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BREAKING: Vote of no confidence in Bolton

Ukip leader Henry Bolton with Jo Marney

Ukip's national executive committee has unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in its beleagued leader.


Five vehicle crash on M20

Traffic is building after an crash on the M20 this afternoon. Picture: Highways England

Motorists suffered long delays after a crash between several vehicles during rush-hour.


Pensioner's fatal mistake kills woman, 95,

Jean Downing tragically died after she was struck by a sign

A woman hit the accelerator by mistake in her car, causing the death of an elderly woman in a freak crash.


Charity developing one-stop shop to get homeless off street

Andy James and Helen Grant with volunteers at the day centre

A homeless charity hopes to take people off the street with an innovative pilot scheme.

Family's heartbreak as search for missing woman enters day 19

Gloria Stringer, 81, has been missing from Hollingbourne.

The desperate family of a pensioner who has been missing since New Year’s Day are continuing their appeal to find her despite “heart-breaking" facts.


Archives reveal charity's finest hour with the Churchills

Lady Churchill visiting the charity

A treasure trove of old photos and documents - including a speech by Winston Churchill - has been found in a charity's archives.

Theatre launches series of star studded evenings

Peter Andre performing at Rochester Castle in 2015

Peter Andre and Frankie Dettori are two of the big names appearing at a Kent theatre where fans will have the chance to meet their favourite stars.


Man injured as lorry and van crash

Police were called to the scene. Stock image.

A man had to be treated by paramedics and police closed one lane of traffic on a busy road following a crash involving a lorry and a van.

Rail service put at risk in franchise options

The Kent Messenger newspaper is calling on the Department for Transport to retain the much-valued high speed services from Maidstone West to London St Pancras.

The Kent Messenger has launched a petition to stop the potential cut to a vital rail link to London.


YouTuber praises 'hero' lawyers

YouTuber Danny Hyde

A vlogger being sued over a video about a notorious landlord says he will name his children after the lawyers representing him for free.


'I’ll run 10k a day all year to help my son’s diabetes'

Lee Wenham who is running 10km for 365 days for his son Cellan who has diabetes type 1

A determined dad has hit the ground running as he pledges to tackle a 10km course for 365 days straight.


Mote Park to undergo £4.3m makeover

An artist's impression of the Mote Park Centre

A Maidstone park's play area and skate park will be shut to visitors for up to two months as £4.3 million improvement works get underway.


Judge praises officers after violence at murder hearing

Judge Jeremy Carey

A judge has praised guards who restrained two murderers as violence erupted after they were jailed for life, describing it as "a very ugly" scene.


YouTuber being sued by landlord stands ground

YouTuber Danny Hyde

An internet vlogger has said he stands by comments made in a video criticising a well known landlord who is suing him.


Police arrest man after knuckle duster find

Police are investigating. Stock picture.

Police officers have arrested a man on suspicion on money laundering and having a knuckle duster.

Warning issued after schoolgirl approached by unknown driver

A female pupil was approached this morning.

Police are investigating after a teenage girl was approached by two men in a black BMW on the way to school.

Pair jailed for life over homeless man's brutal murder

Alex Macdonald and Charlie White. Picture: Kent Police.

A pair of teenage thugs who beat a homeless man to death in a "shameful, senseless act of mindless brutality" have been jailed for life.


Two boys arrested after 'threats made at school'

Cornwallis Academy

Police have launched an investigation after two teenage boys were arrested at a secondary school following reports of threats being made.

Ann Widdecombe facing Celebrity Big Brother exit

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

Former Maidstone and The Weald MP is at risk of an exit from Celebrity Big Brother after being nominated for a double eviction.


Roadworks force bus stop closure

The bus stop in King Street has been forced to close.

Commuters catching buses to work will have to make their way to another stop after emergency roadworks forced the closure of their regular stop.


Burlesque singer Ivy turns Olly's head

Ivy Paige: Picture ITV Plc

A burlesque beauty turned Olly Murs into a flustered schoolboy after appearing on TV talent show The Voice.

Landlord sues YouTuber for video suggesting he was racist

Property mogul Fergus Wilson

Millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson is suing a YouTuber for a video he made calling his policy of banning 'coloureds' racist.


Woman in 60s confirmed dead at hotel

Police and paramedics were called to the hotel on Sunday night

Police and paramedics rushed to a Travelodge after concerns were raised about a woman, but she could not be saved.

Motorway delays spark huge queues

Drivers should expect delays

There are queues across Maidstone this morning as traffic builds on the M20.

Gambler who stole £70k from mum is spared jail

Andrew Hatcher leaving Maidstone Magistrates Court

A compulsive gambler who drained his mother's bank account of £70,000 has been spared jail.


Concern for woman at Travelodge

Paramedics were at the scene off St Peter's Street.

Police and ambulance crews rushed to a hotel amid concerns for a woman's welfare.

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