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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 10:05 GMT 11:05 UK
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Man seriously injured in lorry crash

A man was taken to hospital with severe leg injuries after a lorry crashed into a garden in Kent early on Wednesday.

Police said the crash happened by the roundabout on Pelham Road in Gravesend at about 0420 BST.

The injured man, who is 21 and believed to be the driver of the lorry, had to be cut free from the cab before being taken to hospital.

Pelham Road has been closed while Kent Police crash investigators carry out an examination of the scene.

Search for missing hospital man

Police are trying to trace a 29-year-old who went missing from a hospital in Kent a week ago.

Steven Parr was last seen at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford at about 1430 BST on 22 September.

Police believe Mr Parr, described as white with a dark complexion, was heading for a coastal town in Kent.

He has black, shoulder length curly hair, and is unshaven. He was wearing dark training bottoms and a knitted hat but it is unclear what top he had on.

Thieves steal eight park benches

Park benches worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from a town in Kent.

A total of eight benches, worth about 6,000 and dating back a number of years, have been stolen from four locations in Ramsgate.

Three of the benches were taken from Albion Gardens, all of which were commissioned by Ramsgate Borough Council more than 30 years ago.

Thieves also struck in Liverpool Lawn, Pegwell Road and London Road still one bench from each street.

Foxes cause problem for residents

Wildlife experts are being called in to help a group of residents in Kent who say they are being overrun by foxes.

Householders in Shelton Close, Tonbridge, say they regularly have to clear up after the animals amid fears for their health and their pets.

Trevor Williams, of the Tonbridge-based Fox Project, said the problem should soon go away on its own accord.

"We are now in the dispersal season where the families are breaking up and any cubs will go away," he said.


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