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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: Buildings left badly damaged after fires at Whitstable Harbour and in former Gravesend pub

Buildings have been left badly damaged following two large fires in Kent. The blazes broke out at Whitstable Harbour and in Gravesend town centre at around the same time yesterday lunchtime. Hear from our reporter who's seen demolition crews turn up to tear down the cockle shed on the coast. Also in today's podcast, two men have been arrested after a fight involving a knife in Chatham High Street. Hear the moment it was caught on camera. A Medway charity has been reacting to the...


Podcast: Fires break out in building at Whitstable Harbour and former pub in Gravesend

Firefighters have been tackling a large fire in a building at Whitstable Harbour. Crews were called at around 1.30pm - hear from our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks at the scene. Meantime, there's been disruption in Gravesend following a blaze at a former pub. Aerial footage shows the roof of the building on Queen Street has collapsed. Also in today's podcast, ahead of schools breaking up for half term tomorrow, we're being warned there could be major disruption on Kent's roads as people look...


Podcast: Canterbury man reacts after his picture was shared in an appeal to track down suspected fly-tippers

A Canterbury dad has spoken out after his picture was posted online in a bid to track down suspected fly-tippers. Liam Blackwell says his children are being picked on in school after the image was circulated by Canterbury City Council. Hear what he's had to say at the reaction from the authority. Also in today's podcast, research has found you can book a flight to some European cities for less than the price of train ticket from Kent to London. Commuters have to pay as much as £65 a day...


Podcast: Police chief says violence in ’lawless’ Ramsgate is being tackled with new officers on patrol

If you thought Partygate had all been dealt with, it seems you would be wrong. Hear from the Kent MP who is calling on the Prime Minister to resign after a picture emerged of Boris Johnson raising a glass with colleagues during a lockdown party. Also in today's podcast, police insist action is being taken to tackle violence and late-night disorder in Ramsgate. Bosses have called for an urgent meeting amid claims the town is becoming more dangerous - find out what officers are planning to do....


Podcast: Man stabbed in children’s play park in Park Wood area of Maidstone

A man has been arrested following a stabbing in a children's play area in Maidstone. The victim - who's in his 20s - was flown to hospital after it happened in the Park Wood area of the town late last night. Hear from our reporter who's been to the scene. A mum, who's been described as a hero, has spoken about the moment her young son fell into a manhole. 18-month-old Theo disappeared down the hole when the cover gave-way as they walked in Ashford. A new domestic abuse hub has been set up by...


Podcast: Council tenants told to remove bamboo screens, or face court action

In todays podcast, Council tenants have been told to remove bamboo screens used to shield gardens, or face court action. We speak to residents living in the area. A Gravesend dad has been telling the KentOnline podcast how his three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hepatitis. Alan Raine has been speaking out to raise awareness of the signs other parents should look out for. Also in today's podcast, a new pilot project in Kent is helping people fast-track into the fresh produce...


Podcast: We visit Ashford’s deserted international railway station and ask will Eurostar trains ever return?

Despite international travel resuming after the pandemic, one part of Kent that used to be a bustling transport hub, remains deserted. Our reporter Rhys Griffiths has visited Ashford International Station. Thousands of passengers used to pass through there ever year as they travelled to and from the Continent via Eurostar trains. But, services haven't stopped in the town since March 2020 when the first national lockdown came into force. Find out what it's like and if trains will ever...


Podcast: The man who took the photo that caught PCSO Julia James’ killer speaks out

The man who took the photo which led to the killer of a Kent PCSO being caught says he just had a feeling he needed to turn his dash cam on. Gavin Tucker had spotted Callum Wheeler while driving the day after Julia James had been attacked in woodland near Snowdown last April. He's been speaking to our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks. Also in today's podcast, hear from our reporter at the scene of a double stabbing in Folkestone. Two teenagers have been arrested while another two are in...


Podcast: Former Sheppey United player who came out as bisexual, praises Blackpool’s Jake Daniels who has announced he’s gay

The children of Kent PCSO Julia James have paid tribute to their mum after a 22-year-old man was convicted of murdering her. In yesterday's podcast we told you how a jury took just over an hour to find Callum Wheeler from Sunshine Corner Avenue in Aylesham, guilty. Patrick Davies and Bethan Coles have revealed how they'd like her to be remembered. Also in today's episode, one of Kent's leading headteachers is urging students not to panic if GCSEs and A level exams don't go to...


Podcast: Callum Wheeler, 22, found guilty of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James

A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James. He attacked the 53-year-old while she walked her dog not far from her home in Snowdown last April. Hear the moment Callum Wheeler was arrested at his home on Sunshine Corner Avenue in Aylesham. We also have reaction from Kent Police and the Crown Prosecution Service. Also on today's podcast, campaigners from Greenpeace have blocked a tanker carrying 33,000 tonnes of Russian diesel in the River Thames near Gravesend....


Podcast: Julia James murder suspect ’threatened to attack again’ as trial adjourned

In today's podcast, jurors at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James have been sent home, as the trial was adjourned. 53-year-old Julia was attacked while out walking her dog not far from her home in Snowdown in April last year. Also today, a Kent charity says demand for its hygiene products far outstrips supply because of the rising cost of living. Two friends from Kent have created a podcast to talk about the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. And, 23...


Podcast: Jurors handle replica weapon at trial of man accused of murdering PCSO Julia James

Jurors at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James have held a replica of the alleged murder weapon. 53-year-old Julia was attacked while out walking her dog not far from her home in Snowdown in April last year. Callum Wheeler, who's 22 and from Sunshine Corner Avenue in Aylesham, has admitted killing her but denies murder. Hear from reporter Sean Axtell who's been in court. Also in today's podcast, almost 90% of people who've voted in a poll set up by our sister...


Podcast: Suspect pictured near ’murder scene’ day after PCSO Julia James was killed

More details have emerged at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James. Jurors have heard from the first witness - a local gamekeeper who took a picture of the suspect and called police the day after the 53-year-old was killed. Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell who's following the case at Canterbury Crown Court. Also in today's podcast, the largest probation service in Kent is failing to stop ex-offenders from returning to a life of crime, while staff are overworked...


Podcast: Controversial work to replace a busy roundabout in Ashford with traffic lights finally gets under way

Work to replace a busy roundabout in Ashford with traffic lights has finally started after being delayed twice because of Operation Brock on the nearby M20. The A2070 will be reduced to one lane in both directions from the Sevington 'Jet Roundabout' to the Cloverleaf Roundabout for six weeks while it's done. Hear from news editor Dan Wright. Also in today's podcast, the jury at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James have visited the spot where she was killed. We've...


Podcast: Man admits killing Kent PCSO Julia James but denies murder as trial starts at Canterbury Crown Court

A man has gone on trial accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James. The 53-year-old was attacked while walking her dog not far from her home in Snowdown between Canterbury and Dover in April last year. Hear from Katya Folwer from our colleagues at KMTV who has been at Canterbury Crown Court today. Also in today's podcast, as the rising cost of living continues to dominate the headlines, a Canterbury dad has revealed how he's skipped meals to ensure his daughter has something to eat. It's...


Podcast: Maidstone gym owners calls for knife amnesty to tackle crime in town centre

The owner of a Maidstone gym says he's disappointed police have turned down his request to hold a knife amnesty, for a second time. Jay Atkins is worried about crime in the town centre and thinks a secure bin could be placed in his premises to collect weapons. He's been speaking to the podcast about his idea. Also in today's episode, we have details on the local election results after votes took place in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. Nationally, the Prime Minister has admitted the...


Podcast: Former owners of The Grand hotel in Folkestone go on trial accused of cheating taxpayers

The former owners of one of Kent's most famous hotels have gone on trial accused of cheating the taxpayer out of nearly half a million pounds. Michael Stainer, 74, and his 60-year-old wife Doris both deny the charges. Hear from our business editor Chris Britcher. Also in today's podcast, a Medway mum who's calling for more CCTV to be installed at a cemetery where her baby's grave has been repeatedly vandalised. Lily-Mae Spring was stillborn eight years ago and was laid to rest at Woodlands...


Podcast: The parents of a baby who died after choking on food at an Ashford nursery speak out about planned changes within childcare

The parents of a nine-month old baby who died after choking on food at a nursery in Ashford have hit out at plans to relax rules around the ratio of staff to children. It's something being considered by the government as a way of making childcare more affordable. Oliver Steeper died six days after becoming unwell in September last year. Hear from his mum and dad Lewis and Zoe. Also in today's podcast, a prison guard - who was armed with what's been described as a 'rapists toolkit' - has...


Podcast: Man stabbed following crash in Herne Bay which left a vehicle on its roof

A man has been seriously injured after being stabbed following a crash in Herne Bay. Hear from our reporter Jack Dyson who has been to the scene of the collision which left one vehicle on its roof. Also in today's podcast, P&O Ferries' passenger sailings are resuming from Dover. It's more than six weeks since the company suddenly sacked almost 800 staff and replaced them with agency workers. Our reporter Chris Britcher shares his thoughts on whether we'll all be rushing to get back in board....


Podcast: Electric car driver fined £90 for staying too long at Lidl in Ditton while using a Pod Point charger

A driver of an electric car has been fined for staying too long in a supermarket car park to charge it. Find out where James Piddock was and how much he was told to pay. Also in today's podcast, it's emerged a man suspected of killing his wife at a tattoo studio in Canterbury before taking his own life died from a stab wound to the stomach. An inquest has opened into the death of Catalin Micu who was found at GothInk studio in the city earlier this month. Hear from our reporter Brad...