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School’s delight after Ofsted praise

A non-selective is celebrating a turnaround in its fortunes - after a new head teacher 'transformed the culture of the school'.

Mexican stand-off as bar wins bid to open at former bank

Councillors voted to approve contentious plans for a Mexican-inspired bar and restaurant despite objections from concerned locals.

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Call for action after town centre smashing spree

Business owners are calling for police to take action against vandals who targeted shop windows in a town centre smashing spree.

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VIDEO: Burst pipe floods homes with sewage

Tonnes of sewage water has poured into homes after a waste pipe burst.

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High street butcher closes after sales slump

An independent butcher is closing permanently today - the latest victim of a loss in town centre trade.

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Offenders create a stink after sentencing

Thieves jailed after stealing £1,500 of perfumes from a chemists shouted at a judge before being escorted to the cells.

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Warning after tools and copper stolen from van

Police warn the public not to keep tools, gadgets, and other valuables in vehicles, following a spate of thefts.

Jobseekers face bus fare hikes as centre closes

People searching for work will have to spend a day's budget travelling to an alternative Jobcentre when their nearest one closes.

Yobs spoil beauty spot after snow

Volunteers left to clean up beer cans and abandoned sledges in popular green space

Father and son help dig double-deckers out of snow

Locals help free buses that became stuck for more than an hour on a snowy residential road.

Girl, 5, warms stranger's heart hours after mum's death

A postman was left fighting back tears after a chance encounter with a little girl in McDonald's.

Vigilantes threaten to burn down house

A man jailed for child cruelty after a baby had to have his legs amputated is too afraid to come out of his prison cell for fear of being attacked.

Jaw-dropping moment shark falls from sky

An engineer was left stunned after a two-foot shark fell from the sky and landed in his garden as he made a cup of tea.

South Quay makeover inspired by Shoreditch

A town's harbour board has revealed a half-a-million pound budget for the refurbishment of a historic building.

Two rescued from fishing boat

A pair on an angling vessel had to be aided by a lifeboat crew.

VIDEO: Bike thieves caught on camera

A man hopes to track down a gang who swiped his beloved bike from outside his work in broad daylight.

Missing Mehdi thought to be in local area

A 16-year-old from London - who has been missing for a month - is thought to be in Whitstable.

Rapist forced victim to stab woman in two-hour ordeal

A rapist used a machete, knife, saw and hammer on two women as he held them hostage in a summerhouse - and even forced one victim to stab the other.

Daughter's book about dad being shot dead

The extraordinary life of a pirate radio station owner operating in Kent in the 1960s has been published for the first time.

Oyster racks deemed legal after probe

Controversial oyster racks have been deemed safe to stay after an investigation over alleged licensing issues concluded this week.

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