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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: ‘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.


Podcast: Calls for Kent authorities to help more people fleeing Afghanistan

A Maidstone Councillor is calling for local authorities to do more to house people trying to flee Afghanistan. Also today, more needs to be done by Kent Police to keep vulnerable children safe Parents in Kent are being encouraged to regularly test their children for coronavirus before they head back to school. We speak to TV's Dr Ranj. And people at Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend will be able to get their coronavirus vaccine at pop-up clinics. Hear from the co-founder of...


Podcast: Latest figures show rise in coronavirus cases and deaths in Kent

The number of coronavirus deaths in Kent has more than tripled in the space of a month, as cases continue to rise. Meanwhile, police have released bodycam footage of the moment they tasered a burglar before he was arrested. Also in today's podcast, a French MP is defending how his country deals with the number of asylum seekers crossing the English Channel. And, the Gillingham boss has suggested he could leave the club after more injury troubles following their league cup defeat.


Podcast: New daily record as 828 asylum seekers travel across Channel to Kent

A record number of asylum seekers were intercepted by the UK while crossing the English Channel on Saturday. Meanwhile, more than £4,500 has been raised to help young Afghan refugees here in Kent. We speak to Bridget Chapman from the Kent Refugee Action Network. Also in todays podcast, there are calls for urgent action to improve the sewerage network in part of Kent following leaks from a sewage treatment works. And we speak to Kent's Will Bayley ahead of the Paralympics in Tokyo.


Podcast: Boy appears in court accused of stabbing 16-year-old girl

A Sittingbourne teenager will go on trial next January accused of trying to murder a 16-year-old girl with a physical disability Also on today's podcast, the number of children being arrested by Kent Police has fallen by 76 per-cent over the last decade. We speak to Andrew Neilson from The Howard League for Penal Reform. People living near a cliff that collapsed on the Isle of Sheppey say they'll keep trying to fix the problem themselves, despite being warned to stop. And hear from...


Podcast: Refugees in Kent 'terrified' of being returned to Afghanistan

We’ve been told asylum seekers in the county are terrified they'll be returned to Afghanistan. We speak to Bridget Chapman from the Kent Refugee Action Network and Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield. Also on today's podcast, it's claimed one of Kent's oldest pubs is being "beaten and bruised" by motorists treating a village high street as a "rat run”. It’s feared the A&E department at a Kent Hospital can no longer cope with growing patient numbers. And Gillingham take on Morecambe in...


Podcast: Owner reveals plans to open fire-gutted restaurant by October

The owner of a restaurant which was gutted in a huge fire has revealed ambitious plans to reopen in just six weeks time. We hear from Ciaran O'Quigley, owner of Mu Mu in Maidstone. Also on today’s podcast, residents in Sittingbourne are concerned that a major new housing development could strip the ‘rural character’ of the area. And, TV host and comedian Alan Carr has been spotted filming in a much-loved part of the Kent coast.