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Theme park opening date pushed back again

The giant theme park is now scheduled to open in 2023

The company behind plans to build a giant theme park in Kent has pushed back its expected opening date for a fourth time to 2023.


Pitching in to help Ellie

Ellie Boakes and dad Dave, Dartford fire station manager

Firefighters are putting on a community fun day to raise money in aid of a colleague’s daughter.


Thieves steal dead woman's jewellery

Two men have been charged by police. Stock image

Cash was also taken during the burglary and police are appealing for information.

Man charged with multiple burglaries

Maidstone Magistrates' Court

He will be in court charged with two counts of burglary and three counts of attempted burglary.

'I went to the doctor's with a cold and came out with cancer'

He was one of the first people in the country to be treated with pembrolizumab. Picture: Gary Browne

A grandfather and former construction worker who is battling lung cancer is one of the first people in the country to get a pioneering new drug.


Traffic clears after crossing crash

Traffic on the approach. Picture: Kent Highways

Delays have cleared after a crash near the Dartford Crossing.

Delays after car blaze

Emergency services at the scene. Picture: Highways England

Motorists faced long delays on a busy motorway after as emergency services dealt with a serious incident.

History repeats itself

Lord John Attlee, grandson of Clement, unveils a commemorative plaque

The grandson of a former Prime Minister followed in his grandfather's footsteps by opening a block of new council homes.


Work on new homes set to begin

View from park to new access route to Lowfield Street

Construction will get under way on a long-awaited town-centre development before the end of the year.


Bluewater adds handbags and truffles

Luxury accessories outlet Coach and chocolatier Godiva will open at Kent's biggest shopping centre in September.

Lanes closed after serious crash

Stock image of the Bean Interchange. Picture: Google Street View

Three lanes were shut after a serious crash on one of Kent's busiest arterial roads.


'Very touchy' teacher struck off

Dartford Science and Technology College

A 60-year-old teacher who behaved inappropriately with teenage girls has been banned from the profession.

Mobile cafe serves up tea and info

Barbara Bentley and Sheila Moore enjoy a cuppa. Picture: Steve Crispe

A unique attraction rolled into a Kent village, offering a cuppa and cake as well as the chance to learn about the heritage of the area.

Dartford Festival in pictures

Liverpool indie-rockers Space entertain the crowds. Picture: Steve Crispe

It's been a week since thousands flocked to Central Park for Dartford Festival so here are some pictures of the day for those missing it already.

Appeal for driver after child hit by car

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Police are trying to find a driver after a child was hit by a car and suffered multiple injuries.

Woman trapped after lorry crash near crossing

Emergency crews at the scene of the crash

Firefighters have cut the roof off a car to free a woman trapped after a crash with a lorry near the Dartford Crossing.


Appeal for missing boy Elijah Boateng

Missing Dartford boy Elijah Boateng

Police are appealing for information to help find a missing 12-year-old boy.

Missing boy found

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Elijah Boateng, who was reported missing on Friday, has now been found.

Welcome to Ebbsfit!

Susan Butterfill 65 from Greenhithe

A pioneering scheme will see residents at a new garden city given Fitbits - with developers building leisure spaces around how they exercise.


'Help me achieve my American dream'

Katie Jo Durant has been accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in New York

A Kent teenager has been accepted into a New York drama academy whose graduates include Grace Kelly and Anne Hathaway, but there's just one catch.


Social media meltdown after chocolate burns

One woman stole chocolate bars. Picture: GettyImages

This morning saw a lorry full of chocolate bars go up in smoke on the A2 and the reaction on social media has been sweet.


Accident on busy bridge

The QEII Bridge

A motorway lane has been closed due to an accident.


A2 lanes reopen after lorry fire

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

All lanes of the A2 have reopened after a lorry fire... but the vehicle reignited elsewhere.


Hospital warns of staff shortages as Brexit hits

Last winter, A&E at Medway Maritime struggled to cope with extreme demand. Image: Thinkstock

A hospital has warned it could face a staffing crisis as Brexit makes it more difficult to employ nurses from the continent.


Flewins celebrate blue sapphire milestone

Peter and Madge Flewin celebrate 65 years of marriage

Respect, trust, and a love of family life are what have helped a besotted couple reach 65 years of marriage.


Girl hailed a life-saver after smoke drama

Isabelle Lowden, 7, with dad, Andy, and firefighters from Dartford fire station

A girl aged just seven saved the life of an elderly neighbour after seeing smoke pouring from her home.

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