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Don't miss today's edition of the Medway Messenger, full of top news stories, the latest sport and lively pictures.

Our front page story looks at the cost of a rescue operation which was launched after a worried motorist spotted three youths mucking around on Rochester Bridge.

The efforts included scrambling an RAF Sea King helicopter, cost = £14,900 an hour.

The trio were later spotted strolling along Rochester High Street.

Emergency services are angry at the waste of money and resources.

On a happier note, we report on the birth of baby Willow Rose Cheeseman. Mum Aimee and dad Paul are delighted with the new arrival, 13 months after their first daughter, Esme, died.

Bad news on the jobs front as Principles at Hempstead Valley closed and administrators confirmed there was no chance of saving jobs at Greens of Medway and Medway Autos.

But to prove that not every firm is suffering in the recession, we bring news of a firm which is celebrating its 20th birthday and continuing to thrive and another which has moved into bigger premises and expanded the workforce.

On the sport front, it looks as though the Gills are in for a thrilling climax to the season as they sit just two points off the automatic promotion places in League Two. We have reports, pictures and reaction from the victory at Accrington and look ahead to tomorrow's, Tuesday, game against Darlington.

You can get the latest entertainment news in Jenni Horn's Going Out pages, find out about the new lady in the life of Old Codger Alan Watkins and read why it took reporter Patrick Gearey more than five hours to get from Canterbury to Rochester by train.

We also have a chance for you to win tickets to a West End show - you could see actress Alison Steadman (whose career has taken her from Abigail's Party to Gavin and Stacey with loads in between) in the Alan Bennett play Enjoy.

It's all in today's Medway Messenger. Pop out and get your copy now.

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