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Teen suffers neck injuries in crash

Emergency crews at the scene of the accident in Gravesend

A young woman was cut free from a car after an accident at a roundabout this afternoon.

Men to be charged over £1.4m arson attack

Cygnet Leisure Centre, Old Perry Street, Northfleet

Two men said to be responsible for an arson attack on a leisure centre which caused £1.4 million of damage will be formally charged next month.

Road improvement ceremony marred by crash

Tim Read, Head of Highway Transport at KCC watches a driver make off after crashing into a new road sign at the new drop-off area in Rathmore Road, Gravesend

A driver damaged a new sign and drove off in front of councillors as they gathered to celebrate a road improvement scheme

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Time for a reboot...

 Ebbsfleet United Walking Football Team

A team of veteran footballers is moving into the digital age by using new technology to monitor fitness levels

Man charged after girl, 2, disturbed burglar

A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. Picture: Thinkstock

A man has been remanded in custody after being charged over a burglary.

Let the celebrations begin...

The Chinese New Year procession continues up Gravesend High Street

Shoppers will be treated to pancake races and dancing lions when they head into town.

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Most cost-effective commuter towns revealed

The table combines average rent, season ticket prices and time spent travelling

Here are the Kent towns that feature on a new league table of the most cost-effective commuter areas.

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Flood alerts as tidal surge expected

Flooding by the shore in Gravesend

Water is rising over the riverside along the Rivers Medway and Thames, and ferry cancellations are expected this afternoon.

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Brazen shoe thief caught on temple CCTV

The police initially detained the woman

A woman who was caught on camera stealing shoes from a Sikh temple went free after the victim declined to press charges.

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Man arrested after child woken by burglar

A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary. Picture: Thinkstock

A man has been arrested after an intruder was reportedly forced to flee when he walked into a young girl's bedroom and was startled by her screams.

First brewery in 80 years

James Hayward and Charlie Venner toast the opening

A part of Kent without a brewery since the 1930s now has one as part of attempts to preserve the industry.

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Tributes to veteran councillor

Former mayor and councillor Bill Dyke was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough in 2016

A councillor who served Gravesham for 45 years and was twice mayor has died aged 90.

Tree felling ends in costly court case

An entrance to New Ash Green shopping centre. Caption: Google Maps

A shopping centre manager has been ordered to pay a total of £8,770 after cutting down protected trees.

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Sanctuary ‘blessed’ with gifts for homeless

The Gravesend Messenger's Chris Hunter, left and right Daniel Green and Ed McConnell hand over some of the donations to Lorna and Stephen Nolan of Sanctuary at the Gravesend Methodist Church

Charity volunteers have praised those who responded to the Gravesend Messenger's homeless appeal

Popular Historian who died was 'unique in every way'

Historian and a popular figure around Gravesend, Tony Larkin, has died.

Beloved historian, Tony Larkin, has been remembered by his family after he died.

Man pummelled in face after row

Police were called. Stock pic.

Police are hunting a group of men who repeatedly punched a man in the face following an argument.

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Man, 21, charged after spate of robberies

Jack Percival faces several charges. Stock pic

A 21-year-old man accused of committing robberies across north Kent has been remanded in custody.

Man jailed for village burglaries

Carl Smith was jailed for three years and two months. Picture: Kent Police

A burglar who claimed he was asleep at the time of his offences will spend more than three years behind bars.

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Fast food restaurant applies for drive thru

McDonald's have submitted an application seeking permission from Dartford council to add a drive thru lane to its premises.

A McDonald's restaurant is bidding for a new drive-through lane as part of its refit.

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Anger after oven door explodes

The oven which exploded was not even in use at the time

An 83-year-old woman narrowly avoided injury after an oven door exploded when it was not in use.

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Horror film is "so bad it's good"

A scene from low budget horror film The Left Hand Path.

The makers of The Left Hand Path are hoping their film might find a cult following among horror fans.

Family's appeal after cancelled operation

Vinnie Marshall is still waiting for an operation to help him regain the use of his arm after a crash in 2016

Biker Vinnie Marshall could face amputation after the NHS cancelled an operation to restore movement in his arm.

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Date set for popular historian's funeral

Historian and a popular figure around Gravesend, Tony Larkin, has died.

The date has been set for the funeral of much-loved local historian Tony Larkin.

Two pensioners arrested over 1980s 'murder'

Harbans Kaur Lally disapperaed in the 1980s

A man and a woman in their 70s have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a teenage girl more than 30 years ago.

Cockfighters in court after graphic video posted online

The footage was posted by 'Shamo Bill'

Two men have admitted animal welfare charges after posting videos bragging about the barbaric blood sport on Facebook. Warning: graphic images.

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Scheme to combine services scrapped

The scheme was expected to save £100,000 a year in Gravesham alone

A scheme by two councils to combine services and save tens of thousands of pounds has been scrapped after nine months of planning.

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