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John Nurden

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.

Swim with a mermaid at first Festival of the Sea

12 August 2022
Swim with a mermaid at first Festival of the Sea

It's had Zulus and pirates. Now the Isle of Sheppey is staging its first Festival of the Sea with a mermaid and the return of its summer carnival.

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High street closed by flood

12 August 2022
High street closed by flood

A flood is reported to have closed off part of a town's High Street. Bus services are being diverted.

Fire damaged church tower back as new

11 August 2022
Fire damaged church tower back as new

The roof and clock tower of an historic church gutted by fire have been rebuilt thanks to an £8m facelift.

Houses to move from one town to another

11 August 2022
Houses to move from one town to another

Houses in an entire close could be moved from one town to another under planned boundary changes.

Dream come true for Jacko tribute act

11 August 2022
Dream come true for Jacko tribute act

Michael Jackson tribute artist who began mining to his hero's songs in a youth club now has an arena tour of his own.

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Why did the FT visit Kent to see this bus?

10 August 2022
Why did the FT visit Kent to see this bus?

'It’s a lifesaver. Three years ago I didn’t need somewhere like this but now I do,' says pensioner about ground-breaking support bus project.

Tributes paid to Kent journalist Carol Davies

10 August 2022
Tributes paid to Kent journalist Carol Davies

Tributes flood in as the former editor of the Thanet Extra, Canterbury Adscene, Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Times loses her battle with cancer.

Pile-up closes two lanes of Dartford Crossing

10 August 2022
Pile-up closes two lanes of Dartford Crossing

Motorists face delays of up to an hour coming into Kent following a pile-up on the QE2 Dartford Crossing.

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'Inadequate' school plagued by bullying and truancy

10 August 2022
'Inadequate' school plagued by bullying and truancy

An academy is to invest £1.6m after inspectors found too many pupils felt unsafe and more than half failed to turn up to class.

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Fire crews fight blazing caravan

09 August 2022
Fire crews fight blazing caravan

Plumes of black smoke can be seen as four fire crews fight a caravan blaze.

Heatwave warning for Kent

09 August 2022
Heatwave warning for Kent

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning as temperatures continue to rise.

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EastEnders, The Only Way Is Essex and Love Island stars lined up for charity football match

09 August 2022
EastEnders, The Only Way Is Essex and Love Island stars lined up for charity football match

Sporting celebrities are descending on the Isle of Sheppey for a charity football match raising funds for the Oliver Fisher ward at Medway Hospital.

Lifeboat crew rescue three trapped by tide

08 August 2022
Lifeboat crew rescue three trapped by tide

Three 'explorers' had to be rescued by the RNLI when they became trapped by a rising tide. Sailor, 72, also rescued from broken down yacht.

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Six fire crews called to blazing corn field

08 August 2022
Six fire crews called to blazing corn field

Six fire engines were called to a burning corn field as flames and smoke filled the air.

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'Beer puppeteers' help raise cash for Ukraine

08 August 2022
'Beer puppeteers' help raise cash for Ukraine

Rotarians devised this strange contraption at their beer festival to get more money to build temporary houses for the homeless in Ukraine.

Show goes on for singer with 'broken foot'

08 August 2022
Show goes on for singer with 'broken foot'

A singer insisted on going on stage at a music festival despite having a suspected broken foot.

The makeshift city hosting 3,500 people

06 August 2022
The makeshift city hosting 3,500 people

Seven miles of electrical cables, two miles of water pipes and its own control centre - the 21st Century campsite for 3,500 visiting Scouts.

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Government orders no fly zone around Kent bomb ship

04 August 2022
Government orders no fly zone around Kent bomb ship

Planes to be banned from flying over the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames Estuary on Grant Shapps' orders as 'bombs to be cleared'.

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Boy Scouts' drowning tragedy remembered

03 August 2022
Boy Scouts' drowning tragedy remembered

A sailing and camping adventure ended in tragedy when a boat capsized, drowning eight young boys along with a crew member.

Review: Chickenstock music festival

01 August 2022
Review: Chickenstock music festival

Eggs-ceedingly good time at Kent's quirkiest music festival.

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