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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.

Family dispute 'led to father's shooting murder'

Police at the spot where Xhem Krasniqi was shot in Hove. Picture: The Argus

A row between two warring families could have led to the murder of a Strood father-of-two gunned down in the street, police have revealed.

Illegal workers found during chippy raid

The men were arrested as part of an operation targeting suspected illegal working within the construction industry. Stock picture

Two men have been caught working illegally at a fish and chip shop in Strood.

Family evacuate smoke-filled home

A family had to evacuate their home in Albert Road, Chatham, after smoke started coming out of a washing machine.

Man cleared of £70k jewellery raid

A Rochester man has been formally cleared of involvement in a burglary in which £70,000 of jewellery was stolen and kidnap.

Huguenot heritage centre on its way

The French Hospital, Rochester

The £5m project to create a Huguenot museum in Rochester has been kick-started with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Gran walks free over biker's road death

Driver Virginia Pereira caused the death of biker Michael Sharp

A grandmother who admitted causing the death of a biker when she pulled out into his path has been spared an immediate prison sentence.

Woman admits false rape claim

Rochester Bridge

A woman who told police she was raped after having sex with a man by Rochester Bridge has admitted she lied.

'I've done my best for young people'

Sacked: Cabinet member for children's services Les Wicks

Sacked Les Wicks has defended his decade in charge of Medway’s schools.

Inside your Medway Messenger

Medway Messenger, Monday, May 20

Pick up a copy of the Medway Messenger today - with all the latest news, sport and entertainment, plus a chance to win tickets to see Rat Pack Live.

Rock attacker jailed for four years after vicious assault

Maidstone Crown Court. Picture: John Wardley

A woman thug has been jailed after repeatedly smashing her victim over the head with a rock.

Revealed: Double life of man who lay dead for two years

Konstantinos Georgakopolos, who lay dead after two years

A forgotten man who lay dead in his kitchen for almost two years was a businessman who wore cowboy boots and drove a Rolls Royce, it's been revealed.

Agents advertise home... with tenant laid to rest inside

George Murton

A lettings agency has apologised to a grieving family after they advertised a pensioner's home to rent - as he still lay dead in his bedroom.

Dishwasher sets kitchen alight

A couple had a lucky escape after their carbon monoxide detector alerted them to an electrical fire in the middle of the night.

Jaguar set alight on owner's drive

Police are investigating after a high-end car was apparently torched in a quiet village.

Thugs jailed after senseless attack at barbecue

Two brutes are behind bars after an attack so vicious it left their victim looking like a "rag doll".

Double delivery as baby arrives with the shopping

Dave Cooper delivered wife Susan's baby Sam at home before paramedics arrived

Paramedics determined to deliver something after missing a mother's home birth put away her shopping when a Sainsbury's van arrived moments later.

Two women taken to hospital after crash

Two women were taken to hospital after a crash in the morning rush hour in Pier Road, Gillingham

'Don't build asbestos depot near us'

Chatham MP Tracey Crouch with protesters against the planned scheme earlier this year

Angry residents came face-to-face last night with a firm which wants to build an asbestos transfer station near their homes.

'Beyond contempt!'

Andrew Cushman

A burglar who cooked food, dumped syringes around a house and even had a bath in his victims' homes has been condemned as 'beyond contempt'.

Forgotten man dead for two years

Thousands walked past number 18 Luton Road, Chatham, where Konstantinos Georgakopolos lay dead for almost two years

Thousands of people passed the house where an eccentric lay dead for almost two years... with classical music still playing and the heating on.

Lazy cop parks on double yellow lines to grab McDonald's

A police car parked on double yellow lines at the petrol station on the Medway City Estate

A policeman is under investigation after blocking the exit to a petrol station on double yellow lines - so he could buy food at McDonald's.

Worried mums want more advice on toxic toys

Concerned parents have contacted the Medway Messenger after dangerous dolls were found on sale on Gillingham.

10p difference at the pumps - just a mile apart

Motorists have welcomed plans for signs displaying fuel prices which could put an end to huge differences between prices at the pumps.

MPs back EU vote

MP Mark Reckless, now with Ukip

Medway's three MPs were among 116 Tories who backed an amendment to the Queen's Speech on an EU referendum.

Under-fire children's chief sacked in reshuffle

Sacked: Cabinet member for children's services Les Wicks

Les Wicks has been dropped in a major shake-up of Medway Council's cabinet.

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