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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.

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.

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.

Rising river levels prompt flood warning

High water on the River Medway. Stock picture

27 December 2017

A warning has been issued as the River Medway is expected to burst its banks amid heavy rain.

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Peter Pan stage show a panto smash

Amelia Lily played Tinker Bell

27 December 2017

Kent Online reporter John Nurden gives Peter Pan a big thumbs up

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.

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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.

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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.

Donations pour in to You Can Help

Five Acre Wood School donated 25 shoeboxes filled with Christmas essentials to Maidstone Day Centre

24 December 2017

For the past five weeks, schools, businesses and the public have been donating food, warm clothing and other essential items to Maidstone Day Centre.

Council chiefs predict dip in figures as fee for proms introduced

Proms in the Park, Whatman Park, Maidstone. The Invicta Jazz orchestra play.

24 December 2017

Council chiefs say there will be a dip in attendance at next year’s Proms in the Park after they unanimously approved plans to charge an admission fee

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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.

X Factor mogul's reward for return of missing dog

Morse was dognapped on Pattenden Lane, Marden.

23 December 2017

A family say they are overwhelmed after Simon Cowell offered a £10,000 reward in a bid to reunite their son, 3, with his pet dog for Christmas.

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Arrest after biker injured in crash

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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.

Suspected drink driver charged

Kent Police arrested the driver for driving whilst disqualified, driving whilst unfit through drink and taking the vehicle without the owner's consent. Picture: @KentPoliceTon

23 December 2017

A driver who crashed into a tree and then allegedly fled the scene has been charged with a catalogue of offences.

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...

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Plaque scheme to immortalise town’s sons and daughters

Bob Solly and Topper Headon, former drummer with The Clash, unveiling of the blue plaque to David Bowie who played with the Manish Boys at the Royal Star Hotel in Maidstone.

23 December 2017

The borough council will invite the public to nominate for people they believe to be worth of recognition.

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.

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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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Burglars smash window with rock before stealing bikes

Evernden Cycles in Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood was raided by burglars on Sunday

22 December 2017

Police appealing for information after thieves smashed a shop window with a large rock and stole bicycles which had been on display.

Boy's heartbreaking letter to Santa over stolen puppy

Richard Latter, Amanda Hopkins, and their son, Ed

21 December 2017

A two-year-old boy heartbroken at the theft of his beloved puppy has penned a letter to Father Christmas asking for his help.

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