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Christmas is coming – what, really?

Ben Hughes, dressed as Santa, poses with John Smith, four, and his brother, Rocky, five, at The Village Hotel's Yule Fest during the launch of their Christmas parties

The summer holidays may have just ended, but some are fast-tracking their Christmas celebrations - with one Kent hotel hosting a Yule Fest in August!


Man hit by car in high street

Police were in Maidstone High Street earlier today. Picture: Google

A man has been taken to hospital after being struck by a car in a Kent high street this morning.

Fundraiser in Tash's honour

Tash with her beloved dog Bailey

A fundraiser in honour of a young woman who lost her fight with cystic fibrosis on Boxing Day last year was a huge success.

Mum's warning of 'predator who tried to snatch son'

Angelika Shepherd and son Sasha

A mum who experienced every parent's worst nightmare when her son was the victim of a suspected abduction bid is warning others to be on their guard.

One in five staff injuries at hospital result of violence

Dozens of injuries reported at two Kent hospitals were the result of violence. Stock image

Dozens of reports of violence, abuse or harassment were reported at two Kent hospitals in the last year, it's been revealed.


Bridge repair works delayed by a month after damage

Images of scaffolding being constructed at Teston Bridge so workmen can begin repairs after it was hit by a car. Pictures: Mike Mahoney.

Repair works to a medieval bridge which was damaged by a drunk driver during a crash have been extended.


Horse trailers seized as police make arrest

Police investigating the theft of a horse trailer have made an arrest.

Return of world-record breaking craft from the 1930s

Karl Foulkes-Halbard tries his restored Bluebird K3, once owned by Sir Malcolm Campbell Location:

Sir Malcolm Campbell's powerboat - which he used to set three world speed records in the 1930s - will ride the waves again in Kent this month.


Waitrose pulls out of retail park

Images of Waitrose which is planned for Eclipse Park

A luxury supermarket chain will no longer be opening a new store - set to be Kent's biggest - at a retail park.


Puppies seized by police

A general shot of Well Street in Maidstone, where the puppies were seized. Picture: Google.

Police, working with the RSPCA, have seized half a dozen puppies and their mother from a home.

Couple win big on lottery

A couple who won £1 million on the lottery are thanking Lady Luck for turning their lives around.


Man charged with harrassment

Steven Farris

A man is due in court charges with harassment causing fear of violence following incidents in the past month.

Sex offender in court over alleged order breach

Jamie Lee Stevens is accused of breaching his order

A convicted sex offender has been remanded in custody after allegedly breaching a sexual offences prevention order twice in a month.

'Stabbing' in town centre

Police are searching for the attackers. Stock image

Three people were injured and two of them arrested following a row near a popular shopping street.

Delays clear after two-car crash

Kent Fire and Rescue.

Paramedics and fire crews were called to a crash involving two cars.


Pictures: Official opening of town lock

Environment Agency have completed the project to refurbish East Farleigh

A key river lock has been official reopened at the end of a £3.6 million project.

CCTV released in hunt for 'Tovil Torcher'

The CCTV image released by the police

CCTV of a man wanted in connection with a spate of arsons in Maidstone has been released by detectives.


Man denies arson and death threats

The remnants of the car

A man has appeared in court charged with arson and making threats to kill following a car fire.

Police defend pride branded cars

Picture: @GpaKent on Twitter

Kent Police has defended the decision to decorate some patrol cars with pride branding.


Second arrest after assault

Stock picture

Police have arrested a second person on suspicion of assault after an 18-year-old was left with a fractured eye socket.

Inquest opens after mum killed in crash

The van involved in the fatal crash

An inquest into the death of a mother of one who died following a crash has opened.

Emergency response after woman collapses in town centre

Police at County Hall

Paramedics, police and firefighters were called to the county council's headquarters after a woman collapsed.


Pensioner walks out after choking on hospital meal

James Button claims he choked on a piece of plastic in a Maidstone Hospital meal

A pensioner who said he choked on a piece of plastic on his hospital meal discharged himself.


Station manager stops racist thug in his tracks

Barry Bonner at Maidstone Magistrates Court

A man who stood on a station platform beating his chest has been fined after hurling racist abuse at a group of Europeans.


Horses rescued in motorway blaze

Two horses. File photo.

Two horses were led to safety after their horsebox caught fire on a busy motorway today. (Stock pic)


Fresh appeal for key witness to fatal crash

Police at the scene.

Kent Police's Serious Investigation Unit is urging a key witness to come forward following the death of a 67-year-old in a car crash.

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