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Sign of the times?

A wild boar road sign

Signs could soon be going up on our roads - warning of the hundreds of wild boar believed to be living in our midst.


Teenage singer songwriter set for final of music contest

Emily Izen Row at the Open Mic UK Southern Regional Finals in October. Picture: Jean-Luc Brouard

A Kent teenager will compete in the final of a national music competition tomorrow.


Historic house gutted by fire

Kent Fire and Rescue.

A historic cottage has been severely damaged by a huge blaze that saw 30 firefighters battling it at its peak.

House fire in Pembury

Firefighters at the scene in Pembury. Picture: Matthew Walker

Seventeen firefighters were needed to tackle a blaze at a house in Pembury today.

Homeless man denies churchyard murder

Trevor Hillman, 57, whose body was found in the porch of St Peter and St Paul parish church in October

A homeless man charged with murdering Trevor Hillman at a village church has pleaded not guilty during a brief hearing today.

Road closed after van crashes into tree

Police were called to the site. Picture: Stock image

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious accident which closed the A21 near Lamberhurst.

Man in hospital after car crashes into ditch

Kent Fire and Rescue.

A 22-year-old man has been been taken to hospital after firefighters rescued him from his car which became stuck in a ditch.

Police investigate attempted dognapping

Kent Police sign

A man repeatedly attempted to take a dog from its owner in Headcorn while it was on a lead yesterday.


Family attraction named most popular place to camp

The festival is now being held at The Hop Farm

The Hop Farm, in Paddock Wood, was the South East's favourite place to pitch up, according to a website with received hundreds of bookings last year.

Couple accused of neglecting 131 guinea pigs

Marcus and Gina Mercer arrive at Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court to deny charges of neglecting 131 guinea pigs and a chicken

A trial of a couple accused of keeping 130 guinea pigs in squalid conditions has continued for a second day.

Woman freed from car crash

Kent Fire and Rescue.

A woman in her 20s was cut out of her car following a crash in Hawkhurst.

Two-car crash hospitalizes woman

Emergency services were called. Stock image

A crash yesterday morning left one woman with neck injuries.

Teenager airlifted to hospital after being thrown from horse

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was scrambled. Stock picture.

A 19-year-old has been flown to a London hospital with serious injuries after a horse accident in a rural Kent village.

Burst water main causes delays

Drivers should approach the area with caution. Stock image

Engineers are carrying out emergency repair works on Maidstone Road in Paddock Wood.

Man in his 50s dies after collapsing

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance was scrambled. Stock picture.

A man who collapsed in a field has died despite efforts to save his life by air ambulance crews.


Man hospitalised after accident

Emergency services were called. Stock image

A man who was cut free from a taxi after an accident in Lamberhurst has been taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

School on road to improvement

Staplehurst Primary School in Gybbon Rise

Ofsted inspectors are pleased with the progress being made at Staplehurst Primary School

Primary school league tables revealed

Awareness of apprenticeships is growing among school leavers, say college bosses

Schools in the Weald have been performing above expectations. Find out how they fared here.

Appeal after woman robbed in home

Emergency services were called. Stock image

Police are appealing for information after three men in balaclavas assaulted a woman in her home.

Pub evacuated in overnight fire

The Kings Head pub, High Street, Staplehurst

Residents of a Staplehurst pub had to leave after a fire started in a tumble dryer

Family rescued from smoke-filled flat

The property after the fire

Firefighters helped lead a family to safety after a fire started in an electrical box.

Burglar caught after leaving blood stain on bed sheet

Ernie Smith has been handed a prison sentence of almost two years

A burglar has been jailed for almost two years after leaving a blood stain on a bed sheet at a house he broke into.


Mechanic jailed for conspiracy to commit burglaries

Stephen Baker

A mechanic who used a car he was supposed to be working on to commit crime has been jailed for three and a half years.

Elderly woman in hospital after accident involving horse trailer

Stock picture.

An elderly woman is in hospital following a two vehicle accident, with one of the cars towing a horse trailer.

Woman dies weeks after crash

Police say a man is now in custody. Stock picture

A passenger in a car which hit two parked vehicles has died weeks after the crash.


Man arrested on suspicion of drink driving after police pursuit

Police are at the scene

A 32-year-old man from Yalding was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a car crash in Collier Street, Maidstone.

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