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Man due in court over incident which closed Tonbridge High Street

A man is due to appear in court later this month in connection with an incident which closed Tonbridge High Street on 8 August 2012.

Kevin Branagan aged 21, from Whitehall Road in Aghagallon, Northern Ireland, was charged on the 4th January 2013 with aggravated vehicle taking and five other road traffic offences.

He has been bailed to appear before Sevenoaks Magistrates Court on 30th January. The charges Mr Branagan faces are:

  • Aggravated vehicle taking & dangerous driving
  • Driving a motor vehicle while failing to wear a seat belt
  • Using a handheld mobile phone/device while driving
  • Failing to provide a specimen for analysis
  • Driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence
  • Using a vehicle without third party insurance

Witness appeal after collision in Sussex

Sussex Police are appealing for information after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a collision with a car in London Road in St Leonards-on-Sea.

Officers were called to the scene on Saturday 5th January. The collision between a silver Nissan and a 31-year-old local man happened at around 3.50pm.

The pedestrian was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings suffering from serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Nissan, a 24-year-old local man, was not injured.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0882 of 5/1.


£15,000 break-in at former brewery

Thousands of pounds of copper has been stolen from a former brewery in Horndean, Hampshire, which is in the process of being redeveloped. The thief / thieves broke into the site of the former Gales Brewery in London Road between 1pm on Friday 21st December and 7.30am on Wednesday 2nd January.

They caused damage to an electricity sub station and stripped out copper and cooling oil. The damage and stolen property amounts to about £15,000.

“The actions of those responsible could have been extremely dangeroushad the sub station been live.“The incident occurred within a 12 day period while the building sitewas closed for Christmas. It is highly likely that the offenders useda vehicle to commit the crime and to transport away the large amountof copper and oil.“Did you see a vehicle or people at the site while it was closed? I amparticularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen ablack Saab at the site during this period.”

– PC Brent Vine, South of Butser Safer Neighbourhoods team

Anyone with information is being asked to contact PC Vine at Waterlooville police station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously bycalling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

A first look at Monday's news

If you missed any of our Daybreak bulletins this morning, Amanda Piper brings you a round up of what's happening in the Meridian region this Monday. Helen Plint has today's weather forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Coach Crash - A driver may have lost consciousness just before the vehicle overturned on the M3. Eight of the twenty six passengers were injured. The Dutch registered bus was on its way to Southampton.

Rugby Death - Tributes are being paid to a father of three who died after collapsing during a rugby match. Jason Laman was playing for his local team. He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he died.

Cruise Safety - Extra measures have been introduced on cruise ships in the south a year since the Costa Concordia ran aground with the loss of 32 people. Now there will be more drills for passengers and crew and onboard restrictions.

The stories making the news

A first look at the news in the Meridian region this Friday with Amanda Piper. And to find out what the weather has in store for us today, Helen Plint has the forecast.

Today's top stories:- Fraud Jail - A criminal gang has been jailed for one of the biggest alcohol smuggling frauds ever uncovered in the UK. Kevin Burrage and his brother in law, Gary Clark, who are both from Southend, imported and exported alcohol without paying tax, worth £50 million annually.

The Bug's Back - The Royal Berkshire Hospital has confirmed an outbreak of the Norovirus. Restrictions have now been introduced on visitors to try to prevent the winter vomiting bug spreading further.

Off We Go! Hastings United players have left the town for one of the most historic matches in the club's history. The Us face Championship high fliers Middlesborough in the third round of the FA Cup tomorrow.

Today's top stories

If you missed any of our Daybreak bulletins this morning, here's a chance to find out what's happening in the region this Thursday with Amanda Piper. Helen Plint looks ahead to what the weather has in store.

Train Death - Investigations are continuing into a crash on a level crossing in Oxfordshire in which a man died. The car he was travelling in was hit by a freight train. Another person, who was in the car, is still in hospital.

Arson court - A man has been charged with three counts of arson in connection with a series of fires in Winchester. Emergency crews were called to the historic Deanery where antique books were destroyed and the nearby ice rink had to be evacuated on New Year's Day.

M's Passion - The feisty boss of James Bond is taking on a more relaxed role today. Dame Judi Dench is visiting two racehorses she recently bought shares in. They're being trained at stables near Sittingbourne.


The region's news

If you missed any of our Daybreak bulletins this Wednesday morning, Amanda Piper brings you a full round up of what's happening as well as a look at the day's weather forecast.

The headlines today:- Rail Misery - Commuters now pay more for their train tickets as fare increases come into force. Passengers face paying an average of 4% more than they did last year.

Brighton Attack - Doctors have warned a man he could lose an eye after he was seriously injured in a suspected racially motivated attack. He was walking with a friend when he was targeted by a gang.

Chilly Waters - Despite the temperatures 300 people took to the water to support 42 charities. The annual New Year's Day swim was organised by the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service.

Today's top stories

A round up of the news this Friday with Amanda Piper. The latest weather comes from Helen Plint. Today's headlines:- Flood Alert - Seven severe warnings are still in place across the region as people begin the clear up from yesterday's heavy rain.

In some places half a months rainfall fell in just 24 hours. Eighty homes in the Hampshire village of Wallington had to be evacuated when flood defences began to crack. 76 flood alerts are still in place, some in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Passengers Trapped - Fire crews went to the aid of commuters stuck on a train heading to Brighton when a cable fire caused a major signal failure. Trains were cancelled between Brighton and Haywards Heath.

Shortest Day - People gathered at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The sun rose this morning at 8:09am and will set this afternoon just before four o'clock.

Today's Headlines

If you missed any of our Daybreak bulletins this morning do catch up now - as Amanda Piper brings you a round up of the day's news. Simon Parkin has a first look at Thursday's weather forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Flood Alert - Heavy rain overnight has caused disruption to the Meridian region with rising water levels. Two men had to be rescued from their van when it became trapped in a ford.

Fishing Hope - Key talks in Brussels today could have a huge impact on small fishing fleets in Kent and Sussex. The Fisheries Minister is to challenge plans to cut certain catches therefore stopping fish being discarded.

Commuters' Woe - As three train services in the Meridian region are named as among the most overcrowded in the country, the first of 130 new carriages to be used on Southern Train's services roll off the production line.

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