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Firefighters tackle fire in Paddock Wood field

Firefighters spent almost one hour extinguishing a blaze in the undergrowth at a field in Paddock Wood.

Chart Sutton school pupil denied free bus pass to get to grammar school

From left: Klara Powell, Jo-Anne Grey, Serena Powell, Jo-Anne Grey

An 11-year-old girl from Chart Sutton has been denied a free bus pass to travel to her grammar school because a comprehensive is closer to her home.

Appeal for return of stolen rocking horse

This rocking horse was stolen from a van in Upchurch

The owners of a hand-carved rocking horse have appealed for its return after it was stolen from the back of a van in Upchurch.

CCTV footage of phone theft suspects released

Theft Suspect

Police have released two CCTV images of men wanted for questioning over the theft of £1,000 worth of mobile phone's from Ashford's 02 store.

Gills fan tribute match

Gills fan Janet Aluwalia

A football match and fun day is being held in memory of an avid Gills fan who died of breast cancer.

Charity hit hard by costly raid

Police were at the scene of the crash.

Thieves broke into a charity which helps jobseekers, causing £400 of damage.

Mum-of-three must repay £20k

Medway Magistrates' Court

A benefits cheat was caught after her live-in partner called Medway Council’s pest control department.

Young mum's carjack shock

Debbie Martin, with her nine-month-old son Conor

A mother watched helplessly as a brazen carjacker drove off with her car - moments after she put a bag with cash inside.

Hard shoulder closed on M20 between junctions 8 and 9

M20 library picture.

Motorists are advised to expect minor delays on the M20 between junctions eight and nine today (Thursday, August 1) and tomorrow.

Woman found dead at house named

Clare Wilmshurst, 26, was found dead at home in Aylesham

A 26-year-old woman found dead in her home has been named as Clare Wilmshurst.

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This week's Dover Mercury

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Some of the top stories in this week's Dover Mercury.

Pair thrown from derailed fairground ride

Crowds around the derailed Waltzer ride

A builder has told how he and a friend were thrown onto concrete after a waltzer came off its tracks at a fairground.

Father stabs himself... before blaming ex

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A distraught mother was arrested when her devious ex-partner falsely claimed she had stabbed him with a kitchen knife.

UPDATE - Dramatic chase follows failure to stop

Multiple police cars and a helicopter were spotted around south Ashford last night, after a vehicle failed to stop for officers.

Boy rescued from railings

A two-year-old boy became the centre of attention in Dover yesterday evening when his head became stuck in railings.

Head retires after reversing fortunes

Julie Holmes

The head of a Sheerness primary school is retiring after seven years in charge at a previously failing school.

Get colouring in our Postman Pat competition

Postman Pat at Gravesend library

To celebrate Postman Pat coming to the Woodville Halls, the Messenger has teamed up with the theatre to offer three families free tickets.

Sorry, dear, I’m too busy reading...

A woman reading Fifty Shades of Grey

Nine months after the racy Fifty Shades of Grey books began whipping up a frenzy with women across Kent, birth rates have surprisingly dropped.

Woman back from dead after fit in swimming pool

Dymchurch lifeguards, from left, Ryan Metten, John Blair and Stephen Lawrence

Lifeguards have been praised for reviving a woman who was clinically dead when she was found floating in a holiday pool.

Thousands more tune in for Kent's biggest hits

kmfm logo

Kent's radio station kmfm continues to grow with a number of its programmes gaining listeners, official figures have revealed.

Student jumped to death after spending £250 on friend's bank card

The Medway Tunnel

A computing student took his own life by jumping from a bridge hours after a housemate discovered he spent £250 using his card, an inquest heard.

Busy summer for East Kent Mencap

East Kent Mencap's Swale Spiders team celebrating after coming second in the Kent Disability League

It’s already been a very busy summer for members of East Kent Mencap (EKM) who have won a football league and been training on the radio.

Huge debt after ferry firm collapse owed by four companies

A debt of more than £3million to a Kent council after the collapse of a ferry firm is owed by four companies, it has emerged.

Spending a penny is to pricey, according to the authorities

Women's portable toilets late at night in Maidstone are vital - but just too expensive.

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