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Zimbabwe takeover's Kent connection

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at an election rally in 2002. Picture: AP Photo/str

"It may never have happened if it had not been for me", a retired British Army colonel has revealed after the Zimbabwe takeover.


Police chopper hunts car thieves

Police helicopter. Stock photo

A police helicopter has tracked down a stolen Land Rover, but the thieves are still on the run.

Woman, 61, to appear in court over stabbing

Bell Road, Sittingbourne. Photo: Google

Police have charged a woman with wounding after a man was left with serious injuries.

Happy Days for nursery praised as outstanding

Sarah Shepherd and Collette Pridmore with Ella, two, and Reggie, Leonard and Cody, all three

Inspectors have rated a Kent day nursery as outstanding across the board.

Bank card and money stolen from woman, 60

He's been jailed for using a 'stolen' credit card

A disabled 60-year-old woman was left shaken after thieves grabbed her bank card from her purse and quickly withdrew money from her account.


Long delays following crash

Work is expected to finish today.

Drivers are warned of long delays following a rush-hour crash on a major A road.


Chance to name new shopping area

Part of the Spirit of Sittingbourne town centre regeneration on the site of the former Princes Street depot.

A shortlist of names for the first section of Sittingbourne’s £57 million regeneration scheme has been drawn up and will be put to public vote.


Woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Bell Road, Sittingbourne. Image: Google

A 61-year-old woman was was taken into custody after a pensioner was found with stab wounds.

Traffic fears as plans for 600 homes are submitted

An artist's impression of the proposed development at Wises Lane

Controversial plans for more than 600 homes, a school, shops and a rugby clubhouse have been sent to councillors.


£10,000 raised after tragic death

Alex Quealy. Picture: JustGiving.com

A squash tournament held in honour of a young man who took his own life has raised thousands of pounds for a mental health charity.

Replacement lined up for departing Tesco

Tesco is to close its store in The Forum shopping centre in Sittingbourne

A retailer has already been lined up to replace a Tesco branch when it departs a town centre unit.


Supermarket giant to close town store

Tesco is to close its store in The Forum shopping centre in Sittingbourne

Tesco has announced it will be closing one of its Metro branches in the new year.


Signs 'not clear' at train crash crossing

The front of the van's bonnet was torn off

Investigators have found signs at a crossing where a train collided with a van were not “clear”.


Fake-goods trader admits guilt

Some of the replica goods that were being sold by Derek Mitchell

A man who sold thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods has appeared in court.


The tale of one of county’s oldest families

Douglas Knowles, who chaired Sittingbourne Urban District Council

A new book sets out the far-reaching prominent roles members of the same family played in Kent.


Arrests after police descend on village

The helicopter seen over Upchurch

Police have arrested two men following a large scale search involving the police helicopter over a village.

Man found guilty of teacher's murder released

Carl Davies

The family of murdered teacher Carl Davies has been rocked by news the man found guilty of his murder has been released pending a retrial.

Large police presence as chopper scrambled

The helicopter seen over Upchurch

There are reports a road has been closed amid a heavy police presence in village.


Traffic clears after crossing crash and breakdowns

The Sheppey Crossing

It was a bleak morning for commuters after a stack of problems including crashes and breakdowns.

Staff shortage cancels trains

No trains between Sheerness and Sittingbourne tonight

Commuters face delays as six rail journeys cancelled in Kent tonight because of a staff shortage. Replacement buses will be used instead.


Town centre to get first micropub

Donna Hartridge outside the shop in West Street, Sittingbourne, which is to become micro-pub

Real ale is the way to go, says woman behind micropub.


Car set alight on driveway

Fire crews were called to a Range Rover alight on a driveway. Stock photo.

A Range Rover was badly damaged in a suspected arson attack this morning.

Off to Mongolia in a banger

Three school pals are set to pack their stuff into a banger and head for an adventurous 15,000-mile drive to Mongolia.


Mutilated cat found

Animals Lost and Found in Kent work to reunite missing pets with their owners

A dead cat found in a seated position outside a house had parts of its body "deliberately cut off".


Caravan fire spreads to car

Fire crews tackled the blaze. Stock image

Fire crews and police were called after a fire in a caravan spread to a car.

Hunt is on for missing Lynx

A lynx has gone missing from Dean Tweedy's zoo in Borth, Wales. Stock picture.

A lynx is on the run from a wildlife sanctuary owned by a former Kent resident.

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