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'I was two hours from death as bug ate my flesh'

 Russell Kimble and Verity Ager

A family were told a DJ was fighting for his life as a flesh-eating bug spread through his body.

My friendship with Great Train robber

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, pictured in 2001. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

A Kent author has spoken about his unusual friendship with Ronnie Biggs on the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery.

Crews called to woodland blaze

Firefighters tackled a woodland fire in Wainscott last night - the second in less than a month.

Workers in 'squalid conditions' and 'threatened'

Stock image.

Three men have been arrested following an investigation into the alleged exploitation of Slovakian nationals working in Medway.

Petition gains 1,200 signatures

A petition objecting to an asbestos depot in Lordswood has been handed to Medway Council.

Could Kent's hub airport be ruled out by December?

Lord Foster's plans for a four-runway airport at Grain have provoked strong opposition

Kent is just months away from finding out its role in the future of the UK's airport capacity.

Councillor sparks controversy with Twitter rant

Cllr Chris Irvine

A Conservative councillor has caused controversy by claiming he would like to “ban equal rights fascists”.

Police helicopter deployed in manhunt

The police helicopter, which covers Kent and Essex. Stock picture.

Police are on the hunt for a man who was reportedly spotted acting suspiciously in a garden in Chatham.

Victim's anger as evil priest spared jail for molesting altar boy

Ex-priest Malcolm McLennan arriving at Maidstone Crown Court. Picture: Andy Payton

A former altar boy assaulted by a Catholic priest more than 20 years ago has spoken of his devastation after he avoided a prison sentence today.

Backlash forces council to review cash decision

Temple Mill Primary School head teacher Jane Bright

A decision to spend more than £170,000 of a school’s money on training is to be re-examined after anger from parents and staff.

Jude Law spotted filming in Kent

Hollywood actor Jude Law

A Hollywood film starring Jude Law is being shot on a Russian nuclear submarine moored in Kent... with fans trying to catch a glimpse of the A-lister.

Man rescued after bridge plunge

Rochester Bridge

A young man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after falling from a bridge into the River Medway early today.

Fatal beating 'was like something out of a horror film'

Robert Alderman at Maidstone Crown Court

A dad of five was 'being used as a punch bag' when he was set upon in a late-night attack that was to prove fatal, a court heard.

Fag butt sparks fire

Smokers are being warned of the dangers of carelessly ditching their cigarettes after a discarded fag butt sparked a fire.

Eye in the sky: Photographer snaps perfect halo around sun

Rainham photographer David Neale captured this "sun dog" on the River Medway waterfront

An amateur photographer has captured the spectacular sight of the sun surrounded by a mysterious halo... like a giant eye gazing down from the sky.

Undercover knife op

It is feared the animal killer may move on to target humans next. Stock image

Shops in Medway were found to be selling knives to underage children in an undercover operation.

Man 'strikes killer blows' on dad of five for damaging wing mirrors: Court

Paul Scott died days after an attack by Robert Alderman

A murder suspect was dancing around 'like Mohammed Ali' after allegedly punching and stamping on his victim, a court heard.

Leaflet drop in hunt for alleyway rapist

Do you recognise this man?

Homes in Chatham have been targeted in a leaflet campaign as police continue investigations into a rape in an alleyway.

Search after 999 call

The police helicopter was launched. Stock picture by Chris Davey

The police helicopter was scrambled to try to trace a man police were concerned about.

Murder trial gets underway

Paul Scott died days after an attack by Robert Alderman

The trial of a young man accused of murdering a father-of-five from Medway will start today at Maidstone Crown Court.

One last gathering as club shuts

Royal British Legion Club, Livingstone Road, Gillingham.

A much-loved Royal British Legion club has closed its doors for the last time, despite attempts to save it.

Gills chairman in apology to fans

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has apologised to season ticket holders after some experienced long delays trying to get into Priestfield on Saturday.

Probe into police cell 'near miss'

An independent investigation has been launched following an incident at Medway police station in which a man almost died.

Foodbank helping those in need

Warehouse manager Kevin Jennings and volunteer Sandra Wyatt

More than 3,000 people in the Towns, including 1,000 children, have been helped by food parcels from Medway Foodbank.

Inside the Medway Messenger

Medway Messenger, Monday, August 5

Start your week with the Medway Messenger – with all the latest news, sport and entertainment.

Concerns over solar farm plans

Solar panels in a rural field

A huge solar farm with the potential to power thousands of homes could be built in Cliffe.

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