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Maidstone council was at fault, rules Ombudsman

Maidstone council was at fault, rules Ombudsman

Planning enforcement officers failed to take action against a housing developer who repeatedly breached planning conditions for more than a year.

Man left with "appalling injuries" after attack

Man left with "appalling injuries" after attack

Police are appealing for information after a man was kicked, stamped and punched in a prolonged attack.

Matalan opens new store

Matalan opens new store

A major clothes retailer has moved half a mile to open a new branch in the town centre.

Climbing centre has thriving restart with visit from MP

Climbing centre has thriving restart with visit from MP

A new facility that had its opening cut short by lockdown says it has had a successful restart since welcoming back climbers.

Battle against loneliness goes on for driven duo

Battle against loneliness goes on for driven duo

A new project to combat isolation among older people has been launched following the demise of a previous befriending service earlier in the year.

Ford finds improved form

Ford finds improved form

Matt Ford is reaping the benefits of rediscovering an old friend.

County lines drug dealer locked up

County lines drug dealer locked up

A drug dealer was tracked down through the top-ups he purchased for the burner phone he used to make sales.

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Man dies as car overturns

Man dies as car overturns

Police want to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage of vehicle before fatal crash.

Jail for blackmailer who cost taxi firm thousands

Jail for blackmailer who cost taxi firm thousands

A Kent man and his accomplice have been jailed after bombarding a taxi firm with calls in a blackmail bid.

Campaign to keep 'last pockets of open space'

Campaign to keep 'last pockets of open space'

A rally is being held today calling for planners to safeguard the last parcels of open space in an area absorbing hundreds of homes.

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Two indoor play centres close for good

Two indoor play centres close for good

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means two soft play centres are no longer financially viable and will not be reopening.

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Trust urges young people to 'Think Differently' with new video

Trust urges young people to 'Think Differently' with new video

A charity has been working with the families of two Kent teens, who died after taking drugs, on a hard-hitting film as part of it's awareness project.

Italian chain to reopen

Italian chain to reopen

A popular Italian chain in the town centre is re-opening with some new additions.

Woman who glassed Miss England finalist avoids jail

Woman who glassed Miss England finalist avoids jail

A 28-year-old who attacked a beauty contestant with a wine glass, leaving her with scars, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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Council's race 'against the clock' to keep housing figures down

Council's race 'against the clock' to keep housing figures down

A council is trying to lock in its current housing target, as Government proposals could see the numbers soar.

Dental technician had £1m of cocaine in office

Dental technician had £1m of cocaine in office

A dental technician whose spectacular fall from grace ended in police finding £1m of 99% pure cocaine at his offices will have to pay back just £6k.

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Mum took her life after mental health team missed appointment

Mum took her life after mental health team missed appointment

A 32-year-old overdosed while three of her support workers were on holiday at the same time and she was left without contact for nearly two weeks.

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Hammer-wielding masked gang attack man in home

Hammer-wielding masked gang attack man in home

A masked gang burst into a man's home and attacked him with hammers amid demands for money.

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Fraudster who preyed on elderly jailed

Fraudster who preyed on elderly jailed

A man who cold-called two pensioners and conned them into handing over £700 in cash has been jailed.

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Rainbow wall branded 'graffiti' scrubbed away

Rainbow wall branded 'graffiti' scrubbed away

A housing association has apologised for removing a family's rainbow tribute to the NHS outside their home after it was mistaken for 'graffiti'.

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