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Great Storm claimed 22 lives

Alan Breeze sits among the damage at Brambles animal park in Herne Common, now Wildwood Images

13 October 2017

It's 30 years since 110mph winds caused havoc in Kent and beyond, destroying 15 million trees and creating damage costing £1 billion.


Kent schools facing 550 governor shortfall

Schools are facing a critical shortage of governors

13 October 2017

Schools across the county are suffering a 'critical' shortage of volunteers taking up a key support role.


Two Kent venues among the country's top places to stay

The Barrow House dining room in Egerton

13 October 2017

A recently reopened pub and a seaside hotel in Kent have been included in a prestigious list of 100 of the country's best places to stay.

Woman pushed over and robbed in alley

The robbery happened in an alley way. Picture from Google Street View

12 October 2017

Police are hunting for suspected robbers who pushed a woman to the ground and stole her cash and a mobile phone.

Kent GP surgeries set to benefit from £4m cash injection

Stock picture of GP in a surgery with patient

12 October 2017

A new training scheme for GPs will see them offered £20,000 to take up posts in "hard to recruit areas", health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

New firm starts litter patrols

The litter wardens have started their patrols in Ashford

12 October 2017

A council has warned litterbugs to watch out as wardens from a new contractor have started their patrols.


Stalker jailed for campaign of harassment against ex

Morrissey was convicted

12 October 2017

A woman feared her jealous ex-husband had installed a camera in her bedroom after she refused to reveal the identity of her new lover, a court heard.

Police swooped after 'spectacularly stupid' kidnap hoax

The pair made the hoax call. Library image.

11 October 2017

Armed police surrounded a house after receiving frantic calls about a man being snatched and held hostage - only to find two hoaxers drinking tea.


Car crashes into village pub

The Queen's Head pub in Kingsnorth. Credit: Google Maps

11 October 2017

The landlord of a village pub was woken up to a loud bang as a car crashed into the front of the pub.


Troubled health trust gets new boss

Susan Acott has been appointed interim chief executive

11 October 2017

A beleaguered Kent health trust has a new chief executive - but bosses have only put her in the role until early next year.


Officers urge cyclists to lock bikes

Stock photo

11 October 2017

Police officers are urging people to lock their bikes when they leave them unattended, after a series of thefts have taken place.


Don't miss out!

First Class appears in KM Group newspapers the week starting October 9

11 October 2017

Don't forget to grab a copy of tomorrow's paper which features a special souvenir of your child's start to life at school.

'Deputy PM' admits Britain would be better in EU

Ashford MP Damian Green

11 October 2017

A Kent MP and top aide to the Prime Minister has admitted Britain would be better off staying in the European Union.


Former betting shop to be pizza and tapas takeaway

Thambiah Senthan is opening a takeaway in the former Starbets Gamin'

11 October 2017

A former betting shop is to be transformed into a takeaway - and managers hope to open the new venture before Christmas.

Kent stars to feature in Hunted

Steph and Dom from Googlebox on Celebrity Hunted

10 October 2017

Watch out for a glimpse of Kent tonight as two of the county's stars feature in a popular Channel 4 programme.

Dramatic photos show aftermath of lorry crash

Emergency crews were called just after 9am. Picture: Paul Amos

10 October 2017

Startling photos show the aftermath of a crash that left a lorry on its side and forced police to close a main road.


Road closed after lorry overturns

The crash happened close to the Blue and White Cafe

10 October 2017

Police have shut a main road following a crash involving a car and lorry close to a cafe.


Council 'lobbying hard' for new HS1 stop

Shepway District Council wants Westenhanger station to become a regular high speed rail stop to service Otterpool Park

10 October 2017

The team developing a garden town in Kent are pressing government for a tiny railway station to become a stop on the high speed rail line.


Busy alleyway reopens to shoppers

The passage links the High Street to the taxi rank outside Wilko

09 October 2017

A busy alleyway closed to allow for works on a shop has reopened.


Border Force officer arrested in guns and drugs swoop

One of the weapons found. Picture: National Crime Agency

09 October 2017

A serving member of the Border Force was one of 12 arrested in a cross-Channel firearms and drugs investigation.

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