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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: Man and woman killed and child injured in ’hit and run’ in Ramsgate

A man and woman have been killed while a child is being treated in hospital following a suspected hit and run in Ramsgate. It happened on Leopold Street last night. Hear from our reporter at the scene, a witness and the Mayor of Ramsgate. Also in today's podcast, an amber weather warning for extreme heat has come into force for most of Kent. Forecasters say temperatures will reach the low to mid 30s by Sunday. We've been speaking to Medway's director of public health. It's also been...


Podcast: Man killed in crash after police chase in Margate named in tributes

A man has died after a car crashed into a bus during a police chase in Margate. An Audi TT failed to stop for officers on Shottendane Road yesterday morning. The driver has been named as a 23-year-old - hear what tributes have been posted online. Also in today's podcast, two more people have caught monkeypox in Kent - and now there are concerns about a vaccine shortage. The new cases are in Canterbury and Folkestone & Hythe. The only secondary school on the Isle of Sheppey has been...


Podcast: Teenagers who filmed attack on man in Dover avoid prison

Two teenagers who filmed themselves punching a man and kicking him in the head in Dover have avoided being sent to prison... 19-year-olds Tyler Hart from Sidney Street in Folkestone and George McGee from Longfield Road in Dover carried out the late-night attack outside the Premiere store on Pencester Road in February last year. Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell who was in court for the case. Also in today's podcast, a dad from Sittingbourne who shares custody of his son and has...


Podcast: Paul Scally to take ’extended break’ from Gillingham Football Club

It's all change at Gillingham Football Club as chairman Paul Scally announced he's taking an 'extended break'. The 67-year-old has been in charge at Priestfield for the past 27 years. Hear the thoughts of our Gillingham reporter Luke Cawdell. Also in today's podcast, we have a special report on the issue of homelessness and how it's affecting so many people in Kent. As the cost of living continues to rise, a charity's warning of a crisis. Porchlight says there were over 2,400 households at...


Podcast: Drink drive arrest after car crashes into homes on Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone

A man has been arrested after a car smashed into houses in Maidstone. The vehicle went through a garden wall, sending bricks flying through nearby windows in the early hours of this morning. Also in today's podcast, we could be forced to pay more to use sports centres in Kent as councils are hit with rising energy prices. We're just four months in to the financial year, but authorities say their budgets are already being squeezed. Hear from the leader of Tonbridge and Malling borough...


Podcast: Two people arrested after video shows baby being given a cap full of vodka

Two people have been arrested after a video was posted online showing a baby being given a cap full of vodka. The footage shows a woman pouring liquid into the bottle top before tilting the child back and pouring the liquid into their mouth. Hear what police and social services have said. Also in today's podcast, we've got an update on yesterday's tragic death of a teenager at a funfair in Dover. Environmental campaigners are worried more people will fall ill if sewage continues to be...


Podcast: Teenager dies after getting ’trapped in ride’ at funfair in Dover

A teenager's died after reportedly getting trapped in equipment at a funfair in Dover. Emergency crews were called to Pencester Gardens just after 7.30am. Hear from our reporter Alex Jee who has been at the scene. Also in today's podcast, there's going to be a hosepipe ban in Kent. South East Water is bringing in the restrictions because it's been so hot and we've had hardly any rain. It'll come into effect at midnight next Friday, August 12th. A Medway mum-to-be who felt a lump in her...


Podcast: Twins cover themselves in petrol and threaten to blow up Esso station in Canterbury

Twins who doused themselves in petrol on an Esso forecourt in Canterbury have been jailed. A court's been told how Brittany and Bethany Lee tried to ignite a lighter during a stand off with police. Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell who was in court to hear the case. Also on today's podcast, people moving to new homes planned for part of Medway could be banned from having cats in a bid to try and protect wildlife. 68 properties are due to be built off Cliffe Woods, not far from an...


Podcast: McDonald’s staff barricade themselves inside Chatham branch after young people cause trouble

Hear the moment McDonald's staff were forced to barricade themselves inside a Chatham branch after young people caused trouble. One customer reported seeing workers being spat at, sauces being thrown around and wet floor signs being picked up and smashed on the ground. Also in today's podcast, Maidstone's Alessia Russo is celebrating England's win in the final of the women's Euros. She came on as a substitute during the match against Germany yesterday. Hear from her former dinner lady, a...


Podcast: Herne Bay man spent thousands on Amazon after tricking the company he worked for out of £200k

A Herne Bay man who tricked his employer out of £200,000 which he spent on luxuries has been jailed for more than four and a half years. 43-year-old Benjamin Cullen from Peartree Road made more than 500 purchases on his boss's credit cards. Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell who was at Canterbury Crown Court for the case. Also in today's podcast, the former Met police officer from Kent who murdered Sarah Everard has lost his bid to get his sentence reduced. Wayne Couzens from Deal was given...


Podcast: Travellers given deadline to leave popular boot fair site

A group of travellers who allegedly broke onto land in Medway have been given a deadline to leave. The land near Upnor is used to host a popular boot fair and the owner says he'll be out of pocket if it can't go ahead this weekend. Hear from Mark Greenfield. Also in today's podcast, officials have confirmed a Tonbridge man who was killed by a rotating helicopter blade in Greece was NOT taking a selfie at the time. 22-year-old Jack Fenton's friends and family have criticised reports...


Podcast: Maidstone’s Alessia Russo scores cheeky backheel goal to see England through to the final of the women’s Euros

Is football finally coming home? England are through to the final of the women's Euros - thanks to an incredibly cheeky backheel goal from Maidstone's Alessia Russo. The 23-year-old scored the third on the night as it finished 4-0 against Sweden in Sheffield. Hear from our sports reporter Tom Reeves and Alessia has been describing 'that goal'. Also in today's podcast, it's been a difficult journey to work for anyone in Kent who can't avoid travelling by train. Very few services have...

Podcast: Former Maidstone schoolboy Jack Fenton killed after being struck by helicopter blade during holiday in Athens

A former Maidstone schoolboy has died after being struck by the blade of a helicopter during a holiday in Greece. Jack Fenton, 22, is understood to have travelled back to Athens from Mykonos with friends when the tragedy happened. Also in today's podcast, people living in Dartford are calling for a re-think on plans to expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London. If given the go ahead, some residents would have to pay £12.50 to travel into neighbouring boroughs. Hear what one local...

Podcast: Man seriously injured as group gatecrashes 18th birthday party at WI hall in Ashford

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a group gatecrashed an 18th birthday party in Ashford. Trouble broke out in a WI hall in the Kennington part of town at the weekend. We've got details on who's been arrested and how to contact police if you have any information. Also in today's podcast, we have more on a weekend of travel chaos in Kent. People trying to get to Europe via the Port of Dover or Eurotunnel faced hours of delays. We ask why it happened and you can hear from...


Podcast: Dover grinds to a halt AGAIN

In todays podcast, there's been travel chaos in Kent as the summer getaway begins. The Port of Dover's declared a critical incident, with families and lorry drivers waiting for hours to get a ferry across the Channel. Hear from those impacted, along with the Ports Chief Executive. Also today, a Kent mum's described her horror after her son was swept out to sea in dinghy. Hear the dramatic moment he was rescued. Ahead of one of Kent's biggest venues being boarded up next month -...


Podcast: Bowel cancer survivor from Medway vows to continue the work of Bowelbabe, Dame Deborah James

A woman who was diagnosed with stage-four bowel cancer in her late 20s has vowed to continue the work of Dame Deborah James to raise awareness. Rebecca Papa-Adams was given around a year to live 17 years ago and is now cancer free. She's spoken to the podcast about how she was misdiagnosed for 18 months and doesn't want anyone else to go through the same thing. Also in today's episode, we've spent the day in Challock where residents have been without water for almost a week. The boss of a...


Podcast: Aftermath from devastating wildfires in Kent after hottest day on record

Firefighters have spent today continuing to tackle devastating wildfires in Kent. They broke out around Dartford on the hottest day of the year, destroying large areas of land. Hear from our reporter Sean Delaney who went to the scene of one, we've also heard from Kent Fire and Rescue Service. Meantime, several villages in Kent are without water as the heatwave continues. Lee Dance from South East Water has been on the podcast to apologise. Also in today's episode, there are calls for...


Podcast: Ramsgate couple who conned elderly man out of more than £10k avoid being sent to prison

A Thanet couple who posed as carers and stole from an elderly, vulnerable man have avoided being sent to prison. A court's been told how Michelle Gilliam and Ashley Knox from West Cliff Road in Ramsgate befriended the victim after the first Covid lockdown. Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell who's been following the case at Canterbury Crown Court. Also in today's podcast, it's officially the hottest day in the UK on record. We've been finding out how people in Rochester are coping with...

Podcast: Some schools in Kent decide to close as temperatures soar to record levels

Some schools in Kent have decided to close as Kent is set to experience record breaking temperatures. A rare red warning for extreme heat is in force for the north of the county, while an amber alert covers everywhere else. Hear from Kent's director of public health and the headteacher of Tiger Primary School in Maidstone. We've also been speaking to Kent Fire and Rescue Service after fighters dealt with a number of grass and field fires over the weekend. Also in today's podcast, we look...


Podcast: Red heat warning issued for parts of Kent as heatwave continues and temperatures soar

A rare red warning for extreme heat has been issued for parts of Kent. Forecasters say temperatures in the county could reach the mid to high 30s on Monday and Tuesday. Hear what the red warning means, we've also been speaking to the RNLI about safety on the coast and from a trader who's looking forward to a welcome boost to business. Also on today's podcast, as the battle for Number 10 continues, the final five Conservative MPs in the running for the leadership are gearing up for TV...