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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: Bully smashed woman’s head into wall after night at Sevenoaks Wetherspoon

A Sevenoaks man who attacked a woman - then claimed she injured herself - has been sent to prison. 48 year-old Scott Shipwright, from Stone Street, punched and strangled his on-off girlfriend after returning home from a trip to the pub with friends in May. Our court reporter talks us through what happened. Also in today's podcast, a farmer in Rochester has turned his land into a habitat to support local wildlife. Inspired by the driest summer on record, Alex Bates has been working with...


Podcast: Airbnb and short-term holiday let owners in Folkestone and Hythe face waste collection charges

There are calls for a charge to be introduced for people who own holiday lets in part of Kent to cover the cost of collecting their rubbish. Because they're registered as businesses they don't have to pay council tax, and many are exempt from business rates too. There are just over 180 short-term lets in Folkestone and Hythe - hear from Labour group leader, Connor McConville, who doesn't think they should be getting services for free. Also today, a year on from the deaths of dozens of...


Podcast: Mum from Edenbridge flies to Poland after NHS doctors fail to diagnose her endometriosis

A mum from Edenbridge who spent 18 months in agony has finally been diagnosed, after flying to Poland to see a doctor. Agnieszka Gray spoke to her GP, a gynecologist and even went to A&E four times - but says no one took her pain seriously. A doctor in Poland almost immediately realised she had endometriosis which affects the ovaries - hear from her and our reporter who covered the story. Also in today's podcast, there's been a sharp rise in the number of households in need of emergency...


Podcast: Two injured after Grand Burstin hotel wall collapses in Folkestone

Two people have been injured after part of a hotel wall in Folkestone collapsed. Falling debris from the Grand Burstin landed on a coach outside, hitting the driver and a tourist yesterday evening. They were taken to hospital after a huge emergency response. People staying at the hotel have told the KentOnline Podcast they just want to go home. Also in today's podcast, Ofsted has downgraded 14 schools in Kent that were previously rated "outstanding". Under old rules they were exempt...


Podcast: Romney Marsh farm shop goes whole day without any customers

A Kent farm shop owner is urging us to shop local to help British farmers survive the cost of living crisis. Amber Furnival runs a store on Romney Marsh but says she was 'disheartened' after going a whole day without a single customer. The farm store opened in 2020 and only stocks British produce which does cost a bit more. Also in today's podcast, as the World Cup gets underway in Qatar, it's feared there could be an increase in domestic abuse here in Kent. Victims are being urged to...


Podcast: Man dies after lorry overturns on Station Road in Strood

A man has died after a lorry overturned in Strood. People rushed to try and clear rubble after the vehicle went over on Station Road yesterday lunchtime. Lucy Hickmott has details on the investigation and an arrest that has been made. Also in today's podcast, the family of a West Malling woman who was murdered in Qatar are urging England's footballers to raise awareness of her story at the World Cup. 24-year-old Lauren Patterson was working as a teacher there when she was killed. Hear...


Podcast: Resident refuses to leave Maidstone home set to be demolished as part of plans to redevelop the Shepway estate

As the cost of living crisis continues, the Chancellor has been delivering his Budget. We set out the main points and there's analysis from our political editor Paul Francis. Also in today's podcast, Kent MP Tom Tugendhat has been banned from driving for 6 months after being caught using a mobile behind the wheel. The Tonbridge and Malling rep has apologised but insisted he was just holding the phone when he was pulled over by police in Wandsworth in April. The major rebuild of an estate in...


Podcast: Blazing Donkey Hotel near Sandwich refuses £1 million opportunity to house asylum seekers

The boss of a hotel near Sandwich has explained his decision to turn down more than £1 million from the Government to house asylum seekers. Richard Martin runs the Blazing Donkey in Ham and was approached by an agency who guaranteed 100 percent occupancy for a year. However, he says it would have meant cancelling weddings and making most of his staff redundant. Also in today's podcast, it's been revealed Dartford is one of the most popular places in the county to live. The town's...


Podcast: Herne Bay restaurant ordered to remove glass enclosure by council

The owner of a popular restaurant in Herne Bay has been ordered to take down a glass enclosure around an outside seating area. Mehmet Dari erected the 'extension' outside the front of A La Turka in Central Parade, Herne Bay, in the summer of 2019. Following a Canterbury City Council probe he was forced to apply for retrospective permission for the glazed shelter, which has a capacity for 30 customers. Also in today's podcast, the parents of a baby who died after choking at a nursery in...


Podcast: Villagers between Ashford and Folkestone complain about bright sign outside The Tiger Inn

A deal has been signed between France and Britain in a bid to reduce the number of asylum seekers crossing the Channel to Kent in small boats. For the first time, British officers will work in control rooms in France. There will also be extra patrols of beaches, more CCTV and sniffer dogs used around ports. Hear from Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Kay Marsh who's from Dover based charity Samphire and doesn't think the measures will solve the issue. Also in today's podcast, a man's...


Podcast: Larkfield man Terry Edwards suffers abuse after being mistaken for Snodland paedophile with the same name

A man from Larkfield has spoken out about the abuse he's received after being confused with a paedophile from Snodland who shares the same name. Terry Edwards says it's been going on for more than a decade after the actual criminal was jailed in 2011. He's been speaking to our reporter Amy Tregenna. Also in today's podcast, Just Stop Oil have announced they're ending their demos on the M25. There's been major disruption in Kent this week after protesters climbed up onto overhead gantries....


Podcast: Suspected Just Stop Oil campaigners arrested in Westerham as group stages a fourth day of action on the M25

Police have arrested five suspected Just Stop Oil campaigners in Kent. They stopped a car in Westerham early this morning and seized climbing equipment and banners. It comes as a fourth day of action by the climate group takes place on the M25. It's all happening while Cop27 continues in Egypt and the man in charge of the Kent Wildlife Trust is urging the government to take decisive action. Hear from Evan Bowen-Jones who has been speaking to our reporter Jamie Long. Also in today's...


Podcast: Police officer injured during Just Stop Oil protest

In today's podcast, Police have made further arrest, following another morning of Just Stop Oil protests on the M25. A rolling roadblock had been put in place between Junction 26 and 27 leading to the Dartford Crossing after a person was spotted trying to access a gantry. The support given to children with special educational needs and disabilities in Kent has been criticised in a damning report. Ofsted inspectors spoke to parents and young people earlier this year and found weaknesses...


Podcast: Mum demands refund of £450 bus pass as her daughter is regularly late for Canterbury Academy due to Stagecoach bus being full

Just Stop Oil protesters have caused a second day of disruption after blocking the M25 at several locations. One of them was the Dartford Crossing, leading to huge tailbacks. Hear from the protesters and what the Prime Minister has been saying at the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt. Also in today's podcast, an inquest's heard the man suspected of firebombing an asylum centre in Dover died from asphyxiation. The attack happened nine days ago. The owner of a company in Dartford fears...


Podcast: Just Stop Oil protesters cause disruption on the M25 after climbing onto gantries above the motorway

Climate campaigners have been causing disruption on the M25 after climbing onto gantries over the motorway. The action was staged by Just Stop Oil protesters just weeks after they forced the closure of the QE2 bridge at the Dartford crossing. It comes as world leaders gather at the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt to discuss what can be done to tackle global warming. Also in today's podcast, another protest has been held outside an asylum processing centre in Maston. Hundreds of people...


Podcast: Couple left homeless and sleeping in a car in Chatham after being served a Section 21 eviction notice

The Home Office insists steps are being taken to improve conditions at an overcrowded asylum processing centre in Thanet. We're told there is now extra bedding and better medical facilities at the site in Manston - and more than 1,000 people have been moved out. But, it has been confirmed two groups of men were left stranded in London after leaving the site. Hear from the policing minister and the leader of Kent County Council which has written an open letter to the home secretary saying...


Podcast: Convicted murderer from Albania among asylum seekers held at overcrowded Manston processing facility

The home secretary has been visiting Dover as she faces increased pressure to get a grip of the asylum situation. Suella Braverman's also being urged to do something about conditions at a processing facility in Thanet. It comes as it's revealed a convicted murderer from Albania was among those sent to the overcrowded Manston site. Also in today's podcast, a man in prison for killing two women in Tunbridge Wells in the 80s has admitted further offences. The parents of a man accused of...


Podcast: OnlyFans couple from Folkestone reveal how they’ve had more negative comments about the money they’ve made than the x-rated posts

A damning report has found police vetting standards are "not high enough" making it "too easy" for the wrong people to join and stay in forces. The watchdog's carried out a review after Sarah Everard was murdered by Wayne Couzen - who was, at the time, a serving Met police officer from Deal. Meantime, hear from Kent's police and crime commissioner who's written to the home secretary calling for changes to enable them to recruit more officers. Also in today's podcast, the government's...


Podcast: Owner of Blackwell Jewellers in Gravesend buys Cornell & Sons building in Maidstone

The home secretary has been criticised for describing asylum seekers arriving in Kent as an 'invasion'. Suella Braverman was speaking in the commons after being asked to respond to concerns of overcrowding at a processing centre in Manston. It's as a report also raises concerns about facilities there. Hear from the chief inspector of prisons. Also in today's podcast, figures seen by the KentOnline Podcast show Medway is one of the worst areas in the country for pollution. The analysis...


Podcast: Man dies after throwing home-made petrol bombs at asylum centre in Dover

A man has died after throwing home-made petrol bombs at an asylum centre in Dover. The suspect is thought to have taken his own life in a car shortly after hurling explosives at the processing centre yesterday. Hear from our reporter Sam Lennon who spent the day in Dover and also spoke to people who were in the area and heard the explosions. It comes as more than 100 charities call on the Home Office to provide safe and legal routes for asylum seekers. North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale has...