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Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a lorry fire on the A20 near Dover

Crews wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets and compressed air foam to tackle the fire in both the cab and trailer of the lorry.

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The Technical Rescue team also attended the incident and used a telehandler to remove the load from the trailer to access the deep seat of the fire.

A casualty was left in the care of SECAmb suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

Huge lorry fire blocks A20

A lorry fire that has closed part of the A20 is sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the air above the Kent coast.

Traffic is being held on the west-bound carriageway near Dover[1] while emergency services deal with the blaze, with the fumes visible for miles around.

The fire is sending smoke shooting into the sky. Photo: Chris Kellers

The fire is sending smoke shooting into the sky. Photo: Chris Kellers

The fire is sending smoke shooting into the sky. Photo: Chris Kellers

Firefighters are using compressed air foam to battle the fire, which is affecting one large lorry.

Two fire engines are currently at the scene, but it is believed more could be on the way.

The road is blocked from Old Folkestone Road (Western Heights roundabout) to the B2011 (Court Wood Interchange).

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References

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Immigration protesters descend on town

Police appeared to outnumber protesters as an anti-immigration march[1] is held in Dover[2].

People began assembling at 1pm at Union Street – away from the town’s train station where police vans and cars were waiting.

A red flare has gone off at the scene

A red flare has gone off at the scene

A red flare has gone off at the scene

Officers wearing riot gear, many drafted in from outside the county, gathered at the station as a start point had not been released.

However the bulk of the protesters, of which there were a few dozen, soon started making their presence known.

Red flares were set off as the march moved onto the A20 Snargate Street where the group remains.

Dozens have gathered for the march in opposition to the housing of attempted refugees

Dozens have gathered for the march in opposition to the housing of attempted refugees

Dozens have gathered for the march in opposition to the housing of attempted refugees
Officers lined up in preparation for the protest in Dover

Officers lined up in preparation for the protest in Dover

Officers lined up in preparation for the protest in Dover
Officers have set up a rolling roadblock on the A20 Snargate Street as the protest continues (47688944)

Officers have set up a rolling roadblock on the A20 Snargate Street as the protest continues (47688944)

Officers have set up a rolling roadblock on the A20 Snargate Street as the protest continues (47688944)

Protesters have blocked off the road for at least an hour, standing or sitting in the middle of the road.

They remain there with police setting up a rolling roadblock around the group.

An eyewitness has suggested two people have been arrested for obstructing the flow of traffic, with one man almost being hit by a lorry.

The witness said: “On the whole the protest has been largely peaceful with a couple of tense moments.

“A woman was picked up off the ground by officers but wasn’t arrested. A man who appeared to be a military veteran started shouting at the police and was softly pushed back – again it wasn’t anything too serious.”

Flags are being flown at the protest (47687969)

Flags are being flown at the protest (47687969)

Flags are being flown at the protest (47687969)
Officers were preparing at the train station ahead of the march

Officers were preparing at the train station ahead of the march

Officers were preparing at the train station ahead of the march

Another man is being treated by paramedics after collapsing in the street, thought to have been from heat exhaustion.

The ‘Defend our borders’ march was advertised in advance by a group calling itself the Pembrokeshire Patriots.

Its name stems from the use of a Welsh barracks – similar to Folkestone’s[3] Napier Barracks – to house people caught crossing the Channel.

The group refuses to be labelled as far right.

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Read more: All the latest news from Dover[4]

References

  1. ^ an anti-immigration march (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ Dover (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ Folkestone’s (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  4. ^ Read more: All the latest news from Dover (www.kentonline.co.uk)

‘Fix it, open it and then leave us all in peace’

It’s the news no driver wants to hear – once again parts of the busy M20 are to be closed to allow roadworks to take place.

Highways England will be carrying out yet more work of the road through Maidstone[1] and Malling[2] during the summer, with some full overnight closures planned between junctions 4 and 6.

The recently-finished smart motorway section of the M20

The recently-finished smart motorway section of the M20

The recently-finished smart motorway section of the M20

Workers are expected to be on site from June 7 to resurface the carriageway, refresh line markings and replace road studs.

The work is expected to take place run until August 27.

Most of the work will be facilitated by lane closures between 8pm and 6pm.

However, there will be some overnight carriageway closures, with the road shut eastbound on July 12-15 and westbound on August 23-26.

A diversion will be in place, with drivers sent via the A228, M2 and A229 – a distance of around 13.5 miles compared to the 4.5 miles along the M20.

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The news of the latest scheme has been met with exasperation by Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch, who has previously hit out at what see described as “shambolic” management of projects on the motorway which runs through her constituency.

“These night-time road closures are utterly ridiculous given how much disruption residents along the M20 and A20 have already faced,” she said.

“I wish they would just shut it, fix it, open it and then leave us all in peace.”

Roadworks on the M20 have been a common sight in recent years, particularly in the section between junctions 3 and 5 where two years of work was carried out to convert a 6.5-mile stretch into a smart motorway.

That work finished in May last year, but by the summer workmen were back – this time to replace a footbridge which collapsed when it was hit by a lorry in August 2016[3].

Tracey Crouch MP

Tracey Crouch MP

Tracey Crouch MP

Speaking at the time, Ms Crouch said: “It has been a shambolically managed project from the outset and requests to combine works to minimise disruption have been ignored.

“Unfortunately Highways England appear to do whatever it likes, when it likes, with little accountability, something that needs to be addressed for future road build projects.”

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Read more: All the latest news from Maidstone[6]

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References

  1. ^ Maidstone (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ Malling (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ this time to replace a footbridge which collapsed when it was hit by a lorry in August 2016 (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  4. ^ latest traffic and travel news here (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  5. ^ following our live blog (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  6. ^ Read more: All the latest news from Maidstone (www.kentonline.co.uk)
  7. ^ Read more: All the latest news from Malling (www.kentonline.co.uk)