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Man accused of drink-drive death crash

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A man's appeared in court charged with causing the death of a long-serving councillor while over the drink-drive limit.

The sun and the stars all shone for Music on the Hill

Peter Andre

The magnificent Music on the Hill festival finished in spectacular fashion this evening after a thrilling line-up over three days.

At last, the birth of a bouncing royal... mural!

A close-up of the royal portrait

The flesh and bones heir may not have surfaced yet, but a larger-than-life depiction of the nation's future monarch is already on display.

Payout for family of pregnant mum who died after hospital blunder

Becky Ben-Nejma, with son Bailey, died after her ectopic pregnancy was misdiagnosed

Relatives of a woman who died after doctors misdiagnosed her ectopic pregnancy have been awarded a six-figure compensation sum.

Killer hanged in cell after food row

The gates of Maidstone Prison, in County Road

A convicted murderer has been discovered hanged in his cell after Maidstone prison staff refused his demands for gluten-free food.

Swimmers put lives at risk in quarry

Police have warned about swimming in Aylesford quarry

More than 100 swimmers - including babies and pensioners - are risking their lives by cooling off in a dangerous quarry, police are warning.

Maidstone's Callum faces eviction from Big Brother house

Big Brother contestant Callum Knell, from Maidstone

Callum Knell, from Maidstone, could be evicted on tonight's live show

What's in the KM this week

Kent Messenger July 19

A look at the stories and issues making the three editions of the Kent Messenger this week

More bobbies on the Maidstone beat

Stock photo

Police shift pattern change means more officers will be out patrolling Maidstone town centre at weekends

Medals stolen from police officer's home

Stock image

A haul of police medals has been taken from the home of an officer during a burglary.

Paedophile's hospital order 'a sledgehammer to crack a nut'

Allan Martin, detained under the Mental Health Act

A lawyer for a predatory paedophile who breached a court ruling has criticised a "draconian" order for him to be detained in hospital indefinitely.

Lorry crash closed two lanes of M20

Highways Agency

A lorry closed the coastbound carriageway of the M20, between Aylesford and Maidstone

Fallen pylon blocks road

Diversions are in place in Langley after a pylon came crashing down this afternoon

Police warn people in Maidstone to secure garden tools

The police have issued a statement warning people to take extra care when it comes to securing garden tools.

Lorry goes up in smoke on M25

Emergency services at the scene of the lorry blaze on the M25. Picture: Highways Agency

A blazing lorry carrying rubbish blocked a stretch of the M25 in Kent this afternoon.

Firefighters called to burning log

Firefighters were called out to a burning log in East Malling this morning

A lost cockatiel is still waiting to be claimed after stopping off at a Maidstone school

Ruth Simpson, deputy headteacher at St Simon Stock School with the lost bird.

Pupils at St Simon Stock School in Maidstone were delighted when a lost cockatiel flew in.

Fire crews tackle straw blaze

Fire crews continue to monitor straw fire in Birling

Historic will goes under the hammer in Cranbrook

Raj Bisram

A will written by Admiral Nelson in 1798 has gone under the hammer in Cranbrook

Maidstone man arrested in drug raid

The number of people who have been arrested for drug possession has been revealed. Picture: Thinkstock

A 41-year-old man was arrested by police after a raid at a home in East Farleigh, Maidstone

CCTV shows unprovoked attack in pub garden

Police want to trace man after attack at pub

This image could help catch the bully who repeatedly punched and kicked a man who brushed past him in a pub car park.

Frightened to go into garden because of dangerous tree

John and Stella Bryant

A couple from Allington feel they are forced to play “Russian roulette” every time they go in their garden because of a neighbour’s tree.

Woodland left severely damaged by 19-hour blaze

Crews tackled weekend fire in Angley Woods, Cranbrook, for more than 19 hours

A car overturned on the M20 near Larkfield late last night

A man was taken to hospital after his car overturned on the M20 near Larkfield late last night.

Former bank to become a pub

A historic bank in Maidstone town centre is set to be turned into a traditional pub

Quarry extension given go-ahead

Oaken Wood, off North Pole Road, Barming

Campaigners have lost their fight to save an 80-acre swathe of ancient woodland.

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