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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: 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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


Podcast: Ramsgate woman jailed after trying to set fire to house in revenge plot

A Ramsgate woman who tried to set fire to a house following a row about a Facebook post has been sent to prison. Hear from our court reporter Sean Axtell. Also in today's podcast, a Tonbridge man who plotted to kill his ex-wife at the nail bar where she worked has been told he'll spend almost 30 years behind bars. The organisers of two large St George's Day parades in north Kent say they've been racially abused online. Events are taking place in Gravesend and Dartford tomorrow - hear...


Podcast: Police watchdog not investigating ’murder-suicide’ at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

The police watchdog has said it will not be investigating the contact Kent Police had with a couple before they died in a suspected 'murder-suicide'. Catalin Micu and his wife Ramona Stoia were discovered at GothInk in Canterbury last week. It emerged 54-year-old Micu was on bail and facing allegations of raping his wife. Hear what the IOPC has said in a statement and from our reporter who's been reading tributes left outside the studio. Also in today's podcast, a trainee Kent police...


Podcast: Weekend closures planned for M2 and Operation Brock continues on the M20 with government urged to do more

The government is being urged to come up with a solution to Operation Brock on the M20 which has entered a third week. Lorries are having to park on the coastbound carriageway while they wait to cross the Channel. Capacity is reduced as P&O Ferries remain unable to sail following safety checks. Staying with transport news and there's a warning for drivers about planned weekend closures of the M2. Also in today's podcast, find out why armed police have been in Dartford and...


Podcast: Tributes paid to boy found dead at bottom of cliffs in Dover

Tributes have been paid to a boy found dead at the bottom of cliffs in Dover. Details of what happened have emerged at the opening of an inquest into the 12-year-old's death. Also in today's podcast, the Prime Minister has been in Kent to announce a plan to try and prevent asylum seekers crossing the Channel in small boats. Hear what Boris Johnson has had to say and the reaction from charities. A man who violently attacked a young woman as she walked home in Maidstone, then fled the...


Podcast: Police refer themselves to watchdog over ’murder-suicide’ at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

Kent Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after it emerged a man suspected of killing his wife at a tattoo studio was on bail and facing allegations he had raped her. Catalin Micu was found dead at GothInk in Canterbury on Monday evening alongside Ramona Stoia. Hear some of the tributes paid to 35-year-old Ramona by friends and clients. Also in today's podcast, a group representing lorry drivers is calling for an urgent review of Operation Brock on the M20. It's been used for...