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'We're not riding the gravy train', say councillors in allowance furore

Gravy train, anyone? Cartoonist Royston offers his take on the KCC allowance controversy.

Five Conservatives are defending a 15% increase in their allowances - despite a recommended rise of just 1.5%.


Hats off to students' bizarre record bid

University of Kent graduates record mortar board throwing attempt

A graduation ceremony has ended with more than 400 students and academic staff throwing their mortar boards in the air to try and set a world record.


Watchdog to investigate 'troubling' double voting claims

Votes being counted in the Westgate Hall, Canterbury.

A watchdog has voiced its concerns some voters, including students in Canterbury, may have voted twice in the general election.


Ex-MP Brazier hits out at Labour's 'false prospectus'

Sir Julian Brazier watches the national news. Picture: Chris Davey

Former MP Julian Brazier has attacked Labour's student debts promise - after it was revealed it was really only "an ambition".


Lorry smashes into railway bridge

A lorry carrying heavy machinery has hit the Canterbury east railway bridge. Picture: Griselda Mussett

A lorry transporting heavy machinery has crashed into a railway bridge causing delays for train passengers.


Students 'bragged of voting twice'


A Kent council has admitted it is possible some people voted twice in a Kent constituency that produced a shock general election result.


Concern at death of kidney patient

Andrew Wilson needed daily kidney dialysis

Questions need to be answered after a seriously ill man was left without treatment for three days, says a coroner.


Thugs’ sentences are too light, says security boss

Oli Nonis of Akon Security

A security firm boss has slammed light court sentences handed down to thugs and drunks.


Power cut plunges 1,475 homes into darkness

A power cut is affecting areas of Maidstone. Stock image

A total of 1,475 homes are without power in Kent following a technical fault on underground cables.


Crash involving three vehicles closes road

The crash is causing delays this evening. Stock image

A three-car pile-up closed a busy road this afternoon as emergency services attended the scene.

Busy McDonald's set to close for summer

A fast food restaurant is preparing to shut its doors for seven weeks.


Council signs off plan for 16,000 new homes

A 4,000-home 'garden city' is earmarked for land in south Canterbury

A controversial document earmarking thousands of homes in the east of the county has been ratified.


City council due to rubber stamp controversial Local Plan

Strategic development site South of Canterbury

But critics claim residents have not had the chance to scrutinise amended plans for 16,000 new homes in the district.


Man admits romping with motorbike

Kevin Chapman leaves court

An alcoholic has admitted indecent exposure after he revealed his genitals and romped with a motorbike in front of shocked bystanders.


Cash-strapped school to close

The Steiner School Garlinge Green, Chartham Picture: Gary Browne

A popular school has announced it is closing in December after running into financial difficulties.

Fire causes closure of road

Fire crews are on the scene at a storage unit in Canterbury Road, Birchington.

Firefighters and police were called to a blaze at a storage unit that was causing concern.

Passersby stop woman jumping from 40ft wall

The city wall in Canterbury

A vulnerable young woman who tried to leap from a high wall was held by passersby for 20 minutes until police arrived.


Bell-Drummond hits top form

Daniel Bell-Drummond celebrates his 50 against Essex on Sunday. Picture: Andy Jones.

Daniel Bell-Drummond continued his sparkling one-day form in the game’s shortest format on Sunday.

Criminals rule roost in 'lawless' park

Residents are demanding action to stop ‘lawlessness’ in the park

Residents living near an award-winning park say they regularly witness vandalism, fighting and drug abuse during the early hours.


Crowd goes wild at singing legend's concert

Sir Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones put on an all-action performance in front of adoring fans in a sellout concert at Canterbury's Spitfire Ground last night.


Police hunt man after teen grabbed

Police have released an e-fit of a man they want to identify

Police have released a computer-generated image of a man they want to speak to after a teenage girl was approached and grabbed by the wrist.

Prankster has car joke all wrapped up...

A car has been wrapped in clingfilm in Wincheap, Canterbury. Picture Toni Ashby

A prank has been played on a driver whose car has been covered in cling film after being left at a busy car park.


Man who boarded train from Paris reported missing

David Greaves Vinson has been reported missing.

Police have launched an appeal to help find a 66-year-old man who boarded a train from Paris and did not return home.

Fire crews use beaters to douse grass fire

Grass fires can be a seasonal peril. Picture: Kent Fire and Rescue

Firefighters have been tackling a grass fire which has spread across 150m of land.

Rent cars by the hour to ease congestion

Slow moving traffic on the ring road is a standard sight in Canterbury.

Councillors have approved a car club scheme as part of an effort to reduce the number of vehicles on city streets.


Level crossing reopens after hit and run smash

Repairing the level crossing was an overnight job.

Network Rail has worked overnight to fix the gates of one of the country's last manned crossings.

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