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Campaign for baby Tony smashes target

The Kent Messenger has launched a fundraising campaign for baby Tony and his new family.

A fundraising campaign set up to help an abused baby who had to have his legs amputated has smashed its £5,000 target in just two days.

Bomb hoaxer threatened to blow up town centre

Colin Ring

A hoaxer who told a receptionist at a mental health unit he had hidden a bomb in a town centre and there would be a "big bang" has avoided jail.


Stabbing victim forgives attacker

Police sealed off Heath Road following the attack

A man who nearly died after being slashed in the neck in a row about a damaged garden fence says he bears "no grudge".

Donations for baby who lost legs after parents' cruelty

The Kent Messenger has launched a fundraising campaign for baby Tony and his new family.

Dozens of readers have donated huge sums in just 24 hours to give an abused baby the best possible life after his parents were jailed for cruelty.


New M&S store plans go on show

The proposed new store at Eclipse Park.

An exhibition displaying plans for a new Marks and Spencer store outside a major Kent town has opened to the public.


No verdict in footballer's fraud trial

Maidstone United star Blair Turgott in action

Jurors have failed to reach a decision in the trial of a former West Ham United player accused of fraud.

Lorry and SUV in motorway crash

Police and ambulance crews are at the scene

Emergency services were called to the scene.


Rare albino squirrel spotted

An albino squirrel was spotted in woodland in Maidstone by Ben Maskell.

A rare white squirrel, seen only a handful of times across the county in recent years, has been spotted in woodland near a housing estate.


Fundraiser launched for Tony Smith

The Kent Messenger has launched a fundraising campaign for baby Tony and his new family.

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help a young victim of child cruelty and his new family following his harrowing ordeal.


TV naturalist endorses children's charity

Chris Packham and his dog Scratchy.

A well-known naturalist, TV presenter, and author has praised a charity supporting vulnerable children.

Man, 28, added to police Most Wanted list

Police are hunting for Ivanov Svetoslav.

Police are asking the public to assist in the hunt for a man in connection with incidents of serious assault and harassment.

Paratroopers to row across the Atlantic

Neil Young and Peter Ketley are raising money for Aylesford-based Royal British Legion Industries.

Two war veterans are raising money for a Kent charity ahead of a world record attempt later this year.

Officers 'spat at and assaulted' on same day

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Police officers were reportedly assaulted twice within a matter of hours.

Man charged over rural thefts

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Police have charged a man after items including tractor batteries and a chainsaw were reported stolen in west Kent.

Cruel couple only charged after two-year battle for justice

Tony Smith as a newborn in 2014

A couple jailed for breaking bones in their baby's body before his legs were amputated were only charged after his new family fought for justice.


Football star denies fraud

Maidstone United star Blair Turgott in action

A former Premier League footballer, now on loan at Maidstone, is accused of using a pensioner's card to gamble £16,000.

Lonely pervert ordered lifelike child sex doll

Brian Leach. Picture: IKMPIX.

A grandfather who illegally imported a lifelike child sex doll from China and looked at indecent images of youngsters has been jailed.


Ex-Premier League star helps fundraising efforts

Stiliyan Petrov joined Tom Mackelden at the charity match in memory of his mum, Tania. Photo: Maidstone United.

A former Premier League footballer helped a young man in his fundraising efforts as he made an appearance at a charity match in Maidstone.

No gold post box for Olympic star Lizzy

Lizzy Yarnold presented with a gold post box Picture: Andy Payton

Royal Mail won't be giving any special treatment to Lizzy Yarnold, despite her historic win in Pyeongchang.

Cruel parents jailed after injured baby loses legs

A picture of baby Tony, taken in 2014

The parents of a baby who was left fighting for his life after suffering severe injuries, and later had to have his legs amputated, have been jailed.


Three released in hunt for car thieves

Police are investigating. Stock picture.

Three people were arrested by officers last week following reports that a car had been stolen.

Woman at large for 13 years sent back to prison

East Sutton Park Women's Prison in Maidstone

A convicted armed robber who fled to Rotterdam while on day release from prison has been caught 13 years later after breaking her nose in a fight.


Kent born sound designer up for Bafta

Maidstone born sound designer Julian Slater has been nominated for a Bafta for his work on Baby Driver.

A Kent-born sound designer who worked on films including Mad Max: Fury Road and Scott Pilgrim vs the World has been nominated for tonight's Baftas

Muslim cab driver bitten by woman

Frankie Jo Schock exits Maidstone Magistrates' Court

A taxi passenger has been found guilty of carrying out a racially aggravated assault in the days following a terrorist attack.


Alert as Donald Duck and Belinda Chicken go missing

Ducknapped: Donald

A heartbroken family has appealed for help to find a pet duck called Donald and chicken called Belinda apparently stolen by "scum" from a back garden.


Boy, 13, arrested in connection with burglaries

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A teenage suspect has been taken into custody for questioning following a spate of house burglaries.

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