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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: Case of Omicron variant of Covid confirmed at Northfleet Technology College

A case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been confirmed at a school in Kent - believed to be the first case in the county. Someone at Northfleet Technology College near Gravesend tested positive early last week and has now been told they have the new strain - hear a statement released by the school. Meantime, another school in Kent is coming in for criticism after students were removed from lessons and given detentions for wearing face masks in class. Also in today's podcast,...


Podcast: Fears over Omicron Covid variant lead to Christmas parties being cancelled

Downing Street is insisting we don't need to cancel Christmas parties, despite rising cases of the Omicron Covid variant. Some firms have already called off celebrations even though large gatherings are still allowed under current restrictions. We've spoken to the boss of a pub chain in Thanet who says it's vital they have a good festive season. Also in today's podcast, a German teenager who suffered catastrophic brain injuries after being attacked in Canterbury is learning to walk...


Podcast: The Facebook users who reacted to the Channel tragedy with laughing emojis

A week on from the tragedy in the Channel which saw 27 men, women and children lose their lives, we decided to confront those on social media who reacted to it with a laughing emoji. The people died when the small boat they were in sank as it tried to reach the UK from France. While many reacted with anger and heartbreak, a number posted the cartoon laughing face on Facebook while reacting to a story we had shared. Hear from KentOnline editor Ed McConnell who decided to message some of...


Podcast: 5-year-old Herne Bay boy with rare Vici Syndrome fights for life with Covid

A little boy from Herne Bay who has an incredibly rare condition is fighting for his life in hospital after getting Covid. Rupert Moore is the only child in England known to have Vici Syndrome. Ollie joins the podcast to explain what it is and update us on the five-year-old's condition. Also in today's podcast, sentences for child abusers are set to increase following a campaign led by a Kent mum. Paula Hudgell has been leading calls for longer prison terms after adopting her son Tony who...


Podcast: Man charged with murder of missing Kent mum Alexandra Morgan

A man has appeared in court charged with murder following the disappearance of a mum-of-two from Sissinghurst. Alexandra Morgan was last seen on Remembrance Sunday as she filled her car with petrol. A 40-year-old man from East Sussex was charged late last night - hear from our reporter who was in court when he appeared earlier. Also in today's podcast, police are continuing to question three people after a man died when he was hit by a van in Chatham... The victim, who's in his 40s, was...


Podcast: Amazon warehouse in Dartford targeted on Black Friday by Extinction Rebellion protesters

A huge Amazon warehouse in Dartford has been blockaded by climate activists on Black Friday, it's busiest day of the year. Around 20 Extinction Rebellion campaigners arrived at the site in the early hours of this morning. Hear from our reporter at the scene and one of the protesters. We also have a statement from the local MP and a spokesperson from Amazon. Also in today's podcast, find out why the Home Secretary has been blocked from talks on the asylum crisis following the deaths of 27...


Podcast: Man arrested on suspicion of murder following disappearance of Alexandra Morgan near Cranbrook

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a mum-of-two who hasn't been seen since Remembrance Sunday. Alexandra Morgan was last seen at a petrol station near Cranbrook. A 40-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea has been arrested and officers are carrying out searches in three area. We have a statement from police. Also in today's podcast, hear from charities and MPs on the asylum crisis after 27 people died in the Channel. The men, women and children...


Podcast: Chatham man jailed for sending fake bomb to Covid vaccine factory in Wales

A Chatham man who sent a fake bomb to a Covid vaccine factory has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Hear the moment 54-year-old Anthony Collins was arrested in his bed and we have reaction from the police who investigated after the parcel arrived at the site in Wrexham in January. Also in today's podcast, we've been finding out about the work that's been done over the past year to transform a troubled estate in Maidstone. A task force involving the police, council and...


Podcast: Teenager given life sentencing for murdering Jaydon McFarlane in Ashford drugs gang war

A teenager has been told he will serve at least 20 years behind bars for murdering a former friend when rival gangs clashed in Ashford. 19-year-old Jaydon McFarlane died after being stabbed in the Brookfield Road area of the town in March last year. Osita Alagbaoso was found guilty following a trial earlier this year. Hear from our reporter who was in court today and the police officer who led the investigation. Also in today's podcast, councils across the country are going to be ordered to...


Podcast: former Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe speaks at funeral of Sir David Amess who was stabbed in Essex constituency

Former Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe has spoken at the funeral of her friend and colleague Sir David Amess. He died after being stabbed while meeting constituents in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex last month. A service has been held in Southend where the former shadow Home Secretary read a statement on behalf of his family. Also in today's podcast, as the number of asylum seekers crossing the Channel to Kent continues to rise, the government has called for a review. A senior cabinet minister has...


Podcast: Two women and two children die in house fire in Bexleyheath

Flowers have been left on a road in Bexleyheath after two women and two young children died in a house fire. Crews were called to Hamilton Road last night. Hear from our reporter at the scene, the deputy assistant commissioner of the London Fire Brigade and a statement from police. Also in today's podcast, a recovering alcoholic from Kent is urging people who might have developed dangerous drinking habits during the pandemic to get help. Matt has been speaking as part of Alcohol...


Podcast: Sara Cox‘s stalker from Chatham convicted of sending a fake bomb to a Covid vaccine factory

A Chatham man has been found guilty of sending a fake bomb to a Covid vaccine factory in Wrexham. Anthony Collins, 54, caused the plant to be evacuated when he sent a parcel containing batteries in January. Hear from our court reporter Paul Hooper who has sat through the trial. Also in today's podcast, the deputy Prime Minister's been defending the government's efforts to stop asylum seekers crossing the Channel to Kent. More than 23,000 people have made the dangerous journey in small boats...


Podcast: Insulate Britain campaigners jailed for breaching injunction aimed a stopping them protesting on the M25

A group of Insulate Britain campaigners have been jailed for breaching an injunction aimed at stopping them protesting on the M25. You may remember there was disruption on the motorway in Kent as they sat on the carriageway and even glued themselves to the tarmac. Now, nine of them have been locked up for between three and six months. Hear a letter that was read on their behalf outside court. Also in today's podcast, a documentary is going to be on TV tonight about the murder of a young...


Podcast: Calls for Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution in Rochester to be closed after damning report by inspectors

A leading charity is calling for a youth jail in Kent to be closed following a damning report by inspectors. They found levels of violence at Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution in Rochester had increased since their previous visit in 2019. A report out today also revealed how boys were being kept locked in their cells for up to 22 hours a day. Hear more on the inspector's findings plus reaction from the Howard League for Penal Reform. We have also been asking if you think youth jails...


Podcast: Inside the giant Amazon warehouse in Dartford

It is the size of more than six football pitches, cost £200m to build and employs over a thousand people - and we have had a first look inside the giant Amazon warehouse in Dartford. The facility sees robots working alongside humans to get parcels packaged and out for delivery. Our reporter Sean Delany had a look around and has also been speaking to Priyanka Bernard who is the site manager. Also in today's podcast, a Kent MP says COP26 has "failed" young generations after The Glasgow Climate...


Podcast: Cash machine pulled from shop during ram raid in St Martins Hill, Canterbury

A cash machine has been ripped from a shop during a ram raid in Canterbury. Hear from our reporter at the scene in St Martins Hill and residents who were woken by a rumbling followed by a loud bang. Also in today's podcast, a record number of people have crossed the Channel to Kent in a single day. It comes as French authorities search for three people who are missing after reportedly trying to make the dangerous journey in a kayak. A young man who had a finger bitten off during an...


Podcast: Teenager treated by public outside Canterbury Premier Inn following stabbing in Edward Road

A teenager has been taken to a London hospital for treatment following a stabbing in Canterbury. Witnesses say the 17-year-old was able to stagger from Edward Road before collapsing outside a Premier Inn. Hear from reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks who has been to the scene. Also in today's podcast, it's the deadline for all care home staff in Kent to be fully vaccinated against Covid. It's also been announced all NHS staff will have to be double jabbed by next April - hear from a GP from Strood...


Podcast: Rats chew through data cable at Tesco petrol station in Sheerness forces prices to stay low

Rats have nibbled their way through a data cable at a petrol station meaning managers were unable to change their prices. Hear from our reporter John Nurden who's been following the story at the Tesco garage on the Isle of Sheppey. Also in today's podcast, the health secretary's refused to rule out making Covid booster jabs compulsory for restaurants, bars and on trains. It's something that's come into force in France. Hear from a virologist on why we need an extra jab and one GP gives us...


Podcast: Kent MPs welcome inquiry into crimes carried out by David Fuller who abused bodies in mortuaries

Kent MPs have welcomed news an independent inquiry will be carried out into the crimes of David Fuller. The 67-year-old from East Sussex abused bodies in mortuaries at hospitals in the county where he worked as an electrician. Hear from the health secretary who's been speaking about it in the commons. It's emerged women taking part in a Reclaim These Streets march in Canterbury were abused by a number of men. Hundreds gathered in the city to protest against violence against women and...


Podcast: Residents of Jemmett Road in Ashford call for urgent repairs to be carried out by Kent County Council

People living on a road in Ashford say people could be injured and vehicles damaged because it is in such a poor state. More than 300 people have signed a petition calling for Jemmett Road to be resurfaced. Hear from our reporter Alex Jee who has been covering the story. Also in today's podcast, the number of Covid patients in Kent's hospitals has hit an eight month high. Hear from the chief executive of the NHS as there's another call for all eligible people to have a booster jab in a bid...