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Dramatic moment lightning strikes off Kent

A ship on the horizon as lightning strikes. Picture: Shaun Fellows/Shine Pix Ltd

This is the spectacular sight of lightning striking off the shores of Kent this morning... ahead of what's predicted as the hottest day of the year.

Firm fined more than £250k after worker's 'tragic' skylight death plunge

Allied Domecq's bonded warehouse in Dover

A spirits firm has been ordered to pay more than £250,000 after a worker plunged to his death in a 'sickening' warehouse fall.

Supercars head for Dover this weekend en route to Le Mans

P&O's Spirit of Britain vessel

Car enthusiasts should watch out for some of the most exotic supercars on the planet heading for Dover docks this weekend as they head for Le Mans.

Charity events mark store's 25th anniversary

Tesco supermarket in Park Farm, Ashford

Staff at Tesco’s store at Whitfield are celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a range of activities which charity fund-raising.

Drinkers and drug addicts will be targeted, says police chief

Chief Inspector Steve Barlow

Dover’s new police chief says his officers will target the areas where they are most needed to deal with problems caused by alcohol and drug abuse.

Jail for bungling armed raiders

Michael Delsignore and Oguzhan Kaya have been jailed for a raid on A Simmonds jewellers in Deal

Two members of a team branded the Fraggle Rock gang for a bungled raid on a jewellers have today been locked up for a total of 17 years.

Neil Stuke backing Father's Day campaign

Neil Stuke

A new film due to be broadcast tomorrow (Sunday) to raise awareness of prostate cancer stars Deal's homegrown talent Neil Stuke

Police officer injured in road smash

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious road smash when an officer was injured.

Two injured after lorry hits stationary police car

Police are at the scene

A policeman who stopped to help a motorist is among two men injured after a lorry collided with the stationary car.

Missing girl found in London, man arrested

Lorna Vickerage

An alert at the port of Dover for a 14-year-old girl who was missing from Doncaster has been called off after she was found in London.

Protestors at port as another shipment of sheep sets sail

Joline, the flat bottomed Russian tank carrier which exports animals from Dover

Another shipment of sheep has sailed from the Port of Dover this morning. Demonstrators were at the dock gates to voice their protest.

Government may decide redevelopment plan

A public inquiry may be held into the plans to build on an historic site in Dover, which councillors approved last night.

This week's East Kent Mercury

This week's East Kent Mercury front page

A 26ft mobile home that was to be used as an annexe must be removed from a garden in Deal.

This week's Dover Mercury

This week's Dover Mercury front page.

MP Charlie Elphicke calls for more severe action to be taken against human traffickers after eight illegal immigrants were rescued from the Channel.

Council's wind turbine "too expensive" to keep

Wind turbine

The wind turbine at the district council offices at Whitfield, fitted in 2007, is to be scrapped.

Dad's drugs in home he shares with boy, 9

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

A father has been given a last-chance warning after admitting having drugs worth up to £12,000 in the home he shares with his nine-year-old son.

MP calls for halt to "evil trade"

The inflatable boat is towed back to France. Photo by Dover RNLI

MP Charlie Elphicke is calling for severe action to be taken against human traffickers after eight illegal immigrants were rescued from the Channel.

Criminals hit hard by cash seizures

The largest amount of cash seized from criminals in Kent during the past 10 years was at Dover, it has been revealed this week.

Italian market planned for Dover

Dover's Bluebird Market

A four-day Italian market will be held in Dover this summer. It is being planned by the Town Team which already runs a Tuesday market in the town.

Dover wins twin-town sports festival

Dover Mayor, Cllr Ronnie Philpott, receives the trophy from the Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart.

Teams from Dover have won this year's Dover-Calais Festival of Sport.

Channel swimmer's challenge ended by jellyfish

Chloe McCardel

Channel swimmer Chloe McCardel has had to abandon her swim from Cuba to the USA after being stung by jellyfish.

German bomber brought to shore after being raised from Channel

Rare German bomber plane the Dornier 17 is believed to be the only intact example of its kind in the world. Picture: Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

A rare Second World War plane shot down off the Kent coast in the Battle of Britain has been brought to shore today after a huge salvage operation.

A room with a view to celebrate architecture

Christine Finn who is taking part in celebrating the Love Architecture Festival in Deal

A chance to celebrate the national Love Architecture Festival is on offer in a suburban semi in Deal.

'Illegal immigrants' saved after boat sinks

Dover lifeboat in action. Picture: Dan Keen

Dover Coastguard has helped rescue eight suspected illegal immigrants heading for Kent after a boat sank in the Channel this morning.

Sandwich goes French for Le Weekend

BANDS, cars, dancing and a French food market - all part of the celebrations for Le Weekend in Sandwich.

The Empire strikes back...

Empire cinema, Sandwich

A cinema is set for a galactic battle - to raise the cash to enter the digital age.

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