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Water being restored to thousands of homes in Kent

Free water has been handed out to customers affected on the Isle of Sheppey Credit: ITV Meridian

Southern Water say they have now installed two water mains after a burst water main left thousands of homes on the Isle of Sheppey without water.

The mains run underneath the A249 between Sheerness and Bobbing and water is being pumped back into supply.

The water firm says the work needs to be carried out slowly to avoid any further damage to the pipe and means that some customers will receive their water supply back later than others.

Bottled water is being handed out to customers affected on the Isle of Sheppey Credit: ITV Meridian

"We are sorry for the inconvenience this disruption has caused customers and are working as hard as we can to ensure all supplies are returned as soon as possible. Free bottled water is still available from Morrison's carpark in Queenborough."

– Spokesperson, Southern Water

Four thousand homes without water in Kent

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Four thousand homes on the Isle of Sheppey have been without water for most of the day. It's due to a burst water main on the - A249 - between Sheerness and Bobbing. Bottled water is being provided for residents in the area.

Southern Water says "We are working as swiftly as possible to reconnect the water supply to customers on the Isle of Sheppey. Bottled water is available at Morrison's supermarket in Queenborough. We are sorry for the inconvenience but it is unlikely that water supplies will be connected this evening. This is because once the water supply is reconnected it will take a few hours to test and refill the water network in the area. A separate burst on a much smaller pipe in Harps Avenue, Minster, was fixed earlier today however the customers affected by that incident may still be without water because of the larger burst under the A249."

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Hundreds of homes without water after mains burst

Hundreds of homes on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent have been without water for a large part of the day after a mains burst. This happened on the A249

Southern Water say "We are working as swiftly as possible to reconnect the water supply to customers on the Isle of Sheppey. Bottled water is available at Morrison's supermarket in Queenborough. We are sorry for the inconvenience but it is unlikely that water supplies will be connected this evening.

This is because once the water supply is reconnected it will take a few hours to test and refill the water network in the area."

Man jailed for attempted rape after his victim tracked him down on Facebook

James Huggett was tracked down on Facebook Credit: Kent Police

A man who attempted to rape a young woman as she walked home from a nightclub has been jailed for seven years - after his victim tracked him down on Facebook.

James Huggett, 22, of Woodland Drive, Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for the attack on 21-year-old Chanel Purchase last year.

She was able to bring him to justice by turning detective on social media.

She has waived her right to anonymity to warn others of the risks women face.

Chanel Purchase has waived her right to anonymity Credit: ITV News

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Will a new speed limit save lives on the Sheppey Crossing?

It's been the scene of one of the worst pile-ups ever seen. And last summer, a mother and her young son were killed in a car crash on the Sheppey Crossing. Since then there has been a long campaign to lower speed limits on the bridge and today that finally happened. But people who live on the Isle of Sheppey say it's still not enough. This report by Tom Savvides includes interviews with Emma Tweed, councillor Ken Pugh and Gordon Henderson MP.

50mph speed limit introduced on Sheppey Crossing

A 50mph speed limit has been introduced on the A249 Sheppey Crossing in Kent.

It follows a serious crash last July in which a mother and her eight year-old son were killed.

A mother and son were killed in a crash on the crossing last year

The coroner investigating asked Highways England to consider urgent safety measures on the bridge, which is the main link between the M2 at Stockbury and Sheerness.

In September 2013, sixty people were injured after more than 120 cars crashed. More than thirty thousand drivers use the crossing every day.

Safety is Highways England’s top priority. We are fully supporting the inquest into the tragic incident that happened on the Sheppey Crossing last July.

Our objective is ensuring safe and reliable journeys on the A249 and the Sheppey Crossing for the 30,000 drivers who depend on it every day.

The speed limit will be carefully assessed to monitor its effect on road safety and Highways England will continue to keep the safety performance of the A249 under constant review.

– A Highways England spokesperson

Pupils banned from using playing field with 'the wrong type of grass'

Pupils have been barred from playing sports on a school playing field for FOUR years after it was said to have 'the wrong type of grass.'The field was declared unsafe shortly after the opening of the St Clements Site of Eastchurch Primary School on the Isle of Sheppey. Tonight - action at last - after angry parents exposed the situation on social media. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to parent Rita Simpson and Sandy Hammock, Chair of Friends of Eastchurch School.

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