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Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, from J6 for A251 Ashford Road to J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 partially blocked and queues westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A229 Maidstone to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J6, A229 (Maidstone) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A2 Kent westbound

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A2 Kent westbound severe accident, from A260 Aylesham to Bonny Bush Hill.

A2 Kent - A2 Dover Road in Dover closed and queues westbound from Aylesham to the Bonny Bush Hill junction, because of an accident involving overturned vehicle.

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Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, from J7 for A249 Maidstone to J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - Two lanes closed and it's very slow on M20 westbound from J7, A249 (Maidstone) to J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A229 Maidstone to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J6, A229 (Maidstone) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of road management. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A251 Ashford Road to J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M2 westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) in Faversham to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne) in Kent, because of a police investigation. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

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A229 Kent both ways severe accident, from Boughton Lane to Lancet Lane.

A229 Kent - A229 Loose Road in Maidstone closed and queues in both directions from the Boughton Lane junction to the Lancet Lane junction, because of an accident involving bus and pedestrian. Congestion to Maidstone Town Centre for southbound traffic, northbound traffic back to Linton. Diversion in operation - via local roads.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Leeds council to investigate 'nuisance' fireworks

A formal inquiry is to be set up by a council after complaints of the "anti-social" use of fireworks "year-round" in parts of Leeds.

Police in Harehills
BBC

The city council heard that in some cases children were throwing fireworks at vehicles, and there were illegal sales taking place.

In the city on Bonfire Night riot police were deployed after fireworks were used as weapons in Harehills.

Some imported fireworks did not meet UK standards, a council officer said.

Councillor Amanda Carter said: "Nobody wants to stop the pleasure and enjoyment of fireworks but it is becoming an increasing problem about the noise and anti-social behaviour."

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, between J4 for A278 Hoath Way and J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M2 eastbound between J4, A278 (Gillingham) and J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of an accident involving a lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, after J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M20 westbound after J9, A20 (Ashford), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J9 for A20 Fougeres Way.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J9, A20 (Ashford), because of a lorry that's broken down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A249 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound at J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe accident, before J6 for A251 Ashford Road.

M2 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M2 eastbound before J6, A251 (Faversham), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man who killed his father sent to secure hospital

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A man from Barrow has been sent to a secure hospital for "a very, very long time" for killing his own father days after being wrongly released from a mental health unit.

Jonathan MacMillan, 28, had previously admitted the manslaughter due to diminished responsibility of his father John on Provincial Street in Barrow in June.

Preston Crown Court
PA Media

Today two expert psychiatrists told Preston Crown Court that Jonathan MacMillan was severely mentally ill and neither could understand why he'd been let out of the Cygnet Health private hospital in Kent.

The Recorder of Preston, Judge Mark Brown, handed down an order detaining him in a secure hospital, saying MacMillan should never have been released into the community.

NHS England says an independent Investigation is under way but is "in its very early stages", and expressed its condolences to John MacMillan's family.

Rail staffs' appeal to track down three-legged cat

Guy Bell

Tripod
Southeastern

A train operator has launched a desperate appeal to find a three-legged cat adopted by staff at one of its Kent depots.

Southeastern staff in Gillingham raised the alarm on Thursday after noticing Tripod had not been seen for two days.

Nathan Dove, from Southeastern, said: “It’s really unlike Tripod not to make his presence known around the depot. We’ve checked all the usual places, including our yard, outbuildings and surrounding roads, but unfortunately have had no luck yet.

“He sometimes strays on to the train with the cleaning staff, and we’re wondering if he’s got on the train unnoticed and it has left the yard with him on board.”

Southeastern staff have been urged to keep an eye out for the errant ginger tom, who wears a reflective yellow collar and is missing a hind leg.

Staff are also urging passengers and vets to alert them in case he’s been found somewhere or has had an accident.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane blocked on exit slip road eastbound at J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A251 Ashford Road to J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Temporary closure and stationary on M2 westbound from J6, A251 (Faversham) to J5, A249 (Sittingbourne).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Hundreds of knitted angels descend on village

An angelic scene greeted villagers in High Halden near Tenterden when they woke up to hundreds of knitted angels hanging on garden gates and trees.

It is not known who is behind the woolly gifts which are spreading some Christmas cheer.

One of the angels was left on the front gate belonging to Sheralyn Hammond, whose teenage son Ben died suddenly in 2015.

She said: "Christmas is a hard time for us so it did bring a tear to my eye and a smile to my face to think that people are so kind and thoughtful."

The tags say "a gift of love" and "take me home" with the hashtag #AngelicHostofHighHalden.

Knitted angels
Christopher Rose
Five hundred of the gifts were knitted
Knitted angel
Christopher Rose
The knitted angels were hung around the village

Severe accident: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe accident, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - Queues on M2 westbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of earlier multi vehicle accident. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - M20 lane blocked on entry slip road eastbound at J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones is to be a retained firefighter
As wicketkeeper for England Geraint Jones won the Ashes but is now facing a very different challenge.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M2 Kent westbound

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M2 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A249 Sittingbourne.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on entry slip road westbound at J5, A249 (Sittingbourne), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J12 for A20 Ashford Road.

M20 Kent - M20 entry slip road partially blocked eastbound at J12, A20 (Cheriton), because of abandoned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J6 for A229 Maidstone and J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and it's very slow on M20 westbound between J6, A229 (Maidstone) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time