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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

Urban Outfitters to open new store

25 May 2022
Urban Outfitters to open new store

An American clothing and lifestyle brand is set to open its second Kent shop.

Footage shows fire crews tackling pub blaze

23 May 2022
Footage shows fire crews tackling pub blaze

The devastating sight of an historic pub engulfed in flames was caught on camera, while villagers have vowed to support the venue.

Hospital steps up security after car thefts

19 May 2022
Hospital steps up security after car thefts

A hospital has increased its security after a number of catalytic converter thefts leaves one driver without a car for a month.

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Demolition begins at listed town centre garage

13 May 2022
Demolition begins at listed town centre garage

After two years of planning, demolition work as part of a multi-million pound revamp of a listed former town centre car garage is under way.

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People facing two-year wait for a guide dog

13 May 2022
People facing two-year wait for a guide dog

A sight-loss charity has launched a recruitment drive for volunteers to help raise puppies amid a shortage.

'Drink lots of tea (sometimes with whisky)'

12 May 2022
'Drink lots of tea (sometimes with whisky)'

A Second World War veteran has celebrated turning 102 with four generations of her family.

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Charity helps Ukraine refugees in UK

11 May 2022
Charity helps Ukraine refugees in UK

With more and more Ukrainian refugees hoping to make it into the UK, one charity is helping those who have been able to make it already.

Police officer attacked by metal theft suspects

09 May 2022
Police officer attacked by metal theft suspects

An officer was left with nasty injuries after suspected thieves reportedly attacked them after stealing metal piping from an air conditioning unit.

'Trees on green are unsafe and will ruin our view'

09 May 2022
'Trees on green are unsafe and will ruin our view'

An angry villager has hit out at trees being planted on the green, claiming it will create an unsafe "dark tunnel" and ruin the view from homes.

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Old pub and offie sold at auction

06 May 2022
Old pub and offie sold at auction

Two buildings in a Kent town, including a former watering hole, have sold for more than their asking price at auction.

Police probe after suspicious house fire

05 May 2022
Police probe after suspicious house fire

A fire which broke out at home is being treated as suspicious and an investigation has begun.

Living Land returns for another year

04 May 2022
Living Land returns for another year

Schoolchildren will learn a lot about farming and its processes this week as Living Land resumes for the first time since the pandemic.

Road closed for two more weeks

04 May 2022
Road closed for two more weeks

A street shut since March is set to be off limits for another fortnight following a burst water main.

Kent's important role in Natasha's Law

03 May 2022
Kent's important role in Natasha's Law

Natasha's Law took effect in October and since then, food labs have had a serious rise in undeclared allergen samples being tested in packaged food.

Disgraced ex-Tory MP considers labouring job to pay legal bills

29 April 2022
Disgraced ex-Tory MP considers labouring job to pay legal bills

The former Dover MP who sexually assaulted two women told a court he'd been living on a 'hand-to-mouth basis' on welfare since his release from jail.

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Care firm rapped for not reporting death and theft allegations

29 April 2022
Care firm rapped for not reporting death and theft allegations

A service providing at-home care for the elderly and disabled has been told to improve following a damning inspection.

Train routes to close over Bank Holiday weekend

29 April 2022
Train routes to close over Bank Holiday weekend

Anyone jumping on a train over the Bank Holiday may have to rearrange travel plans as certain routes are to undergo maintenance once again.

'£90 fine for charging in empty car park'

29 April 2022
'£90 fine for charging in empty car park'

A driver was slapped with a fine for spending too long charging his electric vehicle in an empty supermarket car park.

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Huge drug farm found in home

27 April 2022
Huge drug farm found in home

More than 700 cannabis plants were found by police in six rooms of a home after officers were called to reports of a burglary at the property.

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Cocaine crackdown sees men charged

25 April 2022
Cocaine crackdown sees men charged

Two more people have been charged with possession of cocaine as a police crackdown on dealing the class-A drug continues.

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