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Hospital director quits £130k role

Patrick Johnson, director of operations at Medway Maritime Hospital, has left his post

A top director has left a major hospital in the wake of a damning report.

Driver flees scene of A2 crash

Crash in Chatham Hill. Photo: Dean Bell / Facebook

Police say a driver has fled the scene of a crash in Chatham.

Clampdown on the ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines

A betting slip. Copyright: Thinkstock Image Library

A new national code of conduct for betting shops has been introduced after suggestions from councillors in Medway.

Lower rail fare hikes for Kent passengers

Commuters say they are paying more money for a worse service. Pic: Matthew Walker

Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless said there is still much more to do after a cap on rail fares was announced.

Anger over storage plan

Site of the old Upper Bell pub in Blue Bell Hill

Dozens of complaints have been made against plans to build a storage yard in a beauty spot.

Hard times for Dickens World investors

Dickens World in Chatham

Years of huge losses led to investors losing £32m after the original firm which ran Dickens World went bust, it's been revealed.

Pair held after woman airlifted to hospital with injuries

The teen was arrested yesterday.

A woman and man are being quizzed by police after the woman was reportedly badly attacked.

CCTV 'witnesses' could hold vital clues to woman's death

Missing woman Harjit Chaggar

Murder detectives hope a set of images could help unravel the final moments of a woman whose body was found in the basement of a food store.

Thief John Dillon jailed for stealing cancer charity cash from Chatham bookies

Medway Magistrates' Court

A thief has been jailed after admitting stealing a charity box from a bookies in Medway.

Family's grief at death of 'loveable' biker, 23, killed in crash

The parents of a motorcyclist who died after losing control of his bike and hitting a concrete bollard have today honoured the "loveable young" man.

Pair lucky to survive overturned car crash

The overturned car in Napier Road, Gillingham

This was the scene after two people climbed out alive from the wreckage of this car crash.

New arrest after alley rape

Alleyway off Corkwell Street, Chatham

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a woman in an alleyway in Chatham.

"I wake up and I want to go to work"

Admin apprentice Bethany Parris at Clarke and Carter Inter-Yacht Ltd, Gillingham Marina

Deciding to earn while she learns proved the right move for admin apprentice Bethany Parris, who works at a yacht broking company.

Woman 'woken by rapist' after party

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A woman woke up to discover she was being raped by a man she had met just hours earlier at a Halloween party, a court heard.

CCTV hub leads to thousands of arrests

CCTV camera

Almost 3,400 arrests have been made as a result of the work of a CCTV centre in Medway, set up last year to monitor several parts of the county.

Remembrance Day parade will be policed

Chatham Remembrance Day parade

Police have said they will continue to support the Chatham Remembrance Day parade but the historic route may have to be changed.

Callous thieves steal wheelchair

Chris McBride's wheelchair was stolen from outside his home

A disabled man is appealing for information after thieves stole his wheelchair from his doorstep.

South East needs new runways, says Airports Commission chief

How architect Lord Foster's vision for an airport at Grain in the Thames Estuary could have looked

Sir Howard Davies has rejected the idea of adding new runways elsewhere in Britain - bringing the Thames estuary into the frame.

Fined for owner of fire-damaged homes

One of the fire-damaged properties in Cromwell Terrace

A property owner has been fined over the poor state of two homes damaged by fire and left with scorched and peeling paintwork.

Driver rammed police car and attacked officers after row with lover

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A man said to have been intent on killing himself on a motorway rammed a police car several times after drinking and quarrelling with his partner.

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New ID checks after girl, six, sent to GP with wrong grandfather

The gates of Napier Primary School in Gillingham

A school has introduced new security checks after staff handed over the wrong girl to a grandfather - and he took her to a doctor's appointment.

Call to recruit 'snow angels' to help clear paths when big freeze arrives

Gritting crews from Kent Highways in a previous winter

Volunteers should be kitted out with grit and shovels to help clear pavements from snow and ice when temperatures drop, a councillor is arguing.

Water big bill... as woman pays her neighbour's dues

Southern Water have mixed up the billing for neighbours Brian Yard and Elaine Rogers, of Bingham Road, Strood

There's such a thing as neighbourly love... but for one woman that was put to the test when she found out she was paying next door's water bill.

Toddler prepares to go home for the first time

Maisie Harris with her parents Andrew Harris and Rachel Bridger at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Maisie Harris may be almost three years old, but the toddler has never been home due to a rare condition.

Medway Test results are out today

A schoolboy taking an exam. Picture: Library image

The waiting is over for children who took the Medway Test last month - the results are out today

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