James Harris wished his victim 'happy birthday' after trashing his flat and holding him and his girlfriend hostage for 45 minutes

Axe-wielding teenager takes couple hostage

A man's birthday was ruined when he and his girlfriend were confronted outside their home by a thug armed with an axe and three knives.

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Ady Pennock and Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy on Saturday Picture: Andy Jones

Another boost for Ady's men

Head coach Ady Pennock was delighted to see his side's confidence get another boost

There were plenty of thrills for young and old alike. Picture: Gary Browne

Summer lovin' across Kent

From battles to board games and beaches and walks to walls of death, dive in to the six-week school summer break with these events across Kent.

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Trashed plants

Town's flowers trashed by vandals

Shopkeepers were left fuming today when they discovered vandals had ripped up a town's plant beds overnight.

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My Kent Family

Beyonce's twins are named Sir and Rumi

Let's give Queen Bee a break

Charlie O'Brien blog: Back off folks, they're Beyonce's babies and she can do what she wants

Kent Wedding Day

An ivory Eligenza lace bridal dress by Savannah Miller. Available from debenhams.com

Say yes... to the high street dress

The top five fashion retailers for buying a wedding gown for summer 17

Charities

Walk to school and Buster's Book Club winners and supporters at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.

A royal welcome for winners of a double challenge

Youngsters stepping out for school or stepping up with their home reading have received a royal welcome at a prize giving ceremony.

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