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Closure of village branch could cost bank business

Liz Stanley, owner of Stanleys of Marden, started a petition against the decision to close the NatWest bank in Marden

The upcoming loss of a rural village's last bank has lead to dozens of businesses threatening to boycott NatWest.

Pubs and restaurants targeted by dry cleaning scam

Stock picture of dry cleaning bill. Picture: iStock

Kent Police are warning pubs and restaurants to be vigiliant of scammers presenting them with dry cleaning bills.

Air raid siren sounds again in Weald village

The wail of a Second World War air raid siren rang out through Marden as the village remembered its war dead.

Trapped man cut free from car

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A man had to be cut free from his car following a two car accident which has seen two people taken to hospital.

Poppies rain from sky in village

Poppies raining on Headcorn. Picture: Jane Armstrong

Poppies rained on Headcorn this morning as hundreds of people flocked to the village to pay their respects.


Elderly woman airlifted to hospital after car crash

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Emergency crews including the air ambulance were called after a woman in her 70s was hurt in a three-car smash.

Woman receives medical treatment after kitchen fire

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Emergency services were called after a appliance went up in flames.

Villagers take to the streets over housing plans

Cllr Burton was met by a wall of protestors when he travelled to Headcorn this morning. Picture: @maidstonebc

Villagers in Headcorn are protesting today against proposed development.

Road blocked following car crash

Drivers should approach the area with caution. Stock image

Traffic delays are expected following this morning's accident.

Crews tackle container fire

Firefighters were called to the scene. Stock picture.

Firefighters tackled a blaze which broke out in a transport contained in Kent today.

Staplehurst set for Subway

Staplehurst shopping parade

Fast food chain Subway is opening a new branch in Staplehurst.


Two bailed after cannabis factory found

The number of people who have been arrested for drug possession has been revealed. Picture: Thinkstock

Two men arrested following the discovery of a drugs factory in an East Peckham farm building have been bailed.

Congregationalists gain new Pastor

There was a warm welcome for the new pastor

Churchmen from all denominations gathered to welcome Cranbrook's new Congregationalist Pastor.

Couple's real proposal on stage before an audience of 200

Simon pops the question - watched by the whole cast and audience

The audience at an amateur dramatics production in Cranbrook were treated to a real-life proposal featuring the two stars of the show.

Village recalls fallen heroes

Villagers gather at the War Memorial

Goudhurst villagers have begun honouring their fallen from the First World War by a unique projection of their images on the side of the village pub.

Rural Crime Task Force launched

The Rural Crime Liaison team, Gypsy Liaison team and specialist intelligence officers will join forces

A specialist unit has been launched by Kent Police to tackle rural crime.


Tributes for 'truly wonderful' dad killed in motorbike crash

Christopher Worthington

The family of Christopher Worthington have paid tribute to a "truly wonderful person" after he was killed in a rush hour crash with a van.

Cricket club wins right to move

Maidstone council has granted permission for 124 homes on a village's cricket and hockey pitches

Car and tanker collide near Marden

An accident in Hunton Road, Chainhurst

A car crashed into a tanker on a country lane but there were no injuries.

Firefighters tackle house fire

Firefighters at the scene in Paddock Wood

A 450-year-old house was spared major damage from a roof fire thanks a scaffolding which allowed fire fighters to quickly access the blaze.

Two-car crash leaves one injured

Police were called to the scene. Stock picture

Police were called to a collision in Cranbrook yesterday morning.

Ban for drink driver seen swerving through village at 1pm

Maidstone Magistrates' Court

Man who was found to be almost twice the drink-drive limit banned for 18 months after being spotted swerving through quiet village at 1pm.

Camilla pays a visit to Kent

The Duchess leaves the school sports hall with her flowers

The Duchess of Cornwall visited a school attended by her late brother and gave her royal seal of approval to a Kent vineyard today.


Lane closure in Headcorn

Floodwater forces a lane closure in Headcorn.

Zombies hop back to the farm

The Hop Farm

A frightening week of events will be returning to the Hop Farm this halloween.

Helen Grant to host sewage meeting

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, will meet with Southern Water bosses next month to discuss sewage issues in the Weald.

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