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Police allay concerns over public 'training exercise'

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Police have allayed concerns over a flurry of unmarked cars and army helicopters in a district of Kent.

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Residents escape fire at block of flats

Fire services at the scene.

Residents caught up in a fire at a block of flats have described how the banged on doors to alert other neighbours as smoke filled the building.

Two people in hospital after flat fire

Crews wearing breathing apparatus are in the flats. Stock picture

Two people are in hospital after a blaze broke out in a basement flat.

Buggy battery thefts linked to crystal meth production

Sene Valley Golf Club - Google

More than 40 golf buggy batteries were stolen in a co-ordinated raid, amid police warnings the acid could be used to make a highly addictive drug.

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Masked raiders hurt elderly man in burglary bid

Men in balaclavas tried to break into the property. Picture: istock.com

A man in his 80s suffered a head injury when would-be burglars in balaclavas tried to smash their way into his home.

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Industrial accident victim named

Ashley King

A young man who died in an industrial accident has been named locally, as loved ones pay tribute to a "big hearted character".

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Surgery taken out of special measures

Central Surgery in Cheriton Road, Folkestone has come out of special measures

A GP surgery has been taken out of special measures after inspectors saw improvements in the quality of its service.

School threatens to sue parents

Brockhill Park Performing Arts College

Letters from solicitors have been sent to parents for accusing a school of failing to act on complaints of bullying.

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Man dies in 'industrial incident'

A man in his 20s died

A man has been killed in what is being described as an 'industrial incident' as police launch an investigation.

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Patients' shock at dental surgery's sudden closure

Earlsgate Dental Practice

A dental practice that abruptly shut its doors was under investigation by health authorities for "wide-ranging failings".

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Fresh murder appeal brings new leads

Taxi driver Derek Brann was murdered in 1988 - his body was found on the M20. Picture: Kent Police

A renewed investigation into the murder of a taxi driver 29 years ago has had an "encouraging response", say police.

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Film star stuns shoppers

Sir Anthony Hopkins in Sandgate with Peter Troy

An Oscar-winning Hollywood actor shared a joke with passers-by after being spotted in a Kent high street.

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Two hurt in head-on crash

Canterbury Road has been closed near Folkestone after a crash. Picture: Chloe-Jade Graham

Police and ambulance crews were called after a head-on smash on a hill left two people hurt and one in hospital.

Takeaways score 1 out of 5 for food hygiene

Sunshine Grill in Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone

The latest probe into food hygiene standards in south Kent has given two takeaways ratings of just one out of five.

Explosion during Remembrance parade

Smoke filled the pavement. Picture: Andy Payton

An area has been cordoned off following an underground explosion during a Remembrance Sunday parade.

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Hendrix festival to celebrate links with town

Jimi Hendrix

A weekend of entertainment is being laid on to honour one of the world's most famous musicians who frequently visited Kent.

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Taxi driver's murder reviewed after 29 years

Taxi driver Derek Brann was murdered in 1988 - his body was found on the M20. Picture: Kent Police

The sons of a taxi driver murdered 29 years ago are appealing to the public to help catch their father's killer as detectives renew the case.

Alcoholic grandfather stole charity collection tin

Philip Goldstone was convicted of a string of thefts at Folkestone Magistrate's Court

A judge rapped a weeping alcoholic grandfather for snatching a cat sanctuary’s donation tin to pay for his addiction.

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Medical chiefs' fears over deepening GP crisis

Folkestone East Family Practice

Medical chiefs today have warned the GP crisis is deepening, with a surgery in Folkestone with 4,500 patients forced to close its doors this week.

Hitch-hiker forces driver to crash

Charlie Gisby - Google

A hitchhiker ‘nearly killed’ himself by leaping in front of an oncoming car, waving his arms and forcing the driver to swerve and crash to avoid him.

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Jealous thug slashed man's neck on doorstep

Gerard Keogh. Picture: Kent Police.

A "controlling, aggressive and jealous" thug stabbed and slashed his ex's stepfather in the neck after making death threats and trashing her home.

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Bridge struck but trains running as normal

Folkestone West where a vehicle has hit the bridge. Picture: Google

Trains were cancelled after a vehicle struck a bridge over a busy road next to a station.

Hundreds of patients left without GP urged to register

Folkestone East Family Practice

All patients who have applied for a new GP have been allocated but 1,300 still remain unregistered as NHS bosses urge them to sign up with new doctor.

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Drugs probe at family park

Radnor Park public toilets following reports of suspected drug taking

Action is being taken to tackle suspected drug abuse inside a popular Kent family park.

Sadness as popular bar and restaurant closes

Googies Art Cafe in Folkestone is closing

Shock and sadness after an award-winning Kent restaurant and bar announces it will be closing this weekend.

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Brexit monument could be built in Kent

The monument is proposed to be built on land overlooking the Channel Tunnel

A design competition for a £17,500 'Brexit monument' has been launched by a school in Paris.

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