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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: Is Freddie the smartest kid in Kent?

We've been to meet three-year-old Freddie Alsey from Whitstable who could well be the smartest youngster in Kent. He can already name all of the planets in order, say his times tables and even read books. Even his teachers reckon he should have an IQ test. Hear from Freddie and his mum. Also in today's podcast, there's confusion over whether or not a planned rise in national insurance will go ahead in April. Some have called for the hike to be scrapped because of fears it'll force...


Podcast: Canterbury dad-to-be spends six weeks in hospital fighting for life with Covid

The partner of a dad-to-be who's spent six weeks battling Covid has thanked medics who have saved his life. Olly Toole was taken to hospital after struggling to breathe in early December. He was put on a ventilator and into a coma before being transferred to London. The 31-year-old had intended to get a vaccine before falling ill. We're telling his story on the day further Covid restrictions in England are lifted. It's now longer mandatory to wear a face mask in public places, and passes...


Podcast: Canterbury police officer could lose job after attacking ex-partner’s friend

A Canterbury police officer could lose his job after video emerged of the moment he attacked his ex-partner's friend. Hear the moment PC Robbie Egan confronted the pair after she returned his belongings. The 30-year-old admitted assault and has been suspended by the force until court proceedings have ended. It's been revealed an ambulance that crashed into the back of a cement lorry on the A21, killing a young paramedic, had taken a slip lane into a lay-by rather than the next junction. The...


Podcast: Chatham town centre is among the hardest hit by the pandemic

A Kent high street has been named as one of the most affected by the pandemic. According to experts, Chatham has lost 28 weeks of sales since March 2020 when the first lockdown came into force. It also has the fifth highest town centre vacancy rate in the south east. Reporter Chris Hunter has been there to find out what shoppers, buskers and business owners think. Also in today's podcast, a criminal investigation is under way into allegations of lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street....


Podcast: Police officer left with serious injuries after being hit by motorbike on the M25 near Swanley

A police officer has been left with serious injuries after being hit by a motorbike being driven the wrong way on the M25. The collision happened near the Swanley junction yesterday afternoon. Lucy has been reading some of the messages posted to the officer on social media as he receives treatment in a London hospital. Also in today's podcast, startling figures show how many households in Kent are struggling with fuel poverty. Thanet is said to be the worst affected part of the county. We've...


Podcast: Calls for more police patrols in Canterbury’s Dane John Gardens at night

There are calls for more police to patrol a city centre park in Canterbury at night. Dane John Gardens has been the seen of anti-social behaviour and a number of serious crimes over the past decade and people living nearby are becoming increasingly concerned. Hear from councillor Nick Eden-Green who regularly has to walk through the park in the evening - we've also had a response from police. Also in today's podcast, five drug dealers who were involved in the supply of cocaine across Kent...


Podcast: Hersden dad who stabbed daughter while having psychotic delusions sues NHS

A dad who repeatedly stabbed his daughter while experiencing a psychotic episode is suing the NHS for more than £1 million. Marc Traylor attacked his then 16-year-old daughter at their home in Hersden near Canterbury in 2015 and was only stopped when he was shot by police. Find out why he's taking legal action. Also in today's podcast, candles will be lit tonight in memory of a man who went missing last August. The body of Dan Venes has been found in France. Ministers have been defending...


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...