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'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.

Residents to attend asbestos meeting

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

The firm behind a planned asbestos depot is holding a public meeting tomorrow night.

Jail threat for thugs who beat up victim like 'ragdoll'

Maidstone Crown Court. Picture: John Wardley

Two thugs who kicked a father so violently he was said to look 'like a ragdoll' are now facing jail.

Pirate DVD dealer spared jail

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A businessman who ran a website dealing in pirate DVDs has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Fans down under snap up Jedward tickets


People as far away as Australia and Russia have been snapping up tickets to see Jedward in Chatham.

Prostitute who kissed lover in dock cleared of robbery bid

 A couple kissing. Posed by models

A woman who defied a judge to kiss her lover in the dock on Valentine's Day has been cleared of a robbery plot.

Pile up in Medway Tunnel

The Medway Tunnel. Stock image

Four cars were involved in a crash in the Medway Tunnel just before rush-hour.

Do you know this man?

E-fit of a man police want to talk to after a man was burgled in Gillingham

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to after a pensioner’s treasured possessions were stolen from his home.

Sportswear store to create 20 jobs

Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham. Picture John Sturrock

A sportswear chain owned by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is coming to Medway.

Parents demand daughter's death crash driver be deported

Charlotte Smoker, who was killed on the M25 in 2003

The family of a teenage air hostess killed by an illegal immigrant driver have demanded he be deported to his native Pakistan to serve his sentence.

How did US 'most wanted' end up in Medway?

Sean Lopes

MP Tracey Crouch is writing to the Home Secretary to ask how a wanted criminal ended up living in Chatham.

Saved by Tom Jones

The Voice contestant Adam Barron

The Voice contestant Adam Barron has been given a second chance at stardom by veteran crooner Tom Jones.

Airport's vision for future

An aerial shot of Rochester Airport

Neighbours and businesses are urged to have their say on the development of Rochester airport... as a major exhibition opens its doors.

Driver escapes car flip

Passers-by helped the trapped woman in City Way, Rochester

A woman had a lucky escape when her car flipped onto its roof in Rochester.

Is cat killer on the loose?

Jade Harle with Cat Chubba

A cat owner fears someone has killed six of her cats with antifreeze in just a year.

Car crashes into store in Strood

Sports Direct, Strood High Street

A vehicle smashed into the front of a store in Strood High Street this morning.

Man arrested on suspicion of wasting police time

Rochester railway bridge

A man has been arrested after an incident near Rochester railway station.

Fire at flats in Chatham

Ten people had to be evacuated from a block of flats this morning after a blaze broke out.

Shock as hospital sends wrong records to family

Annabelle Kember with her youngest brother Ted

A mum who requested medical records for her daughter - who's recovering from a life-threatening brain disease - was horrified to be sent a stranger's.

Mayor prepares for challenge

Cllr Vaughan Hewett training for his challenge

The Mayor of Medway Cllr Vaughan Hewett is getting ready to tackle the Towns' tallest buildings in a daring charity stunt.

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