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Nine rescued from River Thames by Gravesend Lifeboat crews

A lifeboat in action

Updated: Nine people who had to be plucked to safety from the River Thames were members of Gravesend Rowing Club.

'He got what he deserved!'

A woman groped by her family doctor has spoken out for the women whose lives he 'devastated' - after he was jailed for 11 years.

Missing man discovered safe

Missing Gravesend man John Broom

A man missing from his Gravesend home has been found safe, police said today.

Fracas in Gravesend town centre

Police in Gravesend High Street

Police were called after a disturbance in Gravesend town centre.

Government ruling clears way for Heritage Quarter?

How the Heritage Quarter will look along West Street

The government has written to Gravesham council to confirm it will not be challenging the decision on the controversial plans.

One lump or two?

Dirty water coming out of Dave Brown's taps

Neighbours got a shock when they turned on their taps... to see this brown sludge pouring out.

Regulars raise cash for wheelchair

Ben Fuller in his new wheelchair with Karen Tivers, Debbie and Paul Hockley, Keith Dorey, Wayne Fuller and Sally Whiffin.

Drinkers enjoying a Southfleet pub’s beer festival not only raised a glass or two but also vital cash to help a young cerebral palsy sufferer.

In today's Gravesend Messenger

Find out what stories are in this week's issue...

Ex-GP jailed for 11 years after string of sex assaults on patients

A former GP is behind bars for indecently assaulting patients during routine examinations in a "dreadful abuse" of their trust.

Trespasser sparks high-speed train delays

A high speed train

Passengers have been facing severe delays on high-speed trains this afternoon following a trespasser on the line near Ebbsfleet.

Prisoner needed 50 stitches after vicious attack

Belmarsh Prison in Woolwich

A prisoner who left a fellow inmate with horrendous injuries after an attack with a "vile-looking weapon" has been jailed for more than eight years.

Council's urgent plea... for 1,200 elf hats!

An elf sporting a green hat, similar to those sought by Gravesham council.

Bosses at a Kent council are looking for someone to supply them with 1,200 elf hats in time for Christmas.

Woman flees home in bungalow blaze

A woman fled her home this morning after an electrical fault caused a fire in her kitchen.

Residents celebrate official opening

Official opening of Christian Fields

Residents at Christian Fields were joined by Gravesham MP Adam Holloway to celebrate the completion of a housing estate.

New American diner opens with a little help from Stacey

Opening of new diner by Stacey Mowle. With Danielle and Sam Gay, Pete Gurr, Samantha, Warren and Jake Mowle.

Now that’s a blast from the past daddy-o - a hip new diner that is off the hook and open to all cats and chicks.

Emaciated pony dumped by road

The horse on Cobhambury Road, Cobham

The RSPCA are investigating after a pony was found dumped by the side of the road with a rope and clip wrapped round its head.

Man to stand trial accused of racially abusing police officer

Gravesend town centre

A man from Northfleet will stand trial next month accused of being racially abusive to a police officer in Gravesend town centre.

Teen shot himself dead after police visit

Tragic teenager Charlie Booth took his own life

A schoolboy shot himself dead just hours after being spoken to by police about text messages with a girl, an inquest heard.

Are children at risk?

Take the kids for a swim this weekend. Picture: ThinkStock

Ahead of Drowning Prevention Week, a swimming instructor says it’s 'scary how many kids have never been in pool’...

Pupils’ Voice of experience

Singer Adam Barron will be accompanying guitarist Dave Colwell on stage

Memories of performing with Hollywood actress Gemma Arterton were rekindled as Gravesend The Voice contestant Adam Barron returned to school.

Lee Mack helps out seriously ill Stacey

Lee Mack at the Woodville. Pictures by Ninja Knight.

Lee Mack came to Gravesend last night to help raise cash for seriously ill Gravesend girl Stacey Mowle.

Mystery of machine gun in rucksack

Lower Rochester Road, Higham.

Police are continuing to investigate after a cyclist stumbled across a lethal cache of weapons and bullets in a rucksack dumped in a quiet village.

Woman trapped in car after crash

A woman has been taken to hospital after a car crash in Bean.

Hero's monument 'attacked by vandals'

The Gordon Memorial, at the Riverside Leisure Area, Gravesend

A plaque on the Gordon Memorial in gardens named after the Royal Engineer has been removed after fears it was targeted by thieves.

Do you recognise these trolleys?

Do you recognise these trolleys?

British Transport Police suspect they could have been used in an attempt to steal cable from the Channel Tunnel Rail Link tracks.

Tributes paid to 'kind and loving' crash victim

Pensioner Jean Shaw died in a crash on her way to church

The family of a woman killed in a car crash in Northfleet have described her as 'always smiling’.

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