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Lockdown anger as 'spectacularly selfish' people litter beach

Lockdown anger as 'spectacularly selfish' people litter beach

Pictures of overflowing bins have angered residents who fear not enough is being done to prevent visitors flocking to a town.

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MP hits out at hospital inspection team

MP hits out at hospital inspection team

An MP says a damning inspection of a hospital A&E is not a true reflection after blasting the timing of the visit at the peak of the pandemic.

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Vaccine hub opens at hospital

Vaccine hub opens at hospital

A hospital is offering hundreds more vaccination slots as roll out expansion continues with patients attending appointments on the opening day.

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Bring your own pencil to vote in May elections

Bring your own pencil to vote in May elections

A variety of measures will be introduced on polling days in May as Covid-secure elections are planned, including a ban on door-knocking by candidates.

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'Vaccinate teachers rather than experiment with their health'

'Vaccinate teachers rather than experiment with their health'

An academy boss whose organisation runs two schools in Kent has accused government advisors of 'experimenting' with teachers' health.

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Algorithms, roadmaps and rebel Tories' return

Algorithms, roadmaps and rebel Tories' return

Teacher assessment to replace exams and Boris sets out a cautionary route map - we review the week in politics.

Two national chains no longer part of town's regeneration

Two national chains no longer part of town's regeneration

Big names in eating out due to open as part of a town's multi-million pound regeneration are no longer involved in the project, it's been confirmed.

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'The end is in sight, but I have mixed emotions'

'The end is in sight, but I have mixed emotions'

It has been confirmed children will head back to school on March 8, but Secret Homeschooler has reservations.

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The amount of people who have been vaccinated where you live

The amount of people who have been vaccinated where you live

Analysis of data shows more than a third of residents of one part of Kent have been vaccinated, while in another area the numbers are lagging behind.

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Inflate grades? 'It doesn't pay to do that'

Inflate grades? 'It doesn't pay to do that'

Teaching unions downplay concerns over grade inflation after the government confirms teacher assessment will be used for pupils' marks.

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Leisure centre closes after 20 years

Leisure centre closes after 20 years

Bosses of a popular gym have announced it will close immediately due to financial problems caused by the panedmic.

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Great-gran blasts covidiots after six-week virus battle

Great-gran blasts covidiots after six-week virus battle

A great-grandmother has criticised those who refuse to wear face masks after spending six weeks in hospital battling Covid-19.

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Popular tea shop owner dies of Covid

Popular tea shop owner dies of Covid

Tributes have been paid to a highly-respected trader who has died after a battle with coronavirus.

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Kent's biggest pride festival to return

Kent's biggest pride festival to return

Kent's biggest annual celebration of the LGBT community is set to return - after it was wiped from last year's calendar by the pandemic.

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John Nurden joins the Jabberwocky Club

John Nurden joins the Jabberwocky Club

Kent columnist John Nurden on getting his first Covid-19 vaccination

New intensive care unit could be built at hospital

New intensive care unit could be built at hospital

In response to the Covid pandemic, hospital chiefs hope to build a state-of-the-art treatment facility.

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Carry on saving? Stamp duty holiday could be extended

Carry on saving? Stamp duty holiday could be extended

Estate agents have mixed thoughts about the stamp duty holiday introduced to boost the housing market after the first lockdown being extended.

Revealed: Councils count cost of Covid

Revealed: Councils count cost of Covid

Councils have had to draw millions of pounds from their rainy day funds - and it's feared without help they may be in serious financial trouble.

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