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Phil Hayes joined the KM Group as news editor for the Kentish Gazette series and Thanet Extra in 2019.

Liverpool dealer behind Kent drugs supply chain jailed

27 May 2022
Liverpool dealer behind Kent drugs supply chain jailed

A man who went on the run to Spain after orchestrating a county line supplying heroin and crack cocaine into Kent is now behind bars.

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Police called to disturbance outside McDonald's

21 May 2022
Police called to disturbance outside McDonald's

A number of police officers have been called to a disturbance near a town centre McDonald's this evening.

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Why village which lost all its pubs is raising a glass again

21 May 2022
Why village which lost all its pubs is raising a glass again

Not long ago, there was nowhere in this picturesque Kent village to grab a pint - but now that’s all changed...

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'She had her hands cut off and a rope around her neck'

21 May 2022
'She had her hands cut off and a rope around her neck'

The murder of an eccentric Kent woman - only discovered after her foot was found buried under a pile of coal - remains unsolved to this day.

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Pictures of life in Kent the last time inflation hit 9%

21 May 2022
Pictures of life in Kent the last time inflation hit 9%

Prices may be going up as fast as they were 40 years ago - but life in Kent was very different, as these classic pictures show.

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Kent town tops list of best places to live by the sea

20 May 2022
Kent town tops list of best places to live by the sea

A coastal town described as "pretty perfect" for families has been ranked at number one on a list of the UK's best "affordable" seaside locations.

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'Difficult decisions' ahead on 17,000 new homes and bypasses

18 May 2022
'Difficult decisions' ahead on 17,000 new homes and bypasses

Fresh concerns have been raised about the impact of a controversial bypass on wildlife ahead of a key vote on transport and housebuilding plans.

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Crash and oil spill causes 'huge traffic jam'

17 May 2022
Crash and oil spill causes 'huge traffic jam'

There have been long delays on a busy route during rush hour after a crash resulted in an oil spill.

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Man bottled in face taken to hospital

16 May 2022
Man bottled in face taken to hospital

A man has been taken to hospital after being hit in the face with a bottle during a fight.

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Dad struck down by rare illness after Covid

13 May 2022
Dad struck down by rare illness after Covid

A "fit and healthy" man was left totally paralysed and unable to breathe after being struck down by a rare illness after he contracted Covid.

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'Partygate... Beergate... many Covid rules were simply daft'

10 May 2022
'Partygate... Beergate... many Covid rules were simply daft'

A Kent MP has expressed his frustration at the ongoing rows into alleged lockdown breaches - arguing many Covid rules were "simply daft".

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Hero police officer stops little girl choking to death

04 May 2022
Hero police officer stops little girl choking to death

A mum has told how a heroic off-duty police officer saved her young daughter's life as she choked on a snack.

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'Kent rents are unaffordable - we're moving to Wales'

01 May 2022
'Kent rents are unaffordable - we're moving to Wales'

With no houses available to rent for less than £1,000 a month in half of the county's towns, residents say they are being priced out.

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Shock after opening king’s tomb

01 May 2022
Shock after opening king’s tomb

Hundreds of years after his death, King Henry IV's final resting place in Kent was opened - to check he was actually in there!

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Which pub is the oldest in Kent?

18 April 2022
Which pub is the oldest in Kent?

Debate has raged for centuries over which pub is the oldest in the county – here we look at those with the strongest claims...

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Crews tackle house fire as flames spread to first floor

15 April 2022
Crews tackle house fire as flames spread to first floor

Three fire engines were sent to a house blaze - where the flames were spreading through the property.

Kent soaks up sun on hottest day of year - in pictures

15 April 2022
Kent soaks up sun on hottest day of year - in pictures

People across the county have been out enjoying the glorious weather on Good Friday, as the UK recorded the highest temperature so far this year.

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Kent house prices rocket by £56k during pandemic

03 April 2022
Kent house prices rocket by £56k during pandemic

Figures show how much property prices have risen in every Kent district after the first lockdown sparked an "exodus" from London.

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'I miss real ale, Marmite and proper toilet paper'

26 March 2022
'I miss real ale, Marmite and proper toilet paper'

Columnist and dominatrix Melissa Todd has been exploring the USA - but admits she is missing real ale, Marmite and her “long-suffering friends”...

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Is this Kent's filthiest lay-by?

18 March 2022
Is this Kent's filthiest lay-by?

A lay-by has been branded the most disgusting in Kent as shocking footage shows it is littered with bottles of urine, tyres and plastic bags.

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