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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: Insulate Britain protests at Dover and panic buying at petrol stations causes disruption

Two stories are dominating the news in Kent today - protesters blockading the Port of Dover and drivers panic buying petrol. In today's podcast hear why Insulate Britain are still blocking roads in the county despite a warning they could go to jail. We've also been hearing from people stuck in the delays and getting reaction from South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay. Meantime, there have been long queues at petrol stations across the county as some struggle to get supplies of fuel. It's...


Podcast: Vigil to take place in Margate in memory of teacher Sabina Nessa who was killed in Kidbrooke Village

A vigil is going to take place in Kent in memory of a teacher who police believe may have been murdered as she made a five minute journey to meet a friend. Sabina Nessa is thought to have been killed in a park in Kidbrooke Village last Friday night - the 28-year-old's body was found near a community centre the following day. Naomi Gale from Margate is encouraging women to gather in the town at the same time a similar vigil is held in south-east London. Also in today's podcast, drivers on...


Podcast: Southeastern investigate claims an employee ignored a woman having an epileptic seizure on a train

Southeastern has launched an investigation following claims an employee ignored a woman having an epileptic seizure on a train. A video has been posted on Instagram by the woman who confronted the worker after recovering. Also in today's podcast, climate change protesters who cause disruption on the M25 could now face a prison sentence. National Highways has been granted an injunction against Insulate Britain who've blockaded the motorway at Dartford and Swanley in recent...


Podcast: Sheppey hits back after jibe from Seasalter residents over holiday park plans

People living in Seasalter have hit a nerve with those on Sheppey after making a jibe at the island. Residents claims plans to expand a holiday park with more than 90 new mobile homes would make the seaside village near Whitstable 'become like Sheppey'. That's not gone down well with people who call the 'sunkissed isle' home - including our reporter John Nurden. Hear what he had to say. Also in today's podcast, a Kent woman's spoken about being groomed online when she was barely a teenager....


Podcast: Insulate Britain protesters arrested before getting onto M25 near Dartford Crossing

Twelve people have been arrested as they attempted to block part of the M25 in Kent. Insulate Britain had warned they were planning to cause more disruption as part of their climate change protest. They blocked the motorway on three days last week leading to hours of delays for frustrated drivers and now London's Mayor has had his say. Also on today's podcast, a woman who received abuse online after being confused for a criminal who has the same name has spoken about the impact it's had on...


Podcast: Robbers live stream police chase through Dartford before being stopped on the A2

Knife-point robbers who live-streamed themselves being chased by police have been jailed for a total of more than nine years. Hear the moment the gang appealed for other drivers to try and stop the patrol cars following them. They were eventually stopped on the A2 - you can also hear the footage captured on an officer's body worn camera. Also in today's podcast, Kent's young football referee of the year has spoken out about the abuse he's suffered on the pitch. 18-year-old Josh Williams...


Podcast: ‘Britain‘s strictest head teacher‘ brought in to The Abbey School, Faversham

A man who has been dubbed 'Britain's strictest head teacher' has been drafted in to a school in Kent to improve behaviour. Barry Smith has been at the Abbey School in Faversham - but many parents have been left outraged. One claims her child has missed lessons after being made to go to a 'discipline assembly' and chant about behaviour. The school says a lot of misinformation is being spread. Hear the thoughts of a former Kent headteacher who is now an education advisor. Also in today's...


Podcast: Insulate Britain protesters glue their hands to the M25 in Kent

For the second time in three days, protesters from Insulate Britain have caused major disruption on the M25. They blocked the motorway at Dartford with some campaigners gluing their hands to the road. We've been speaking to the group to find out how long they plan to continue their campaign of disruption - plus we have your views and hear from a mum who was delayed in getting her autistic son to school. Also in today's podcast, firefighters have been tackling a huge fire at a National...


Podcast: Kent‘s youngest drag queen, Miss Oatie T, speaks about being inspired by RuPaul‘s Drag Race UK

A 12-year-old drag queen from Broadstairs has revealed how he's been inspired by RuPaul's Drag Race UK and thinks it could lead to a full-time career. Miles Pullman performed in front of thousands at Canterbury Pride at the weekend and has been speaking along with his mum Nicola. Also in today's podcast, the government has revealed its plan to deal with Covid this winter. Ministers say going into a national lockdown is a 'last resort' and they are hoping booster jabs will avoid that. We've...


Podcast: Climate protests and roadworks cause traffic misery for Kent drivers

There's been traffic misery for thousands of drivers in Kent today. Climate protestors caused lengthy delays on parts of the M25 after blocking slip roads by sitting on the carriageway and holding up banners. In Medway, six months of roadworks have started leading to some companies fearing customers will stay away. And new rules have been brought in in Faversham as major work to install traffic lights continues. Also in today's podcast, we're being given the chance to take part in the...


Podcast: Man dies in light aircraft crash near Ashford

A man has died following a light aircraft crash in Ashford. Find out what we know so far. Kent's Emma Raducanu is through to the final of the US Open tennis in New York. The 18-year-old is the first qualifier to reach the final of any Grand Slam. Hear what she had to say after the game and from her former coach. Also in today's podcast, we've got more reaction to the home secretary's plan to turn around asylum seeker boats in the Channel in a bid to stop them getting to Kent. The tactic is...


Podcast: Homeless man in Canterbury reveals the harsh reality of life on the streets

A homeless man has spoken frankly about the harsh realities of sleeping rough. Michael Cordes has been on the streets of Canterbury since May. In just three months, he's been robbed, urinated on and had his tent set on fire. The 38 year-old is hoping that by speaking out he'll change people's opinions of those on the streets and make them more compassionate. Also in today's podcast, there's been a major development in how people trying to cross the Channel to Kent in small boats could be...


Podcast: Happy Pants animal ranch planning application described as ‘whack‘ after website blunder

The founder of an animal sanctuary has described the moment she thought she'd have to close it down after a planning application was supposedly turned down - describing it as 'whack'. The Happy Pants ranch want to stay on their site in Bobbing and have an application in with the council. They've now been told a software issue was to blame and an investigation is under way. Also in today's podcast, the boss of Britain's oldest brewery in Kent says another lockdown in October would be a...


Podcast: Boy, 13, attacked with wrench at Longmead Park, Tonbridge is lucky not to have been paralysed

A teenage boy has been told he is lucky not to have been paralysed after being attacked with a wrench at a park in Tonbridge. Freddy Wheatley was taken to hospital with severe bruising after it happened in Longmead Park on Saturday. He's spoken of the moment and his mum has explained why she has started a petition calling for CCTV cameras to be installed. Also in today's podcast, Boris Johnson has announced plans to reform social care. It'll see National Insurance contributions increase...


Podcast: Nightmare school run for parents in Medway as roadworks cause delays and children left at bus stop

It's been a stressful return to school for pupils and parents in parts of Medway. In Rainham, emergency gas works and planned roadworks caused long delays as some children returned to class for the first time after the summer break. In Wainscott as many as 40 youngsters were left stranded at a bus stop because the service meant to take them to school was already full. Hear from a mum whose son was among those needing to get a lift to class. Also on today's podcast, it's feared a rise in...


Podcast: Calls for docking bays in Canterbury after e scooters left dumped on pavement

There are calls for docking bays to be installed in Canterbury after reports of e scooters being left dumped on pavements. The vehicles are part of a trial in the city but have led to concerns over safety and vandalism. Hear from a worried resident and the response from the council leader. Also in today's podcast, businesses on the A2 near Faversham say they're worried about roadworks which are due to take place over several weekends. The manager of a new hotel in Ashford has spoken...


Podcast: Tributes paid to 2-year-old from Dartford who died in crash on A267 which also killed his dad

Tributes have been paid to a two-year-old boy from Dartford who's died following a crash which also killed his dad. Joshua Hoyle was in the car that collided with three other vehicles on the A267 Tunbridge Wells Road last month. Police have confirmed he later passed away in hospital. His mum has released a statement as investigations continue. Also in today's podcast, the man who represents headteachers in Kent says staff are keen to welcome children back after the summer break - but they...


Podcast: A Kent man who is stuck in Afghanistan fears he will be killed by the Taliban

A Kent man who was unable to get on a flight out of Afghanistan fears he will be killed by the Taliban. The man - who has a wife and children - says he has contacted the British Government for help, but heard nothing since troops left the country. He's spoken out as Kent MP Tom Tugendhat questions foreign secretary Dominic Raab on the situation and how prepared the UK was for a mass evacuation. Also in today's podcast - will you make a return to commuting after the pandemic? The people...


Podcast: Tesco Express petrol station in Larkfield damaged in ram-raid

A petrol station has been damaged after being targeted by ram-raiders. The Tesco Express in Larkfield has been taped off after it happened in the early hours of this morning. Hear from our reporter who's been at the scene and a local councillor. Also in today's podcast, a Faversham mum is calling for assessments for ADHD to be much quicker after her teenage daughter had to wait years before being diagnosed. Business owners in part of north Kent say their livelihoods are at risk if plans...


Podcast: Biker, 21, killed in crash

A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash in Ashford Also today, Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat says he's worried about people in Afghanistan still trying to flee the country. A new report's raised concerns about the quality of care being provided at a mental health hospital in Dartford And hear from Steve Evans and Kyle Dempsey ahead of Gillingham's League One game with Shrewsbury Town tomorrow.