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Carriageway reopens after lorry crash

A tanker was involved in the A249 crash. Picture: @bigbill1992

Delays have eased following a crash involving a car and a lorry, which has left two people hurt.

Teenager caught trying to deal drugs at festival

Crowds at Maidstone's Winter Social Festival. Picture: Rob Knights

A 19-year-old has avoided jail despite being caught with 31 wraps of Class A drugs at a music event.

Revised rules for new year's day pram race

Francis O'Sullivan died after an incident at a New Year's Day pram race. Picture: Andy Jones

Now in its 38th year, a pram race is back with new rules after a tragic accident.


Memorial fenced off after crack appears

The war memorial at Holy Cross Church, Church Lane, Bearsted

A village's memorial has been cordoned off after a crack appeared in the stone cross.


Man charged after cars damaged with axe

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Detectives investigating reports of car windows being smashed with an axe have arrested and charged a man.

Review of the Year: Part 2

Scenes at the Holborough Lakes fire in September

We reveal what stories made the papers for the second half of 2017.

Controversial admissions plan dropped by grammar school

Invicta Grammar School

A grammar school has dropped plans to give pupils of the same academy trust first pick of places after education chiefs labelled it “unreasonable".


Review of the Year: Part one

Francis O'Sullivan died after an incident at a New Year's Day pram race. Picture: Andy Jones

We look back at the stories that made the headlines in the Kent Messenger over the past 12 months.

Three-car crash blocks road

Emergency services are at the scene. Stock image

Police are at the scene of a three-car crash which has blocked a main road.

A&E in busiest Christmas Day on record

Maidstone Hospital

Emergency departments in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells experienced their busiest Christmas Day on record, with 330 patients attending on Monday.


Fire rips through garage and damages house

Four fire engines arrived to tackle the blaze

Three fire engines were unable to prevent a blaze from tearing through a garage shortly after Christmas.

Rising river levels prompt flood warning

High water on the River Medway. Stock picture

A warning has been issued as the River Medway is expected to burst its banks amid heavy rain.


Peter Pan stage show a panto smash

Amelia Lily played Tinker Bell

Kent Online reporter John Nurden gives Peter Pan a big thumbs up

Baby killer died from morphine overdose

Kelly Emery was found dead in her boyfriend's bedroom

The inquest into the death of a woman who had been convicted of killing her own toddler has been opened and adjourned.


Light snow falling in Kent

Forecasters have warned of icy conditions

A snow warning is in place for the county, with light flurries hitting parts of Kent.


Woman victim of Christmas Day robbery

People have been injured after a car over turned on the A2.

A woman in her 60s was targeted by a man who threatened her before driving off in her car and crashing into railings.

Hill cross recognised as war memorial

The Lenham cross surrounded by poppies

A cross cut into the chalk downs in a village as a memorial to the fallen of the Great War has been given national recognition.

Pensioner drowned while looking for shortcut

Frank Gore, whose body was found in woodland after he was reported missing

An 86-year-old man died as a result of "a tragic accident", a coroner has ruled.

Do you have to put up with firework noise?

Fireworks: some love then, some hate them

If you are thinking of celebrating with fireworks tonight, best make sure you know the rules.


Merry Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of year

We wish all our readers and advertisers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Santa boards carpenter’s eco-friendly pallet sleigh

Nigel Chambers helped construct Santa's sleigh from used pallets. The work was commissioned by Pooling Partners who transport pallets across Europe.

A carpenter has spread Christmas cheer through his love of woodwork after transforming wooden pallets into Santa’s sleigh.

Christmas away from home for fire victims

The day of the fire. Picture: Phil Michael

As you tuck into your turkey, spare a thought for those who lost everything in the Holborough Lakes fire just three months ago.


Donations pour in to You Can Help

Five Acre Wood School donated 25 shoeboxes filled with Christmas essentials to Maidstone Day Centre

For the past five weeks, schools, businesses and the public have been donating food, warm clothing and other essential items to Maidstone Day Centre.

Council chiefs predict dip in figures as fee for proms introduced

Proms in the Park, Whatman Park, Maidstone. The Invicta Jazz orchestra play.

Council chiefs say there will be a dip in attendance at next year’s Proms in the Park after they unanimously approved plans to charge an admission fee


Homeless driver arrested

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Kent police took a homeless woman into custody after a court issued a warrant for her arrest.

Suspected drink driver in custody

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A man's in custody after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on a motorway this morning.

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