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Kent festive events through to Christmas Day

The animals also enjoy Christmas at Howletts near Canterbury

13 December 2017

From fireside treats to adrenaline-rush snow tubing, and shopping and skating to meeting reindeer it's all here: your guide to Kent Christmas events.

Council chief weighs in on hospital debate

Kent County Council leader Paul Carter

08 December 2017

A council leader has added his voice to back calls for a new hospital in east Kent, and wants the health trust to find a "third option" for patients.


Swimming pool roof comes loose in Storm Caroline

Stock picture of swimming pool. Copyright: Thinkstock

07 December 2017

High winds and driving rain brought in by Storm Caroline have forced the closure of a swimming pool after its roof was damaged.

House prices rise by £11,000

The average house price in Canterbury has spiked by 29% in a decade. Stock image

05 December 2017

The average property price in Kent has gone up by more than £11,000 in the last 12 months, according to the latest figures.


Kent's beaches 'shocking'

Rubbish washed up on a beach. Library picture courtesy of Joss Bay Surf School

04 December 2017

New figures have put Kent amongst the worst places in the country for waste dumped on our beaches.


People will 'starve' if foreign fruit pickers shut out

Frazer Thompson of Chapel Down

04 December 2017

The boss of winemaker Chapel Down says people will starve if a Brexit deal is not agreed to allow free movement of labour for foreign fruit pickers.


Burglars smash their way into business

Police are appealing for witnesses.

04 December 2017

Burglars fled in a 4x4 after being disturbed as they smashed their way into a business.

Former teacher who molested pupils jailed

Geoffrey Oborn. Picture: Kent Police

01 December 2017

A former maths teacher and home tutor who molested three pupils almost 40 years ago has been jailed.

Video lays bare family's heartache after drink-drive death

Passenger Will Funnell died in a crash on Linton Hill

01 December 2017

The family of a teenage passenger killed in a horrific car crash have launched an emotional video appeal in support of an anti drink-driving campaign.


Fire-ravaged Tesco to re-open

The revamped Tesco Express store is set to re-open

01 December 2017

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

Fears 'super hospital' plan ignores impact on patients

The A&E at the William Harvey.

30 November 2017

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.


Winemaker turns to gin

Chapel Down has launched Bacchus Gin

30 November 2017

A winemaker has made its first venture into the spirits market using grapes from last year’s harvest.


Two festive dates of soul and Squeeze

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook

28 November 2017

Squeeze stars Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook and soul singer Mica Paris will play two intimate, festive gigs in December.

Police called to church after man abused congregation

St Mildred's Church in Tenterden

26 November 2017

A man seen "acting strangely" in a church was asked to leave after hurling abuse and threats at members of the congregation.

Pensioner reported missing after visiting village has been found

Stock image

25 November 2017

Police have revealed the good news early on Sunday that missing man has been found safe.


How's this for a nativity display?

The nativity display outside Zion Baptist Church in Tenterden. Picture courtesy @TenterdenTown

25 November 2017

A church has drafted in a balloon modeller to tell the story of Nativity this year.


Resident angered after ‘petty’ note left on car

Somebody has been leaving aggressive notes on parked cars in Hales Close

24 November 2017

A resident was angry to find that a 'petty' note had been left on her grandson's car, as they attended her mother's wake.


Trust to consider 'super hospital' - at expense of other two

The urgent care centre at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital

24 November 2017

Health chiefs are to formally consider plans for a 'super' hospital in east Kent - which could mean the loss of A&E departments in two towns.


This shop can't wait for Black Friday to arrive

23 November 2017

Shoppers in Ashford could be excused for feeling confused as a charity store offers them the chance to cash in on Black Friday bargains a day early.


Let there be festive light: Christmas lights across Kent

Christmas lights will be switched on across Kent

22 November 2017

Grab a slice of the festive action and head to a Christmas lights switch-on near you with our guide to ones happening across the county.

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