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One of Britain's biggest solar farms gets go-ahead

Sheep could still graze among the solar panels

A solar farm the size of nearly 150 football pitches has been approved on 212 acres of Kent land.

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Town mourns councillor and 'tireless campaigner'

Cllr Ron Flaherty

City councillor and magistrate Ron Flaherty has died following a short illness aged 70.

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A million love songs later and Dan gets the girl

Dan gets down on one knee as Vicki looks visibly shocked

A Gary Barlow tribute act hit the right note when he proposed to his girlfriend mid-show while serenading her with Take That hit A Million Love Songs.

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Man airlifted to hospital after motorbike crash

Police have closed the road

A man has been airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries after a crash involving a motorbike and a car.

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Magical New Year's panto for all the family

Kellieann Coveney as Cinderella and Heidi Griggs as Prince Charming.

Herne Bay Theatrecraft are staging their pantomime production of Cinderella at the Kings Hall in January.

Abuser jailed after handing himself in to police

Lawrence Smith, jailed for abuse

A paedophile who gave himself in to police to stop his behaviour and even tried to take his own life has been jailed.

Teen drinker driver jailed after cyclist's death

Bethany Mackie has been jailed

A teenager has been jailed for five years after causing the death of a popular cyclist while more than double the drink-drive limit.

Not so nasty after all!

John Altman, who plays Nasty Nick in EastEnders

TV badboy John "Nasty Nick" Altman has offered to fund a rebuild of a Kent town's pier... but only if he wins a part in a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Man cleared of attempted rape of young mum

The park was cordoned off after the attack

A jury has found a man not guilty after a 25-year-old told how she was slashed and beaten as she fought off a late-night rape attempt in a park.

Burglar who fled police in stolen car jailed

Stephen McIntyre

A man who broke into a house and stole a car is behind bars after his attempts to avoid arrest were thwarted by police.

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Man's body discovered at bottom of cliffs

Emergency crews in Reculver after body was discovered

The body of a man has been discovered on a beach at the bottom of cliffs.

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Pensioner is cleared of harbouring killer

Dale Cregan, who was in Herne Bay days before he murdered two female police officers.

A Kent pensioner has been cleared of harbouring notorious one-eyed police killer Dale Cregan at his home.

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EDL DJ’s anger as officers pull plug on pirate station

Davey Russell on an English Defence League march

A far-right shock jock operating a pirate radio station from his home has been raided by police.

Town centre sparkles for lights switch on

The town was brought to life with Christmas sparkle

A town centre was brought to life with childrens characters, music and entertainment for the annual Christmas lights switch on over the weekend.

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Toksvig sacked as charity patron... because she's gay

Sandi Toksvig

Kent comedian Sandi Toksvig has revealed how she was barred from meeting Princess Anne as a charity patron... for being a lesbian.

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Campaigner calls for railings to protect landmark from skateboarders

Herne Bay Clock Tower is currently protected by scaffolding

A campaigner has called for iron railings to be put in place to protect a seafront landmark from being damaged by young skateboarders and BMX riders.

Lorry driver in charity rally in memory of his niece

Marc Collins with sister Leanne Collins and her son Kyan

An uncle and lorry driver will drive Volvo in charity rally to Nice, to raise money for medical research after his niece died aged three weeks

Seafront landmark wins £50k restoration

How the new eating area could look

Volunteers are celebrating after securing £50,000 towards restoring an iconic pier.

School vandals make amends

The damage was extensive

Vandals have said sorry after daubing graffiti on an infants school's walls, smearing excrement on windows and leaving toys strewn across a play area.

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Teen admits causing charity cyclist's death

Beth Mackie has been jailed for causing cyclist's death

A teenage driver was more than twice the legal drink drive limit when she hit and killed a respected cyclist on a charity ride, a court's heard.

'I may never know why my husband died'

Kevin Almond with wife Kay

The widow of a motorcyclist killed in a crash say the cause of the accident may never be known unless new witnesses come forward.

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Courageous Phil defied odds to see grandson start school

Phil and grandson Freddie

Tributes have flooded in for a popular businessman who battled against the odds to see his grandson start school.

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Teen pervert enticed young girls to send indecent photos

Lewis Pressley has been jailed

A teenager who posed as a children's football coach to entice young girls to send him indecent pictures of themselves has been jailed.

Robbers steal car keys - but leave the car

A car key was stolen, but not the car

Police are hunting for a group of robbers who threatened a driver to hand over his car keys, but then left without the car.

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Bears say hello to new Kent home

Say hello, the new bears have arrived at Wildwood

Two Bulgarian bears which were saved from appalling conditions have been brought to a new home at a wildlife park in Kent

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New Aldi store given the go ahead

The new Aldi store will be built in King's Road

Council officers have approved a planning application for a new Aldi supermarket as part of a £50 million regeneration plan in Herne Bay

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