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Ed McConnell joined the Kent Messenger as a junior reporter in 2014. Since then he has covered Gravesend, Dartford and Medway and now works as news editor for KentOnline.

Rare orchids 'almost certainly doomed' after 'dim' heist

24 May 2022
Rare orchids 'almost certainly doomed' after 'dim' heist

A significant number of late spider orchids have been stolen from Kent while a different species was stolen from east Sussex two days later.

Man with slashed face sees town centre cordoned off

19 May 2022
Man with slashed face sees town centre cordoned off

A man seen with slash wounds across his face saw police cordon off part of a town centre.

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'Blood rain' could fall on Kent during thunderstorms

18 May 2022
'Blood rain' could fall on Kent during thunderstorms

Red-coloured 'blood rain' could fall on Kent as Saharan dust mixes with thunderstorms rolling in.

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Puppy freed from brick wall

18 May 2022
Puppy freed from brick wall

An inquisitive puppy had to be freed from a brick wall by fire crews after getting her head caught.

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Two stabbed near shopping centre

17 May 2022
Two stabbed near shopping centre

Two young men have been stabbed with at least one flown to hospital with serious injuries after an attack outside a shopping centre.

Spirits worth thousands recovered after burglary spree

17 May 2022
Spirits worth thousands recovered after burglary spree

Police have recovered and are trying to trace the owners of expensive spirits and designer clothing stolen in a burglary spree.

'My mum has saved lives by losing hers'

16 May 2022
'My mum has saved lives by losing hers'

Julia James' son has said she told him she saw a "weird man" loitering near where she was killed while her daughter says her death has saved others.

Council leader slammed for 'happy' food bank photo

11 May 2022
Council leader slammed for 'happy' food bank photo

A council leader has been slammed for smiling at the opening of a food bank amid the cost of living crisis.

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'Terrifying' 72% fall in Kent's flying insects

05 May 2022
'Terrifying' 72% fall in Kent's flying insects

A "terrifying" 72% fall in flying insects could mean a "stark future" without urgent action.

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P&O resumes crossings six weeks after mass sackings

27 April 2022
P&O resumes crossings six weeks after mass sackings

P&O has resumed freight crossings six weeks after sacking 800 staff over Zoom.

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P&O ferry to set sail after month in port

22 April 2022
P&O ferry to set sail after month in port

The first Dover-based P&O ferry has been cleared to sail after more than a month out of action following the mass sacking of 800 staff.

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Killer PC Couzens to face trial on McDonald's exposure charges

13 April 2022
Killer PC Couzens to face trial on McDonald's exposure charges

Sarah Everard's murderer Wayne Couzens will face trial over allegations he exposed himself at a McDonald's drive-thru in Kent.

In search of the online romance fraudsters

11 April 2022
In search of the online romance fraudsters

Last year, 248 lonely souls were seduced out of £2.9 million in Kent alone – we went on a mission to join them.

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Minimum wage plan to force P&O to rehire 800 staff

28 March 2022
Minimum wage plan to force P&O to rehire 800 staff

A plan to force ferry operators to pay minimum wage has been drawn up in an effort to make P&O rehire sacked staff.

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Seals head to the pub as sun shines

22 March 2022
Seals head to the pub as sun shines

An unseasonably balmy start to spring has seen two seals take a trip to pub in the past two days, resulting in some wonderful pictures.

P&O's 'biggest compensation package ever' with some getting £170k+

22 March 2022
P&O's 'biggest compensation package ever' with some getting £170k+

P&O has said its compensation package is "the biggest ever" and some staff will get more than £170k, although others will get as little as £15k.

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Fire rips through derelict pub

21 March 2022
Fire rips through derelict pub

A fire has torn through part of a derelict pub, with four crews battling for two hours to put out the flames.

Up-and-coming Kent boxer gets first world title

19 March 2022
Up-and-coming Kent boxer gets first world title

Up-and-coming Kent boxer Dennis 'The Menace' McCann won his first world title with his 12th straight win.

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P&O service resumes but Channel crossings still cancelled

19 March 2022
P&O service resumes but Channel crossings still cancelled

P&O has resumed one of its crossings but its cross-Channel routes are still cancelled adding to the financial pressure on the firm.

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Helicopter chase driver had Legoland licence

11 March 2022
Helicopter chase driver had Legoland licence

A dangerous driver who led police on a 35-mile chase through Kent only had a Legoland licence awarded when he was a toddler.

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