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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: Landlord of The Green Man Pub near New Ash Green vows to re-open as soon as possible

The landlord of a village pub that was destroyed in a fire has vowed to get it re-open as soon as possible. The Green Man was completely gutted in the blaze which broke out during a storm in the early hours of last Thursday. Alex Brooks has spoken to the KentOnline Podcast about their plans for the future after what has already been an incredibly tough year because of Covid. Also in today's episode, we have some of your views as a new emergency alert system is tested out by the...


Podcast: Isle of Grain Co-op damaged in ram raid and men arrested following police chase

Two men have been arrested following a ram raid at a Co-op store in Medway. It happened on the Isle of Grain in the early hours - we bring you all the information we have so far. Also on today's podcast, the mum of a baby boy with an incredibly rare condition is making an appeal for any experts to get in touch and help. We speak to the fundraising boss at Demelza near Sittingbourne as Children's Hospice Week gets underway. Find out why a trail of brightly coloured elephants have been...


Podcast: East Kent Hospitals fined £733K over death of baby Harry Richford following birth at QEQM in Margate

A Kent hospital trust has been fined following the death of a baby. Harry Richford was just seven days old when he passed away following a traumatic birth at the QEQM in Margate in 2017. East Kent Hospitals admitted providing unsafe care and treatment to both Harry and his mum Sarah. Also in today's podcast, buses that don't produce harmful emissions are being tested in part of Kent. A fundraising campaign for a statue of Dame Vera Lynn on the White Cliffs of Dover has been launched....


Podcast: Fire destroys The Green Man pub near New Ash Green

The owners of a Kent pub says she's lost everything after the building was destroyed by fire. The blaze at The Green Man in Hodsoll Street near New Ash Green broke out in the early hours of this morning. Hear from neighbours who saw the flames and are shocked by the damage. Also in today's podcast, how would you feel about working from home permanently? The government's said to be considering a change in the law which would mean employers would have to prove it was essential for staff to...


Podcast: Weather warning for thunderstorms in Kent as the spell of hot weather comes to an end

The recent spell of hot, sunny weather in Kent is set to come to an abrupt end from tonight. Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms from 6pm until 9am Saturday - and it's feared so much rain could fall in a short space of time it may cause flooding. We've spoken to Earl Bourner from KCC Highways to find out how prepared they are for the bad weather. Also in today's, it's being reported it could be made compulsory for care home workers to have the Covid vaccine. A...


Podcast: Reaction to 'freedom day' delay and figures reveal a huge increase in stalking cases in Kent

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...


Podcast: 'Freedom day' set to be delayed following a surge in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus

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...


Podcast: Euro2020 kicks off a year late with England fans hoping football will be coming home

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...


Podcast: Gillingham chairman says 'taking the knee' before football matches should end

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...


Podcast: 19-year-old George Knights from Rochester found guilty of murdering Stephen Chapman

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...


Podcast: Met police officer from Kent admits kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard

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...


Podcast: Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre prepares to reopen after being closed for more than 400 days due to Covid

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...


Podcast: Criticism of decision to remove Portugal from UK travel green list

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...


Podcast: Asylum seekers win High Court challenge over conditions at Folkestone's Napier Barracks

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. We...


Podcast: Leading headteacher slams government's £1.4bn of funding to help pupils catch-up

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...


Podcast: Surge testing takes place in Canterbury as cases of Indian Covid variant rise

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...


Podcast: Increase in cases of Indian Covid variant in Kent leads to concerns restrictions ending on June 21 will be postponed

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...


Podcast: Owners of Adventure Kidz soft play centre in Aylesford say staff are being verbally abused on a daily basis

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...


Podcast: Kent MP quizzes Dominic Cummings on government's response to Covid

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...


Podcast: Tony's Law could become reality as amendment to Policing Bill put forward by MP Tom Tugendhat

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...