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Distressed children hidden in 'coffin'

The lorry which was used to hide three children and two adults

Three youngsters, aged between two and six, were smuggled into the UK in a secret compartment underneath a flat-bed lorry.


Baby-faced thug called disabled woman 'flea ridden'

Jonathan Rolfe - Google

A baby-faced thug called a woman in a wheelchair ‘flea ridden’ in a tirade of abuse, then threatened to bottle her if she called the police.


GP crisis deepens as doctors at busy surgery retire

Stock picture of GP in a surgery with patient

Kent's GP shortage intensified this week with news that two long-standing doctors at a surgery with 10,000 patients on its books are to retire.


Baby found dead by gran at holiday home

Robin van Reyn was found unresponsive by his grandmother. Library image, posed by model.

A six-month-old baby died after his grandmother left him to sleep in a double bed while holidaying on the Kent coast, an inquest heard.

New town centre restaurant set for opening

The tearoom where Kent chef David Hart is opening The Folkestone Wine Company next month. Picture: @folkestonewine/Twitter

A chef who has worked in a Michelin-starred Kent restaurant is opening a new place in one of the county's seaside towns.

Teenagers arrested in connection with school raid

Morehall Primary School. Picture: Google.

A pair of teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of raiding a Kent primary school.

A fine mess!

Three gardens in Folkestone with piles of rubbish stacked up has left the residents with huge fines

Three people have been fined thousands of pounds after leaving piles of rubbish in their gardens.


Fire next to takeaway shop

Firefighters were called after smoke was seen coming out of a house in a residential street.

Kent GP surgeries set to benefit from £4m cash injection

Stock picture of GP in a surgery with patient

A new training scheme for GPs will see them offered £20,000 to take up posts in "hard to recruit areas", health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

Care home that 'smells of cat urine' in special measures

Dementia patients were discovered with unexplained cuts and bruises at St Claire Care Home, Folkestone: Google

Residents at a Kent care home suffered unexplained bruising and tears to their skin and were unable to complain to untrained staff.


Child in costume filmed in 'bizarre' bar burglary

The masked raiders sized up the phone left on the bar

Bizarre footage of a child dressed in a Halloween costume has emerged showing him stealing from a club's bar.


BMW stuck on beach rescued by coastguard

The BMW had to be pulled to safety by a JCB. Pic: Folkestone Coastguard

A BMW had to be pulled to safety by a JCB after getting stuck on a beach.


First Class ... out today!

First Class appears in KM Group newspapers the week starting October 9

Don't forget to grab a copy of today's paper which features a special souvenir of your child's start to life at school.

Ex police officer faces jail for child sex offences

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

A retired police officer has been told to expect jail after admitting asking a child to send him explicit images of herself on the internet.

Former pub site ‘will be foodie paradise’

Ben Cuthbert

An entrepreneur has revealed his plans to convert a run-down pub into a traditional Kentish tavern and fresh fish restaurant.


Unique sports park building to start within weeks

Building on Folkestone's Urban Sports Park is due to start within weeks. Picture courtesy of Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

Building for a unique world-first urban sports park in a Kent town is due to start in the next few weeks, project managers have announced today.

Teen arrested after drugs bust

The Leas in Folkestone where police carried out a raid and arrested a teenager from London. Picture: Google

Police have arrested a teenager after a drugs bust on a town's seafront.

Harbour shops could be open for winter

Renovation work at Folkestone Harbour Station

The long-awaited redevelopment of a town seafront is gathering pace with food and drink outlets expected to open within months.


Stabbing - two charged

Police are investigating. Stock picture

Two youths have been charged after a man was stabbed.

Man injured in suspected hit and run

Stock image

Emergency crews were called after a man was reportedly hit by a car which then left the scene.

Google pops in to give residents digital advice

Google is offering advice to businesses and residents to develop their digital skills

Businesses and residents will be involved in workshops led by Google staff to boost their digital skills to boost business.

Teens held over stabbing

Two teenagers were arrested after a stabbing which left a man needing to be taken to hospital. Picture: @monsieurijh

Two teenagers remain in custody after being arrested in a park following a stabbing which left a man needing hospital treatment.

Bolton 'likely' to contest election in Kent

Henry Bolton, Ukip's new leader

Ukip's new leader Henry Bolton says he is likely to stand as a candidate in Kent in the next general election.


Arrests in town centre park after stabbing

Police at Radnor Park in Folkestone. Picture: @monsieurijh

Police descended on a town centre park after a man was injured in a knife attack.

Police descend on park

Police at Radnor Park in Folkestone. Picture: @monsieurijh

Three police cars have been spotted at a popular town centre park.

Extra cash announced for garden town

An artist's impression of how the finished Otterpool Park will look at ground level

More money to develop plans for the latest garden town in Kent has been announced by the government today.

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