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Katie Heslop

Katie Heslop joined the Kent Messenger as a reporter in December 2019, gaining her senior reporter qualifications soon after. Before that, she worked as a trainee reporter at the Dunmow Broadcast and Saffron Walden Reporter.

Final pictures as M&S store closes for good

08 January 2022
Final pictures as M&S store closes for good

A town centre M&S has now permanently closed after 100 years - marking a huge blow to the high street.

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How do you tempt Bluewater shoppers back to 'miserable' Maidstone?

08 January 2022
How do you tempt Bluewater shoppers back to 'miserable' Maidstone?

The future is treacherous for town centres and in Kent's County Town the closure of one prominent store makes the challenge even harder.

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Mum drives to Italy to get daughter Covid-19 vaccine

05 January 2022
Mum drives to Italy to get daughter Covid-19 vaccine

A mum who travelled across Europe to get her daughter, nine, a Covid-19 vaccine, has criticised the UK government's jab roll-out scheme.

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Fitness fanatic runs 12 marathons over Christmas for charity

05 January 2022
Fitness fanatic runs 12 marathons over Christmas for charity

An exercise enthusiast has raised nearly £11,000 this year for charity through a series of challenges, ending with 12 marathons over 12 days.

Man charged with multiple shoplifting offences

04 January 2022
Man charged with multiple shoplifting offences

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after shoplifting over a four-day period in part of Kent.

Lorry fire blocks major route

04 January 2022
Lorry fire blocks major route

Drivers are being warned of delays after a lorry fire on a major road.

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'Female bodybuilders are like unicorns'

02 January 2022
'Female bodybuilders are like unicorns'

A mum-of-two who is a British bodybuilding champion and eats up to eight meals a day to maintain her physique has her sights set on a world title.

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Woman raped in cemetery

30 December 2021
Woman raped in cemetery

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward after a woman was raped in a cemetery.

Arrests after handbag snatched from ice rink

30 December 2021
Arrests after handbag snatched from ice rink

A pair have been arrested within hours of a handbag being stolen while its owner ice skated.

Fly-tipping van seized after it gets stuck in mud

29 December 2021
Fly-tipping van seized after it gets stuck in mud

A van used to dump old toys and children's scooters was confiscated by police on Boxing Day... after it got stuck in the mud.

Robber with 'very hairy hands' fought off

29 December 2021
Robber with 'very hairy hands' fought off

A woman managed to escape after a man pushed her to the floor from behind and tried to steal her handbag.

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Person dies after collapsing near train station

29 December 2021
Person dies after collapsing near train station

A person was rushed to hospital after collapsing near a railway station, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

12-year-old girl reported missing

29 December 2021
12-year-old girl reported missing

Officers are concerned for the welfare of a missing 12-year-old girl, last seen yesterday.

Borough's foodbank deliveries soar by 100% in December

29 December 2021
Borough's foodbank deliveries soar by 100% in December

A council has given out a combined total of £50,000 to two charities, as demand at local foodbanks increase.

Second World War nurse turns 100 today

25 December 2021
Second World War nurse turns 100 today

A great-grandma who celebrates her 100th birthday today is still keeping fit by attending regular exercise classes.

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Retirement village plan for long-derelict cinema site

24 December 2021
Retirement village plan for long-derelict cinema site

The site of a former cinema which has been unused for 20 years has changed hands again, with the new owners hoping to build a retirement village.

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Driver seriously injured after crashing into tree

23 December 2021
Driver seriously injured after crashing into tree

A man is in a serious condition after the car he was driving crashed into a tree.

Generator leads stolen from vaccine centre

23 December 2021
Generator leads stolen from vaccine centre

Leads from a generator at a vaccine centre have been stolen putting a vaccine centre at risk.

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35 years of helping homeless people: From soup run to a charity changing lives

23 December 2021
35 years of helping homeless people: From soup run to a charity changing lives

A charity founded in 1986 has grown from a soup kitchen to a £250k-a-year operation including a day centre, foodbank and accommodation.

Boxing match spectator left with serious injury after attack

22 December 2021
Boxing match spectator left with serious injury after attack

A young man is in hospital with a serious head injury after he was punched and kicked by a group at a boxing match.

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