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Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Lydia Chantler-Hicks joined KM Media Group in 2017 and is now a senior reporter covering the Canterbury district, Faversham and Thanet.

'I took my son for a walk and ended up on national TV'

25 May 2022
'I took my son for a walk and ended up on national TV'

The mum of an 18-month-old who fell through a manhole cover and down a deep sewage shaft has told of her whirlwind week appearing on national TV.

Missing woman, 19, found

25 May 2022
Missing woman, 19, found

Police who appealed for information about the whereabouts of a 19-year-old woman say she has been found.

Appeal after police vehicles damaged in high street

23 May 2022
Appeal after police vehicles damaged in high street

A CCTV appeal has been launched after two police vehicles were damaged in a high street while patrols responded to an incident.

Large snake rescued from bathroom fire

22 May 2022
Large snake rescued from bathroom fire

A snake suffered minor burns and a man was treated for smoke inhalation after a blaze broke out in a residential bathroom.

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Toddler falls through drain cover in 'horror film' moment

22 May 2022
Toddler falls through drain cover in 'horror film' moment

Watch the chilling moment a child fell down a deep drain shaft before a manhole cover closed over the top of him.

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Indie band's bid to transform café into live music venue

22 May 2022
Indie band's bid to transform café into live music venue

A popular indie band is set to launch a new live music venue with a bar and eatery in a derelict city centre building.

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Man gets stuck in deep mud at harbour

21 May 2022
Man gets stuck in deep mud at harbour

The fire service has been called to rescue a man stuck in mud in a harbour with the tide coming in.

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Nasty crash closes key route into Kent

21 May 2022
Nasty crash closes key route into Kent

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash between a car and motorbike that has left a major road shut in both directions for hours.

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Youths raid kebab shop's drinks after fire and 'try to sell them on'

21 May 2022
Youths raid kebab shop's drinks after fire and 'try to sell them on'

Opportunistic thieves took advantage of a fire at a kebab shop by stealing drinks from the burnt-out building - which they allegedly tried to sell on.

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Police warn parents over TikTok 'shoplifting challenge'

21 May 2022
Police warn parents over TikTok 'shoplifting challenge'

Officers are urging parents to stay vigilant as a new social media trend challenges young people to "see how much they can shoplift in a day".

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Jail for man who pushed pregnant partner down stairs

21 May 2022
Jail for man who pushed pregnant partner down stairs

A man who subjected his partner to a horrific campaign of physical and mental abuse has been jailed for more than four years.

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New engineering training centre takes shape

19 May 2022
New engineering training centre takes shape

Work is underway on a new engineering and training centre which is set to open in September.

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Julia James plaque mysteriously disappears

19 May 2022
Julia James plaque mysteriously disappears

Police are appealing for information after a plaque placed in memory of murdered PCSO Julia James vanished.

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The man whose photo helped catch PCSO's murderer

18 May 2022
The man whose photo helped catch PCSO's murderer

The quick-thinking dad-of-five whose mobile phone photo helped track down Julia James’ murderer says he was in 'the right place at the right time'.

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Four charged with GBH after serious high street attack

18 May 2022
Four charged with GBH after serious high street attack

A woman and three men have been charged with causing GBH with intent after a town centre attack saw two people rushed to hospital.

Child rapist jailed for 10 years

17 May 2022
Child rapist jailed for 10 years

A man who subjected a young girl to a years-long campaign of sexual abuse beginning when she was just six has been jailed for more than a decade.

How technology helped catch PCSO's killer

16 May 2022
How technology helped catch PCSO's killer

As Callum Wheeler is found guilty of murder, we look at how smartphones, an Apple Watch and dashcams helped track him down and bring him to justice.

'I love her so much' Family's tribute as 'loner' guilty of PCSO's murder

16 May 2022
'I love her so much' Family's tribute as 'loner' guilty of PCSO's murder

The family of a beloved PCSO bludgeoned to death on a dog walk have paid tribute to her after her killer was convicted of murder.

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Mum raises thousands in memory of firefighter husband

12 May 2022
Mum raises thousands in memory of firefighter husband

A mum whose firefighter husband collapsed and died without warning at work has channelled her grief into fundraising.

Fight to get brave girl, 3, to Panama for treatment

12 May 2022
Fight to get brave girl, 3, to Panama for treatment

A family is hoping to raise £20,000 so a little girl with severe brain damage can receive stem cell therapy in Central America.

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