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New scheme offers relief for drivers in Dover

A £5 million scheme to manage traffic heading to Dover during peak periods will soon allow drivers to pick up the pace.

A 40mph limit along the A20 between Folkestone and Dover will be lifted this summer when lorries aren't queueing to enter the port - thanks to the introduction of new technology.

Tony Green reports.


'Jobs at risk' if Goodwin Sands are not dredged

The Port of Dover says millions of pounds of investment and hundreds of jobs will be at risk if it can't dredge the material it wants from the Goodwin Sands.

The work will help expand the Western Docks and the port says getting sand from further away will massively increase the carbon footprint of the project.

Opponents of the scheme say they will ask for a judicial review if the Government does give the go-ahead later this year.

As Iain McBride reports.

Iain spoke to Neil Wiggins the Community Director at the Port of Dover, Bryony Chapman, a Marine Policy Officer from the Kent Wildlife Trust and Joanna Thomson from the Save Our Sands Campaign.

Dame Vera at 100: Birthday celebrations

Dame Vera Lynn spoke via internet link to children at her former school today as celebrations continued to mark her 100th birthday.

We hear from Dame Vera and speak to wartime veteran Bob Piper, and Pilar Cloud from the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity. We also remember the man who wrote White Cliffs of Dover, Walter Kent.

Dame Vera 100th birthday wishes beam from White Cliffs of Dover

Dame Vera's 100th birthday tribute on the White Cliffs of Dover

A 350 feet high projection has been beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover to mark the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn today.

The image of the singer was commissioned to mark Dame Vera's special birthday on the 20th March, and the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100, which features re-orchestrated versions of her most popular songs alongside her original vocals.

The singer, who lives in the Sussex Downs, has become a national icon since entertaining the troops during World War Two, and boosting the morale of the nation - with musical hits including 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'We'll Meet Again'.

Dame Vera Lynn celebrates a big birthday today Credit: PA


62nd person arrested over Dover protests

Police form a barricade to stop clashes from protestors Credit: ITV Meridian

Another person has been charged in connection with violent demonstrations in Dover which took place a year ago.

35-year-old Craig Nickels of no fixed address but with links to the London area, was arrested on Wednesday.

Police gather in Dover in January 2016 Credit: ITV Meridian

Nickels has been charged with committing violent disorder in Dover on Saturday 30 January 2016, and bailed to appear before Folkestone magistrates on Wednesday 1st March 2017.

Mr Nickels is the 62nd person to have been charged in connection with the demonstrations to date.

Simple tips to keep you safe on the coast

People get into difficulty and need the help of the UK coastguard Credit: ITV news

The UK Coastguard are calling on people to stay safe after a number of incidents in the Dover area.

They are offering simple tips which will allow everyone to enjoy the coastline but reduce the risk of getting into a dangerous situation.

Advice such as wrapping up warm, wearing appropriate footwear, not running on cliff top paths and having a good phone signal are on the list. Also checking the tides and weather forecast before going out is essential.

It’s easy to get caught up in enjoying time on the beach or exploring coastal areas but make sure you keep a careful eye on the sea which can easily catch out even people with extensive knowledge of tides.

– Matt Pavitt, Coastal Area Operations Commander for Dover

Man and woman found dead near Dover cliffs 'twins'

The bodies were found at the bottom of Langdon Cliffs Credit: ITV

A man and a woman whose bodies were found dead at the bottom of Langdon Cliffs in Dover on New Year's Day are believed to be twins.

Kent Police said they are not treating the deaths of the 59-year-olds from Elton in Cheshire as suspicious.

Officers are now trying to trace the pair's last movements.

In a statement, police said: "We know they were in London on 22 December and we can place them in Dover on Boxing Day, but we are keen to establish if they were staying locally.

"We have already contacted local hotels but are now asking owners of guest houses, bed and breakfasts and pubs to contact us if they had a man and woman in their late 50s from Cheshire staying over the Christmas and New Year period.’

"Officers would also like to hear from anyone who saw the pair, who were wearing dark-coloured wet weather clothing, at the top of the cliffs in the period between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day."

A man whose body was also discovered at the bottom of the cliffs on the same day has been formally identified as a 45-year-old from Manchester.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and his next of kin have been informed.

Police are satisfied the deaths are unconnected.

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