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Councillor on the mend

Cllr Tom Mason

Veteran councillor Tom Mason is said to be progressing slowly after suffering a minor stroke.

Failing Medway hospital to be 'buddied' with crack health team

The trust runs the Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham

Medway Hospital is one of 11 in the country to be 'buddied' up with top health teams... after a catalogue of failings was highlighted.

Trader admits selling fake goods

Clothes seized by Trading Standards. Library image.

A Medway man has pleaded guilty to selling almost £6k of counterfeit clothing at a gypsy horse fair.

Four crews called to blaze at clubhouse

Kent Fire and Rescue Service. Stock image

Around 25 firefighters tackled a blaze at a marina clubhouse and cafe.

Black market cigarettes peddled in Kent for as little as £3 a pack

Cigarettes could be banned behind bars

Half of all cigarettes smoked in one town are illegal, a shock investigation has revealed.

Man stabbed in back with 'screwdriver'

Officers have charged a man. Stock picture

Witnesses are being sought after a man was stabbed in the back with what is believed to have been a screwdriver during a street row.

Payday loan sites blocked at libraries

Nash looked at girls in provocative poses

Payday lender websites have been blocked on all Medway Council computers - including those at libraries - amid increasing fears of spiralling debt.

Ex-PC jailed for perverting justice

Ex-policeman Paul Traynier is behind bars

A former policeman acquitted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl is behind bars after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

NHS hotline launches... months late

The scam caller is targeting residents and workers in the Ashford area. Picture: Getty Images/Pixland/Thinkstock

A new chaos-hit NHS phone number officially takes over from an out-of-hours health hotline today... around six months late.

Update: Missing woman found safe

Missing woman Alice Bass

A woman who went missing from her home has been found safe after police appealed for the public’s help in trying to locate her.

Luxury car ploughs through wall

The scene in Mierscourt Road. Picture Twitter @gawainyoung

A man has been arrested after a luxury Bentley car worth £200,000 crashed into a garden wall.

Woman hit by car

Traffic stopped on The Brook

Part of The Brook in Chatham has been closed after a woman was hit by a car.

Gillingham man to face court on cannabis charge

A man will appear in court after cannabis was allegedly found at a property in Begonia Avenue, Gillingham.

Delays after M2 crash

Stock image

Motorists were caught in delays of up to 50 minutes on the M2 today after a crash involving a motorcyclist.

Inside the Medway Messenger

Today's front page

Start your week with the Medway Messenger – with all the latest news and sport, plus Going Out, fashion, TV, quizzes and more.

Elusive Matrix admits attacks

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A man who changed his name to Elusive Matrix has admitted attacking two men in two days.

Off: Medway and Darent Valley hospital merger abandoned

Former Medway NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Mark Devlin

A huge merger of Medway and Darent Valley hospital trusts has been called off.

Missing man is 63 today

Richard Raj from Rochester

A man missing from his Rochester home is 63 today

Ex-police officer cleared of sex assault on young girl

Paul Traynier and Tracey Sales. Picture: Mike Gunnill

A former policeman gasped and clutched his hands when a jury acquitted him of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

'We just want our mother back'

The last sighting of Mrs Chaggar

Police have released this grainy CCTV image of the last sighting of a missing pensioner who hasn't been seen for 10 days.

Tragedy of man washed up on beach remains a mystery

Margate faces issues similar to inner cities

A Chatham man whose body was washed up on a beach two years ago died accidentally, an inquest has ruled.

'Free' council mag which you pay for

Cllr Alan Jarrett (Con)

A political row has broken out over a so-called "biased" Medway Council magazine which costs taxpayers more than £50,000 a year.

Gun threat man assessed by health experts

Police are appealing for witnesses. Stock picture

Health officials are today assessing a man who apparently threatened to shoot himself.

Dad convicted second time for attack on baby

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A father who fractured his days-old son's skull so badly he was left with injuries similar to a car crash has been convicted of the vicious assault.

Man's horror as two men try to get in car and grab bag

The teen was arrested yesterday.

A driver fought back as two thieves tried to get in his car and then steal his bag after he slowed down to let a car pass.

Could you be panto star?

Steve Hewlett and Arthur Larger

The search is on to find a local actress to star as Snow White in this year's Chatham panto.

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