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Port expands creating 200 new jobs

A 50 million pound expansion at the Port of Sheerness should create 200 new jobs, according to operators Peel Ports.

The former Thamesteel site, which had been derelict for five years, is being redeveloped allowing the port to expand it's cargo imports. 350 people lost their jobs there when the plant closed in 2012.

Demolition of the old buildings is now nearly complete which means work can begin this summer. Sarah Saunders reports.

Teenager arrested after baby girl's body found dead

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A teenage girl has been arrested in connection with the death of a newborn baby girl on the Isle of Sheppey.

The remains were discovered in Broadway, Sheerness shortly before 12.50pm on Saturday 4th March.

Officers have been carrying out numerous lines of enquiry and made the arrest in the afternoon on Wednesday 8th March.

They are now ensuring the teenager's support and welfare is being taken care of.

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Report: Urgent appeal to find mother of dead baby girl

Police search the area near to St Henry and St Elizabeth Church

Kent Police is continuing to make urgent appeals tonight to locate the mother of a baby girl found dead in a park in Sheerness.

The infant's remains were discovered in the Broadway area yesterday afternoon and part of a park and promenade were cordoned off while forensic teams searched the area. Sarah Saunders reports.

Small fire started near newborn baby's body

More heartbreaking details have been released about the discovery of a baby girl's body at a park in Sheerness.

Kent Police have told Meridian Tonight they believe the baby to have been newly born.

The identity and age of the girl is not currently known, and neither is the cause of death

Her remains were found in Broadway on Saturday afternoon.

Police have also revealed that the remnants of a small fire were located at the scene and it is believed this was started between 10am and 12.30pm, shortly before the body was found.

Police gave their first interviews this afternoon:

‘We’re very keen to locate the mother of this girl as we are concerned for her wellbeing and want to make sure she is receiving the necessary emotional and medical support.

‘We also want to hear from anyone who was in Broadway in the late morning of 4 March. Even if someone thinks what they saw isn’t important, the smallest amount of information could be crucial to us finding out how and why this happened.

‘Those that do come forward should know that the information will be handled in a sensitive way.

– Detective Inspector Richard Vickery, Kent Police

More to come as we get it. We''ll have a full report in our news bulletin at 5.50pm

Police reveal body found in park was a baby girl

Police have revealed the baby whose body was found in a park in Sheerness was a little girl.

The infant's remains were discovered in The Broadway just before 1pm on Saturday and a police presence has remained at the scene today.

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The age and identity is not currently known and neither is the cause of death.

Kent Police are anxious to trace the mother amid concerns for her wellbeing and physical health.

They're urging anyone who knows anything about the circumstances to come forward, and promising that any information will be handled sensitively.

In her report Sarah Saunders spoke to DI Richard Vickery of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and Father Frank Moran from St Henrys and St Elizabeth Catholic Church

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