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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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Council kept in dark over station's Brexit role

Council kept in dark over station's Brexit role

Controversial plans to shut down Ebbsfleet station's Covid-19 testing site for a Brexit checkpoint were not discussed with the local council.

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'It takes ages to get anywhere now - they haven't got a clue'

'It takes ages to get anywhere now - they haven't got a clue'

More than 1,500 people have signed two petitions opposing controversial new cycle lanes in a town centre.

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Panto postponed until next year

Panto postponed until next year

Another popular pantomime has been forced to postpone this year's shows due to the coronavirus crisis.

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Year 10 'bubble' sent home after Covid positive test

Year 10 'bubble' sent home after Covid positive test

A school has sent a number of pupils and some teachers home to self-isolate after reporting a positive case of coronavirus.

Confirmed Covid case at primary school

Confirmed Covid case at primary school

Sixty pupils and five staff at a primary school have been sent home after one youngster contracted coronavirus.

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What will 'Lockdown 2' do to pubs?

What will 'Lockdown 2' do to pubs?

Landlords fear they will have to make redundancies if a second national lockdown is imposed after Matt Hancock refused to rule it out.

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Push for more detail over new Brexit lorry park

Push for more detail over new Brexit lorry park

Garden city bosses have asked for clarity after it was revealed a station car park set up for Covid testing will now be used for Brexit.

Parents fear 'unauthorised absence' after school's Covid-19 case

Parents fear 'unauthorised absence' after school's Covid-19 case

A pupil and some of her classmates were sent home from a Kent grammar school after a positive coronavirus test which has left some parents fuming.

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'Stick with us' urges hospital boss amid uncertainty of Covid and winter pressures

'Stick with us' urges hospital boss amid uncertainty of Covid and winter pressures

Patients are being urged to follow three simple messages to make sure hospitals and the health system copes during the winter period.

Plans for marshals to enforce social distancing 'frustrating' councils

Plans for marshals to enforce social distancing 'frustrating' councils

The Government's plan to use volunteers and council staff to enforce Covid guidelines has raised questions from a number of Kent councils.

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Three new test centres to address 'dreadful' situation

Three new test centres to address 'dreadful' situation

It has been revealed three new coronavirus test centres will open as the government tries address the ongoing "dreadful" testing problem.

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Flu jab 'is everyone's social responsibility'

Flu jab 'is everyone's social responsibility'

A wider flu jab programme is being targeted this year as hospital chief urges community to get vaccine as second wave of Covid-19 looms this winter.

Kent Charity Awards announce new date

Kent Charity Awards announce new date

The annual celebration of charities from across the county has been given a new date for next year.

Grandfather took his life due to lockdown worries

Grandfather took his life due to lockdown worries

A "happy, generous and funny" taxi driver took his own life because of financial concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Charity's bid to save festive season with Christmas drive-ins

Charity's bid to save festive season with Christmas drive-ins

A charity has launched a new festive event in a bid to save Christmas 2020 for families.

'Knife factory' and a pandemic - all in day's work for jail boss

'Knife factory' and a pandemic - all in day's work for jail boss

What's life been like behind bars at one of Kent’s most secure prisons during the Covid crisis? We went to find out.

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Face masks enforced at school after worker tests positive

Face masks enforced at school after worker tests positive

A school is insisting that all of its secondary pupils wear face masks from today after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.

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