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Two people taken to hospital after a fire in an airing cupboard

A man and a woman had to be treated for smoke inhalation last night.

We’re glad Mary Portas didn’t film in our town

Mary Portas came to Dartford town centre last year.

Mary Portas’s new TV show focused on just three of the 12 towns chosen to be Portas Pilots - and Dartford wasn’t one of them.

Thousands of jobs to be created as Bluewater expands

Bluewater shopping centre. Picture: Nick Thornton

Bluewater has been given the go ahead for a 20% expansion.

The man who cracked the dial-Vinci code

Nigel Clarke. Picture: SWNS

A frustrated phone user was so fed up hanging on the line and pressing buttons to call centres he decided to crack the code...

The doctor will see you... NOW!

Grahame and Lucy Smithers and their daughter Jessie

New mum Lucy Smithers came away with more than the usual pills and lotions during a routine visit to her GP...

Fireball after bonfire lit with petrol-soaked rag

A man was lucky to escape without injury after he set light to a bonfire with a petrol-soaked rag - and then accidentally kicked over a petrol can.

In your Dartford Messenger this week

Don't miss our Cute Kids competition in this week's Dartford Messenger - there's £500 to be won.

Girls chased by flasher on way to school

Hextable School, Egerton Avenue, Hextable

A pervert chased two screaming teenage girls after flashing at them near a churchyard.

Probe after man killed by lorry on M25

The M25 clockwise was shut between J3 and J4

Witnesses are being sought after a pedestrian in his 40s, from Swanley, was killed by a lorry on the M25 early today.

Workshop evacuated amid fears for cylinder safety

A fire engine during a call-out. Library picture

Fire crews threw a safety cordon around a workshop after a potentially dangerous gas cylinder started 'venting'.

Stone scouts take on 3 peaks to buy minibus

Intrepid scouts and their leaders are taking on three of Great Britain’s tallest mountains to raise enough money to buy a new minibus.

Workshop now safe from risk of exploding

A building in Burnham Road, which was at risk of exploding due to a highly flammable gas cylinder overheating, is now safe.

Horse trader fined for failing to dispose carcasses properly

A horse trader from Dartford had narrowly avoided jail after being found guilty of failing to dispose of dead horses properly.

Road closure for bridge maintenance at A20 Swanley

Bridge repairs start tonight on the A20 near Swanley and involved overnight closures.

£8k donation to Darent Valley Hospital

Dartford firefighter Sonny Mangat, Senior Sister and Midwife Sarah Blanchard with firefighter Gary Abrahams, firefighter Tim Wilmot and Sister Michelle Wright

Firefighters laid down their hoses to hand over £8,000 worth of specialist equipment to Darent Valley Hospital’s Little Buds Fund.

New Mayor for Dartford

Dartford Mayor for 2013/2014, Cllr Patsy Thurlow, and her escort, Denzil Reynolds.

Dartford's new Mayor has been appointed.

In your Dartford Messenger this week

Find out what's in your Dartford Messenger this week.

Man airlifted to hospital after fall from bridge

Police stock image

A man was taken to hospital in the second fall from a bridge near Dartford in a matter of hours.

Woman dies after fall from Dartford bridge

The QEII bridge has been closed

A woman has died after falling from the QEII bridge earlier today.

Review: Sleeping Beauty On Ice

Dancing On Ice star Olga Sharutenko plays Sleeping Beauty

The Imperial Ice Stars performed Sleeping Beauty at Dartford's Orchard Theatre

Snooker star's pride at final

Barry Hawkins in action

Snooker fans were cheering all the way for Dartford sensation Barry Hawkins after he made it through to the final of the World Championship.

Sparks were flying for Question Time

BBC's Question Time programme broadcast from the Mick Jagger Centre.

The NHS, bus passes and global consumerism were just some of the topics up for discussion when BBC Question Time was broadcast from Dartford.

Inquest adjourned into motorcyclist's death

Scene of the accident at Princes Road, Dartford near the A282 junction.

The inquest into the death of a biker who died after a crash with a car on the M25 slip road at Dartford has been adjourned.

Man in hospital after his garage caught fire

A man suffered burn wounds after his garage caught fire in Bean.

Man dies at Dartford train station

The scene at Dartford train station this morning. Picture by @omg_itstashan

Dartford train station was closed this morning after a man died.

Snooker player Hawkins loses championship bid against Ronnie O'Sullivan

Snooker player Barry Hawkins

Kent's Barry Hawkins' hopes were dashed in a brave snooker World Championship final at the Crucible.

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