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Major road reopens after emergency repairs

Surface damage on the A249. Picture: Hugh Fitzgibbon

05 January 2018

Part of a busy dual carriageway has reopened after being shut for emergency repairs after a mammoth pothole stretching 100ft opened up.


Ambulance crisis at A&E

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04 January 2018

A third of people were left waiting in ambulances for more than half an hour outside A&E units in Kent last week.


Kent youngster's starring role

All The Money In The World premieres tonight. Picture: PA Photo/Sony Pictures Releasing/All The Money US, LLC/Fabio Lovino

03 January 2018

A young boy from Kent stars in a blockbuster movie which premieres tonight.


Kent hospitals on highest state of alert

Medway Maritime Hospital. Library image

02 January 2018

Some Kent hospitals are on the highest level of alert - with pressure escalating and an "increased possibility of patient care being compromised".


Singer Cheryl makes her mind up to dance on ice

Cheryl Baker in Dancing on Ice Picture: ITV Plc

02 January 2018

Singer and former Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker gets her skates on to take part in ITV's Dancing On Ice.

Review of the Year: Part 2

Scenes at the Holborough Lakes fire in September

31 December 2017

We reveal what stories made the papers for the second half of 2017.

Hotel guest charged with burglary

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30 December 2017

A hotel guest has been arrested and charged by police with burglary.

Review of the Year: Part one

Francis O'Sullivan died after an incident at a New Year's Day pram race. Picture: Andy Jones

30 December 2017

We look back at the stories that made the headlines in the Kent Messenger over the past 12 months.

Man in motorway halts traffic

Police have blocked Kent-bound traffic

28 December 2017

Emergency services were sent to at scene of a major "police incident" on the M25.


Court date for man accused of spitting in police officer's face

Police have charged a man. Stock image

28 December 2017

A man reported to have spat in a police officer’s face has been arrested and charged.

Body found in search for missing pensioner

Ken Henson.

28 December 2017

The body of a pensioner missing for seven months has been found by a member of the public on Boxing Day.


Merry Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of year

25 December 2017

We wish all our readers and advertisers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

It will be all right on December 25…

The reindeer was removed following a shopper's complaint

23 December 2017

Forget all the trimmings, Christmas can also produce the odd turkey. We look back at some of the festive fails of the season...


Support on streets with flip-flops and lollipops

Maidstone Street Pastors out patrolling the streets on Saturday Night. Michelle Sheehan talks to bar promotors Becky and Shane. Picture: Matthew Walker.

23 December 2017

Meet the team of volunteers sacrificing their festive nights to make sure others stay safe during the season's celebrations.


Detectives investigating antiques shop theft charge man

Emergency services are at the scene. Stock image

22 December 2017

Detectives investigating a theft at an antiques shop have charged a man.

Elves give children party to remember

David Stokes (CEO CLAPA), Theresa Bruce and Matt Bruce

22 December 2017

The cleft lip and palate association treated families to a day of festive fun to ring in the holiday season.

Police hunt flasher who exposed himself in park

Emergency services are at the scene. Stock image

22 December 2017

Police are hunting a flasher who walked out of some bushes and exposed himself to two girls in a park.

Arrest after jewellery and sports car stolen in burglary

Police have charged a man. Stock image

21 December 2017

Police have arrested a 32-year-old man following a day time break in.

Man arrested after police stop car driving without headlights on

Emergency services are at the scene. Stock image

21 December 2017

A 21-year-old man was stopped by police at 3am for driving without any headlights on before being arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through

Girl, 7, collects 800 gifts for children in care

Melisa Robinson and Lilly Osborne with the presents they dropped off at KCC’s Kings Hill offices.

21 December 2017

A generous schoolgirl collected and helped wrap hundreds of presents for children who "won't be with their mummies and daddies" this Christmas.

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