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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: Picture of man released by police investigating murder of PCSO Julia James

Police investigating the murder of PCSO Julia James have released a picture of a man they want to speak to. It was taken last Wednesday, the day after the 53-year-old's body was found near woodland not far from her home in Snowdown. Assistant chief constable Tom Richards has been speaking at a news conference. Also in today's podcast, one of the most famous names to graduate from an art uni in Medway has spoken about plans to close the campus. Earlier this week we told you how bosses at the...


Podcast: New sites searched as the hunt for the killer of PCSO Julia James enters a ninth day

New searches are taking place as part of the investigation into the murder of Kent PCSO Julia James. It is now nine days since the 53-year-old mum-of-two was found near woodland not far from her home in Snowdown. Police have today been scouring land in Womenswold about a kilometre away. Also in today's podcast, we hear the remarkable story of a man who has spent more than 100 days in intensive care in Thanet battling coronvirus. A mum is pleading for more to be done about air pollution...


Podcast: Picture of PCSO Julia James released by murder detectives

Police have released a picture of PCSO Julia James in what she was wearing the day she was killed. The 53-year-old had been walking her dog when she was attacked near woodland not far from where she lived in Snowdown. Detectives are hoping the image will jog the memories of anyone who was in the area last Tuesday afternoon. Also in today's podcast, our reporter Alex Jee is back at the scene of a house explosion in Ashford and has the latest on the emergency operation there. He's also spoken...


Podcast: Explosion in Ashford destroys home and leaves seven people injured

Seven people have been injured, two of them seriously, following an explosion at a house in Ashford. The blast happened just before 8am and led to a large fire. Hear from our reporter at the scene, a neighbour who heard it happen and a commander from Kent Fire and Rescue. Also in today's podcast, we're being urged to light candles tonight in memory of PCSO Julia James a week after her body was found near woodland close to her home. A murder investigation is continuing and police have...


Podcast: Police give update on investigation into murder of PCSO Julia James in Snowdown

Police have spoken for the first time about the murder of PCSO Julia James. The 53 year-old was found in a remote area of countryside not far from her home on Tuesday - she'd suffered severe head injuries. Hear from Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards and our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks who's in Snowdown. Also in today's podcast, the RAC are predicting the roads will be much busier this bank holiday following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Find out from Oliver Kemp which beach...


Podcast: Tributes paid to PCSO Julia James as murder investigation continues in Snowdown near Aylesham

Tributes have been paid to a Kent PCSO who was killed while walking her dog not far from her home. A murder investigation is under way after Julia James was discovered on Tuesday near woodland in Snowdown. Our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks has spent another day there speaking to residents who say they are worried to go out alone. Also in today's podcast, it's going to be illegal for under 18s to have Botox or cosmetic fillers after a bill brought by the Sevenoaks MP was passed. We hear from...


Podcast: Investigation under way after PCSO Julia James found dead in field in Snowdown near Aylesham

A major investigation is under way after the body of a serving police officer was found in a quiet hamlet. 53-year-old Julia James, who was a PCSO, was discovered in a field near Snowdown yesterday afternoon. Officers have confirmed her death is being treated as suspicious. Also in today's podcast, there's yet another reminder for younger people to take up the offer of a Covid vaccine. We speak to the man who spent six years parking in every single space in the car park of his local...


Podcast: Pair who spat in woman's face and bottled shopkeeper in Margate avoid jail

A man who spat in a woman's face and another who smashed a bottle over a shopkeeper's head in Margate have avoided being sent to prison. Canterbury Crown Court reporter Sean Axtell joins Nicola Everett on the podcast to chat through the case, why it took so long to get to court and why the judge decided not to lock the pair up. Also in today's episode, hear from the Kent MP who says Iran is holding a mother 'hostage' after Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for another year. Even more of...


Podcast: Chatham couple say they're the victims of a two year hate campaign because of their body art

A Chatham couple say they are the victims of a two year hate campaign because of their body art. Tattooists Paul and Annie Riggs have previously had the tyres on their cars let down and recently had graffiti spray painted on their front wall. They have spoken to the KentOnline Podcast about how it's making them feel. Also in today's episode, funds are being raised in Kent to help those in India following a huge surge in Covid cases. A Thanet food bank which helps hundreds of households...


Podcast: The Happy Pants Ranch in Bobbing could face £2.5k fine after complaint about noisy cockerels

The founder of an animal sanctuary near Sittingbourne says she's disappointed at the threat of a £2,500 fine following a complaint about noisy cockerels. The Happy Pants Ranch has provided a home to hundreds of unwanted or abandoned animals and recently moved to a new site. Despite being in the middle of the countryside, the council have been in touch to say people have complained about clucking and crowing. We hear from founder Amey James. Also in today's podcast, Medway Council has...


Podcast: The tragic story of a woman who fell 90ft down a hole in Medway that opened up beneath her

The tragic story of a woman who fell 90ft down a hole that opened up beneath her feet is told in today's podcast. Jean Thompson had been walking her young son to see his grandmother back in 1967. She disappeared when the huge void opened up and her body was never recovered. Hear from our reporter Chris Britcher who's been researching the story. Also in today's podcast - a man's been charged with attempted murder after a police officer was stabbed in Gravesend. We speak to the Trussell...


Podcast: Langley Beck ordered to clear land near Maidstone

A man who has lived on land near Maidstone for more than 30 years has been ordered to clear the site after being accused of turning it into a rubbish dump. Langley Beck has been caught up in a legal dispute with the local council. This week they secured a High Court injunction which gives him six months to clear the 14-hectares of land - he also can't live there anymore. Hear from our reporter Katie Heslop who visited Mr Beck at the site he's called home since the 1980s. Also in today's...


Podcast: The European Super League and what it could mean for Kent clubs as the fallout continues

There's more reaction in Kent today to the idea of a European Super League. Kent MP Tracey Crouch has been drafted in to carry out a football review after the plans angered many clubs and fans. The Prime Minister has even stepped in today saying he could change the law to block it. We hear from the manager of non-league Chatham Town and former chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, Folkestone's Damian Collins. Also in today's podcast - a lorry driver reacts to news...


Podcast: Hospital trust pleads guilty to unsafe care and treatment of baby Harry Richford who died at seven days old

A Kent hospital trust has pleaded guilty to the unsafe care and treatment of a baby who died at just seven days old. In the first case of its kind in the UK, East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust was taken to court by the Care Quality Commission following the death of Harry Richford in 2017. An inquest last year heard about a catalogue of failures by staff at the QEQM hospital in Margate. Today, Harry's parents have welcomed the plea and given their reaction. Also in the podcast - a Kent student is...


Podcast: Final preparations are made for Prince Philip's funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor

Final preparations are being made ahead of Prince Philip's funeral. The Archbishop of Canterbury will pronounce the blessing at the end of the service which is being held at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle tomorrow. We've been speaking to a Kent student who achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award on what his legacy will be. Also in today's podcast, families across Kent have been finding out what primary school their child will be going to in September. There's advice...


Podcast: Medics say pubs, bars and restaurants will need better ventilation as Covid restrictions are eased

Leading doctors say pubs, bars and restaurants will need better ventilation as Covid restrictions are eased. At the moment we can eat and drink outside but it's hoped the hospitality industry will be able to welcome us inside from May 17. The British Medical Association is wanting to highlight the importance of fresh air in reducing transmission - but one pub boss in Thanet says they're being targeted yet again. We've also been speaking to the president of Kent's student union after it...


Podcast: 100 days until the Tokyo Olympics - we speak to some of the Kent athletes hoping to be there

It's 100 days until the Olympics get underway in Tokyo. The Games were due to happen last summer but were delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. We've been speaking to Kent's Tom Bosworth, Kate French and Cheavon Clarke on training during lockdown and hopes for the next few months. Also in today's podcast we have the latest on a case at the High Court about the use of a former Army barracks in Kent to house asylum seekers. Would you buy a tweet or meme? Sounds crazy, but...


Podcast: James Jordan braves the shave for brain tumour charity in memory of his dad

Former Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan has shaved off his lockdown locks on live TV in memory of his dad. James, who lives in Kent with his wife Ola and one-year-old daughter, lost his dad to a brain tumour last month and has been determined to raise vital funds for research. Also in today's podcast - young people in Kent are being urged not to put off having the Covid vaccine, even though they might feel more ill than older people. We speak to a leading virologist on why that's...


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...