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Matt Leclere

Matt Leclere joined the KM Group in 2013 as a reporter for the Folkestone and Hythe Express before moving to the Thanet Extra and Faversham news in 2019. Later that year he became chief reporter for the Medway Messenger, Gravesend Messenger and Dartford Messenger.

Hundreds of homes hit by power cuts

02 February 2024
Hundreds of homes hit by power cuts

Hundreds of homes have been hit by sudden power cuts as residents resort to candles to light their properties.

Long delays as lane closed on port approach

23 January 2024
Long delays as lane closed on port approach

Long delays are being reported on the approach to Kent’s busiest port after a lorry broke down in traffic queues forced by bad weather in the Channel.

Hardy souls take plunge for Boxing Day Dips across Kent

26 December 2023
Hardy souls take plunge for Boxing Day Dips across Kent

Brave, hardy or completely mad souls took the plunge in Boxing Day Dip events around Kent.

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Rethink over historic harbour building’s restoration after £2.5m funding bid lost

21 December 2023
Rethink over historic harbour building’s restoration after £2.5m funding bid lost

A bid for millions of pounds in funding to restore a historic waterfront landmark building has been unsuccessful.

Dual carriageway closed after two crashes

03 December 2023
Dual carriageway closed after two crashes

A dual carriageway had to be closed following two separate crashes in the early hours which left one person with serious injuries.

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Drunk driver slurred 'I'm smashed' in chilling video before killing Kent woman in crash

17 November 2023
Drunk driver slurred 'I'm smashed' in chilling video before killing Kent woman in crash

A driver who filmed himself boasting he was drunk while behind the wheel killed a young woman just minutes later.

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High street remains closed due to police incident

16 November 2023
High street remains closed due to police incident

A high street has been closed due to a police incident with a three-mile stretch of road shut.

Lane closed causing queues after crash on A2

14 November 2023
Lane closed causing queues after crash on A2

One lane has been closed causing traffic to build after a crash between a car and a motorbike.

Crash between car and pedestrian blocks busy road

14 November 2023
Crash between car and pedestrian blocks busy road

A crash involving a car and pedestrian is causing traffic delays after the road was blocked in both directions.

New lifeboat takes up station

13 November 2023
New lifeboat takes up station

A new lifeboat has arrived in port and entered service for the first time replacing the previous vessel stationed there for 30 years.

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‘How do they do it? It’s the best I’ve had’

09 November 2023
‘How do they do it? It’s the best I’ve had’

Our reviewer is blown away by some of the best food and hospitality he’s experienced in Kent.

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Kent singer stuns judges on Mamma Mia show

29 October 2023
Kent singer stuns judges on Mamma Mia show

An amateur performer from Kent stunned the judges in the search for the next star of the West End ABBA musical Mamma Mia.

MP placed into induced coma after sepsis diagnosis

29 October 2023
MP placed into induced coma after sepsis diagnosis

A politician has revealed how he was placed into an induced coma after being diagnosed with sepsis.

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Secrets of Dunkirk shipwrecks revealed in new project

17 October 2023
Secrets of Dunkirk shipwrecks revealed in new project

The locations of three boats used in the Dunkirk evacuation in the Second World War have been uncovered for the first time.

Taxi tour descends on ferry port

03 October 2023
Taxi tour descends on ferry port

Scores of black cabs and their drivers headed to a ferry port in a heartwarming journey carrying some very important passengers.

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Airport redevelopment plan granted take-off as legal challenge quashed

22 September 2023
Airport redevelopment plan granted take-off as legal challenge quashed

A bid challenging the legality of the government’s decision to reopen Manston Airport has been thrown out by a High Court judge.

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'The perfect celebration and way to spend 24 hours in Kent'

14 September 2023
'The perfect celebration and way to spend 24 hours in Kent'

With a worldwide reputation, one of Kent’s prime places has another string to its bow as we find out how it is becoming the heart of wine tourism.

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MP injured in 'nasty accident' on one of ‘UK’s most dangerous roads’

05 September 2023
MP injured in 'nasty accident' on one of ‘UK’s most dangerous roads’

An MP has suffered a broken ankle after a crash on a country road dubbed one of the most dangerous in the UK.

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Where and when to see the Red Arrows in Kent today

20 August 2023
Where and when to see the Red Arrows in Kent today

The RAF’s display team will be gracing the skies above the county with a host of other aircraft on show including Spitfires and Lancaster bomber.

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Next step in bid to bring back town’s market after three years

18 August 2023
Next step in bid to bring back town’s market after three years

After Covid lockdown restrictions forced its closure, the previous operators stood down but now the search is on for a new team to run it.

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