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Restored figurehead unveiled

The Arethusa figurehead in Lower Upnor

A ship’s historic figurehead has been fully restored by its former trainees after being attacked by wasps.

Will you use it? 4G launches in Medway today

Smartphone (stock photo)

Superfast mobile internet launches today across Medway - though with an apparent blackspot where many students live.

Do you recognise this man?

Police want to talk to this man in connection with a mobile phone theft

Kent Police has released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a mobile phone theft in Strood.

Working parents being 'forced out of nursery'

Petition leader Louise Taylor and son Henry, two

Paying parents say their children are being forced out of a popular council-run nursery to make room for those on low incomes.

Men accused of McColls robberies in court

The raiders struck at McColl's in Orion Road, Rochester

Two men accused of eight armed robberies at newsagents in Kent, including two in Medway, could face more charges.

Gills fan banned after assaulting steward

Billy Smallman has been banned from football matches for three years

A Gillingham supporter has been banned from all football games for three years after admitting assaulting a steward.

Man in custody after murder investigation arrest

Strood scaffolder Xhem Krasniqi was shot dead

A man was today being quizzed by police in connection with the murder of a Strood scaffolder in Hove.

Pair jailed for mugging prostitute's punter at knifepoint

Drug addict Karla Shaw accepted £20 for sex

Two thugs have been locked up after holding a knife to the throat of a drug addict prostitute's punter in a botched mugging.

Woman impaled on spike after tripping on cobbles

Emergency services at the scene after a woman was impaled on a spike in Rochester. Picture: Kent_999s

A 30-year-old woman had to be rescued by firefighters after falling onto a 4in spike near Rochester Cathedral.

Singer, 21, storms ahead in The Voice

Joseph Apostol, 21, from Gillingham

A Kent student is through to the battle round of The Voice after his singing stood out for judge Sir Tom Jones in last night's show.

Whitewash wipes out Nelson...

The work of art that is no more at the Tudor Rose pub

Where Napoleon failed, a tin of brilliant white has put paid to a much-loved pub mural of Nelson and his iconic ship.

Woman, 85, on race charge over mosque 'abuse'

A high-profile police presence at Gillingham Mosque in the wake of the Woolwich murder

An elderly woman has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after allegedly hurling abuse at Muslims outside Gillingham Mosque.

A&E doctor: 'We're failing patients'

Picture: Thinkstock Image Library

The emergency department at Medway Maritime Hospital has been condemned as “dangerously unsafe” by a top consultant.

Councillor suspended for saying travellers 'screw everything up'

Cllr David Carr

A councillor tasked with allocating traveller sites has been suspended today after criticising their communities - saying they "screw everything up".

Parents' fury as boys go missing from primary school

Zeak Harris-Ball, left, and Kane Hallam-Westbury walked out of Chatham's New Road Primary School

Families of two little boys who were able to climb a fence to get out of school before heading home over a busy road have spoken of their anger

Flytipper Lee Terry ordered to pay £2,000 for dumping asbestos in Rainham

Flytipper Lee Terry has been ordered by a court to pay more than £2,000 after dumping lethal asbestos sheeting between two houses in Rainham.

Crews called to garages blaze

Firefighters tackled a blaze at garages in Rainham this afternoon.

Inside the Medway Messenger

Medway Messenger, Friday, May 24

Your bumper edition of the Medway Messenger is out today with all the latest news and sport, What's On and more.

Coach firm scores a winner

A Kings Ferry coach

The Kings Ferry will take fans to Wembley for the UEFA Champions League Final.

Update: Man charged after mosque attack

Damage inside a Gillingham mosque hours after Lee Rigby's death

A man has been charged with religiously aggravated criminal damage after a Kent mosque was attacked in the wake of the Woolwich terror murder.

Grief at shooting death of 'devoted family man' as killer hunted

Strood scaffolder Xhem Krasniqi was shot dead

The family of a father-of-two shot dead have today spoken of their heartache as police release a picture of the man they think is his killer.

Shopper collapses at Sainsbury's

Sainsburys, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre

A woman was taken to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in Sainsbury's.

Singer makes her mind up to back campaign

TV personality Cheryl Baker.

Eurovision winner Cheryl Baker is supporting an appeal to raise £1m to help vulnerable children in Kent.

Arrests after cops smelt cannabis

Police stock image

Five people have been arrested for drugs offences after officers smelt cannabis while dealing with another incident.

Lorry overturns on M2

The scene of the crash on the M2. Picture: Roger Vaughan

A lorry driver has escaped unhurt after his vehicle overturned in a crash with two cars on the M2.

Free school to open in Medway

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A free school is to open in Medway in September 2014, it has been announced.

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