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Youth crime tsar suspended over alleged relationship

A youth crime tsar has been temporarily suspended from duty following allegations she had a relationship with a married former councillor.

Kerry Boyd became the Kent youth crime commissioner in March after her predecessor Paris Brown, then 17, resigned over offensive comments she made on Twitter.

Read: Paris Brown resigns from youth crime commissioner role

Kerry Boyd, 19, (left) with Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, in Maidstone, Kent Credit: PA

The 20-year-old former London 2012 torchbearer is reported to have had a close friendship with former Kent county councillor Robert Burgess. A spokeswoman for Kent Police and Crime Commission Ann Barnes said that she was "supporting Kerry at this difficult time".

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Stuck trains 'have now reached their destination'

Pierre Delalande from Eurostar said four trains in and out of England were affected, but that three of those had now reached their destination of London, while one was forced to turn back to the capital.

Trains do not run during the night and a full service is expected to resume this morning.

Mr Delalande said:

Four trains were affected - two from Paris to London, one from Brussels to London and one from London to Paris.

The only one that didn't make it was London to Paris because of a delay after the lightning, so went back to London.

Customers were offered taxis and hotels where necessary, he added.


Hundreds stuck on Eurostar after lightning strike

Passengers wait onboard the Eurostar Credit: @bneiluj

Eurostar has confirmed that a lightning strike close to the UK entrance of the Eurotunnel has set a building on fire. As standard procedure, Eurostar services have been stopped until the fire is brought under control. Fire services are at the scene, but the flames are not yet under control.

4 trains have been affected by the fire. 1 London to Paris train has turned around and been sent back to London. 2 Paris to London trains and a Brussels to London train are still being held at either end of the tunnel, but are said to be moving "soon". No trains are being held in the tunnel.



Firefighters tackle 5 substation fires as lightning strikes

5 substations are on fire after a lightning strike in Kent this evening Credit: ITV News Meridian

5 railway substations are on fire this evening after a lightning strike near Folkestone in Kent. Firefighters are tackling the flames along the line from Dover priory to Sandling station. Hundreds of passengers have faced long delays due to signalling problems since just after rush hour.


Patient treated 'like human guinea pig', says solicitor

Solicitor Sharon Lam, acting for the widow of a 51-year-old father of one who died days after surgery, said her client feels they were treated 'like a human guinea pig'.

Ms Lam said the man, who has not been named, had keyhole surgery to remove a tumour in his oesophagus last year and died from a haemorrhage five days after being discharged.

Our main concern is that the deceased could have opted for a more conventional procedure, but this particular procedure was highly advocated by the surgeon.

It was as if it was being sold to him, that he could have it done early and it would be carried out by a top surgeon.

The patient was made to feel that they were quite lucky to have this surgery.

Our client feels they have been treated like a human guinea pig to test the eligibility of this surgery.

He was not told that it was a very new surgery. At no time was he offered the conventional surgery, and it all happened so quickly."

– Solicitor Sharon Lam

Trust apologises to patients' families

We are sorry that some patients did not receive the level of care and treatment that they should have due to potentially avoidable surgical complications.

We are in contact with, and have apologised to, the families who have beenaffected and have been clear that we need to make improvements.

As part of its review, the trust commissioned an assessment of its upper GI cancer surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons last year.

It highlighted that the service had a higher-than-expected complication rate in 2012 and last year...

– Dr Paul Sigston, Medical director, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
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