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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: Inquest opens into deaths of four men in crash near Headcorn after service is held in Maidstone

Hundreds of people have lined streets in Maidstone to remember four men who died in a crash near Headcorn. Johnny Cash, his son Johnboy, Miles 'smiler' Cash and Jacko Cosgrove died when the car they were in hit a tree earlier this month as they travelled to watch the fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on TV. An inquest into their deaths has also got under way - hear from our reporter who was there. Also in today's podcast, millions of people are set to get a pay rise next year. The...


Podcast: Sisters speak out about abuse suffered at the hands of their grandad Paul Wallis from Canterbury

Two sisters from Canterbury have made the brave decision to speak out about the abuse they suffered at the hands of their grandad. Sophie and Toni Quirke were aged about eight and six when the abuse started. Paul Wallis from Hoades Wood Road in Sturry has now been sentenced to seven years in prison. Also in today's podcast, with less than a week to go until COP26 gets under way, the first ever Climate Action Week is taking place in Canterbury. Hear from Dr Carl Wright who's chair of the...


Podcast: Night porter goes on wrecking spree at Larkfield Priory Hotel causing almost £100k worth of damage

A man has admitted going on a wrecking spree at a hotel in Maidstone after getting frustrated with his job. A court's been told the rampage caused around £100,000 worth of damage at Larkfield Priory Hotel. Hear from our reporter Sean McPolin who covered the case. Also in today's podcast, a Palestinian refugee says a giant puppet of a young asylum seeker that's been visiting Kent will change perceptions. Amal arrived in Folkestone earlier in the week and has also visited Dover and Canterbury....


Podcast: Rules change to speed up the rollout of Covid booster jabs as cases continue to rise

The rules on booking coronavirus booster jabs have changed in a bid to speed up the rollout as cases continue to rise. NHS England's updating its website so anyone who had their second dose six months ago can book, even without an invitation. Hear from Kent GP Dr Julian Spinks on the pressures they're currently under. Also in today's podcast, Kent Test results are out today. The results will determine which children can apply for a place at a grammar school in the county for next September....


Podcast: Some Sheppey caravan owners fear financial demands could leave them homeless

Caravan owners on Sheppey say they fear some people could be left homeless after suddenly being told they need to pay thousands of pounds. Those with mobile homes over 10 years old at a number of sites are no longer going to be able to pay ground rent and water rates monthly. Hear from our reporter John Nurden who's been following the story. Also in today's podcast, are we heading for another national lockdown this winter? The business secretary has spoken out after health bosses called...


Podcast: Tyson Fury pays tribute to men killed in Headcorn crash while travelling to watch his fight

Tyson Fury has paid tribute to four men who died in a crash near Headcorn. They'd been travelling to watch the boxer's fight against Deontay Wilder on TV when the vehicle they were in hit a tree. A 15-year-old boy remains in a London hospital after being seriously injured. Also in today's podcast, the Archbishop of Canterbury has led a memorial service to MP Sir David Amess who was killed while holding a surgery in his constituency last Friday. Fellow MPs have also been paying tribute in...


Podcast: Tributes are paid to Sir David Amess who was killed in his constituency as the issue of MP‘s security is debated

As MPs pay tribute to Sir David Amess, the issue of their security is very much back on the agenda. The Southend West MP was killed while holding a surgery in a church in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday. Police are continuing to question a 25-year-old man. We've been speaking to Tonbridge and Malling's Tom Tugendhat on the abuse suffered by members of parliament. Police and crime commissioner Matthew Scott gives us his views on whether MPs should have security. Also in today's podcast, October is...


Podcast: Walderslade man facing jail for attack in Rochester which left firefighter in a coma

A Walderslade man has been told he faces going to prison for an attack which has left a firefighter in a coma. It happened when the pair met at a pub in Rochester High Street two years ago. Hear from our reporter at Maidstone Crown Court. Also in today's podcast, a report has raised concerns there aren't enough midwives at East Kent Hospitals Trust to keep women and babies safe. We've been speaking to the Care Quality Commission about their findings. At the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week a...


Podcast: GP league tables planned in bid to boost face-to-face appointments

GP surgeries are going to be rated on league tables as part of plans to improve services. The government has also announced millions of pounds aimed at improving access to doctors - although practices which don't provide an “appropriate” level of face-to-face appointments will not be eligible for the new funding. Hear from our resident health expert Dr Julian Spinks on the demands facing GPs. Meantime, a campaign is under way to try and reduce the amount of abuse being suffered by nurses and...


Podcast: Motorists and police drag Insulate Britain protesters from the M25 near the Dartford Crossing

Insulate Britain protesters have been arrested after blocking the M25 near the Dartford Crossing. Police were called to two demonstrations on the Essex side earlier this morning and detained 35 people. Hear from a retired GP who was among those to glue their hands to the carriageway. Also in today's podcast, a Kent MP has suggested fracking could be used to ease the current energy crisis. Thanet's Craig Mackinlay wants the UK to start exploring it as an option again. Mark Hood is a Green...


Podcast: Gravesend mum, 35, dies just months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer

A mum from Gravesend has died just months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Nicola Biddiscombe was told she had the disease while pregnant with her third child. Her family had been raising money in the hope she could get a potentially life-extending drug that is only available in America. Also in today's podcast, a no-swim zone remains in place at 14 beaches in Thanet after waste water leaked into the sea. There are calls for Southern Water to do more. A...


Podcast: Tributes paid after four men die in crash on Lenham Road, Headcorn

Tributes had been paid after four men died in a crash on a country lane in Headcorn. The car they were in hit a tree after coming off Lenham Road in the early hours of yesterday morning - hear from our reporter who's been to the scene. Also in today's podcast, teachers have been praised for the work they have done during the pandemic. We were at the Kent Teacher of the Year awards and have spoken to some of those who were honoured. Hundreds of pink and blue umbrellas have been suspended from...


Podcast: Tap water in thousands of Kent homes could be contaminated with E. coli

In today's podcast, thousands of people in Kent have been urged to boil their tap water after supplies were contaminated with E. coli. Our reporter, Oliver Kemp, has the details. Also today, we hear from campaigners who have held a protest against plans for thousands of new homes in Medway. A Kent homelessness charity has told the Kent Online podcast that thousands of households in the county are in danger of becoming homeless this winter. A new cinema is opening in Romney Marsh...


Podcast: A man has been taken to hospital in London following a stabbing in Chatham

A man has been taken to a London hospital following a stabbing in Chatham. Our reporter Alex Langridge has been at the scene. A 15-year-old girl from Canterbury reported missing along with her cousin who's 16 and from London, has been found. The pair were found at an address in Scotland. A protest about house building in Medway is due to take place outside a council meeting tonight. People aren't happy about the possibility of homes going on the site of Chatham Docks. People living...


Podcast: Folkestone man who posted racist video on Facebook after England‘s Euro 2020 final defeat walks free from court

A man who posted a racist video on Facebook following England's defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 has walked free from court. 50-year-old Bradford Pretty from Guildhall Street launched into a rant following the penalty shootout at Wembley in July. Hear what he said at the time and his reaction outside court. Also in today's podcast, there's a warning not to go into the sea at more than a dozen beaches in Kent after a waste water leak. The leader of Thanet Council has spoken out...


Podcast: Priti Patel announces independent inquiry into ”systematic failures” within policing following Sarah Everard‘s murder

The Home Secretary has announced an independent inquiry into "systematic failures" within policing following Sarah Everard's murder. The 33-year-old was kidnapped by a serving Met Police officer from Deal who is now serving a whole life term. Priti Patel has been speaking at the Conservative party conference. Hear what she had to say and find out from Kent's police and crime commissioner how £750,000 will be spent on keeping women safe in the county. Also in today's podcast, the mum of a...


Podcast: Woman begs Insulate Britain protesters to let her get to her sick mother in hospital in Canterbury

A woman has been filmed pleading with Insulate Britain protesters to let her get to see her sick mother in hospital in Canterbury. The footage, obtained by LBC, shows the tearful lady desperately trying to get through traffic after the blocked the Blackwall Tunnel. Campaigners have caused disruption for the fourth week in a row, with some again gluing their hands to the tarmac. Also in today's podcast, the head of the Metropolitan Police says she won't be quitting following the sentencing...


Podcast: Jelly Beans nursery in Ashford investigated by Ofsted following the death of a child

A nursery in Ashford has been closed following the death of a child. Ofsted has suspended the registration of Jelly Beans Day Nursery in the Kingsnorth part of town while an investigation is carried out. Reporter Rhys Griffiths has the details on what we know so far. Also in today's podcast, you can hear details on what the Met Police are promising to do to improve women's safety after one of their former officers was told he'll never be released from prison. Wayne Couzens from Deal was off...


Podcast: Former Met Police officer Wayne Couzens from Deal given full life term for murder of Sarah Everard

The man who murdered Sarah Everard while serving as a Metropolitan police officer will spend the rest of his life in prison. Wayne Couzens from Deal has been handed a whole life order by a judge at the Old Bailey. The 48-year-old was off duty when he falsely arrested Sarah before driving 80 miles to Kent where he raped and killed her. Hear from our reporter who has been covering the sentencing hearing today. You can also listen to the moment Couzens was questioned at his home about...


Podcast: Former Met Police officer Wayne Couzens ‘arrested‘ Sarah Everard for breaching Covid laws before murdering her

Former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens 'arrested' Sarah Everard before murdering her, a court has been told. The 48-year-old from Deal, who was a serving officer at the time, is being sentenced at the Old Bailey. 33-year-old Sarah disappeared while walking home in south London in March. Her body was found in woodland near Ashford a week later. Couzens admitted kidnap, rape and murder and two previous hearings. This is the first time detail about the killing has been revealed. Hear...