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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: Sheppey mum ’most likely’ distracted by phone before fatal crash

It's emerged a mum from Sheppey who died when the car she was driving veered into the wrong lane and collided with a lorry was 'most likely' distracted by her phone. Charlotte Buesden had just dropped her son at school when the crash happened on Swale Way in Kemsley near Sittingbourne last August. Our reporter Sean McPolin was at the inquest and has the details. Also in today's podcast, we have news on changes to Plan B Covid restrictions - some of which come in as early as tomorrow. The mum...


Podcast: Three face jail after stabbing outside troubled Century Club in Maidstone

Three men are facing jail following a stabbing outside a snooker club in Maidstone. Violence erupted when two groups, who'd been in Century Club on Lower Stone Street, clashed on the street outside in the early hours last July. Hear from our reporter at Maidstone Crown Court who's been following the trial. Also in today's podcast, could there be disappointment for Canterbury's high street? It's feared plans to transform the former Debenhams in the city may now not happen. We've got more...


Podcast: Former Maidstone Grammar School for Girls teacher jailed for grooming and sexually assaulting pupil

A former teacher who groomed and sexually assaulted a pupil has been jailed for six years. Carly Dear was teaching PE at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls at the time. Hear from our court reporter Sean Axtell who's been following the case. Also in today's podcast, the military are going to be put in charge of preventing small boats of asylum seekers from crossing the Channel to Kent. We have reaction from Samphire refugee charity based in Dover. New rules around how long you have to isolate...


Podcast: Video footage emerges of Ashford man stripping naked in front of police after crash

Video footage has emerged of the moment a man stripped naked in front of police after crashing his car and impersonating an officer. David Saunders had also threatened someone with a knife and shouted abuse while surrounded by police when it happened in Ashford. Hear the moment it happened in November last year. The 37-year-old from Beaver Road has now been jailed. Also in today's podcast, there's reaction from a Kent MP following yet more revelations about gatherings at Downing Street -...


Podcast: Ashford man pretended to be a police officer then stripped naked after crashing his car

A man who pretended to be a police officer after narrowly avoiding running down a family before crashing into a fence in Ashford has been jailed. The labourer brandished handcuffs and waived a knife around before stripping naked and eventually being pepper-sprayed by police. Our Canterbury Crown Court reporter Sean Axtell has been following the case. Changes to Covid rules have been made today. Hear what the health secretary has had to say about isolating if you've tested positive. We've...


Podcast: Paramedics from Margate who stole drugs from dying patients are jailed

Two paramedics who stole drugs from dying patients have been sent to prison. The pair, from Margate, used their position to identify victims. A man from Strood who was targeted just hours after his wife had passed away has spoken to our Canterbury Crown Court reporter Sean Axtell. Also in today's podcast, hear the statement from the Prime Minister as he admits going to a lockdown-breaking gathering in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street. Boris Johnson said he went out on May 20, 2020...


Podcast: Kent MPs stay quiet over ’Bring Your Own Booze’ lockdown-breaking Downing Street party claims

What were you doing on May 20, 2020? According to a leaked email, around 100 Downing Street staff had been invited to a party in the garden of Number 10 - despite the fact strict Covid lockdown restrictions were still in place. It's claimed the Prime Minister and his wife were among around 40 people who attended. Hear from our political editor Paul Francis and a mum who went into early labour that day and couldn't have her husband with her. Also in today's podcast - changes to Covid testing...


Podcast: Neighbour complains about ’rowdy drinkers’ at The Dolphin pub in Broadstairs as it applies to extend opening times

The neighbour of a Thanet pub has complained about 'rowdy' drinkers as the landlord applies to extend opening hours. The owners of The Dolphin in Broadstairs want to stay open for one hour, to 2am from Sunday to Thursday, and to 2.30am on Friday and Saturday nights. Oliver Kemp has more on the issues that have been raised ahead of a council meeting later this week. Also in today's podcast, figures show there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of NHS staff off with Covid in Kent. We...


Podcast: Two people and dog stabbed after four men burst into house in Beecholme Drive, Ashford

Two people and a dog have been stabbed after four men burst into a house in Ashford. It happened in the Kennington part of town last night - our reporter Alex Jee reports from the scene. Tributes have been paid to a 21-year-old paramedic who died when an ambulance was involved in a crash with a cement lorry on the A21 Sevenoaks bypass. Alice Clark had only joined South East Coast Ambulance Service in November. New Covid travel rules have come into force today for anyone arriving in the UK....


Podcast: Paramedic killed and three other people injured in crash on A21 Sevenoaks bypass involving ambulance and cement lorry

A paramedic has died and three other people are injured following a crash involving an ambulance and cement lorry on the A21 Sevenoaks bypass. The collision happened on the southbound carriageway at about 8.20pm yesterday. Hear a tribute from the head of operations at South East Coast Ambulance Service. Also in today's podcast, hear from our reporter who was in court as two people appeared charged with murder following the death of a man after an attack in Folkestone. A leading GP says...


Podcast: Sheppey dad-of-two dies of Covid five days after Christmas

Thousands of pounds has been raised in memory of a dad-of-two from Sheppey who died of Covid five days after Christmas. Luke Sands had been in hospital for six weeks before passing away the day after his 27th birthday. Also in today's podcast, find out how teachers are feeling as children head back to class after the Christmas break and Covid cases remain high. There are concerns about staff shortages, hear how they're also affecting train and coach services in the county. A campaign is...


Podcast: Murder investigation launched in Folkestone following death of man

A murder investigation is under way following the death of a man in Folkestone. Police and ambulance crews were called to reports of an attack on Sunday and a man in his 60s died in hospital the following day. Lucy has the latest information as two people are questioned. Should more Covid restrictions be brought in? Hear some of your views and from a restaurant owner in Rochester as concerns over the Omicron variant continue. We also have details of staff shortages at hospitals in the county...


Podcast: Ramsgate couple deny harassment campaign against former neighbour in east London

A couple, who now live in Ramsgate, have denied carrying out a campaign of harassment against a former neighbour. The pair have been accused of over-watering plants to flood an alleyway and setting up props and dolls. We have the details of what's happened in court. Also in today's podcast, we're being urged to get a Covid test before heading out to celebrate the new year in Kent tonight. But it's thought more people will be seeing in 2022 at home - hear from the Night Time Industries...


Podcast: Anger over coppicing of trees by Croudace homes along path between Allington and Maidstone hospital

There's anger after around 150 trees along a footpath near Maidstone were cut down. Developer Croudace Homes owns the land and put up a notice saying it was carrying out the coppicing work. Some say it's what should be done to maintain the woodland and encourage fresh tree growth, but others claim it's damaged existing wildlife. Also in today's podcast, a so-called 'surge hub' is being set up at a Kent hospital in case there's an increase in the number of people needing treatment for the...


Podcast: Plans for Sittingbourne town centre include Further Education college, 850 homes and tree-lined streets

Ambitious plans to transform Sittingbourne town centre have been revealed. Bosses are looking at building more than 800 homes, a Further Education college and having tree-lined streets. Find out if it could become a reality. Also in today's podcast, the Prime Minister is under pressure to reduce the Covid isolation period from seven to five days. It's already happening in the US and some experts say it'll help ease pressure on the NHS as it struggles with staff shortages. Hear from a...


Podcast: Last Christmas for M&S in Maidstone Town Centre

In today’s podcast, businesses in Maidstone town centre are concerned fewer people will visit as M&S prepares to close. Also today, the Archbishop of Canterbury has a special message for the people of Kent on Christmas Eve. Foodbank volunteers have been busy making sure families don't go hungry over the festive period. And, we've been looking at why so many TV shows and movies are filmed in Kent.


Podcast: Sex offender dressed as elf admits kissing children

In today’s podcast, a Medway sex offender has appeared in court dressed as a Christmas elf. KentOnline’s Paul Hooper has the details. Also today, public health bosses in Kent are urging people to get their booster jab. We speak to KCC’s Interim Director of Public Health as cases continue to rise in the county. With fears of new Covid restrictions after Christmas, thousands of tickets remain unsold for Panto's across Kent. We continue our conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury,...


Podcast: Teen caused £500k of damage to pub after stealing grandad‘s 4x4

In today's podcast, a teenager who stole his grandad's Land Rover and crashed into a pub near Ashford has avoided jail. £20million could be spent on bringing some seaside fun to Sheppey. Also, hear from the owner of a Kent Wine Bar as they prepare for Christmas, amid rising Covid figures. We speak to Kent Councillors, who are calling for a crackdown on the abuse towards politicians. We're also continuing our conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Justin Welby says it'll be a...


Podcast: New Coronavirus support announced for Kent businesses

The Chancellor's announced new measures to support businesses in Kent. We get reaction from Tudor Price from the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. We also hear from Alan Brookes, former chair of the Kent Association of Headteachers, about uncertainty for schools as Covid figures continue rise. We continue our conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who gives us advice on looking after our mental health during the pandemic. There are concerns Kent's homeless could face a cold and...


Podcast: Former police firearms instructor jailed for murdering son-in-law

A former police firearms instructor has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his daughter's partner in Dartford. KMTV's Jadzia Saumel has more. Also in today’s podcast - Water company bosses are threatening to take action as some Kent residents refuse to pay their bills. We speak to Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, as a new survey finds most women and girls in Kent don’t feel safe in public spaces at night. We’ve also been chatting to the Archbishop of...