Emergency services gather at Dover for exercise

Emergency services have gathered in Dover for a major exercise to test their readiness for a large scale incident.

Kent Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Fire and Rescue Service are among those taking part.

The exercise started on a site near the Eastern Docks roundabout at 09:00 GMT and was due to run until 14:00.

The Port of Dover will be open for business as usual during the operation - codenamed Exercise Dover Shield.

Other agencies playing a key role in the event include the Port of Dover and Port of Dover Police, UK Border Agency, Kent County Council, Dover District Council, NHS Kent and Medway, the Health Protection Agency, ferry operator DFDS and the Environment Agency.

The Kent Resilience Forum which is organising the exercise said: "Exercise Dover Shield is one of a number of countrywide exercises required by the Government to examine multi-agency planning and preparation at key sites."

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