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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Traffic at a standstill in Maidstone

Traffic is backed up in several places in Maidstone after roadworks in Tonbridge Road. This is cars in Hart Street.

A lane has been coned off in Maidstone's Tonbridge Road leading to gridlock in several areas

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Missing dog finally returns home

Richard Latter, 40, with the 9-month-old border terrier.

A dog snatched just before Christmas, in a tale which touched TV's Simon Cowell, has finally been reunited with his family.

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'Contaminated' fuel closes pumps

Murlay and Nirmalan Nadrajah, owners of the Murco petrol station in Sutton Valence

A village petrol station is facing a backlash from residents after drivers complained their vehicles broke down after filling up.

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Sultry singer gets Olly Murs hot under the collar

Ivy Paige on ITV's The Voice

Red-hot red head sizzles on TV show The Voice to tempt Olly Murs to turn.

Hunt for missing elderly woman on hold

Gloria Stringer, 81, has been missing from Hollingbourne.

Search teams have spent hundreds of hours around Kent looking for Gloria Stringer but admit they are running out of information.

Persistent pervert jailed for breaching order

Jamie Stevens was jailed for 18 months. Picture: Kent Police.

A serial sex offender has been jailed after entering a private garden without permission.

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'I feel destroyed. I've lost my trust in humanity'

Razvan Sirbu

The mother of a young man beaten to death in a senseless attack has spoken of the devastating impact of losing her only son in such a brutal way.

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Three guilty of beating homeless man to death

Razvan Sirbu

Three men have been convicted of killing a homeless Romanian man who was bludgeoned to death at a beauty spot.

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Man found dead in car park

Neil Martin was found dead in his makeshift home in a car park

The body of a homeless man who used a tent as a makeshift home was found just yards from shoppers.

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CCTV shows murderers burning evidence

Razvan Sirbu

Footage seized by murder squad detectives has been released showing three suspects nonchalantly burning evidence at a skate park.

Accident on London-bound M20

Stock image.

Traffic was partially blocked after an accident on the M20 on Thursday.

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