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UK Oil and Gas Investments report finding a large amount of oil in the Weald basin which covers Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire

There could be a “world class” supply of oil underground in the Weald, according to a new discovery by an exploration firm. UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) say there could be up to 100 billion barrels of oil beneath the South of England, after analysis of a well drilled at Horse Hill near Gatwick Airport. But the firm says …

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Kent Police take longer to respond to emergencies as waiting times rise by 33% since 2011

Police in Kent are getting slower at responding to the most serious emergencies, with waiting times rising by a third in three years. Officers took an average of 12-and-a-half minutes to arrive at “grade 1” incidents last year – the most urgent – compared to eight-and-half minutes three years ago. The slower response has been attributed to a rise in …

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Flood defence work brought forward

Hundreds of properties and roads were flooded across the south-east of England last year More than 12,000 homes across the south-east of England are to be protected from flooding sooner than planned, the government has announced. It is bringing forward £41m of the six-year flood defence programme announced in December, allowing work to get under way on 40 flood defence …

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‘Little progress’ on Thames crossing

Two locations are currently being considered as sites for a Lower Thames road crossing The government has been criticised for a lack of progress in building a Lower Thames road crossing. The House of Commons Transport Committee said east London was “long overdue” a crossing but “little progress” had been made. In a report, it said progress on an Essex-to-Kent …

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Britain’s worst drivers revealed – including one motorist from…

Britain’s worst drivers have been revealed Comments (0) Drivers with the most points on their licence include motorists who have NEVER held a full driving licence, new information from the Institute of Advanced Motorists reveals today. The news, in a Freedom of Information Act request put in by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), reveals that one driver racked up an …

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Every police force facing major cuts

By Danny Shaw Home affairs correspondent, BBC News Every police force in England and Wales is preparing for major budget cuts over the next five years, the BBC has found. Forces are facing a 5% cut in government funding in 2015/16 and more cuts after the general election. Some forces are planning to reduce officer numbers to help them operate …

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Eight-year-old child given shotgun licence by Kent Police

A child as young as eight has been issued a shotgun licence in Kent, it has been revealed. The youngster, who was granted the certificate by Kent Police, is among the youngest in the country to have legal access to a shotgun. The shock figures came to light after a freedom of information request by Sky News to forces in …

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Scarlet fever: Hundreds of new cases recorded in the UK

Scarlet Fever is making a comeback Comments (0) More than 300 people were diagnosed with scarlet fever in the UK last week, in the worst outbreak of the disease for 50 years.  Doctors and medical professionals are expressing concern, with 1,265 cases of Scarlet Fever recorded since the year began. The diseases took many lives in the Victorian era but has since become …

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Fracking fears highlighted by Campaign for the Protection of Rural England amid concerns to county’s aquifer and water supplies

A far-reaching report on the potential dangers of fracking in Kent has been submitted to a Commons select committee. CPRE Kent (Campaign to Protect Rural England) claims the controversial practice could damage the aquifer which supplies nearly three-quarters of the county’s water. It outlined its fears to the environmental audit committee, which is carrying out an inquiry into the potential …

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Flood defence conference planned

The floods during the winter of 2013 and 2014 affected large parts of Kent A conference to look at the lessons learned from last winter’s floods in Kent is being set up. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is organising the conference. More than 200 homes were flooded in the Yalding and Tonbridge area a year ago, and thousands …

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