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Married PC cleared of pestering women for sex but could face retrial

PC Stephen Hughes, when he was a PCSO

A married policeman has today been acquitted of misusing his position to try to persuade several women to have sex with him, but could face a retrial.

Pensioner found beheaded in flat

A Kent pensioner was found beheaded in a tourist area of Mombassa in Kenya

A Kent pensioner has been discovered beheaded in an African apartment as a woman in her 30s is arrested on suspicion of the machete murder.

Flats sealed off after man dies

Emergency services at Court Place in Folkestone. Picture: @Kent_999s

An investigation was launched today when a man died after emergency services were called to a block of flats.

Acquisition leads to Thomas Cook partnership

Holiday Extras is based in Newingreen, near Hythe

A travel services company has earned an exclusive long-term commercial contract with the national agent after buying a company for more than £2m.

School roof catches fire

Kent Fire and Rescue Services attended. Stock image

Firefighters were called after fire struck a roof at the Brockhill Park school near Hythe.

Massage parlour raided by police over trafficking claims

The Pussycats premises in Risborough Lane

Police have searched a massage parlour called Pussycats today as part of an investigation into alleged trafficking and other offences.

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Jail for 'dangerous' robber who groped victim at knifepoint

Alan Richardson was jailed

Homeless Alan Richardson has been sentenced to nearly eight years after groping a woman he was robbing at knifepoint.

Businesses reach for the sky

The Red Arrows

Businesses in Folkestone are backing the plans for next year's airshow by sending their 'own' planes into the sky

Married PC accused of pestering women for sex: 'There was no end game'

PC Stephen Hughes, when he was a PCSO

A PC accused of pestering women for sex has told a court he texted a victim of crime about spending a night in bed - but said there was no "end goal".

Pizza boss to take over Saga

Saga has confirmed it will float on the stock exchange

The former head honcho of Domino's Pizza is to become chief executive of Saga next year.

Baby rescued from early morning fire

Kent Fire and Rescue Services attended. Stock image

A baby was among four people hospitalised, after a fire broke out in a family home in Folkestone early this morning.

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Pub chef spared jail after defrauding his own gran by stealing cheque book

Aaron Horton stole 11 cheques from his grandmother

A thieving pub chef has avoided prison after running up £5,000 of debts after stealing his trusting grandmother's cheque book.

Channel Tunnel site chemical leak

Kent Fire and Rescue Services attended. Stock image

Firefighters were called to a reported chemical leak at the Channel Tunnel site at Cheriton, which turned out to be minor.

Fire rips through kitchen

Fire crews raced to the scene. Stock pic

Crews tackle fire in Folkestone that ripped through kitchen this morning

Thug walks free after attack on police and several assaults on girlfriend

A cocaine-fuelled lover has walked free after subjecting his girlfriend to several violent attacks 'because he wasn't ready to be a father'.

Council pulls plug on loud reggae music

The noise from the reggae music could be heard 50 metres away

A man's had his stereo equipment seized after playing reggae music so loud in his flat it could heard nine doors away.

Police hunt for handbag snatcher

A thief was tackled to the ground by members of the public after he swiped a purse from a woman

Women tell court of PC's 'sex advances'

PC Stephen Hughes, when he was a PCSO

Four women have told a court how a policeman investigating crimes phoned and texted them asking for sex.

Arrests over alleged drug burglary

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A getaway vehicle rolled onto its roof following an alleged £30,000 cannabis burglary.

PC accused of misconduct after 'contacting women for sex'

PC Stephen Hughes, when he was a PCSO

A married policeman used the force computer to approach several women for sex, a court heard.

Motorists warned after spate of car thefts

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Police are warning motorists after a spate of thefts from cars across Folkestone

Drugs bust discovers stash and equipment

The number of people who have been arrested for drug possession has been revealed. Picture: Thinkstock

Police seized a number of cannabis plants and equipment at a property in Folkestone

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Kentish ingredients for new restaurant

Local produce will be served at the Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa

A coastal hotel has formed a partnership with local producers for its new eating destination.

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