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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: Inquiry launched into violence against women and girls in Kent

Five-months after the death of Sarah Everard, an inquiry is being launched in Kent looking into violence against women and girls. Figures show a 9% rise in reports of domestic abuse in the county over the past year. Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott thinks many more cases are going unreported. Also in today's podcast, a record number of asylum seekers have crossed the Channel to Kent on small boats in a single day. Hear from Bridget Chapman from the Kent Refugee Action...


Podcast: Tributes are paid to Rory Baldwin who died after a night out in Rochester

Tributes have been paid to a young man who died after a night out in Rochester. Rory Baldwin went missing in the early hours of Saturday in The Vines area of the town - his body was found in nearby St Margaret's Street the following day. Teachers from Rainham Mark Grammar School have paid their respects while friends have laid flowers. Also in today's podcast, just over two weeks after all Covid restrictions in England were lifted, we've been finding out how many of you are still wearing...


Podcast: Sheppey United footballer Jahmal Howlett-Mundle speaks about his decision to come out as bisexual

A Sheppey United footballer has spoken about his decision to come out to his teammates as bisexual. Jahmal Howlett-Mundal was given a round of applause after gathering the squad before a game. He's been telling the KentOnline Podcast why he felt he had to be open with them and how he hopes others in the game will be inspired. Also in today's episode, a farmer speaks about their on going battle with criminals as stats show Kent is one of the worst affected places for rural crime. We're...


Podcast: Shop owner near Canterbury suffers racist abuse after asking customers to still wear a face mask

A shop owner near Canterbury has been racially abused after asking customers to continue wearing a face mask. Although restrictions were lifted a fortnight ago, Ranjit Dhaliwal has insisted that anyone coming into his store in Bridge has a face covering on. CCTV shows one customer hurling a shopping basket at Mr Dhaliwal. Also in today's podcast, a body's been found following a search for a young man who disappeared on a night out in Rochester. The amount of money spent on spy planes...


Podcast: 15 workers treated after chemical leak at Hermes depot in Aylesford

Workers at a Hermes depot in Aylesford have been treated by paramedics after a chemical leak. They suffered minor skin irritation after a substance leaked from a parcel they were handling at the site early this morning. Hear from our reporter Sean McPolin. Also in today's podcast, pregnant women are being encouraged to have the Covid vaccine after a rise in the number of mums-to-be being admitted to hospital. Holly from Maidstone gave birth to her son earlier this month and has told us...


Podcast: Ashford business owners fear they will suffer as up to 18-months of roadworks get under way

Business owners in Ashford are concerned they will be left out of pocket as up to 18-months of roadworks are due to get under way. The work on the so-called McDonald's roundabout at the Orbital Park junction is due to start on Monday and will replace it with traffic lights. Kentish Express news editor Dan Wright chats about the impact it's feared the work will have on the town. Also in today's podcast, new figures reveal just 3% of Kent Police's workforce come from BAME backgrounds. The...


Podcast: RNLI crew suffer abuse after rescuing asylum seekers attempting to cross the Channel to Kent

RNLI volunteers have been abused for rescuing asylum seekers from overcrowded dinghies. The chief executive of the charity has spoken out saying it is the right thing to go to the aid of those attempting to cross the Channel to Kent. Hear from two crew members who have been involved in rescues. Also in today's podcast, it's hoped Operation Brock will be removed from the M20 by this weekend. The contraflow was only installed just over a week ago, but MP Damian Green has told us it was...


Podcast: Owner speaks out after brewery destroyed by lightning

The operations manager at a Kent brewery has revealed thousands of litres of beer were destroyed in a blaze. The Good Things Brewing Co in Tunbridge Wells was struck by lightning, destroying the building. Also in today's podcast, there's a warning thousands of households in Kent are at risk of homelessness if temporary government funding is stopped. We speak to Chris Thomas from homeless charity Porchlight. University students in Kent have been telling us what they think about the...


Podcast: 16-year-old appears in court charged with attempted murder

A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a teenage girl was found stabbed in Sittingbourne. It happened near Highstead Road between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Police say the pair were known to each other. Also in today's podcast, we've been hearing from a Sittingbourne woman who caught Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Jenni Horn, who works at our sister newspaper The Medway Messenger, tested positive after noticing some...


Podcast: 16-year-old boy arrested after teenage girl found stabbed in Sittingbourne

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after a teenage girl was found stabbed in Sittingbourne. Police say the pair were known to each other and they're keen to hear from anyone who was in the area near Highstead Road between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Hear from KentOnline's Lauren Abbott who lives near to where police are continuing to investigate. Also in today's podcast, staff in 16 essential industries won't have to isolate if they get pinged by the NHS Covid app in a bid to...


Podcast: Funeral of Kent PCSO Julia James takes place at Canterbury Cathedral

The funeral of Kent PCSO Julia James has taken place at Canterbury Cathedral. The 53-year-old died after being attacked while out walking her dog not far from her home in Snowdown. This morning, people lined the streets in nearby Aylesham as the funeral procession passed by. During the service her daughter Bethan read a poem while tributes were paid by her son, friends and colleagues. Also in today's podcast, the number of deaths in care homes in Kent linked to Covid has been...


Podcast: Number of asylum seekers crossing Channel to Kent since January tops figure for all of 2020

The number of asylum seekers making the dangerous journey across the Channel to Kent in small boats this year has already topped the figure for the whole of 2020. Home Secretary Priti Patel has promised to take further action, and signed an agreement with France to increase the number of patrol boats along their coast. Hear what's been said in the Commons plus by an asylum group in the county. Also in today's podcast, a police officer has been praised for saving a man from a burning...


Podcast: A young woman from Margate has suffered a miscarriage after being attacked after the Euro2020 final

A young woman has spoken of the moment she was attacked following the Euro2020 final - leading to a miscarriage. Beth Newman, 18, was punched and kicked by a group of other women after leaving a pub in Margate. She spent four days in hospital and suffered seizures. Also in today's podcast, nightclub bosses in Kent say they have been left in the dark about vaccine passports. The Prime Minister is suggesting they're introduced at the end of September for anyone wanting to go to a...


Podcast: Coronavirus restrictions are lifted in Kent on 'Freedom Day'

All coronavirus restrictions in England have been lifted on so-called 'Freedom Day'. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks are no longer mandatory. But as cases across the country continue to rise, we've been finding out what you think. Hear from Carlie Pleasant from Sittingbourne who has Cystic Fibrosis and will continue to wear a face mask. We've also been speaking to a wedding planner who is hoping more couples will now book their big day. Operation Brock is back in place...


Podcast: Green campaigner in Kent warns urgent action is needed as Europe is hit by severe flooding

A Green campaigner in Kent has warned that urgent action is needed as severe floods hit Europe. Hear from Stuart Jeffery who says it's a clear sign of the effects of climate change. One of the towns in Germany that's been affected is twinned with Ashford. The council there has lowered its flag to half mast as we hear more than 100 people have lost their lives. Also on the podcast, Operation Brock is going to be installed on the M20 this weekend ahead of 'freedom day' on Monday. Roads...


Podcast: Owner of Maidstone's Mu Mu describes devastation of 'atrocious fire' at club

The owner of a popular Maidstone restaurant, bar and nightclub has released a statement after it was gutted by fire. Firefighters were called to Mu Mu on Week Street in the early hours of yesterday. Ciaran O'Quigley has described their devastation and called the blaze 'atrocious'. Also in today's podcast, a leading nutritionist from Whitstable has been reacting to new calls for a tax on sugary and salty foods. A government commissioned report has been published on how to try and tackle...


Podcast: Mu Mu bar, club and restaurant in Maidstone destroyed by fire

A popular bar, club and restaurant in the centre of Maidstone has been destroyed after a fire broke out. Crews were called to Mu Mu on Week Street at around 2.30am. Hear from our reporter who was one of the first on the scene - we've also got an update from firefighters and a resident who was woken by the blaze. Also in today's podcast, a former Gillingham footballer is calling for tough action to tackle racism in the game. Goalkeeper Jason Brown has received abuse in the past and been...


Podcast: Former Gillingham goalkeeper Jason Brown on racism in football and life in America

Former Gillingham footballer Jason Brown says now is the time to take tough action to tackle racism in football. The ex-goalkeeper suffered abuse as a player and has spoken after some of the England team were targeted following their defeat to Italy in the Euro2020 final. More than a million people have signed a petition calling for racists to be banned from games in England for life. Jason, who now lives in America, thinks things could go even further. He also chats about life in the...


Podcast: Thousands sign petition calling for racists to be banned from all football matches in England

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for anyone who racially abuses players to be banned from all football matches in England for life. It follows comments made towards Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after they missed penalties in the Euro2020 final against Italy. Hear from Gurvinder Sandher from the Kent Equality and Cohesion Council and Carol Stewart who heads up the Medway African and Caribbean Association. We've also been asking on socials what you think and...


Podcast: England fans moved on by police after hundreds gather in Maidstone following defeat to Italy in final of Euro2020

Police had to be called in to deal with hundreds of England fans who gathered in Maidstone after their Euro2020 defeat to Italy. Flares are said to have been set off as supporters converged on Jubilee Square following the final whistle. Meantime, Dover's MP has come in for criticism after suggesting England's Marcus Rashford should have concentrated more on practicing football than getting involved in politics. He campaigned for free school meals during the pandemic and missed a penalty...