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Dover MP Charlie Elphicke will urge care beds to be included in the £21 million hospital to be built on the Buckland Hospital site. He greeted the planning permission given by district councillors as “great news”.

A scheme costing more than £4 million, which completes the first stage of the regeneration of the former Buckland Paper Mill site, has been officially opened.

The Port of Dover’s new boss, Tim Waggott, says he is up for the challenge of making the port the best in the world, and giving all those who pass through it a “first-class experience”.

A public meeting is being held at Dover Town Hall tomorrow to campaign against the export of live animals. Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke will be one of the speakers, along with RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant, Dil Peeling from Compassion in World Farming and MEP Keith Taylor.

A burglary who thought he was Charles Dickens trashed a 15th century Grade II listed building when he went on an orgy of drunken violence. Russell Bibby, who used to live in Dover, broke into the 600-year-old house, causing £17,500 of damage.

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