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Rock-star teacher credits parents for awards success

Teacher of the Year Awards,Frank Prior of the Isle of Sheppey Academy is presented with his overall award by Mandy Holdstock from Hempstead House Hotel and Joanna Worby from Brachers

An educator with a rock star approach has dedicated his success at the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards to Island families.

Man charged after spate of burglaries near Dover

A man arrested within hours of 10 alleged burglaries in Dover early one morning last week has been charged.

Crews called to garages blaze

Firefighters tackled a blaze at garages in Rainham this afternoon.

Inside the Medway Messenger

Medway Messenger, Friday, May 24

Your bumper edition of the Medway Messenger is out today with all the latest news and sport, What's On and more.

Pictured: Man killed by lorry on M25

Jamie Carter, from Swanley, was killed on the M25

A pedestrian killed by a truck on the M25 in the early hours has today been named as Jamie Carter from Swanley.

Council launches new TV show

With Hollywood special effects worthy of Star Wars and Doctor Who, Gravesham council has entered the world of TV.

Perfick! Holiday home from home for Darling Buds fans

Buss Farm, where the Darling Buds of May was filmed

An entrepreneur plans to turn the Kent farm where Darling Buds of May was filmed into holiday accommodation themed on the hit TV show.

Ellie’s brave bean bath bonanza

Ellie Whittaker sat in a bath of beans

Conquering her fear of beans, fundraiser Ellie Whittaker jumped into a bath of them to raise money for a sick little girl.

Dying mum's dream date with Disney

Kevin Rice with Kai and Kaleigh Duff

A 23-year-old with terminal cancer will take her two-year-old son to Florida after a car salesman stepped in to help her complete her bucket list.

Science teacher's kitchen lab sparks chemical scare

Science teacher Justin Scarlett

Emergency crews raced to a seafront home after a chemistry teacher fell ill while experimenting in a homemade laboratory.

Fruits of success

A spectacularly fruity exhibit secured a prestigious Chelsea Flower Show medal for horticultural researchers from Kent

MPs criticise Paris Brown appointment 'fiasco'

Paris Brown, with Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes

A report has condemned the 'fiasco' surrounding Kent's youth tsar Paris Brown... claiming a panel failed to scrutinise her appointment.

Planning inspector says development plan is 'sound'

An artist's impression of the development up to 5,750 homes, along with schools and a high street at Chilmington Green

Plans for up to 5,750 homes at Chilmington Green took a big step forward after Ashford Borough Council's local plan was approved by an inspector

"Resign in shame" businessman tells council

David Little

Dover businessman launches a blistering attack on the district council over what he describes as the lack of action on the town's regeneration.

Four injured in crash on M2 near Faversham

Kent Air Ambulance landed on the M2 London bound this morning

A van and a car have been involved in collision on London bound carriageway causing long tailbacks.

Smoker "lucky to be alive" after Dover flat fire

Two men were taken to hospital and others were evacuated from their homes when a fire broke out in a Dover flat early today.

Sittingbourne hit by power cut

UK Power Networks

Homes and businesses in Sittingbourne were without electricity this morning.

Coach firm scores a winner

A Kings Ferry coach

The Kings Ferry will take fans to Wembley for the UEFA Champions League Final.

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£80k payout for woman bullied by new Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor of Canterbury Heather Taylor

An employment judge has ruled the Lord Mayor of Canterbury created "an intimidating, hostile and offensive environment" for a former council clerk.

Hotel used as £1.5m drugs farm

The Old Coach House at Barham that was used as a drugs factory

A 17th century coach house near Canterbury was converted into a large-scale skunk cannabis factory by drugs barons.

Families in legal action against Butlins after holiday sickness

Elisha Cordner who fell ill at Butlins

Two Kent families are taking legal action against Butlins after suffering from severe sickness on "nightmare" holidays at Bognor Regis.

MP Brazier backs City of Culture bid

Julian Brazier believes east Kent’s blend of vibrant urban centres and heritage make it the ideal place to become the UK’s City of Culture in 2017.

County councillors take pay freeze

County Hall in Maidstone

All parties on Kent County Council are today expected to back a pay freeze for councillors, keeping their basic allowances at just more than £12,800

Driver 'killed shopper with out-of-control car at Bluewater'

Bluewater shopping centre. Picture: Nick Johnson

A pensioner was killed by a woman's car when she lost control of the vehicle and it reversed over her at speed in a Bluewater car park, a court heard.

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