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The top stories from the KentOnline news team

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The top stories from the KentOnline news team

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Episodes

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

5/20/2022
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...

Duration:00:19:42

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

5/19/2022
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...

Duration:00:20:48

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

5/18/2022
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...

Duration:00:20:30

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

5/17/2022
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...

Duration:00:25:40

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

5/16/2022
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....

Duration:00:23:20

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

5/13/2022
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...

Duration:00:15:29

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

5/12/2022
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...

Duration:00:19:07

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

5/11/2022
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...

Duration:00:24:54

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

5/10/2022
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...

Duration:00:19:45

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

5/9/2022
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...

Duration:00:16:14

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

5/6/2022
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...

Duration:00:12:16

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

5/5/2022
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...

Duration:00:22:06

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

5/4/2022
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...

Duration:00:18:03

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

5/3/2022
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....

Duration:00:26:08

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

4/29/2022
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...

Duration:00:22:40

Podcast: Crane collapses at building site on New Dover Road in Canterbury

4/28/2022
A large crane has collapsed at a building site in Canterbury. It happened on New Dover Road where a retirement complex is being built. Hear from our reporter Joe Wright who is in the city. Also in today's podcast, a damning report has found domestic abuse victims in Kent were failed and their abusers escaped justice because of police failings. The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has been looking at various aspects of what the force does. Hear from them and reaction from Kent Police and the...

Duration:00:20:33

Podcast: EastEnders and The Bill actor Stuart Antony speaks exclusively about the abuse he suffered as a child

4/27/2022
A Kent actor has spoken exclusively to the KentOnline Podcast about the abuses he suffered as a child at the hands of a man considered a family friend. Stuart Antony from Gravesend, who's appeared in EastEnders and The Bill, reported his abuser to police in 2016. He's waived his right to anonymity after 62-year-old Billy Nutt from Week Street in Maidstone was jailed for 18 years. Also in today's podcast, for the first time since they sacked almost 800 staff nearly six weeks ago, P&O...

Duration:00:23:55

Podcast: Man armed with knife robs Lloyds bank in Dartford then calls police to admit it

4/26/2022
A man who threatened to kill a bank worker before taking money from a till has been jailed. Hear the moment Roy Sinclair from Sydenham called police to admit he'd robbed Lloyds in Dartford. Also in today's podcast, an inquest has opened into the death of a woman at a tattoo studio in Canterbury. Ramona Stoia was discovered at GothInk in the city two weeks ago. Hear from our reporter who was at today's hearing. A Whitstable mum says she's going to have keep her daughter off school if...

Duration:00:14:52

Podcast: RMT Union has serious concerns about safety as it’s confirmed P&O Ferries will resume sailings from Dover this week

4/25/2022
A union boss has spoken of his concerns about safety after it was confirmed P&O Ferries will resume sailings from Dover this week. It's more than five weeks since the company unexpectedly sacked almost 800 workers. Those staff have been replaced with lower paid agency crew. Darren Proctor from the RMT Union fears their schedule could lead to a fatality. Also in today's podcast, hear from our reporter Sean McPolin who has been at the scene of a stabbing in Maidstone. A Medway charity has seen...

Duration:00:22:11

Podcast: Dad’s anger after son caught on camera damaging a 12th century church in Cliffe, Medway

4/22/2022
The father of a boy caught on camera damaging an historic church in Medway has spoken of his disgust. Several stained glass windows at St Helen's in Cliffe were damaged on Easter Sunday. Find out what the teenager's dad has told our reporter. Also in today's podcast, we have an update from our political editor after it was confirmed yet another investigation will be held into Partygate. We can also reveal which Kent MP is one of the favourites to take over from the Prime Minister if he...

Duration:00:20:29