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Plastic bag tax for small shops

Smaller shops will be forced to charge customers for plastic bags as part of measures to protect the environment.


Pub closing for £900,000 overhaul will have new name

Earls will be closed until April

The name Earls is to disappear from Maidstone's pub scene as big changes are planned.


Traffic lights back on at Linton Hill

Traffic lights. Stock Picture

Motorists using a junction close to three schools were asked to drive carefully after a power supply problem.


Homeless man faces jail after stabbing OAP in neck

Police sealed off Heath Road following the alleged attack

A homeless man is facing jail after admitting inflicting a knife wound to the throat of a pensioner.


'That's not valid' Ann tries to shut down nomination on CBB

Ann Widdecombe, 70, was the first to enter the CBB house on Tuesday, January 2.

Former Kent MP Ann Widdecombe tried to dismiss a nomination from Kardashian-bestie Malika Haqq on Wednesday.


The search for missing woman continues

Gloria Stringer was last seen in the Hospital Road area yesterday

Efforts to find Gloria Stringer, an 81-year-old who went missing on new year's day, continue.

Ex-partner of 'Queen of Benefits' jailed for meter scam

Cheryl and Robert Prudham

The ex-partner of so-called Queen of Benefits Cheryl Prudham has been jailed for steal cash from car park meters.


Burglary suspects due in court

Police charged Cash in connection with 10 burglaries in the Towns. Stock picture.

Two men arrested after a burglary in Maidstone last week will appear in court today.

Then and now, Tovil in old pictures

Looking up Tovil Hill towards Church Street

Take a look at how Tovil has changed over the past 100 years.


Town centre left in dark after power cut

A power cut affected the centre of Maidstone. Stock image

Properties in a town centre suffered a power cut when an underground electricity cable faulted on a high voltage network.


CBB task 'a spectator sport of pain' says Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe, 70, was the first to enter the CBB house on Tuesday, January 2.

Ann Widdecombe clashed with a housemate over gay marriage, while another was left fighting back tears over comments she made during a task.


Mum unable to hug children due to pain

Kelly Wood, with children Anya and Mason

A mother says complications from her breast implants have left her in so much pain she is unable to hug her three children.


Fears grow for missing woman

Gloria Stringer was last seen in the Hospital Road area yesterday

Police say they are gravely concerned for an 81-year-old woman who has not been seen since new year's day.

Has the Croydon cat killer been caught?

Cats have been found mutilated across the southeast. Stock image

Police investigating the deaths of several cats have made an arrest.

Petrol station closed for refurbishment

The petrol station is set to reopen on February 14. stock image

A busy petrol station will be closed for almost six weeks while work is carried out.


Appeal after double fatal crash

Flowers left at the scene

Police investigating a crash in which two men died have appealed for the driver of an unknown car to come forward.


Four arrested on suspicion of selling crack cocaine

Police have charged a man. Stock image

Police officers have arrested four people believed to be selling drugs.

Man arrested for firearms offence in motorway stop

Emergency services are at the scene. Stock image

Four police cars and helicopter were deployed to make the arrest on the M26.

Anger as 10k charity run cancelled at last minute

Runner Andy Brooks who raised £200 for a charity run in Mote Park that was cancelled at short notice.

Fundraisers have been left fuming after organisers of a charity run pushed the event back to 2019 just days before it was due to go ahead.


Ann Widdecombe slammed for calling India Willougbhy 'he'

Ann Widdecombe has proved to be a controversial housemate

Fans of Celebrity Big Brother have expressed their outrage at the former MP calling newsreader India Willoughby 'he'.


'Obsessed’ woman stalked DJ

John Digweed

A woman who bombarded one one of the world's best DJs with emails and showed up at his Kent home has avoided jail.


Bus and car collide

The scene of the crash in Maidstone town centre

Bus routes are being diverted after a crash in a town centre.

Man, 36, found dead at village home

Police were called to the scene. Library image.

A report's being prepared for the coroner after the body of a 36-year-old man was found at a quiet village property.

'Exceptionally low rainfall' sparks drought fears

Bewl Water Treatment Works

A water giant has applied for a drought permit - in a week which has seen torrential downpours and flood alerts.


Man arrested and eight cars seized in police search

Police have charged a man. Stock image

A 44-year-old has been arrested and released under investigation following a search in which police found eight stolen cars.

Robbery plot pair killed at crash blackspot

Two men killed at a crash blackspot were notorious criminals who had served time in jail for a failed plot to steal £30,000, it has emerged.

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