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Village banks on using persuasion to lure in Austen fans

Jane Austen

A Kent village where Jane Austen's brother lived is hoping to cash in on its connections ahead of the release of a banknote bearing her image.

Car crashes into ditch near Ashford

File picture

A man had to be cut from the wreckage of his car after it crashed into a ditch.

Man rescued from Folkestone flat fire

Fire crews had to lead a man to safety from a smoke-filled flat in Folkestone early today after a suspected arson attack.

Celebrating a century of life in style

Una Dossett celebrated her 100th birthday at a family reunion with five generations of her family

Flats planned for office block

Neighbours’ views are invited on the proposed conversion of the former Inland Revenue offices in Ashford’s Wellesley Road into 26 affordable flats.

Manhunt for serial sex attacker

Efit of a suspected Ashford sex attacker being hunted by police

A serial sex attacker is on the loose in Ashford... as police link three assaults on lone women.

Police scour crime scene for evidence of sex attack

Police out in force after the Singleton Lake attack

Specialist police this morning searched the area where a 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Singleton.

Man helps police after woman's death

A police vehicle at the scene in Oaks Road, Tenterden

An elderly man is assisting police with their inquiries today after a 79-year-old woman was discovered dead at a house.

'Washing-up liquid' sparks chemical alert

Firefighters called to Edenbridge. Stock picture

A village was sealed off for several hours amid a chemical alert when a dog was found covered in green liquid... now believed to be washing-up liquid.

Pervert locked up after approaching boys at leisure centre

Matthew Woodgate

A convicted sex offender with a 'distorted and perverted view of children' has been jailed after approaching boys in a public pool.

Biker suffers serious injuries after crash

The air ambulance lands at the crash scene

An investigation has been launched after a motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a crash.

Dad injured after path collapses

Bryan Mabb next to the hole in the pavement

A young father has been left on crutches after he tripped when an area of pavement recently worked on gave way under him.

Sex attack on Ashford footpath

Stock picture.

A woman walking her dog has been sexually assaulted.

Clarks to hot foot from the High Street

Clarks, which will re-open as a Nationwide, has been empty for over a year

Clarks shoe shop have confirmed they will be closing their branch in Ashford town centre, with plans to convert the unit to a building society.

Designer outlet could double in size and bring in 7m visitors

Ashford Designer Outlet

Ashford's designer outlet is set for a huge expansion... with hints it could double in size.

CCTV footage of phone theft suspects released

Theft Suspect

Police have released two CCTV images of men wanted for questioning over the theft of £1,000 worth of mobile phone's from Ashford's 02 store.

UPDATE - Dramatic chase follows failure to stop

Multiple police cars and a helicopter were spotted around south Ashford last night, after a vehicle failed to stop for officers.

Woman back from dead after fit in swimming pool

Dymchurch lifeguards, from left, Ryan Metten, John Blair and Stephen Lawrence

Lifeguards have been praised for reviving a woman who was clinically dead when she was found floating in a holiday pool.

Vision to transform seafront given green light

Roger de Haan's plans aim to develop Folkestone Harbour and the Rotunda area

The harbour and seafront of Folkestone are set to be transformed with cafes, restaurants and heritage areas after councillors gave plans the go-ahead.

Supermarket bust-up leads to appeal for witnesses

Police are hoping to speak to ASDA shoppers, after a woman is alleged to have been assaulted in their Folkestone branch on Monday.

Christian denomination celebrates first service in new church.

Ashford Christian Fellowship have held their first service in their new premises, a former Methodist church in Ashford town centre.

Create festival comes of age...

Create festival in Ashford celebrated its 18th birthday, along with the over 13,000 people thought to have descended upon the town over the weeekend.

Lightning casts eerie glow over sea at Hythe

Lightning strikes. File picture

Thunderstorms caused damage... and some beauty... across Kent at the weekend. See inside for full dramatic picture.

Woman hurt in crash

A woman driver was taken to hospital following a collision between three vehicles in Ashford

Nine lorry drivers prosecuted

Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit stopped more than 30 drivers during a safety check on Wednesday

Council sends best wishes to Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Councillors in Ashford have agreed to send their support to the “inspirational” former South African president Nelson Mandela.

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