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Shopping centre evacuated

People outside the shopping centre. Picture @FunctionBeauty

A busy shopping centre had to be evacuated after a small fire started in staff toilets.


Cannabis farmer booby-trapped factory

Christopher Rappoport has been jailed for two years and 10 months

A man who set up booby traps using explosive devices to protect a cannabis factory at his home has been jailed.


Fraudster tied fake mailbox to couple's door

Fraudster David Donkor has been jailed

A fraudster has been jailed after he tried to steal a couple's bank details by taping a fake mailbox to their door.


Man found dead in road

Emergency services were called. Stock image

An investigation is under way into the unexplained death of a man found in a road.

Bomb disposal unit called to man's home

A bomb disposal unit was called to the scene. Library Picture

An army bomb disposal team was called after a householder found explosives buried in his garden.

Lorry seriously damaged after hitting railway bridge

The lorry is badly damaged

Engineers are assessing the damage to a railway bridge after a lorry smashed into the structure.


Missing man believed to be suffering from dementia found

Kent Police is searching for Fredrick Harris, 68, of Snipe Close, Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells

Police searching for a missing man believed to be suffering from dementia have found him a day after he was reported missing.


Double rapist behind bars

Tunbridge Wells rapist Soran Mahmad-Ali has been jailed for eight years

A man convicted of twice raping a woman has been jailed for eight years.

Drug dealer ordered to pay back remaining assets

Convicted drug dealer Raza Miah was ordered to pay back his remaining assets

A drug dealer from Tunbridge Wells has been ordered to pay back his remaining assets following a financial investigation.

Memorial to suffragette and social reformer Amelia Scott

Suffragette and social reformer Amelia Scott

A plaque has been unveiled at the former home of suffragette and social reformer Amelia Scott.

Train driver saw man step onto track

High Brooms station

A man was stuck by a train and killed yesterday after walking onto the line near a railway station.


Woman with spinal condition to tackle challenge for charity

Clare and her husband Nick got married at the Barn in Tunbridge Wells a month after her diagnosis

A woman from Kent who was diagnosed with a chronic spinal condition a month before her wedding is walking over 30 miles for charity.

Explorer and presenter will hold book signing this month

Steve Backshall will be signing copies of his book in Tunbridge Wells

A presenter and exlporer who has released a new novel will be signing copies at a Waterstones bookstore in Kent.

Paralysed former race driver opens exhibition

Roger Pedrick also unveiled an exhibition at the Trinity Theatre last year

A race driver who broke his neck and was left paralysed after an accident at a race track in Kent has opened his own art exhibition.

Charities across Kent receive donation from Kent Police

Kent Police Headquarters

A group of charities have been selected by police officers to receive a donation from the Kent Police property fund.

Hundreds of homes arriving in town

Computer generated images of what homes in the development will look like

A development bringing over 500 new homes to Kent has raised concerns over potential congestion issues in the local area.

New sauce brand making its way into stores

There are currently three different Bis Bas sauces available

A range of home-made sauces are making their way into independent retailers across the county.

Fallen tree causing delays

A tree that has fallen in Tunbridge Wells is causing delays for motorists.

Kent housebuilder receives £10m investment

Tonbridge developer Millwood Designer Homes Ltd has sealed a £10m investment deal managed by law firm Cripps, who have offices at Kings Hill and Tunbridge Wells

A Kent-based housebuilder has sealed a £10m investment deal with the help of a local law firm.

Child porn pervert walks free

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A pervert who downloaded thousands of child sex abuse images has been spared jail time.

Man rescued from fire after night out

The man fell asleep whilst cooking food after returning from a night out

A man who fell asleep cooking after a night out was rescued from a fire in his flat.

First local resident to die in World War One remembered

William Vidler was the first local resident to die in the First World War

A plaque has been unveiled remembering the first local resident to be killed in World War One.

Pan causes kitchen fire

Fire crews were called to the home in Tunbridge Wells after a chip pan fryer set alight

A pan that was stored above a hob has caught alight causing a kitchen fire.

Media agency recognised as youth-friendly business

Zoodikers based in Tunbridge Wells awarded the Gold Standard by Youth Employment UK

A PR and social media agency has been awarded in recognition of its friendliness towards local young people.

Kent girl competing in British Transplant Games for third year

Sophia with her twin brother Alexander who is also a keen swimmer

An 11-year-old girl from Kent who had a heart transplant at just four months old is competing in her third British Transplant Games.

Pub landlord has jail time cut after glassing drinker

Matthew Liles ran the Crystal Palace Inn in Tunbridge Wells

A pub landlord who glassed a drinker with a champagne flute has had his jail term cut by top judges.

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