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Five injured after steam train collides with tractor

The collision happened on Saturday afternoon Credit: @Kent_999s

A steam train with thirteen carriages has been derailed at Dymchurch in Kent after a collision with a tractor at a level crossing.

The locomotive at the front and the first carriage overturned in the derailment. Five people including the driver were treated for minor injuries.

The emergency services were called to the scene at about 2.30pm

Around fifty other passengers on the train's remaining 12 carriages were checked for injuries as a precaution. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch line was closed after the incident. Kent Police confirmed they had been called to the scene at 2.35pm. Police officers said that no-one suffered serious injuries.

The fire service secured the locomotive's boiler, initially it was thought to be at risk of exploding


  1. Tom Savvides

Tearful father recounts the moment his son drowned

The father of a nine year old boy who drowned in rough seas off Kent broke down in tears today as he recounted the moment he tried to save his son's life. Connor McDonald was swept out to sea as he and a friend played on rocks at Dymchurch last October. Today, his father gave evidence at the inquest, which concluded his son death was accidental. Tom Savvides reports from the Coroner's Court in Folkestone.

Boy who died in rock fall named as Connor McDonald 9

A nine-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty in rough seas off the south Kent coast.

It's believed he had been playing on rocks at Dymchurch, between Folkestone and New Romney, when the tragedy happened.

The boy, who has been named as Connor McDonald, was airlfited to hospital, but died a short time later. This report, from Tom Savvides.

Boy, 9, dies after falling into sea at Kent coast

Dymchurch, near where the tragedy occured

A nine year old boy has died after apparently falling into the sea while playing on the Kent coast.

Emergency services were called to Dymchurch when the youngster was pulled out of the water. He was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford but died there last night. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

"We received a call from a member of the public saying a child had fallen into the sea at Dymchurch.

"UK Coastguard sent a RNLI lifeboat from the Littlestone-on-Sea along with two vessels in the area and also alerted the ambulance service. A male went into the water and recovered the child who was passed into the care of paramedics."

– UK Coastguard

Tom Savvides has this report.

Villagers warned about rogue traders

Police are advising residents to beware of rogue traders who may be operating in part of Kent. There have been reports in the Dymchurch and Littlestone areas, that people have been knocking on residents’ doors without invitation and offering to fix and renovate roofs of properties.

In one incident it was reported that two men offered their roofing service after claiming they had used a helicopter to check which buildings required new loft insulation. Kent Police would urge residents to take the following steps to make sure they are protected from rogue traders:

Do not deal with doorstep callers offering work on your home or gardenMake checks that the tradesperson is from the company they say they are fromAlways get written quotes and compare them to prices elsewhere