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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.


Thieves target BMW steering wheels

Drivers of BMWs are being warned to be vigilant after a spate of steering wheel thefts.


Promising student fell to his death

The inquest was held at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone

The life of a young man studying engineering tragically ended during a trip to visit friends in Germany.

Builder let account be used for fraud

Ashokumar Jude, 46, of of St Gregory's Crescent, Gravesend, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after he was convicted of money laundering

A man who allowed his account to be used by criminals to launder money has been jailed for two years.

Woman, 71, injured in underpass mugging

The pensioner was mugged in the underpass between Raphael Road and Prospect Grove

An elderly woman was left with back and head injuries when a mugger shoved her against a wall in an underpass and stole her purse.


Remembering loved ones this Christmas

The service will be held at ellenor Gravesend

Hospice charity ellenor is holding its annual Lights of Love services this weekend.

Retailers going Christmas crackers

Kate Howard, owner of Aunties Treasures, with her festive stall

Retailers have transformed one Kent town in the run up to the big day.

303 magic number for care home centenarians

Jean Green, 102, Dorothy Chantler, 101 and Doreen Halliday, 100

Three care home residents have celebrated a combined age of 303 at a very special birthday party.


Cocaine dealers get 17 years

Ross Everest was jailed for 10 years

Two cocaine dealers who were found with £30,000 in their car have been locked up for a total of 17 years.


Drug dealer jailed after £6k found in bedroom

Martin pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. Picture: Kent Police

A man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of drug offences.


Woman seriously injured after falling off balcony

The police was called , to Greenhithe, after a woman fell off a balcony.

A woman was taken to hospital in a serious condition after falling from a balcony as she tried to fix a faulty alarm.

£8bn claims for crossing ‘pure fantasy’

The original artist's impression of the proposed tunnel at Option C of the Lower Thames Crossing

Claims that the Lower Thames Crossing will deliver £8bn of revenue and 6,000 jobs to Kent have been dismissed as 'pure fantasy' by one campaign group.


Emergency services called to two-car crash

Fire crews attended a two car crash in Valley Drive, Gravesend.

Firefighters freed a car passenger following a two-vehicle crash in the early hours.

Cyclist scales the equivalent of Everest

A cyclist has scaled the height of Mount Everest - in Kent.


Delays clear after six-vehicle pile-up

It is hoped the scheme will ease congestion on the route. Stock pic

Emergency services were at the scene of a crash involving six vehicles on the A2.


Taboo topics discussed at women's conference

Gurvinder Sandher of the Kent Equality Cohesion Council addresses the conference

Around 300 people attended an annual women-only conference to address subjects which are not usually openly discussed.


Support the Messenger Christmas Appeal

Lorna and Stephen Nolan with Pastor, Tom Griffiths (centre). Picture: Steve Crispe

A husband and wife duo at the core of this year's Christmas appeal for the homeless.

Hammer-wielding robber told staff he was 'joking'

Kris Brown. Picture: Kent Police.

A robber who held up a store with a hammer and later claimed to be 'joking' has been sentenced to four years in prison.


Appeal as woman fights for life after being crushed by bus

The scene in Greenhithe. Pictures: UK News in Pictures

A pensioner is continuing to fight for life after becoming trapped under a bus, as police appeal for witnesses to come forward.


Man threatened to blow himself up

Ian Hendrie faces more than a year behind bars

Police found a bin stuffed with bottles full of shrapnel when responding to threats made by a drug addict.

Pensioner seriously hurt after being 'crushed' by bus

The scene of the accident in Greenhithe. Picture: Kent News in Pictures

An elderly woman has been seriously hurt after reportedly losing her footing and falling into the path of a bus, leaving her trapped underneath.


Pioneering clinic opens in shopping centre

Andrew Honeyman and John Pither (Directors), Jo Beech (DGS CCG) and MP Adam Holloway

A pioneering NHS-funded ultrasound clinic will treat people from a town centre shopping complex in a bid to cut waiting times and improve access.


Council deputy resigns over building policy

Cllr Leslie Hills has resigned from his position as deputy council leader in protest against his leader’s building policies

A deputy council leader has stepped down from the cabinet in protest to plans to build on greenbelt land in his borough.


Travellers set up home at lorry park

Travellers are on land just off the A2

A number of caravans are parked up on land just off the A2.

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