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Emergency services lay flood defences

The Environment Agency and emergency services have tweeted pictures as the deploy flood defences and help people stranded by the rising water.

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50ft-deep hole closes 10-mile stretch of busy M2

A 10-mile section of a busy motorway has been closed in both directions after a huge, 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation.

Long tailbacks built up after the M2 in north Kent was shut between junction 5 near Sittingbourne and junction 6 south of Faversham.

The Highways Agency said the hole measured 16ft (5m) by 6ft (2m) and was 50ft (15m) deep.

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Farage hit: Another man claims to have been attacked

Police officers investigating the attack on Ukip leader Nigel Farage in Kent this afternoon have said another man has reported being alleged assaulted in the same location at around a similar time:

Kent Police is investigating after a 49-year-old man was reportedly assaulted as he entered the Walpole Bay Hotel, Cliftonville, at around 3pm today. The man is not reported to have suffered an injury.

Officers will be reviewing CCTV of the incident. No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing to locate the suspect.

At 3.30pm another man attended the local police station to report that he was also assaulted at the Walpole Bay Hotel at around the same time of the incident.

Officers are also investigating this assault and inquiries are ongoing.

– Kent Police

Farage claims Kent protest 'worse than Edinburgh'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has told ITV News today's protest in east Kent "was actually worse than Edinburgh".

Speaking to ITV News Meridian's Phil Hornby, Mr Farage claimed that the group today came "with intent to physically hurt me".

He previously described the protesters who mobbed him at an Edinburgh pub in May last year as "fascist scum".

Staff were forced to clear the Canons' Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile after it was filled with chanting protesters as the Ukip leader was preparing to hold a press conference.

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