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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.


Footage of Kent man's escalator slide fail goes viral

Friend James Gower (@_Gower) has had his video shared by thousands

22 December 2017

Video of a tipsy tube escalator slide going wrong has been shared by thousands.


Delays as car blocks road following crash

Drivers should expect delays

22 December 2017

A two-vehicle collision has left a key road partially obstructed.

Backlash over 3.6million-tonne sandpit proposal

Andy Betts took a picture of the proposed site, highlighted in red, on his drone.

22 December 2017

Residents have rallied over the suggestion farmland could be used as a sand quarry for 24 years.


Vote decides Kent Messenger's Charity of the Year 2018

Causes selected to be KM Charity of the Year 2018 will collaborate with the KM Charity Team on fundraising events including the KM Colour Run.

22 December 2017

The winner of a public vote to decide KM's charity of the year for 2018 has been revealed.


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.

Up your game and get fit by taking up golf

Try your hand at golf and get fit and out in the fresh air at Littlestone Golf Club in Kent

22 December 2017

Looking to get fit, take up a new sport and make friends? Then try your hand at golf at welcoming Littlestone Golf Club. Sponsored editorial.

Jewellery stolen as woman confronts burglary suspect

Police would like to speak to this man.

20 December 2017

Detectives have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak after a woman disturbed a burglary suspect she found inside her home.


Schools set for multi-million-pound extension

Steps are being taken to address a shortfall of around 120 school places next year. Stock image

20 December 2017

Five heavily over-subscribed secondary schools are to expand in the hope of addressing a shortfall of around 120 places next year.

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Gritters were are out in force on December 10 and 11. Picture: Highways England.

19 December 2017

Meteorologists have revealed the likelihood of snow falling in Kent on Christmas Day.


Car bursts into flames after crash

Police are at the scene

18 December 2017

A road was blocked in both directions while emergency services dealt with an accident involving two cars.

Drivers warned to expect fog

Drivers are warned to take extra care in the fog

18 December 2017

Fog is expected to descend on parts of the county, sparking a weather warning from forecasters.


Top Kent chef's tasty tips for the perfect Christmas dinner

Chris and James Tanner of the Kentish Hare in Bidborough

18 December 2017

Need a hand in the kitchen this Christmas? One of the county's top chefs gives his top tips for the sweet smell of success on Christmas Day.


Police hunt men who helped in house fire aftermath

Police and fire service investigators in St Mary's Road, Tonbridge

14 December 2017

Police investigating a mystery house fire want to talk to two men who helped in the aftermath, including one who rescued a cat from the property.

Woman dies in crash

Police were called to the scene. Library image.

14 December 2017

A woman has died and three others are in hospital after three cars were involved in a crash on a road near a Kent village.


Passenger dies in crash

Police were called to the scene. Library image.

14 December 2017

A passenger has been killed in a crash involving three vehicles.

Appeal for witnesses to hit-and-run-crash

Police and secamb are at the scene. Stock image

13 December 2017

Witnesses are sought to a hit-and-run crash which left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.

Biker injured in 'hit and run'

Emergency crews have been called to the crash. Stock picture

12 December 2017

A road was closed for several hours after a motorcyclist was knocked off his bike by a BMW which did not stop.

Tributes to 'loving, gentle' grandfather

John Stewart

11 December 2017

A grandfather who died after being hit by a car has been remembered as a "loving, gentle man" who loved the great outdoors in a touching tribute.

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