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John Nurden is an award-winning senior journalist who re-joined the Kent Messenger Group in 2016. He mainly covers Sittingbourne and the sun-kissed Isle of Sheppey.

John Nurden

Veteran police dog handler dies aged 86

10 May 2023
Veteran police dog handler dies aged 86

A veteran police dog handler, who ran the Kent Force kennels for decades, has died after contracting pneumonia.

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Beauty and the Beast panto spectacle

03 April 2023
Beauty and the Beast panto spectacle

Youngsters at a dance company have starred in a pantomime performance of Beauty and the Beast.

'Allo, 'Allo! actress makes Kent appearance before EastEnders debut

06 March 2023
'Allo, 'Allo! actress makes Kent appearance before EastEnders debut

Vicki Michelle appeared on stage to speak to fans in Kent about her debut for BBC's EastEnders, where she will play Rocky Cotton's long-lost wife Jo.

Kent drivers face £20 fine for leaving their engine running

03 March 2023
Kent drivers face £20 fine for leaving their engine running

A council in part of the county is cracking down on drivers who leave their engine idling, with those who refuse to turn it off facing a fine.

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Hotel boss launches luxury Kent to Southend yacht tours

03 March 2023
Hotel boss launches luxury Kent to Southend yacht tours

The owner of a guest house has splashed out on a £185k motor yacht so he can run trips across the water to Essex.

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Kent music festival confirms Toyah to headline

02 March 2023
Kent music festival confirms Toyah to headline

A town's music festival has booked the queen of punk Toyah Willcox to star this summer.

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Remember this DJ? Well, he's coming back

02 March 2023
Remember this DJ? Well, he's coming back

Veteran nightclub DJ Nicky Peck is coming out of retirement to be special guest at the sixth anniversary of the Soul on Sunday sessions.

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£3 million plan for footbridge to nowhere...which nobody wants

01 March 2023
£3 million plan for footbridge to nowhere...which nobody wants

Villagers were granted their wish of a new bridge over the A249 - but cars will not be able to use it.

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And it's goodbye from him...

28 February 2023
And it's goodbye from him...

Final column from John Nurden as he prepares to disappear into the sunset for a belated retirement.

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'New market is an Aladdin's cave of treasures in the high street'

26 February 2023
'New market is an Aladdin's cave of treasures in the high street'

What to do with a failing snooker club in an abandoned department store? We went to check out the indoor market that's popped up there...

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New 'security measures' introduced to protect tomatoes

25 February 2023
New 'security measures' introduced to protect tomatoes

A farm shop has published a photo of a farmer carrying a shotgun to warn off tomato-rustlers in a tongue-in-cheek post on social media.

Can care homes survive the cost of living crisis?

24 February 2023
Can care homes survive the cost of living crisis?

Doctors and nurses are striking for better pay. But what about their colleagues in care homes? We visited one to find out.

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Kent guitarist behind tribute shows for Jeff Beck

23 February 2023
Kent guitarist behind tribute shows for Jeff Beck

A Kent musician has put together a band to tour a tribute to the late legendary guitarist Jeff Beck.

Crunch time for borough's budget

22 February 2023
Crunch time for borough's budget

A council is set to introduce evening parking charges but opponents say it will destroy a town's night life.

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Is this the answer to NHS bed shortage?

21 February 2023
Is this the answer to NHS bed shortage?

Hundreds of hospital patients are now being cared for at home in so-called 'virtual wards' being pioneered by a Kent nurse.

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Rare Tudor ring found by hobby detectorist on palace display

20 February 2023
Rare Tudor ring found by hobby detectorist on palace display

A rare gold ring thought to have belonged to Anne Boleyn's family and found by a metal detectorist in a Kent field is now at Hampton Court Palace.

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Teenager arrested after beach hut burglary

17 February 2023
Teenager arrested after beach hut burglary

Police have arrested a 15-year-old youth following a spate of beach hut break-ins.

Banksy art's new home revealed

17 February 2023
Banksy art's new home revealed

Banksy's latest artwork Valentine’s Day Mascara is to go on public display - but not where you might expect.

Man, 33, dies after being hit by car

17 February 2023
Man, 33, dies after being hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was killed in a collision.

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Blazing car blocks A249

17 February 2023
Blazing car blocks A249

There were long rush-hour queues on a dual carriageway after a car burst into flames.

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