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Appeal for dashcam footage following lorry driver's death

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police are investigating the death of a lorry driver on the A21 in West Kent.

The driver, who was from Essex and in his 50s, was declared dead at the scene, when his Scania articulated truck left the road at Kippings Cross roundabout near Pembury.

Kippings Cross roundabout, Pembury
The lorry left the road at Kippings Cross roundabout

The vehicle was pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with plant equipment.

It happened about 13:00 GMT on 30 October and police are appealing for anyone who may have dashcam footage to contact them.

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Man charged over Fireman Sam malicious messages

A 55-year-old man has been charged in connection with messages sent to Lincolnshire's chief fire officer after the brigade dropped Fireman Sam as their mascot.

Fireman Sam mascot
PA Media

Jeremy Flashman of King's Road, Southminster, Essex is accused of sending malicious messages to Les Britzman over the decision.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the children's TV character was outdated and did not reflect the message it wanted to achieve.

Mr Britzman said Fireman Sam would be replaced with fire extinguisher-shaped mascots called Freddy, Filbert and Penelope.

Mr Flashman is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on the October 31.