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Airbnbs 'sucking heart out of communities'

Sydenham Street, Whitstable, has seen many properties snapped up

Airbnb properties and second home buyers are pricing local young people out of the market and threatening Whitstable's identity, it is claimed.


Casualty treated at roundabout

Traffic was held up at Tesco roundabout, Thanet Way, in Whitstable

Traffic was held up while a casualty was treated by ambulance technicians on a busy roundabout


Risque outfits were 'a bit of fun'

The Amazonials take the strain. Pic: Adrian Littler

A scantily-clad tug-of-war team accused of overshadowing a popular contest with their eye-catching outfits have hit back at 'jealous' detractors.


Scaled down Oyster Festival splits opinion

Thousands of people attended the event. Picture: Chris Davey

Thousands of people are attending Kent's world-famous Oyster Festival this weekend, but it has split opinion after being scaled back.


Revellers 'turned away' from Oyster Festival

There were complaints last year's Whitstable Oyster Festival was too crowded

Visitors to Kent's world-famous Oyster Festival claim they were turned away today because of overcrowding.


Train hurtles over crossing with barriers still up

Car drives over the crossing just seconds before the train passes

A passenger train sailed through a level crossing with the barriers still raised just seconds after an oblivious motorist drove over the tracks.


Roadworks block path ahead of Oyster Festival

Engineers say roadworks blocking the pavement on one of Whitstable's busiest roads will be removed in time for the Oyster Festival this weekend.


Spectacular lightning storm strikes district

Paul Darby took this stunning photo of Herne Bay clock tower

Keen photographers captured some stunning photos as the district was battered by a spectacular storm last night.

Man finds suspected burglar in home

The e-fit issued by Kent Police

Police have released a e-fit of a man they want to identify after he was found snooping around a house.


Fleeced for £9k by email

The case is being heard at Canterbury Crown Court

A woman lost £9,000 when money she paid for building work was diverted to a criminal’s account.


'This is not a prank - I have a gun'

Danny Powell. Picture: Kent Police

An electrician strolled out of a bank with almost £2,000 after telling staff he was armed - before targeting another two days later.


Shoppers furious at new parking cameras

Aldi opened in Whitstable earlier this year. Picture: Chris Davey

Shoppers have taken to social media to complain about new parking cameras at a busy retail park.


Government announces jobcentre closures

The Herne Bay Jobcentre is to close

Three jobcentres in Kent are closing after the government announced plans to save money, forcing unemployed people to travel elsewhere.


Kent holiday home among best in the world

A luxury holiday home in Kent has been named one of the best in the world, alongside hotels in Marbella, Bali and Costa Rica.

Man arrested over 'indecent exposure'

Police stock image

A man has been arrested after a report of indecent exposure late at night.

Arts festival celebrates £1 million boost

The festival has become a key event in the arts calendar

An two-yearly festival that has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the country's top arts events has won £1 million backing.

Debris flies as bus and car collide

The bus and Mitsubishi have both suffered extensive damage

A busy road opposite two supermarkets has been blocked off following a crash involving a double decker bus and a car.


Woman in her 80s challenges burglar

Police are hunting for a man of this description.

Police have released an e-fit after a pensioner confronted a burglar who claimed to be a decorator.

Historic regatta to be resurrected

Police are concerned granting the alcohol licence could lead to more booze-fuelled crime

The world's oldest regatta has been handed a lifeline - after organisers of a popular festival stepped in.


Lineker tucks in at award-winning pub

Gary Lineker at The Sportsman with sous chef Joe McMahan

Football star Gary Lineker ditched the crisps and tucked into a meal at a gastropub just hours before it was named best in the country.


‘We like living here…but don’t feel safe anymore’

Margaret Court in Herne Bay

Council tower blocks in two Kent towns could have sprinkler systems installed if the fire service recommends it following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


High street shovel vandal left trail of destruction

A window at the town's library was smashed.

A spade-wielding drunk who went on a vandalism spree in a busy town centre told police: “You want a monster, you’re gonna get one."


Crane leaves trail of destruction

A trail of destruction in Sherwood Drive.

A stretch of tarmac has been destroyed after a crane mounted the pavement, ripping open a manhole cover.


Robbery suspect due in court

Police at the scene of the bank robbery at Barclays in Whitstable

A 36-year-old man has been charged with robbing a bank in a busy high street and will appear before magistrates today.

Man jailed for stabbing ex friend in stomach

Taylor Martin, 23, was jailed for 17 years after stabbing his former friend in the stomach.

A man caused a former friend multiple injuries, before blaming someone else for the horrific attack.


OAP dragged from car in road rage attack

The slip way off the Thanet Way where the road rage attack happened

A 66-year-old was punched to ground by two men in an assault that only stopped when passing motorists intervened.

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