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

Phoebe Jefferson's actions warmed the heart of a stranger

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


Vigilantes threaten to burn down house

Tony Smith. Picture: Kent Police.

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

The catshark fell from the sky. Picture: SWNS.

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

Boxpark in Shoreditch (image: Jason Paris)

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

The pair on the angling boat wait for help. Picture courtesy of Whitstable RNLI

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


VIDEO: Bike thieves caught on camera

CCTV footage caught the moment the bike was stolen

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

Mehdi Aitsilarbi (image: Met Police)

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

Anthony Hutchings. Picture: Northamptonshire Police.

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

Author Susan Moore

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

The racks will be staying

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

Historic locomotive returning home

The Invicta Engine is currently housed at the Canterbury Heritage Museum

Part of Kent's rail heritage is to return to the town where it first operated in 1830.


New Co-op and post office open in town

The Co-Op in Cromwell Road was opened earlier today

A new Co-op has opened in the centre of town containing a post office.


Killer driver gets extra year in jail

Joseph Bills. Picture: Kent Police.

A man who killed a cyclist after driving into him in his van while over the drink drive limit has had his sentence extended.


Harbour restaurant could open by summer

Plans for the new restaurant

Work is set to start on a harbour-side restaurant made of recycled shipping containers, which is due to open by the summer.


Distressed driver finds dead puppies in country lane

The puppies fell off the back of a trailer

A dog breeder has appeared in court after five dead puppies destined for the tip were found strewn across a country lane by a distressed passerby.


Free food and drinks for needy people

Lynne Forester, left, Ruth Hillman and Harriett Crook at the launch of the ‘pay-it-forward’ initiative at Revival Ice Cream Parlour and Veggie Bar in Whitstable

Cafe customers have been generously supporting an initiative that seeks to help the 'hidden hungry'.


Store manager stole thousands from Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's Local in Whitstable

A supermarket manager has avoided jail after stealing thousands of pounds from his employer to "buy friends".


Take Me Out star speaks about her TV date

Roxy appeared on Take Me Out's 10th series (Picture: Thames/ Fremantle)

Still loved-up Roxy talks about her love life, clothing line - and the bizarre death of her pet ostrich, Keith.


Girl's message travels 300 miles

Ten-year-old Shirley's message

A handwritten letter put in a bottle and sent out to sea by a 10-year-old girl has been found washed up in the Netherlands.


£5,000 Christmas light debt remains despite appeal

Organisers confirm thousands of pounds of debt remain, despite a local campaign which raised more than £22,000 to save town's Christmas lights.


High Street bank could become Mexican eatery

Plans have been submitted to change the NatWest building into a Mexican restaurant

A bank which shut as part of a nationwide closure programme could soon become a "high-end" nightspot.


Delays after lorry hits bridge

The Kent Messenger newspaper is calling on the Department for Transport to retain the much-valued high speed services from Maidstone West to London St Pancras.

Train services ground to a halt this morning after a lorry hit a bridge - one of the most frequently struck bridges in Kent.

Seafront plot on market for £1 million

The property enjoys breathtaking sea views

This overgrown piece of land off a Kent beach could be the perfect spot for a seaside home - but it comes with a hefty price tag.


Supermarket shuts after power cut

The M&S Foodhall in Whitstable

Customers have been turned away from a major foodstore after a power failure.


Gas leak repairs expected to last through weekend

The Tesco roundabout on the Thanet Way, near where repair works are being carried out

Strong smell of gas continues to waft across residential area - including a secondary school - as engineers seek to fix problem.


Bakery on market for half-a-million pounds

Baker Geoff Champs has transformed his business

The owner of a popular town centre bakery plans to sell his business after almost 30 years of trade.

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