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Oliver Leonard

Oliver Leonard joined the KM Group in December 2022 as a trainee reporter, covering the east Kent area.

‘Alessia, everyone in Maidstone is very proud of you’

29 February 2024
‘Alessia, everyone in Maidstone is very proud of you’

England star Alessia Russo was praised for inspiring the next generation as she was awarded the top civic honour in her hometown.

NHS staff ‘devastated’ over looming job cuts

29 February 2024
NHS staff ‘devastated’ over looming job cuts

Bosses at a Kent hospital trust are looking to reduce the number of admin workers in the face of financial pressures.

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Gregg Wallace's sprawling Kent home so flash 'it looks like a park'

28 February 2024
Gregg Wallace's sprawling Kent home so flash 'it looks like a park'

Masterchef host Gregg Wallace left his fans amazed after posting a picture of his garden on social media.

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Footage shows huge RAF aircraft flying low over town

27 February 2024
Footage shows huge RAF aircraft flying low over town

An incredible video has been captured of a huge RAF transport aircraft flying “200ft” over a Kent town.

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Woman injured in three-car smash on A2

27 February 2024
Woman injured in three-car smash on A2

A major route was closed off after a crash involving three cars, which left a woman injured.

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Bid to 'rescue' historic Kent woods hit by illegal dumping

27 February 2024
Bid to 'rescue' historic Kent woods hit by illegal dumping

Campaigners are mounting a fightback to “rescue” a historic woodland after a colossal fly-tip was unearthed.

Severe delays after crash on M25

26 February 2024
Severe delays after crash on M25

There were hour-long delays on a motorway after a multi-vehicle crash this evening.

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Fallen tree and two crashes cause traffic chaos on M2

26 February 2024
Fallen tree and two crashes cause traffic chaos on M2

A busy motorway was at a standstill after a series of rush-hour incidents.

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Fresh images show how beleaguered bus station will become green space

26 February 2024
Fresh images show how beleaguered bus station will become green space

Fresh images show a council’s radical multi-million-pound plan to revamp a beleaguered bus station into a town centre park.

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Fears historic hotel will ‘stick out like sore thumb’ if painted grey

26 February 2024
Fears historic hotel will ‘stick out like sore thumb’ if painted grey

A historic hotel could be painted dark grey, despite fears it would “stick out like a sore thumb” at a coastal beauty spot.

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‘Tourist attraction’ saved as council forced into another u-turn

25 February 2024
‘Tourist attraction’ saved as council forced into another u-turn

Residents are ‘delighted’ after Kent County Council (KCC) reversed a decision to kill-off a town’s ‘amazing tourist attraction’.

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Major road blocked after serious incident involving pedestrian

23 February 2024
Major road blocked after serious incident involving pedestrian

A busy road has been blocked after a serious incident involving a pedestrian.

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Girl, 5, bitten by dog outside Tesco Express

23 February 2024
Girl, 5, bitten by dog outside Tesco Express

A girl suffered “puncture wounds” to her finger when she was bitten by a dog outside a shop.

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Two tigers and a leopard! Kent’s most dangerous animals revealed

22 February 2024
Two tigers and a leopard! Kent’s most dangerous animals revealed

More than 100 potentially dangerous wild animals, including two tigers and a zebra, are living in Kent.

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Man charged with firearm offences after armed police swoop on residential street

22 February 2024
Man charged with firearm offences after armed police swoop on residential street

A man is set to appear in court on suspicion of imitation firearm offences after armed police were spotted in a residential street.

Fire service to end Channel Tunnel contract

21 February 2024
Fire service to end Channel Tunnel contract

Cost-saving measures are forcing Kent’s fire service to cease its contract to provide firefighting cover at the Channel Tunnel.

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Men released without charge after armed police raid home

19 February 2024
Men released without charge after armed police raid home

Three men have been released without charge after armed police swooped on a home in a dramatic raid.

Long-empty pub to reopen as new restaurant this year

04 February 2024
Long-empty pub to reopen as new restaurant this year

Works to transform a historic pub - which has been empty for seven years - into a cafe or restaurant will be completed this year.

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52 homes and store planned for town expansion

03 February 2024
52 homes and store planned for town expansion

Further expansion of a town with 52 new properties and a mini-supermarket on a new estate has been proposed.

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Bosses admit work has ‘slowed’ on huge luxury flats as equipment removed

01 February 2024
Bosses admit work has ‘slowed’ on huge luxury flats as equipment removed

Work on a huge coastal tower block of 91 luxury flats has been “progressing at a slower pace”, bosses admit.

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