costa pays tribute after woman killed when car hit shop

Costa Coffee has paid tribute to the victims and families of those injured when a car ploughed through the window of one of its shops.

A woman died after a car hit the shop Credit: Mark Heathcote

A woman in her 70s died and four people were seriously injured when the Audi went through the window of the shop in Westerham, Kent.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been affected by this very sad and shocking event.

We're working with emergency services to offer all possible support during their rescue efforts. Our team are deeply shocked by what has happened.

– Costa Coffee spokesman
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Witness describes car 'shooting across the pavement' before coffee shop crash

A Westerham resident has described the moment an Audi went 'shooting across the pavement' before ploughing into the front of a Costa coffee shop, as he met with friends at another coffee shop across the road.

Michael Rudkin said the car was 'embedded' in the Costa store front.

The incident happened in Westerham, near Sevenoaks at 10.30 am.

One woman in her 70s has died and five other people were injured, four seriously.

Two 'older people' in car that crashed into coffee shop

The car can be seen deep inside the shop. Credit: ITV News

Police say there were two older people in the car crashed in to a Costa coffee shop in Westerham, Kent on Christmas Eve.

The car hit a number of vehicles and was reported to have been out of control for some time before hurtling into the shop, police told ITV News

A woman in her seventies died in the incident, and four more people - including the male driver and female passenger - were described by police as "walking wounded".

Police added that they are planning to remove the car from the shop in the next hour or so.

In a statement, Costa said: "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been affected by this very sad and shocking event."

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