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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
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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

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: Warning to cyclists riding wrong way down St James's Street

Kent Online: Gun seized after helicopter circles Rochester

Get Surrey: Passenger 'passes out' on 'very crowded and very warm' South Western Railway train

Chichester Observer: Detailed plans for 1,300 homes at Tangmere will be revealed tonight

Eastbourne Herald: Group of youths ‘throw stones and planks of wood’ at Eastbourne firefighters

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex chef stars tonight on TV’s Masterchef:The Professionals

Worthing Herald: Missing space camera launched by Worthing students five months ago found by dogwalker

Mid Sussex Times: Horsham school closes after virus outbreak

Brighton & Hove News: Hove boxer nominated for charity award

Hastings Observer: Hastings neighbours celebrate postcode lottery win

Brighton & Hove Independent: Taxi drivers ‘shocked’ after Brighton Station rank relocation

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).

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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 disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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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.

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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

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne and J3 for M26.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M20 westbound between J4, A228 (Leybourne) and J3 M26, because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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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

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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 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 J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), 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

Margate's multilingual art club for kids
When a group of artists moved to town, they started a group for local children who were curious what they were doing.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A2045 Chatham.

M2 Kent - M2 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J3, A2045 (Chatham), 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, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J8 for A20 Ashford Road Leeds Castle.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow 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: 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 closed and queues on M20 westbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J8, A20 (Leeds Castle), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

A Canterbury transplant patient's new heart is failing
Danielle Rosher received a new heart when she was 11, but at 25 her condition is worsening.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J9 for A20 Fougeres Way to J10 for A292 Hythe Road.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M20 coastbound from J9, A20 (Ashford) to J10, A292 (Ashford South), 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 J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - M20 entry slip road partially blocked westbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), 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 J11 for A20 Hythe.

M20 Kent - M20 exit slip road closed and it's slow eastbound at J11, A20 (Hythe), because of an overturned lorry. On the roundabout.

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 J10 for A292 Hythe Road.

M20 Kent - M20 closed and entry slip road closed eastbound at J10, A292 (Ashford South).

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

Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

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M26 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J2A for A20 London Road to J5 for M25 J5.

M26 Kent - One lane closed on M26 westbound from J2a, A20 (Wrotham) to J5 M25 J5, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. 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, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Severe accident: A299 Kent westbound

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A299 Kent westbound severe accident, from Canterbury Road West to B2190 Minster Road.

A299 Kent - A299 closed and queues westbound from Cliffsend roundabout to Minster Roundabout, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A21 East Sussex both ways

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A21 East Sussex both ways severe accident, from A265 Station Road to Church Lane.

A21 East Sussex - A21 closed and queues in both directions from the A265 Station Road junction to the Church Lane junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Church lane northbound and A229 southbound.

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

Cash machine stolen from Northfleet shop

Detectives are investigating after an empty cash machine was stolen from a shop in Northfleet.

Kent Police was called on Thursday at 00:15 GMT after reports that two suspects reversed a white Ford transit van three times into the Northfleet Food and Wine shop in the High Street.

Straps were then used to pull the device out of the store and it was dragged by the van down the road.

The van was later found abandoned in Lodge Lane in Cobham with the cash machine inside.

Police said a blue Ford Fiesta is believed to have been in convoy with the van and are appealing for witnesses.

Severe disruption: M2 Kent eastbound

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M2 Kent eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A2.

M2 Kent - M2 lane blocked on exit slip road and it's slow eastbound at J7, A2 (Brenley Corner), because of a break down.

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