Events in Kent have been cancelled and the pubs won't be bursting at the seems during the Euros after it was confirmed the easing of all Covid restrictions has been delayed. The Prime Minister confirmed last night the date has been moved from June 21 to July 19. It's due to a rise in cases of the Delta variant and it's hoped the four week delay will give the NHS extra time to vaccinate more adults. Hear from Medway's public health boss, the leader of Kent County Council and the chief exec of...
The lifting of all remaining coronavirus restrictions is expected to be delayed following a rise in cases of the Delta variant. At the time of recording today's podcast, the Prime Minister was preparing to address the nation a week ahead of so-called 'freedom day'.
June 21 was set out in the roadmap as the date when all social distancing could be removed - but there was always a warning that dates could change depending on the data at the time. We hear from a bride-to-be who should have...
It may be a year later than planned, but Euro2020 finally kicks off tonight.
The tournament has been delayed by 12 months because of the pandemic but fans will be hoping the good weather continues and they can watch on big screens across the county.
Our sports editor Matthew Panting has the low down on England's group and who could be in the running to lift the trophy.
We'll also hear from a pub boss who's looking forward to welcoming supporters over the next few weeks.
Also in today's...
There's a debate today as to whether footballers should still 'take the knee' before matches. Ahead of the Euros kicking off tomorrow the Gillingham chairman has called for the protest to end.
It comes after some England fans booed the national team ahead of a friendly at the weekend. Hear what Gareth Southgate said at the time, from shoppers in Gillingham and what you've been saying on our socials. Also in today's podcast, a Kent MP has been quizzing the Health Secretary about the...
Hear the moment a teenager who'd killed a man and dumped his body in a wheelie bin filled with acid told police he knew nothing about his disappearance.
19-year-old George Knights from Delce Road in Rochester has been convicted of murdering Stephen Chapman in October last year.
Also in today's episode, as a report out today reveals we spend more time online in the UK than ever before, a woman has spoken out about how she used the internet to make money during lockdown.
Kaitlin, not her...
A Met police officer from Kent has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard.
Wayne Couzens was arrested after the 33-year-old disappeared while walking home in London in March - hear what happened today at the Old Bailey.
Also in today's podcast we have an incredible story of recovery.
A Canterbury student was given just a 2% chance of survival following a crash on the M2 - now her sister has spoken about her amazing fight for life as she prepares to...
On today's podcast we're joined by the chief executive of Kent's biggest theatre as it prepares to reopen for the first time in more than a year.
The Marlowe in Canterbury closed at the start of the first lockdown and hasn't been able to welcome an audience for more than 400 days.
Tomorrow the curtain will go up on musical Six in front of socially distanced theatre-goers.
Chief executive Deborah Shaw tells us what it has been like getting ready for this moment.
Also in the podcast, Kent...
A Kent travel agent has said he's 'shocked' by the government's decision to take Portugal off the UK's travel green list.
Hear from Chris Scoble from Go Scoble in Tunbridge Wells.
It means anyone who can't get back from the country before next Tuesday, June 8, will have to isolate for 10 days. Those still travelling there after that date will also have to quarantine when they get home.
Lauren Hampshire lives near Maidstone and has just returned from a week in Portugal, she tells the...
A group of asylum seekers have won a High Court challenge over conditions at Folkestone's Napier Barracks.
They took legal action against the Government, with their lawyers calling the camp 'squalid'.
Public Health England had previously warned about conditions there. We have reaction from Kent Refugee Action Network and a statement from the Home Office.
Also in today's podcast, Covid testing is being carried out in part of Maidstone after cases of the Indian variant were identified.
A leading headteacher has launched a scathing attack on the government's plans to help children catch-up after the pandemic.
Education secretary Gavin Williamson has pledged £1.4 billion to fund 100 million hours of tutoring for disadvantaged youngsters.
But Alan Brookes, who is chair of the Kent Association of Headteachers, says it doesn't go anywhere near far enough.
Also in today's podcast, find out why paramedics in parts of Kent are going to start wearing body cameras.
And we hear...
Surge testing is underway in Canterbury following a rise in the number of cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus.
People living, studying and working in two postcode areas are being urged to get checked.
Hear from Kent's acting public health boss.
We also have the result of a poll asking if you think all Covid restrictions should still be lifted on June 21.
Also in today's podcast - our court reporter Sean Axtell has been at a new Nightingale court set up in Kent to help deal with a...
The government's being urged to say whether it still intends to go ahead with easing all coronavirus lockdown restrictions on June 21.
It's as cases of the Indian variant continue to rise - including in Kent.
We've been speaking to the acting public health boss in the county about where increased testing is being encouraged and also to Strood GP Dr Julian Spinks about the vaccine roll-out.
Also in today's podcast, there's been a big increase in the number of children in Kent needing...
The owners of a soft play centre that has only just been able to reopen say staff are being verbally abused on a daily basis.
Adventure Kidz in Aylesford welcomed back customers last week after being closed for almost an entire year.
Hear from Andrew Moody who says he's already fed up with how his workforce are being treated by parents.
Also in today's podcast - there's more reaction to Dominic Cummings claims about the government's response to Covid.
Hear from a former special advisor...
The Tunbridge Wells MP has been questioning the Prime Minister's former chief adviser about the government's initial response to the coronavirus pandemic. Greg Clark chairs the science and technology which called Dominic Cummings to give evidence - hear what he had to say plus we have analysis from our political editor. Also in today's podcast, testing has been stepped up at the University of Kent following a rise in Covid cases, including of the Indian variant - hear from students who...
A law named after a little boy from Kent who needed both legs amputated after being abused by his birth parents is closer to becoming reality.
Tony Hudgell's adopted mum Paula has been campaigning for the past three years and is being backed by Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat who's put forward an amendment to the Policing Bill.
Also in today's podcast, it's a year since the murder of George Floyd in America - we find out if racial inequality is still a problem in Kent.
A rare black...
The landlady of a new micropub in Thanet has been hitting the headlines after saying she only wants to employ women. The Pub Ramsgate opened last week as part of the Bell & Beerling Pubs franchise - boss Max Bell has been chatting to the podcast.
Also today, walks and silences have taken place in memory of Kent PCSO Julia James. We were at an event in Aylesham not far from where she lived and was killed while out walking her dog. Exhausted NHS staff at hospitals in parts of Kent are being...
People living on a notorious estate in Maidstone are being asked what they think about multi-million pound plans to transform it.
Our reporter Liane Castle has been to Shepway to see for herself.
Also in today's podcast, Kent's police and crime commissioner is calling on the government to stop trials of e scooters, find out why.
Groups across the country are due to walk in memory of Kent PCSO Julia James this weekend.
We've been speaking to the organiser of the event.
A school in...
The government has announced plans for a big shake-up of the rail industry.
We find out what it could mean for you and speak to campaigners representing commuters.
Also in the podcast, a teenager has gone on trial accused of murdering a man whose body was found in a wheelie bin in Rochester.
Levels of child poverty in Kent have been revealed in a new report - hear from the End Child Poverty Coalition who researched the data.
And in football, a player from Kent has signed for Chelsea -...
The Prime Minister has attempted to clear-up any confusion over where we can travel abroad for a holiday following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. A traffic light system was introduced on Monday putting countries in categories of red, amber or green. Hear what Boris Johnson had to say at Prime Minister's Questions today after the government was accused of giving mixed messages. We've also been speaking to a Tunbridge Wells based travel agent and a mum and daughter from...
Around 20 cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus have been detected in Kent. Scientists testing Covid samples have found something known as the S gene. It's present in the Indian mutation of the virus but not the Kent variant which spread rapidly at Christmas time. Hear from Kent's acting director of public health on what's being done to deal with it. Also in today's podcast we hear from a leading lawyer and from Victim Support about the criminal justice system in Kent. Some court cases...