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Pupil’s walkout worries parents

Victoria Road Primary School, Ashford

Parents have raised concerns about a primary school's safety after a Year 6 pupil walked out without staff realising.


Man killed in crash named locally

Hamstreet Road. Picture: Google.

Tributes have been paid after a man who died following a crash on a country lane has been named locally.

Fire crews called to cosmetics factory

Fire crews were called to the Coty site at Bradfield Road, Ashford. Picture from Google Street View

Firefighters were sent to a make-up and cosmetics factory after staff reported a burning smell on the ground floor.

England and Arsenal legend takes to the ice

Ice skater Frankie Poultney with her husband ex-Arsenal goalie David Seaman at Eastwell Manor

An England and Arsenal legend took to the ice alongside other celebrities for the official opening of a luxury hotel's winter wonderland

Tamworth Two anniversary

It's almost two decades since escaped pigs were rehomed in Ashford but how's their breed baring up now?


Probe into Kent frontbencher Green nears end

Ashford MP Damian Green

An investigation into Kent minister Damien Green is believed to be winding up... as colleagues defend him.


Man dies after car crash

Hamstreet Road. Picture: Google.

A young man who was seriously injured when a car crashed into a tree has died, police have confirmed.


Heartbreak as 'neglected' horses found dead

Horse. Stock image. Pixabay

A rescue worker made a shocking discovery after getting a concerning call about allegedly neglected horses. Warning: graphic image.


Fire crews called to bedroom fire

Fire crews are at the scene. Stock pic

Fire crews attended the scene which is believed to have begun in the airing cupboard.

Station celebrates 175th anniversary

David Wornham, Cllr Gerry Clarkson and Jim Wells unveiled the specially named train.

A town's station has celebrated its 175th anniversary.

Green light for £100m motorway junction

The M20 between junction 9 and 10 at Ashford.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has given final approval for work to start on a proposed multi-million pound new motorway junction to ease traffic.


Fire-ravaged Tesco to re-open

The revamped Tesco Express store is set to re-open

A Tesco Express store that was destroyed by an arson attack is set to welcome back customers this weekend.

MP denies claim porn had been 'extensively' viewed

Ashford MP Damian Green

Kent MP Damian Green has denied allegations that porn reportedly found on a computer in his parliamentary office had been viewed "extensively".

Fears 'super hospital' plan ignores impact on patients

The A&E at the William Harvey.

There are fears health chiefs are not looking into the impact on patients when considering plans for a new hospital to replace A&Es in east Kent.


Ashford MP Damian Green fends off claims over the state of the NHS in Kent at Prime Minister's Questions

Damian Green

Ashford MP Damian Green forced on the defensive over the NHS in Kent and plans to cut bus services


Trust apologises for woman's miscarriage hell

Lena lost her baby Isabella after 19 weeks.

A health trust has apologised to a woman who was told to walk across a hospital from A&E to the maternity ward while suffering a miscarriage.


Thieves steal high-value mountain bikes

Stock picture.

Police are appealing for information after high-value mountain bikes were stolen from neighbouring garages,


Fire crews called to pub blaze

The Barrow House in Egerton

Fire crews were called to the scene of a chimney blaze at village pub.

Kent Police restraint death was not misconduct

Sean Wilkes died after being stopped by police officers in Cheriton

Police officers have been cleared of misconduct following a two-year investigation into the death of a man they restrained outside a house party.

Lucky street wins £390,000

L-R: April Campbell, Erika Maclulyte, Nicola Harrison, Jessica Solly, Barry Cave and Susan Smith.

The residents of a lucky street have scooped a combined prize of £390,000 in the People's Postcode Lottery.


Report on MP's conduct could be kept under wraps

Damian Green MP

There are calls for the government to be transparent after it emerged a cabinet report into allegations against a Kent MP may not be published.


Historic tank to get full refurbishment

Ashford's tank will get a full refurbishment. Picture: Andy Jones

Council bosses plan to give an historic tank a full refurbishment to celebrate its centenary in a Kent town.


Cinema and hotel to open in a year's time

The development is opposite County Square

Developers building a striking six-screen cinema and 58-room hotel have revealed when they plan to open.


Drunk teenager punched Tesco assistant

Keeley Deacon assaulted both the staff member and police officer

A teenager was arrested after punching a Tesco staff member then told PC she would 'find out where he lives and his family would die'.


Police investigating crash in Ashford

Ambulances at the scene. Picture: Steve Salter

Police probing a three-car collision say one of the drivers left the scene.

Man arrested after vigilante clash

The exchange was posted on social media.

A man has been charged with grooming after a confrontation involving a group of so-called 'paedophile hunters'.

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