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Dredger gets port set for new ferries

Clearing the site: The Dutch vessel spotted at Ramsgate PICTURE: ISO IMAGES

WORK began yesterday to prepare Ramsgate port for new ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

A Dutch dredger was spotted clearing rubbish, weeds and excess mud at the Kent site to prepare for potential extra freight trade crossings.

It came as Seaborne Freight, which was awarded a £13.8million contract to run the service despite having no ships, was accused of copying its online terms and conditions from a takeaway website. Twitter user @ormondroyd spotted it had apparently lifted the small print, complete with mentions of ‘meals’ and ‘orders’.

The government insisted due diligence was carried out before it awarded the contract, adding: ‘This section of the terms and conditions on the company’s website was put up in error. This is being immediately rectified.’

Meanwhile, police in Kent have been banned from taking leave for a month after Brexit in case of disruption.