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Food bank issues call for bare essentials

James Hood and Tony Darnell from Kimberly Clarke with foodbank manager, David Idowu, Mary Smith (volunteer) and the team.

Gravesham Foodbank is an essential lifeline that gives items to the vulnerable and those in poverty and it needs your help this winter.


Suspected burglars arrested after crash

Emergency services attend the crash. Stock picture.

Three people were arrested after allegedly stealing two cars during a burglary.

Good causes’ £60k lottery boost

Six good causes have benefitted. Picture: iStock.com

Causes in two Kent town's have been awarded almost £60,000 in lottery funding.

Cat killer appeal after mutilated body found

The cat was found mutilated. Stock image

The discovery of a cat's mutilated body in Kent has sparked a cross county appeal.


We appealed and you responded

News Editor, Nikki White, and Chief Reporter, Ed McConnell, sorting through donations for the Messenger's homeless appeal.

Donations have been coming in to back the Gravesend Messenger's homeless appeal, but there's still time to help.

100th birthday party for Second World War solider

William Mitchell celebrated his 100 birthday with son Barry Mitchell and daughter Christine Mason.

William Thomas Mitchell reached his landmark birthday on Sunday, December 10.


Old friends reunited by chance at afternoon tea

Bluebird Care customers Doreen Kennett and Iris May

Two octogenarians were reunited at an afternoon tea after falling out of contact almost a decade ago.

Winter Walk for ellenor

Paul and Lisa Matthews' home

Scores of people will join in a charity walk for a hospice this weekend, while others have been decorating their home to raise funds.

Officer stars in short film

Sergeant Balwinder Singh, of the North Kent Local Policing Team, and Ella Cook, of Help for Heroes. Picture: Kent Police

A police officer who starred in a television clip has donated his fee to Help for Heroes.


Golf club considering plans to sell land to developers

Mid-Kent Golf Club, have discussed with the club’s members at a meeting about selling their land. Picture Caption: Google Images

Mid Kent Golf Club held a meeting with members to decide one three proposals, one of which is to sell their 88-acre plot to builders.


Wild birds caught and caged in garden

Thirteen of the birds were goldfinches

A man who used sticks coated in glue to trap wild birds as they ate from feeders in his garden has been fined.


Kent man named as victim of fatal crash

Emergency services attend the crash. Stock picture.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a 36-year-old was killed in a crash.

Pair in court over armed robbery

The area was taped off. Picture: Phil Lee

Two men have appeared in court after an armed robbery on a village post office.

School's out

An artist's impression of the planned Hope Community School at Springhead Park, Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Plans for a new school have been put on hold, but hopes remain for the project's future

Appeal issued for vulnerable missing woman

Victoria Love, 34, was reported missing at around 2.25pm on Monday, December 12.

Victoria Love, who has links to Kent, was last seen 48 hours ago.


Teenagers convicted after alleged 'cuckooing'

Raymond Olabode has been locked up for 32 months

Two teenagers who allegedly cuckooed a house have been sentenced and one of them will spend almost three years behind bars.

Boy, 16, hanged himself after being banned from play

Mason Mercer, 16, was found dead at his home in September

A teenager who was banned from his school's production after wandering off on a field trip was later found hanged.

Fire at popular pub

The See-Ho. Picture: Google Streetview

Tumble-dried laundry is thought to be behind a fire at a pub in the early hours.

Hospital wheelchair shortage after patients take equipment

Five new wheelchairs have now arrived. Picture: iStock

A hospital has had to replace its fleet of wheelchairs and bring in new security measures after patients failed to return equipment.


Dickens' letter fetches £5,000

The letter sold for more than £5,000

A letter detailing the extraordinary moment Kent writer Charles Dickens helped in the aftermath of a train crash has been sold at auction.


Rambo knife seized in police crackdown

The Rambo knife seized in Gravesend. Picture: Kent Police

A week-long operation targeting London gangs who sell class A drugs in Kent saw 20 arrests and the confiscation of drugs and knives.


Cinema opens four new auditoriums in time for Star Wars film

Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars Episode VIII. Picture: Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm Ltd

An auditorium expansion has made a Kent cinema the largest in the South East.


Warning issued after outbreak at nursery

Meningococcal Infection can cause meningitis. Stock photo

Public Health England has issued a warning after two cases of a life-threatening infection which can cause meningitis were recorded at a nursery.


Patients urged to think before adding to pressure on A&E

Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford was built by Carillion

Health experts are urging people with minor or non-life threatening injuries and illnesses to avoid going to hospital.


Review: Sleeping Beauty at The Woodville

Linda Lusardi is the Wicked Fairy in Sleeping Beauty which is at The Woodville, Gravesend, until New Year's Day

It’s that time of year (Oh, yes it is!) when we head off to the panto. Ed McConnell headed to Sleeping Beauty.

Why homeless appeal matters so much

Homelessness is prevalent in many parts of Kent. Library image

Writer and former homeless man David George explains the difference charities like Sanctuary make to the lives of those on the streets.

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