It's that time of the year for Kent's geeky community - Dreamland is hosting the annual GEEK Festival this weekend. Celebrating all things gaming and pop culture, the convention promises a mixture of vintage and cutting edge video-gaming entertainment.
Figures released from the Ministry of Justice show that nearly 650 parents have been taken to court for their children's unauthorised school absences in Kent and Medway. The department for education's guidelines say that children are only allowed out of school in term-time in exceptional circumstances but some parents have been guilty of going on term-time holidays. So are there any reasonable situations when pupils can be taken out of school and should schools soften their approach on truancy? We asked shoppers in Maidstone.
More than a million people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to reverse its redesign. In a controversial redesign, the company swapped the stories and messages functions for content shared by celebrities and news outlets. Snapchat had aimed to make their app more accessible and attractive to new users, but many have complained it's become more difficult to navigate. Social media expert Zoe Cairns joined us in the studio to talk about the new move.
A memorial of a World War Two veteran was unveiled near Maidstone today. Peter Pease was only 22 when his Spitfire crashed in Kingswood during the Battle of Britain. Today, on what would've been his 100th birthday, the carved granite tribute was unveiled in the village. Aviation historian Robin Brooks, from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar then joined us in the studio to talk about the tribute and the RAF's role in the Battle of Britain.
We were joined in the studio by Isabella Coulstock. The 16 year-old country singer, who already has a string of live performances around the South East under her belt, with her next gig on February 28th at The Grey Lady in Tunbridge Wells. She describes great country music as simply "four chords and the truth". She played her track "Crazy Cowboy" for us.
A petition to make the bells ring again at St Peter's Church in Sandwich has gained more than 4,000 signatures. The bells chimed four times an hour for nearly 240 years, before being silenced after a noise complaint. A decision on its future could also lead to a landmark ruling, giving councils new powers in such cases.