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Battle of the beaches as we compare two seaside towns

Southend: Postcard of the seafront

Sun, sea and sand.Two rival resorts share the same ingredients. But that is where the similarities end.

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Parents need help too, says mum of cancer sufferer

Rachel Lucas, with her husband Gary and their daughter Amelia-Rose, 9.

A mum whose young son is going through treatment for leukaemia is raising awareness of the impacts a childhood cancer diagnosis can have on families.

Psychic to open spooky school in a pub

Lady of the Light Charlotte Clark

TV clairvoyant Charlotte Clark is holding lessons in how to contact the dead for £8 a session.

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Kent hosts UK's longest annual yacht race this weekend

Start of the 2015 Round The Island Race featuring Ashley Manning of Benfleet Yacht Club. Picture: Tony Stigle

The UK’s longest annual dinghy, catamaran and board race takes place in Kent this weekend. The 40-mile course includes sea, river and estuary.

Car park movie treat gets into Spirit of regeneration

Tom Cruise in Top Gun

A shopping centre car park is set to become a movie haven for film fans.

Doctors fail to spot toddler's chipped bone

Sheppey toddler Dolly-Rose Gordon was left in agony

A young girl was left in agony after doctors misdiagnosed a chipped bone in her leg for a sprain and encouraged her to walk on it.

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Lorry crashes into lamppost and closes road

Minster Co-op

A road has been closed and buses diverted after a lorry has crashed into a lamppost

High street to be closed for repairs

Recent works at Beach Street

Workmen are to close a town's high street overnight for road repairs.

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Animal rescue team help horse back on its feet

Freddy struggles to get to his feet

A team of specialists from Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to a horse who couldn't quite make it back on four legs.

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Costa Coffee opens latest store in Kent

Open for business: Barista Linsey Smith with Costa Cup at Sheppey’s first Costa Coffee branch at Neats Court, Queenborough.

One area in Kent has just got its first Costa Coffee shop. Can you guess where it is?

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Consultation to start on problem roundabout

The Stockbury Roundabout.

Motorists who endure daily queues of traffic on the A249 will soon be able to find out what the congestion-busting solution will be.

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Controlling bully kept CCTV watch on woman

Paul Dayman, of Silverdale Avenue, Minster, was jailed for two years and three months for coercive and controlling behaviour.

A 43-year-old bully who fitted a tracking device to his ex-partner's car even had the date his restraining order ended tattooed to his fingers.

Thunderstorm lights up Kent night

Lightning across Sheppey. Picture: Matt Bromley

Many were kept awake by a powerful thunderstorm over parts of Kent last night.

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Police warning after spate of thefts from vans

Police arrested a man. Stock photo

Van owners have been warned to take care after thieves have walked off with thousands of pounds of tools in a crime blitz.

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Spirited woman celebrates 105th birthday

Winifred Kemp celebrates her 105th birthday at Age UK with some of the staff, and daughters Linda Neal and Christine Webb

Receiving personal messages from the Queen is nothing new for one Kent grandmother, as she passed another big milestone.

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Man denies possession of ammonia

Bill Taylor, 27.

A 27-year-old man has denied threatening to kill someone and possession of ammonia following a dispute in the street.

New Kent ferry service hailed a success

The Jacob Marley, the first ferry from Sheppey to Southend Pier for more than 20 years, moored at Southend.

Passengers have voted a pilot ferry service from Sheppey to Southend a hit. But a question mark hangs over future trips.

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Fate of hamster killer hangs in balance

Fox admitted killing a hamster. Stock image

A psychiatric report into a man who killed a pet by throwing it against a wall has revealed 'troubling issues', says a judge.

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Lifeboat called to man 'training for boxing tournament'

Sheerness lifeboat. Picture: RNLI

A man in a rowing boat had to be escorted back to shore by the lifeboat crew amid concerns for his safety.

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Charity fundraiser for tragic Summa

Summa with her daughter Jasmine

A former soldier is to march 50 miles on Saturday to raise money for mum Summa Barker who has lost the use of her legs.

Conman stole shotgun from vulnerable pensioner

Miles Cash. Picture: Kent Police.

A gardener who conned his way into the home of a vulnerable pensioner and tricked him into handing over his lethal shotgun has been locked up.

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Sheppey ferry sails

Customers queued up for the sell-out voyage

The first ferry trip from Sheppey to Southend for 20 years has sailed this morning.

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Tragedy-hit family in serious accident

The car after the accident.

A couple whose 32-year-old son died unexpectedly this month have been involved in a crash with a lorry.

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Dog finds dentures on park walk

Miriam Parker's 10-year-old dog Finleyroo found the dentures

It's an unusual item to lose, but if you've misplaced your two front teeth, Miriam Parker's Jack Russell may have found them.

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Car crash on crossroads

It happened around midday.

An accident is causing delays on a main route.

Store reopens after storm damage

B&M Bargains has reopened with a new look.

A discount shop, which was damaged earlier this year when Storm Doris struck, has relaunched.

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