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Mum and daughter shocked by 'potty-mouthed' baby doll

Abbie and her mum Sara were shocked by the doll's choice of words.

31 December 2017

A mother and her seven-year-old daughter were left in a state of shock by a toy doll’s 'foul-mouthed' tirade.

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.

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.

New Year's honours joy in Kent

An MBE medal

29 December 2017

People across the county have been named in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for tireless work in their communities.


50 tonnes of rubbish alight near Hop Farm

Fire crews are at the scene. Stock pic

29 December 2017

Two fire engines were called to a blaze near the Hop Farm.

Out with the old and in with the new: how to mark New Year

Enjoy the fireworks at New Year in Kent

29 December 2017

How will you say farewell to 2017 and welcome in 2018? Here's eight ideas to mark New Year in style.

Elderly and vulnerable targeted in credit card scam

Police are appealing for witnesses.

28 December 2017

Officers investigating allegations of fraud involving elderly and vulnerable victims in a credit card scam are appealing to witnesses.

A&E in busiest Christmas Day on record

Maidstone Hospital

28 December 2017

Emergency departments in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells experienced their busiest Christmas Day on record, with 330 patients attending on Monday.


Teenagers arrested on suspicion of planning fuel theft

Stock picture.

28 December 2017

Two teenagers are in custody having been arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal fuel.

Looking back at 2017

Debris is on the road after the A2 fire. Picture: @OldPenguino

28 December 2017

Today we review the news between May and August - including a too-hot cross bun... and a 100ft Theresa May on the white cliffs.

Holding onto your dreams: Of Mice and Men to come to Kent

John Steinbeck's classic is coming to two Kent theatres

28 December 2017

One of the most powerful portraits of the human spirit, and holding onto your dreams, is coming to Kent.

Light snow falling in Kent

Forecasters have warned of icy conditions

27 December 2017

A snow warning is in place for the county, with light flurries hitting parts of Kent.


Pub in the Park festival to come to Kent

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, who is currently in BBC2's Lose Weight for Good, will bring his food and drink festival to Tunbridge Wells

27 December 2017

A food and drink festival that sold out in just 24 hours when it was held last year, is set to come to the county next summer.


Do you have to put up with firework noise?

Fireworks: some love then, some hate them

25 December 2017

If you are thinking of celebrating with fireworks tonight, best make sure you know the rules.


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.

Christmas Day with the stars: panto stars tells us about theirs

Michael Greco is playing Abanazar in panto in Tunbridge Wells Picture: Phil Lee

24 December 2017

Does your Christmas Day include presents and pigs in blankets? Stars of panto across the county have been telling us what they're hoping for.

Arrest after biker injured in crash


23 December 2017

A man has been arrested after a motorcyclist was injured in a crash which closed a main road for six hours this morning.

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.


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.

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