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Home Office warns drivers over stowaways

The Home Office said tonight that 13 people found in a lorry in Kent, whose nationalities have yet to be confirmed, will be questioned later.

Officials had this warning for lorry drivers entering the UK:

Drivers and hauliers must take adequate steps to secure their vehicles from illegal immigrants trying to smuggle themselves across the border.

If a driver does not take these steps - and is found with people hiding in their vehicle - they will be issued with a civil penalty.

– home office spokesman

One person hospitalised after 13 found in a lorry

One person has been hospitalised after being found in the back of a lorry near the Dartford Crossing in Kent, along with 12 other people.

The lorry was stopped near the Dartford Crossing in Kent
The lorry was stopped near the Dartford Crossing in Kent Credit: Sean Dempsey / PA

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the person taken to hospital was not believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

They said: "Our crews assessed 13 individuals at the scene. One required transportation to hospital and they were taken to the Darent Valley Hospital. "They didn't appear to be in a life-threatening condition. The other 12 were taken to Dover."

Kent Police confirmed they were called to a report of suspected illegal immigrants but said that the immigration service was managing the investigation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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