Is it fair to charge Kent residents DOUBLE to use the Dartford Crossing? Essex First thinks so.

The pressure group Essex First has declared a victory and removed its blockade protest from the Dartford Crossing – all lanes have now re-opened as normal. The action was halted at 6pm this evening when officials confirmed that the toll for vehicles travelling from Kent into Essex will be doubled from £2.50 to £5.00. It is hoped that this measure will try and discourage large numbers of Kent residents from entering Essex to seek a better life for themselves.

Essex First Assistant Campaign Leader Nigel Gremlin confirmed that the protest has been called off for the foreseeable future. He added: ‘This just goes to show that militant action can work from time to time, and for once the government has listened to our concerns. Our next move will now be to secure every other border between Kent and Essex.’

Under the new system, Kent residents will also no longer be able to cross for free between 10pm and 6am. However, it’s not all good news for the people of Essex, with Kent government officials announcing a series of immediate sanctions for people entering the county from Essex. No shoppers with an SS, RM, CM or CO postcode will be allowed entry into Bluewater Shopping Centre, and Essex seafood lovers will be hit with a 10% levy when purchasing oysters from Whitstable.’