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Rhys Griffiths began his career in 2007 as a reporter for the Dover Express. He joined the Kent Messenger as a senior reporter in 2020, working first in Maidstone and then in Ashford. He is now newsletter and features writer for KentOnline.

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The sun-trap beer garden at the end of a stunning canal-side walk

15 February 2024
The sun-trap beer garden at the end of a stunning canal-side walk

We took in the sights and sounds of the Kent countryside before enjoying a locally brewed pint at one of the county’s hidden gems...

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Missing teen is found

14 February 2024
Missing teen is found

Police say a missing teenager who was last seen yesterday evening has now been found.

‘I went on holiday and was held hostage for four months’

13 February 2024
‘I went on holiday and was held hostage for four months’

A man has told how a summer holiday took a sinister turn and left him fearing each day could be his last.

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Two rescued from flat fire

11 February 2024
Two rescued from flat fire

Firefighters had to help two people to safety after a blaze broke out at a property this afternoon.

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Car crashes yards from high street pub

11 February 2024
Car crashes yards from high street pub

A driver who crashed in a high street has been condemned as ‘stupid and reckless’ after just missing a young child.

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Holly Willoughby celebrates birthday at Kent attraction

11 February 2024
Holly Willoughby celebrates birthday at Kent attraction

The former This Morning host has spent the “best birthday weekend” at a wildlife park in the county.

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Acts announced for summer festival

10 February 2024
Acts announced for summer festival

The new organisers of a music festival in the grounds of an historic Kent landmark have revealed more details about the line up.

‘Emotional’ sighting of dolphins caught on camera

10 February 2024
‘Emotional’ sighting of dolphins caught on camera

Onlookers were captivated when a group of dolphins swam close to the quayside at a popular coastal visitor attraction.

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Boy’s beloved quad bike stolen and torched

10 February 2024
Boy’s beloved quad bike stolen and torched

CCTV footage shows the moment a 10-year-old boy’s quad bike was taken from a back garden, before being set on fire near the family’s home.

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‘This used to be town’s roughest pub – but it’s such a classy venue now’

01 February 2024
‘This used to be town’s roughest pub – but it’s such a classy venue now’

When our reporter was last inside this building, the “air of menace” led to a swift exit – but his recent visit couldn’t have been more different.

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Faulty electrical wiring sparks fire in kitchen

07 January 2024
Faulty electrical wiring sparks fire in kitchen

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a property believed to have been caused by faulty electrics.

The parts of Kent hit by cold weather warning as snow forecast

07 January 2024
The parts of Kent hit by cold weather warning as snow forecast

A weather warning is in place for large parts of the county ahead of icy conditions and potential snow showers.

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Police issue warning to driver at boy racer hotspot

07 January 2024
Police issue warning to driver at boy racer hotspot

Police have issued a warning to a driver over their conduct at a leisure complex known to be a meeting place for boy racers.

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Classic car show scrapped because of ULEZ

06 January 2024
Classic car show scrapped because of ULEZ

Organisers of a long-running festival of vintage vehicles have decided to scrap this year’s event because of the expansion of ULEZ.

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Giant-killers: Maidstone United revel in FA Cup glory

06 January 2024
Giant-killers: Maidstone United revel in FA Cup glory

The Stones have progressed to the fourth round for the very first time after beating Stevenage in front of a capacity crowd at the Gallagher Stadium.

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Bridge shut amid three-hour delays

06 January 2024
Bridge shut amid three-hour delays

Motorists faced significant delays after the closure of the QEII Bridge following a police incident.

Suspect charged after stolen vehicle used in burglaries

06 January 2024
Suspect charged after stolen vehicle used in burglaries

Police have charged a man who is alleged to have stolen a vehicle before using it in two burglaries at business premises.

‘Banking boss out of touch to say first-time buyers should simply save more’

05 January 2024
‘Banking boss out of touch to say first-time buyers should simply save more’

After a banking boss said it’s ‘not that difficult’ to join the property ladder, our columnist outlines why it’s ridiculous to advise ‘saving more’.

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12 of the best Kent restaurants we’ve tried this year

31 December 2023
12 of the best Kent restaurants we’ve tried this year

Each week we bring you the county’s most honest food reviews in our Eat My Words column – here are some of our favourite venues we visited this year.

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The best winter walks in the Kent countryside to try this week

26 December 2023
The best winter walks in the Kent countryside to try this week

From riverside strolls to cosy pubs – here are some of the best places to stretch your legs in the Kent countryside after a day of feasting.

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