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It will be all right on December 25…

The reindeer was removed following a shopper's complaint

Forget all the trimmings, Christmas can also produce the odd turkey. We look back at some of the festive fails of the season...


Plaque scheme to immortalise town’s sons and daughters

Bob Solly and Topper Headon, former drummer with The Clash, unveiling of the blue plaque to David Bowie who played with the Manish Boys at the Royal Star Hotel in Maidstone.

The borough council will invite the public to nominate for people they believe to be worth of recognition.

Support on streets with flip-flops and lollipops

Maidstone Street Pastors out patrolling the streets on Saturday Night. Michelle Sheehan talks to bar promotors Becky and Shane. Picture: Matthew Walker.

Meet the team of volunteers sacrificing their festive nights to make sure others stay safe during the season's celebrations.


Highways chief defends plan to change junction

What the A274 Sutton Road would look like under proposed changes

Residents have been finding out how planned £3m changes to a key junction will affect them.


Parking fears as office block could house 81 apartments

Medvale House on Mote Road.

Concerns over parking have been raised over plans to convert an office block into 81 apartments.


Vote decides Kent Messenger's Charity of the Year 2018

Causes selected to be KM Charity of the Year 2018 will collaborate with the KM Charity Team on fundraising events including the KM Colour Run.

The winner of a public vote to decide KM's charity of the year for 2018 has been revealed.


Elves give children party to remember

David Stokes (CEO CLAPA), Theresa Bruce and Matt Bruce

The cleft lip and palate association treated families to a day of festive fun to ring in the holiday season.

Care home unveils nativity scene

Ana Modino - Activities coordinator Teresa Franze - Manager Ashley Wilks - Maintenance With the nativity model Celebrating an Outstanding CQC report Lulworth House Residential Home Picture: Gary Browne FM5015183

Residents and staff at Lulworth House Residential Home in Maidstone are getting into the Christmas spirit after building an intricate nativity scene.

Drink-driver sorry for crashing into graveyard

A car crashed into the graveyard at All Saints Church in Maidstone and caused huge amounts of damage to the wall and a gravestone.

A man who smashed into a cemetery after downing whisky and Sambuca says he is "very shameful".


Girl hopes her walking wishes will come true at last

Lily-Mae Leadsham 5, just returned from hospital after spinal surgery to help her walk, also pictured with her mum Kerry at their home in Ringlestone, Maidstone.

A five-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is on the way to making her Christmas wish to one day walk following surgery.

Murder trial hears man 'confessed to finishing victim off'

Razvan Sirbu

A teen accused of murdering a homeless man claims he was still standing after being attacked - until his pal "finished him off".

Man arrested after police stop car driving without headlights on

Emergency services are at the scene. Stock image

A 21-year-old man was stopped by police at 3am for driving without any headlights on before being arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through

Emergency works begin to fix damaged manhole cover

Temporary traffic lights are in place along Willington Street.

Temporary traffic lights have been put in place while workers begin repairing a damaged manhole cover close to a town centre.

Police search for 'most wanted' pair

Martin Doran is wanted by police

Police are appealing for the public's help to find two people they have added to their most wanted list.

'Don't spoil your Christmas' warns family hit by parking fines

Stan Edwards, left, with son Brian, who faces a date in court over a £326 fine.

A father and daughter have both been hit by fines for parking in the same car park twice in one day.


Town centre traffic clears after crash near busy route

A van crashed in Forstal Road.

Traffic has cleared on a busy route into a town centre following a crash.


Delays on dual carriageway due to broken down lorry

Police and secamb are at the scene. Stock image

A broken down lorry is causing delays this morning on a busy dual carriageway.


Drug lord jailed for 14 years

Matthew Olujosun has been jailed for 14 years. Picture: Kent Police

A London drug dealer who ran an extensive heroin and crack cocaine supply network has been jailed for 14 years.


Minibus crashes into parked cars and wall

Police were called to Bower Place.

A minibus crashed into a number of cars and hit a wall as it towed a car transporter.

Helicopter joins search for missing man

Police are appealing for the public's help to find Calvin Skinley

The police helicopter took to the skies to help officers as the search for a man missing from his home entered its third day.

Is this the poshest fast food restaurant ever?

The restaurant was transformed into a VIP space

Sponsored editorial: A Maidstone McDonald’s receives a VIP makeover by one of UK's top fashion designers as part of its Signature Collection launch


Man dies in tower block

Emergency services at the scene

Emergency services were called to a town centre tower block after a man died.


Plant thieves strike new Coxheath housing development

Willow Grange in Coxheath has been hit by plant thieves

People are "scared for their lives" after a string of thefts at a new housing estate.


Power outage in town

Stock image. Pic: Wikimedia

A number of businesses lost power in a Kent town centre this afternoon.

Man arrested after stolen car crashes into police

A woman was arrested on suspicion of theft.

A 34-year-old has been arrested after a stolen car crashed into a police vehicle on the M20.

Delays clear after car fire

Firefighters were called to the blaze. Stock image

A busy A-road has reopened after an earlier car fire caused traffic delays.

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