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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

Machete-wielding thug jailed for eight years

21 February 2024
Machete-wielding thug jailed for eight years

A thug who threatened his victims with a meat cleaver and machete has been jailed for eight years.

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Fire at industrial estate after ‘explosions’

21 February 2024
Fire at industrial estate after ‘explosions’

Three engines and fire crews are at the scene of a blaze at an industrial premises.

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Man accused of attack on shop staff

21 February 2024
Man accused of attack on shop staff

A man has been charged in connection with a robbery at a shop which saw staff assaulted.

Plastic covers for 5, 000 trees left in woodlands

21 February 2024
Plastic covers for 5, 000 trees left in woodlands

A group of volunteers is working to clean up thousands of plastic tree covers from a park after the council told them it wouldn’t do it.

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Person found dead in town car park

20 February 2024
Person found dead in town car park

A large emergency services response has been reported in a busy town centre following the discovery.

‘Our house is making us ill’

20 February 2024
‘Our house is making us ill’

A family of five say their home is “unsafe” after having problems with a leak for nearly two years.

Police shut down house after reports of drug use and violence

19 February 2024
Police shut down house after reports of drug use and violence

A court order has been served on a property connected to drug use, violence and anti-social behaviour

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‘I can see why it’s the fastest-growing sport in the country!’

18 February 2024
‘I can see why it’s the fastest-growing sport in the country!’

It’s been billed as a more social and accessible version of tennis but does Padel live up to the hype? KentOnline went courtside to find out.

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Arsenal star’s World Cup shirt to go under the hammer

18 February 2024
Arsenal star’s World Cup shirt to go under the hammer

Arsenal star and England Lioness Alessia Russo has donated one of her World Cup shirts and a pair of boots to a charity auction.

Fire crews tackle kitchen blaze at business

15 February 2024
Fire crews tackle kitchen blaze at business

Three fire engines were called after a blaze broke out in the kitchen of a commercial premises in a town centre.

Man charged after ‘frenzied’ hospital attack

15 February 2024
Man charged after ‘frenzied’ hospital attack

A 22-year-old man has been charged after violent scenes in a hospital where staff and patients were injured.

Arrest after man ‘stamped’ on in town centre

15 February 2024
Arrest after man ‘stamped’ on in town centre

An arrest has been made after a man was stamped on in a town centre attack.

Arrest made after postboxes painted gold

14 February 2024
Arrest made after postboxes painted gold

A suspect has been arrested after gold post boxes appeared in a town.

Man arrested after ‘frenzied’ attack in hospital

14 February 2024
Man arrested after ‘frenzied’ attack in hospital

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after hospital staff were attacked.

‘My daughter died and no one could reach me’

14 February 2024
‘My daughter died and no one could reach me’

A great-grandmother was the last to know her daughter had been found dead because her landline had been wrongly disconnected for six weeks.

Boss held employee at gunpoint after alleged bikes theft

13 February 2024
Boss held employee at gunpoint after alleged bikes theft

A former company boss has been jailed after he held a pistol to an employee and fired a blank close to his face before returning with a shotgun.

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‘We’ll get to Henley – but we have no rowers’

12 February 2024
‘We’ll get to Henley – but we have no rowers’

The new coach of a Kent rowing club and has vowed to get a team to qualify for Henley despite them having no racing members.

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Landowner told to clear ‘illegal’ site in three months

09 February 2024
Landowner told to clear ‘illegal’ site in three months

A landowner responsible for an illegal development in a woodland has been told to remove all buildings from the site by April.

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Drink driver who ‘could barely stand’ was three times over limit

09 February 2024
Drink driver who ‘could barely stand’ was three times over limit

A man spotted swerving between lanes on a dual carriageway was three times over the drink-drive limit and “could barely stand” when stopped by police.

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‘Engineering works’ prompt weekend railway disruption

08 February 2024
‘Engineering works’ prompt weekend railway disruption

Train passengers are being warned to plan their routes ahead of time as lines are to close for “emergency works”.

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