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Baby giraffe's birth an early Christmas present

The baby with mum Luhana was born at Port Lympne last week. Picture courtesy of Port Lympne Reserve

Keepers at an animal park in Kent say the arrival of a baby giraffe is like Christmas coming early.

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Membership bills suspended after roof collapse

Part of Hythe Pool's roof collapsed as the Storm Angus swept through Kent. Picture: Michelle Tanya Grant

A public swimming pool is running into its third week of closure after Storm Angus claimed a part of its roof, and it is not known when it'll re-open.

VIDEO: Protesters march on council over 'destructive development'

Protestors carried placards and banners

Hundreds of people marched on council offices today to protest at a tide of new development planned in the area.

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Bank to pull out of town centre

NatWest in Hythe is due to close. Picture: Wayne McCabe

A national bank has today confirmed it will be axing its services from a town after a decrease in people using its branch.

Retirement homes plans rejected

The bed and breakfast Fern Lodge in Seabrook Road. Picture: Google

Proposals to knock down a bed and breakfast and replace it with a block of 20 sheltered homes has been unanimously refused.

Pool closed for second time in seven weeks

Part of Hythe Pool's roof collapsed as the Storm Angus swept through Kent. Picture: Alex Giddings

A newly fitted roof on a public swimming pool's building has been torn apart after the county's first winter storm.

Swimming pool loses roof in winds

The roof tiles could not withstand the strong winds. Picture: Michelle Tanya Grant

People are being warned to stay indoors after strong winds ripped a large part of a swimming pool's roof off.

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Shed housing rare pigs is destroyed by fire

 A Visayan Warty Pig

As if being on the criticially endangered list isn't bad enough, rare pigs at a Kent wildlife centre have now seen their house accidentally burn down.

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Have you seen James the 'Irish smiler'?

The large banner was tied to the railings at the beach at Princes Parade in Hythe

Forget social media and the telephone - this 40-year-old woman has appealed for a man to get in touch with her by placing a large banner on railings.

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Drugs factory with over £1m of cannabis destroyed

Credit: Kent Police Shepway Twitter

Kent Police have destroyed a drugs factory containing more than £1 million worth of cannabis - a 59-year-old man from Margate has been arrested.

Car plunges into canal

The white car plunged into the canal. Picture uploaded to Facebook by Jane Whitlock

The driver of a car escaped from his vehicle unharmed after it plunged into a canal.

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Eggs of zika-carrying mosquito found in Kent

The eggs were discovered in the village of Stanford, near Hythe

Eggs of a mosquito capable of carrying the zika virus have been found in Kent.

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Honeymooner cured of fear of flying... at airport!

James Roberts on a flight from Gatwick with hypnotherapist Jason O'Callaghan. Picture: SWNS

A groom was cured of his fear of flying in the airport as he was waiting to go on his honeymoon with his new wife.

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Dangerous poison stolen in industrial estate raid

Riverside Industrial Estate in Hythe. Picture: Google

Police are worried dangerous poison could get into the wrong hands after it was stolen along with other items during an industrial estate burglary.

Plans for 2,500 homes in Shepway go on public display

Proposals for 2,500 extra houses across Shepway go on display this week

Details of how 2,500 homes could be built across the district went on public display this week.

Skip fire spreads to three garages

Firefighters tackled the blaze. Stock pic.

Fire crews were called to a skip fire that spread to three garages last night.

Three taken to hospital after car smashes into bus stop

Two cars crashed in Prospect Road, Hythe. Picture: Graham Adams

Police were forced to partly shut a main road after a car ploughed into a bus stop outside a supermarket, leaving three people in hospital.

Boy, 15, arrested after 'attack' near canal

Police arrested two men

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a man was assaulted while walking next to a canal.

Man 'seriously injured' after getting off bus

The man suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car in Dymchurch Road, Hythe. Picture: Google

A man has been left with serious injuries after being hit by a car as he got off a bus.

Girl left 'crying and shaken' after bus stop kidnap bid

Beth Moon was the victim of an attempted abduction in Hythe. Pictured with her mum Jo Moon. Picture: Gary Browne

A mother has told how her teenage daughter was left crying and shaken after a woman tried to coax her into her car.

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Petrol station worker fought off knife-wielding robber

Daniel O'Leary

A petrol pump attendant who fought off an armed robber and pulled off his balaclava has been given an award for his bravery.

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Police hunt woman after 'girl approached'

Red Lion Square, Hythe. Picture: Google

An appeal has been released after a teenage girl was approached by a woman who tried to lure her into a car.

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Fallen tree blocks town centre road

The road has been partially blocked

A fallen tree partially blocking a main route is causing delays around town this morning.

Alert after attempt to coax girl into car

The Red Lion Square in Hythe. Picture: Google

Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was approached by a woman who tried to coax her into a car.

Seasonal giant moths come to Kent

The giant moth's size in comparison to a human hand

If you've come across an unusually large moth this month, don't panic, they are a common find at this time of the year.

Bogus callers take jewellery from house

Kingfisher Avenue in Hythe. Picture: Google

Police are warning people to be on their guard after two bogus callers tricked their way into a home and made off with jewellery.

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