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High speed trains 'transformed Kent's economy'

HS1 launched a decade ago

An event marking the 10th anniversary of high speed trains was told the service has transformed the economy - but may be a victim of its own success.


Children 'upset and shaken' in crash

The accident happened outside The Croft hotel

Two children were left in distress after a crash outside a hotel sparked delays.

Yobs use fireworks to blow up wall

Yobs blew up the wall using fireworks

Families are calling for an end to anti-social behaviour after yobs blew up a wall with fireworks.


Apology after shopper fined £100 in car park

Couple Brian Boylan and Teresa Walker were fined £100. Picture: Chris Davey

Car park bosses apologised for fining a shopper £100 – even though she returned to her car more than 15 minutes before her ticket was due to expire.


Woman jailed for trying to murder ex in knife attack

Gillian McKenzie. Credit: Kent Police

A former supermarket worker who repeatedly stabbed her ex-partner to "put him out of his misery" after tiring of his complaining has been jailed.

Troubled bar closed after serious glass attack

Signs have appeared in the door at the Autcion House

A landlord has shut a town centre bar after a customer was seriously injured in a glass attack - the latest in a series of assaults at the venue.


Thieves burgle garage...but only get £3

The Kennington Garage was broken into

A family-run garage was broken into in the early hours - but thieves only got away with £3 and a box of chocolates.


Council clamps more than 150 lorries

More than 150 lorries were clamped in the first week. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Council bosses behind a controversial new crackdown clamped more than 150 lorries in the first week of the scheme.


Little… and even more often – new buses on way

A Stagecoach Little & Often minibus

A new bus service, introduced earlier this year, has announced its plans to extend across a town.


Drivers vote to end Southern rail strike

A Southern Rail train. Stock picture.

Southern's drivers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of bringing the long-running dispute to an end.


Police chief quizzed on claims porn found on MP's computer

Ashford MP Damian Green

London's police commissioner has refused to be drawn on claims pornographic material was found on Damian Green's computer nearly a decade ago.

Second shop closure in designer outlet

Ashford Outlet. Picture: Tony Flashman

A second shop has closed down this week in a large town shopping outlet.


Extension lead sparks house fire

This extension lead sparked a fire in Hamstreet

An overheating extension lead used to power a tumble drier caused a house fire last night - and has now sparked a safety warning.


Work on brewery to begin within weeks

The side of the brewery

Bosses behind plans for a state-of-the-art brewery have revealed when they plan to open the £1.3 million site.


Man given oxygen after house fire

Fire crews attended the blaze. Stock image. Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

A man had to be given oxygen after breathing in smoke during a fire at a house.

Van drivers warned after break-ins

Tradesmen have been told to keep their vans secure. Stock picture.

Police officers have told tradesmen to be on their guard following a number of break-ins.

Man loses 14 stone in 10 months

Jack Towers, 21, has lost over 14 stone in ten months.

A 34-stone man has lost an incredible 14 stone since January after a health scare made him determined to lose weight.


Store closes in shopping centre

Ashford Designer Outlet

Another designer shop in a popular outlet has closed down.


Under-fire MP urged to stand aside

Ashford MP Damian Green

Kent MP Damian Green is being urged to stand aside from his ministerial role while an inquiry into his conduct is carried out.


Kent QC to head multiple death crash trial

Oliver Saxby QC, who will prosecute in M1 horror crash trial

A leading Kent barrister will lead the prosecution of a lorry driver accused of causing the death of eight people in a horrific motorway smash.

MP fury over extreme porn claim

Ashford MP Damian Green

Kent MP Damian Green has furiously denied claims police found extreme pornography on his computer.


Road reopened after accident

Stock picture.

A motorcyclist was taken to hospital with leg injuries due to a collision with a car.

Police want to speak to this man

Police wish to speak to this man. Credit: Kent Police

Police have released an image of the man they would like to speak to in relation to a burglary.

'Shouting' woman arrested in high street

The woman was arrested by police.

A woman has been arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance by shouting at passersby in a town centre.

Truckstop turns away 250 lorries in one night

One of the clamped lorries. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Bosses at a jam-packed truckstop say they had to turn away a record number of lorries on the first night of a controversial clamping trial this week.


Free school prepares to open sixth form

How the new building at Wye School will look

Teachers at a free school are preparing to welcome A-level students for the first time when a new sixth form opens next year.

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