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Swale Film Festival reveals stellar screenings

The line-up for the fifth Swale Film Festival has been announced on a new website- and features some familiar faces.

Witnesses sought after gas canister crash

Traffic being diverted from the A249 after a lorry crashed into the central reservation. Picture: Jim Haskell

Police want to speak to anyone who saw a lorry hit a police car before smashing into a barrier and overturning - leaving gas cylinders on the road.

Paint and play time for country park

Dean Tweedy, with a portrait of Kurt Cobain

Milton Creek Country Park will play host to artists and performers on Saturday. Art in the Park will be held between 10am and 4pm.

Pair charged with raping woman

Kent Police

Two men have been remanded in custody accused of raping a woman in Sittingbourne.

Highsted pupil wins top national competition

KCC logo. Alfie's taxi to and from school is funded by Kent County Council.

A teenager's safe play design has led to her school getting a £1,000 award.

Chaos as lorry smashes into barrier

Traffic being diverted from the A249 after a lorry crashed into the central reservation. Picture: Jim Haskell

Commuters have been enduring long delays on the A249 after a lorry carrying gas canisters went through the central reservation.

Couple puts town on the map with website

Andy and Zoe Hudson with their website Sittingbourne ME. The married couple have set up the community based website for anyone living in the area

Married couple Andy and Zoe Hudson have launched a community-based website for anyone living in the area.

Family told to get heart check-ups

Gregg Shoults died suddenly at the family home in Hartlip on October 22, 2012.

A coroner has told the relatives of a young dad who died suddenly to undergo cardiac screening.

Sittingbourne children's centre facing closure

Woodgrove is one of more than 20 Children's Centres across the county that are facing the axe under cost-cutting proposals by Kent County Council.

Barbecue helps community make friends

Aaron Long, aged five, enjoying a summer BBQ organised by Joa Bamber who recently moved to the village

Iwade resident Joa Bamber's summer barbecue helped villagers make friends with their neighbours.

TV favourites lead pantomime line-up

Former EastEnders actress Melissa Suffield will play the lead role in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when the show is performed at The Wyvern Hall, at Swallows leisure centre, in December.

Melissa Suffield played a troubled teenager in EastEnders but will be taking on a sweeter character in Snow White.

Mum tells court how she saw in new year cradling dying son

Dimitris Titovs suffered a fatal stab wound in London Road, Teynham. Picture: @Kent_999s

A mother told a court how she saw her son collapse with a fatal stab wound... only to see her partner with a bloody knife in his hand.

New poster launched to find missing Matt

Matthew Green

The parents of roofer Matthew Green are hoping a new poster campaign might help locate him.

Out in Africa: Debbie's £5k peak performance

The lives of a group of Ugandan children are set to improve thanks to the fundraising efforts of a town businesswoman.

Highsted pupil Abbie is YouTube sensation

A 12-year-old singer is hoping to make it big after starring in her very own music video.

Inside this week's Sittingbourne News Extra

The front of this week's Sittingbourne News Extra

The dramatic town fire is our main story, with a three-page special report dedicated to it.

300 tonnes go up in flames in huge recycling centre blaze

A fireball erupts from the fire at the Sweeep recycling centre in Milton Regis. Picture: Andy Ives

Around 300 tonnes of electrical equipment has been destroyed in a massive fire at a recycling centre that has finally been extinguished today.

Celebrity and family open special garden at hospice

Radio and TV presenter Chris Evans made a return visit to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Man 'flashed' woman as she crossed bridge

Stock image

Police are hunting a second man after another case of indecent exposure in the town.

Disgraced detective jailed for groping women while on duty

The trial is taking place at Southwark Crown Court

A police detective who sexually assaulted two women in their own homes has today been jailed for a year.

Sunrise meeting with girl's pop heroes

Aston Merrigold with Sittingbourne resident Amber Howe

Top boy band JLS were on hand to make a young girl's dreams come true when she met them on live TV.

More than 4,000 people enjoy fun day in memory of Gregg

Gregg Shoults died suddenly at the family home in Hartlip on October 22, 2012.

A fundraising event to remember a much-loved friend and family member has been declared a massive success.

After three decades, Glynis calls it a day

The end of this month will see the end of an era for staff and children at a village nursery.

They think it's all over...but not for footie fan Stewart

An ex-serviceman is guarding a mini-mountain of memorabilia celebrating the greatest day in English football history.

Cooler and drier - yet June was close to the norm

Jeremy Procter checks the data on his weather monitoring station

The Messenger's very own weatherman has filed his report for June.

Pupils enjoy cookery class with celebrity chef

Westlands School pupils with Will Devlin and celebrity chef Richard Phillips

A select group of students got the chance to meet celebrity chef Richard Phillips when they took part in a Master Chef-style competition.

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