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The top stories from the KentOnline news team

The top stories from the KentOnline news team


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The top stories from the KentOnline news team








Podcast: Shops, salons, pubs and tourist attractions in Kent reopen as lockdown eases

For the first time in months, non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons, some pubs and tourist attractions in Kent have been able to open. The second phase of the government's easing of lockdown has come into force today. Our reporters have been out across the county speaking to shoppers, business owners and even those getting a hair cut. Also in today's podcast - the head of public health in Medway urges us all to go careful, despite the easing of lockdown. We hear from...


Podcast: Kent pays tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, following his death aged 99

Tributes have been paid across Kent following news the Duke of Edinburgh has died aged 99. Buckingham Palace say Prince Philip passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Religious leaders, MPs and council chiefs and some of you have been sharing thoughts on his life and work alongside the Queen. Also in today's podcast - hear from the Kent mum calling for tougher sentences for those convicted of child cruelty after her ex was locked up for just a year for breaking their baby's...


Podcast: Under 30s in Kent to be offered alternatives to the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Under 30s in Kent are going to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. It's as researchers look into a link between the jab and cases of blood clots in younger people. Medics say they chance of developing one is incredibly rare - hear from Strood GP Dr Julian Spinks. Also in today's podcast - a music venue owner says around a third of his audience might not turn up if they have to show a Covid passport to get tickets. We've been to one of Kent's most historic high...


Podcast: Vanished without a trace - the families of missing people from Kent speak out

More than 30 people from Kent have been missing for over 20 years. In today's Podcast we hear from the relatives of some of those who have spent more than a decade wondering what has happened to their loved one. Oliver Kemp joins Nicola Everett to talk about his special report 'Vanished without a trace' - which features the stories of Louise Kerton, Rebecca Carr and Herbert Conolly. Also in today's podcast, find out why there are calls for CCTV to be reinstalled in a park in...


Podcast: Covid passports could be introduced in order to see large scale events and foreign travel resume

There's a debate over whether so-called Covid passports should be introduced in order to see large scale events and foreign travel resume. The Prime Minister's confirmed the idea is being looked into but not decision has been made. The certificates would prove that someone has had the vaccine. Find out what some of you think about the idea. Also in today's podcast, former Kent Superbike champion Shane Byrne apologises for his behaviour on the winners podium eight years ago. A scheme to help...


Podcast: Second Covid vaccines will still be available despite mass vaccination centres temporarily closing

There's a reminder that second Covid vaccines will still be given to people in Kent, even though mass vaccination centres are temporarily closing. It's because of a national reduction in supply of the vaccine. We speak to Dr Julian Spinks who explains what will be happening next. Also in today's podcast, one of the bosses at Buckmore Park karting circuit chats frankly about its uncertain future. Find out why there's been a protest outside Kent's biggest hospital. And, we get reaction...


Podcast: Impact of schools reopening on Covid cases in Kent revealed

As schools prepare to break up for Easter we've been looking at whether Covid testing in secondaries has been a success. Students have had to do two tests a week since returning to class earlier this month in a bid to reduce the number of bubbles or year groups having to isolate. Hear from Alan Brookes who is the head of the Kent Association of Headteachers. Also in today's podcast - is the daily commute a thing of the past? After a year of home working, we find out why many will decide...


Podcast: Uncertain future for Kent's Buckmore Park karting circuit as planning bid is turned down

The future of a famous karting circuit in Kent is hanging in the balance after a planning bid was turned down. Bosses at Buckmore Park, where the likes of Lewis Hamilton started his career, had wanted to make some changes to the site to generate income. Kentish Express news editor and motorsport fan Dan Wright chats about its history and what could happen next. Also in today's podcast - there's another warning not to break Covid rules in the warm weather. Work for the Royal Navy is...


Podcast: Kent basks in the sunshine as lockdown eases and friends and family meet outside

It's the day we've been waiting months for - we're now able to meet with small groups of friends and family outside. And the sun shone on Kent as the latest phase of lifting lockdown took effect. We've been chatting to some of you along with health bosses and a wedding planner as the rule of six came into force. However, a Kent charity is warning that for some people with learning difficulties, coming out of lockdown with been a challenging time. Hear from the regional director of the...


Podcast: The 17-year-old who worked on a Covid ward

- In today's episode, we speak to a clinical support worker who was redeployed to a Covid ward at Maidstone Hospital when she was just 17. - Also, people misbehaving on beaches in Thanet could be fined 100-pounds, to avoid a repeat of last summer. - And... a woman from Ashford's launched an online site to raise awareness of a rare debilitating condition which she suffers from.


Podcast: Possibility of Covid vaccine passport for pubs

In today's podcast: - There are suggestions vaccine passports could be needed to go the pub. Hear from the Chief Exec of Shepherd Neame, which is Kent's oldest brewery. - Also, It's understood Kent's mass Coronavirus vaccine sites could temporarily close, due to a shortage of jabs. We speak to Dr Julian Spinks, a GP from Medway. - A woman from Tunbridge Wells has started a petition to improve street lighting in the towns parks. - And... Maidstone is getting its own version of...


Podcast: John Lewis stores in Ashford and Tunbridge Wells to stay shut

- In today's podcast, we hear from Jo James from the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, after it was confirmed John Lewis stores in Ashford and Tunbridge Wells won't be reopening. - Also in the podcast, we hear from a Gravesham teenager about the challenges of securing a job during the Covid-19 crisis. - And... plans have been unveiled to overhaul the UK's asylum system, but charities say it won't stop people crossing the Channel to Kent in small boats.


Podcast: Kent - A year in lockdown

Today marks one year since Kent, and the rest of the UK, entered the first Coronavirus lockdown. In this episode, we reflect on the events of the past 12 months. Also in today's podcast, the MP for Dartford has chaired a debate about a controversial new £3.50 charge for people crossing the border between Dartford and Bromley. And, hear about a new animal project being carried out by the Aspinall Foundation.


Podcast: Kent MP reacts to the potential EU blocking of AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccines to the UK

In today's podcast: - The Care Minister and MP for Faversham, Helen Whately, is calling for the UK and EU to "work together" to ensure the UK's Covid vaccine supply is not impacted. - A Kent charity says new immigration plans won't stop people making dangerous journeys to get to Kent. - Tonbridge and Malling's Tom Tugendhat wants the maximum sentence for child cruelty offences to be increased to life imprisonment. - A paperboy from Medway's saved a 94-year-old woman's life, after...


Podcast: Redevelopment of Nasons and Debenhams in Canterbury delayed amid water pollution fears

The redevelopment of two former department stores in Canterbury has been delayed because of fears over water pollution. Contamination at Stodmarsh lakes has already led to a number of housing developments in east Kent being put on hold. The chief exec of Canterbury BID tells the KentOnline Podcast what the implications are for the city. Also in the podcast, the government's considering Covid certificates as a way of mass gatherings being able to go ahead this summer - we find out what you...


Podcast: Inquest into death of Sarah Everard opens in Kent

An inquest into the death of Sarah Everard has opened in Kent. The 33 year-old's body was found in woodland near Ashford last week after she disappeared while walking home in London. Hear from our reporter who was at County Hall in Maidstone. Also in today's podcast, we have the latest on delays to Covid jabs and what it could mean for you. A skateboarder who ended up in a scuffle with a police officer in Canterbury speaks out. There's a warning to children about the dangers of railway...


Podcast: Claims Covid rules at a Kent McDonald's were ignored to be investigated

An internal investigation has been launched by McDonald's following claims Covid rules at a Kent branch were ignored. Workers at a restaurant in the county have raised concerns - our reporter Oliver Kemp has the details. Also on today's podcast we speak to the man who has been at the helm of one of Kent's most well known charities for the past six years. Ryan Campbell is the chief exec of Demelza hospice care for children but has announced he'll be leaving in May. Tom Grennan has been...


Podcast: Police officer appears in court via video link charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard

A serving Met police officer from Deal has appeared at the Old Bailey via video link charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. The 33 year-old's body was found in woodland near Ashford last Wednesday, a week after she disappeared from Clapham in London. Hear the very latest on the investigation as searches continue in parts of the county. Also in today's podcast, a Kent MP say we still need to be very careful when it comes to lifting lockdown restrictions. It's just under two...


Podcast: Police search new site in Kent as part of Sarah Everard investigation

Another site in Kent is being searched as part of the Sarah Everard investigation. Police have cordoned off areas of Sandwich with divers among those drafted in. Over the weekend a serving Met police officer from Deal appeared in court charged with the 33 year-old's kidnap and murder. Hear from our reporters in Sandwich and also at the site where Sarah's body was found near Ashford. Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale speaks about the police response to a vigil close to where Sarah Everard...


Podcast: Body found in Ashford woodland is that of Sarah Everard

Police have confirmed a body found in woodland near Ashford is that of missing Sarah Everard. The discovery was made on Wednesday, a week after the 33-year-old went missing while walking home in Clapham in London. We have the latest from reporters at the search site in Great Chart and also a disused garage which used to belong to the family of the Met police officer being held on suspicion of murder. Also in today's podcast, land in north Kent earmarked for a huge theme park has been...