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Council boss rules out bid to become Ukip party leader

The Ukip leader of a Kent council says he won't be standing in the contest to be the party's next leader.


Woman raped in children's play area

Police cordoned off the area. Library image

Police have sealed off part of a park after a woman reported she had been raped.

'Ban kids from standing in trolleys'

A child standing in a shopping trolley. Picture posed by model

People's health is being put at risk by youngsters wearing dirty shoes smearing muck from outside onto trolleys, says an angry shopper.


Father and daughter accused of revenge attack

The English bull terrier was a rescue dog

The owners of a dog which had to be put down after it was allegedly attacked by a man with a sword are facing charges of grievous bodily harm.

Magistrate lunged at son for spilling drink at table

Steve Charman

A magistrate and Rotarian who beat his wife after she intervened when he lunged at their son has been given a restraining order.


Disgust as gangs take drugs and urinate on floors

Drug paraphernalia crafted from plastic bottle

Residents of a block of flats have hit out at gangs who urinate and discard drugs paraphernalia in communal areas.


Child care under review after baby’s tragic death

Danny Shepherd and Katherine Cox outside Maidstone Crown Court. Picture: Andy Payton.

The case of tragic Eli Cox - who died of a catastrophic brain injury - is one of four serious reviews on a council's radar.


Mice spotted scurrying around Wetherspoons pub

A mouse. Stock image.

Pest control teams have been called in to a popular town centre pub after mice were spotted running across the floor.


Men charged with attempted robbery

Arrested. stock photo

Three suspects, including a teenager, have appeared in court after a man was allegedly threatened with a bladed weapon.

Tributes to Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth

A TV presenter and entertainer whose career spanned 75 years has been described as legend of the industry.


Teen hurt in 15-foot cliff fall

The boy fell about 15 feet down a cliff

A teenager suffered an injury to his leg after falling down a cliff face.


Defendant falls asleep during sentencing

Kennedy fell asleep during the sentencing. Stock image by Getty Images

A lawyer had to nudge his client awake - after he fell asleep during his sentencing hearing.


Drink driver banned after bridge damage

Teston Bridge, a historic crossing near Maidstone

A man has been disqualified from driving after causing £75,000 of damage to a medieval bridge.


Fears mount over welfare of missing teenage girls

Olivia Worton has been reported missing

Fears are mounting over the welfare of two teenage girls, missing for almost two weeks.

Derelict homes area torched again

It's the third time in six months the homes have been hit

An area of disused houses has been struck by firebugs for the third time in six months.


Pervert who posed danger to children locked up

Andrew Patterson was jailed. Picture: Kent Police

A pervert in a wheelchair who raped and sexually abused a young girl has been jailed for 13 years.

Burglar caught on camera trying to sell stolen items

Stephen Cole was jailed for three years. Picture courtesy of Kent Police

A burglar was caught red-handed - when he tried to sell stolen items from a salon to one of the business bosses' friends.


Police use battering ram in house raid

Police used a battering ram.

Police with battering rams swooped on a house in a quiet cul-de-sac - but later reported it was a false alarm.


Scarred for life after a 'stolen kiss'

Ruardhi Snook

A dad needed extensive surgery after he was attacked with a bottle for unknowingly 'stealing a kiss' from someone else’s girlfriend.


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