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Benjamin Austin joined the KM group in 2022. He joined as a trainee reporter covering the West Kent region for the Kent Messenger

Council spends £20k dismantling skate park

30 June 2022
Council spends £20k dismantling skate park

Taxpayers have footed the bill for the removal of a 16-year-old skating attraction after it was deemed unsafe.

Reward to catch cable thieves as hundreds without internet

30 June 2022
Reward to catch cable thieves as hundreds without internet

A £1,000 reward is being offered to help snare vandals who have cut, damaged and stolen live underground broadband and TV cables.

Seriously injured biker flown to hospital after Brands Hatch crash

30 June 2022
Seriously injured biker flown to hospital after Brands Hatch crash

A motorcyclist has been flown to hospital after suffering serious injuries in a crash with a van.

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Off-road vehicles stolen from home

29 June 2022
Off-road vehicles stolen from home

Police are asking for information regarding the theft of two dirt buggies stolen in the middle of the night.

Town centre McDonald's shuts for makeover

28 June 2022
Town centre McDonald's shuts for makeover

Fast food fans will have to wait for a few weeks while construction work to overhaul the store and add a new entrance takes place.

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Road closed off after women police officers 'assaulted'

28 June 2022
Road closed off after women police officers 'assaulted'

A hunt was launched after a man reportedly ran off after attacking two police officers.

Million trees planned for Lower Thames Crossing project

28 June 2022
Million trees planned for Lower Thames Crossing project

Two public park and more than one million trees are to be included in the plans to build the Lower Thames Crossing.

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Life sentences for child abusers as new law comes into force

28 June 2022
Life sentences for child abusers as new law comes into force

A change in the law inspired by the a young boy who suffered life-changing injuries at the hands of his birth parents comes into force today.

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Mum defies council in bid to help swans

20 June 2022
Mum defies council in bid to help swans

A floating nest was installed by volunteers for two swans whose home is destroyed daily by tides despite warnings from the council.

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Family tells of 'bomb scare' on the beach

19 June 2022
Family tells of 'bomb scare' on the beach

A parent has spoken of how their quiet day trip to the coast turned into a more frightening ordeal after her teenage son found an ordnance device.

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'We want to be first twins to race at Le Mans'

19 June 2022
'We want to be first twins to race at Le Mans'

Brothers racing in the Praga Cup have set their sights on making history by competing in the world's oldest endurance race.

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Bomb squad called to beach

18 June 2022
Bomb squad called to beach

Police and bomb disposal experts locked down a beach as a family's day trip was disrupted after a suspected unexploded device was found in the sand.

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Driver arrested after van hits two women

18 June 2022
Driver arrested after van hits two women

Witnesses are urged to come forward after two pedestrians were seriously injured after being hit by a van.

Man in hospital after being stabbed

18 June 2022
Man in hospital after being stabbed

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after another man was stabbed.

World custard pie throwing event returns

18 June 2022
World custard pie throwing event returns

Teams from around the globe will convene in a field to hurl dairy desserts at one another in the Annual World Custard Pie Championship.

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Discarded cigarette sparks fire outside home

18 June 2022
Discarded cigarette sparks fire outside home

An early morning fire outside a property is thought to have been caused by a discarded cigarette.

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Village's calls for butchers dismissed as vets moves in

17 June 2022
Village's calls for butchers dismissed as vets moves in

A butcher has expressed his disappointment after his bid to open in a council-run shop failed, despite backing from 1,100 people.

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EasyJet passenger's bag shredded with contents destroyed

16 June 2022
EasyJet passenger's bag shredded with contents destroyed

An EasyJet passenger waiting at a luggage carousel was shocked to find his bag had been shredded with its contents destroyed.

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Investigation continues into footballer's stabbing

16 June 2022
Investigation continues into footballer's stabbing

Police have renewed their appeal for information regarding the stabbing of a young footballer who was left in a critical state.

New build burglary sees man arrested

13 June 2022
New build burglary sees man arrested

A man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after someone was seen entering new builds.

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