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Podcast: Case of Omicron variant of Covid confirmed at Northfleet Technology College

Podcast: Case of Omicron variant of Covid confirmed at Northfleet Technology College

December 3, 2021

A case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has been confirmed at a school in Kent - believed to be the first case in the county.

Someone at Northfleet Technology College near Gravesend tested positive early last week and has now been told they have the new strain - hear a statement released by the school.

Meantime, another school in Kent is coming in for criticism after students were removed from lessons and given detentions for wearing face masks in class.

Also in today's podcast, there are calls for the park and ride service in Canterbury to be scrapped.

The council's been making a loss from it as passenger numbers continue to fall short of pre-pandemic levels - hear from Joseph Wright who's written the story.

The Conservatives have held onto their seat in the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election.

There was a low voter turnout and a 10 percent swing to Labour, who came second.

The KentOnline Podcast has been told there's been a huge increase in the number of child abuse image offences recorded by police in Kent over the past five years.

New data shows they've dealt with 5-thousand-187 cases in the county since 2016 - with the biggest rise during the pandemic. The NSPCC have spoken out.

And, Europe's largest truck stop has opened in Ashford today.

The site on the Henwood Industrial Estate in Sevington has space for 650 lorries, as well as a state of the art facilities including a gym and restaurant.

Podcast: Fears over Omicron Covid variant lead to Christmas parties being cancelled

Podcast: Fears over Omicron Covid variant lead to Christmas parties being cancelled

December 2, 2021

Downing Street is insisting we don't need to cancel Christmas parties, despite rising cases of the Omicron Covid variant.

Some firms have already called off celebrations even though large gatherings are still allowed under current restrictions.

We've spoken to the boss of a pub chain in Thanet who says it's vital they have a good festive season.

Also in today's podcast, a German teenager who suffered catastrophic brain injuries after being attacked in Canterbury is learning to walk again.

Daniel Ezzedine was initially given just a small chance of survival after it happened in the city centre in June 2019 when he was 17.

A week on from the deaths of 27 people in the Channel a candle lit vigil has been held in Dover.

The men, women and children drowned as they tried to travel from France to the UK in a small boat.

Hear from the charity that organised the gathering on the seafront last night.

A goat has been killed and another's suffered serious burns after a firework was thrown into their stable causing a fire in Maidstone.

Twinkle and Belle were treated for injuries at Buttercups Goat sanctuary in Boughton Monchelsea following the blaze a week ago.

And, Kent sprinter Dina Asher-Smith has helped voice a new short film highlighting the impact of homelessness at Christmas.

Podcast: The Facebook users who reacted to the Channel tragedy with laughing emojis

Podcast: The Facebook users who reacted to the Channel tragedy with laughing emojis

December 1, 2021

A week on from the tragedy in the Channel which saw 27 men, women and children lose their lives, we decided to confront those on social media who reacted to it with a laughing emoji.

The people died when the small boat they were in sank as it tried to reach the UK from France.

While many reacted with anger and heartbreak, a number posted the cartoon laughing face on Facebook while reacting to a story we had shared.

Hear from KentOnline editor Ed McConnell who decided to message some of them to find out why.

Also in today's podcast, detectives investigating the disappearance of a mum-of-two from Kent say they have found her car.

Forensic teams have also been spotted at a property not far from where Alexandra Morgan was last seen - our reporter Sean McPolin has the latest.

Find out why lecturers at the University of Kent have gone on strike today.

An Insulate Britain protester from Kent says the idea of going to prison 'frightens the life' out of him.

Biff Whipster has been arrested 17 times in two months for blocking roads as part of the group's climate campaign.

As Childline reveals last December was the loneliest month for children contacting their helpline, a young woman from Dartford has spoken about how the charity saved her life.

Hear Hollie's story - the number for Childline if you need it is 0800 1111.

And in sport, a Maidstone footballer was among four to score a hattrick for England last night in Women's World Cup qualifying against Latvia.

Podcast: 5-year-old Herne Bay boy with rare Vici Syndrome fights for life with Covid

Podcast: 5-year-old Herne Bay boy with rare Vici Syndrome fights for life with Covid

November 30, 2021

A little boy from Herne Bay who has an incredibly rare condition is fighting for his life in hospital after getting Covid.

Rupert Moore is the only child in England known to have Vici Syndrome. Ollie joins the podcast to explain what it is and update us on the five-year-old's condition.

Also in today's podcast, sentences for child abusers are set to increase following a campaign led by a Kent mum.

Paula Hudgell has been leading calls for longer prison terms after adopting her son Tony who was so badly abused by his birth parents he needed his legs amputated.

From today we're being told to wear face masks in shops and on public transport again after a new Covid variant was discovered.

Hear from two experts from the University of Kent. We've also been asking shoppers in Rochester if they're worried about Omicron affecting Christmas.

One of the survivors of last week's tragedy in the Channel has spoken about their desperate attempt to get help as the dinghy they were in capsized.

27 people died as they attempted to cross from Calais to the UK.

And, the Gillingham manager says their break from games this week may still not give them enough time to get all of their injured players back fit again.

Podcast: Man charged with murder of missing Kent mum Alexandra Morgan

Podcast: Man charged with murder of missing Kent mum Alexandra Morgan

November 29, 2021

A man has appeared in court charged with murder following the disappearance of a mum-of-two from Sissinghurst.

Alexandra Morgan was last seen on Remembrance Sunday as she filled her car with petrol.

A 40-year-old man from East Sussex was charged late last night - hear from our reporter who was in court when he appeared earlier.

Also in today's podcast, police are continuing to question three people after a man died when he was hit by a van in Chatham...

The victim, who's in his 40s, was fatally injured while walking along Luton Road in the early hours of Saturday.

We've been asking if you're worried about the new Covid variant ruining Christmas this year.

Cases of omicron have been identified in England and Scotland - find out the result of our twitter poll so far and hear what some of you have had to say.

A new report's found vulnerable people are frequently going to Kent's A&E departments because they feel they have nowhere else to turn.

We've been speaking to the British Red Cross which estimates the issue costs the NHS at least £2.5 billion a year.

Protests have been held to try and stop building on areas of countryside in Kent - hear from one of the campaigners.

And, the Gillingham boss has been reacting to their heartbreaking defeat to Portsmouth at the weekend.

Podcast: Amazon warehouse in Dartford targeted on Black Friday by Extinction Rebellion protesters

Podcast: Amazon warehouse in Dartford targeted on Black Friday by Extinction Rebellion protesters

November 26, 2021

A huge Amazon warehouse in Dartford has been blockaded by climate activists on Black Friday, it's busiest day of the year.

Around 20 Extinction Rebellion campaigners arrived at the site in the early hours of this morning.

Hear from our reporter at the scene and one of the protesters. We also have a statement from the local MP and a spokesperson from Amazon.

Also in today's podcast, find out why the Home Secretary has been blocked from talks on the asylum crisis following the deaths of 27 people in the Channel earlier this week.

French fisherman have blocked Channel ports in an ongoing row over post-Brexit fishing licences.

With less than a month to go until Christmas, Kent's biggest pantomime opens tonight - we've been speaking to the star of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Marlowe in Canterbury.

And, hear from the Gillingham boss ahead of their game against Portsmouth at Priestfield this weekend.

Podcast: Man arrested on suspicion of murder following disappearance of Alexandra Morgan near Cranbrook

Podcast: Man arrested on suspicion of murder following disappearance of Alexandra Morgan near Cranbrook

November 25, 2021

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a mum-of-two who hasn't been seen since Remembrance Sunday.
Alexandra Morgan was last seen at a petrol station near Cranbrook.

A 40-year-old man from St Leonards-on-Sea has been arrested and officers are carrying out searches in three area. We have a statement from police.
Also in today's podcast, hear from charities and MPs on the asylum crisis after 27 people died in the Channel.
The men, women and children drowned when the small boat they were in capsized as it headed to the UK from France.
A former care home in Gravesend has been turned into accommodation for homeless people this winter.
The local cabinet member for housing has been telling us about the other work that will also be done there.
Schools in Kent have been honoured for what they're doing to help the environment.
We've been chatting to a teacher and pupils from Sir Roger Manwood's school about how they managed to change all 500 light bulbs to more energy efficient LED ones.
And Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch speaks about her fan led review into football governance.

Podcast: Chatham man jailed for sending fake bomb to Covid vaccine factory in Wales

Podcast: Chatham man jailed for sending fake bomb to Covid vaccine factory in Wales

November 24, 2021

A Chatham man who sent a fake bomb to a Covid vaccine factory has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Hear the moment 54-year-old Anthony Collins was arrested in his bed and we have reaction from the police who investigated after the parcel arrived at the site in Wrexham in January.

Also in today's podcast, we've been finding out about the work that's been done over the past year to transform a troubled estate in Maidstone.

A task force involving the police, council and housing association has been working in the Shepway part of town which has suffered from high levels of crime and poor health.

A Kent author's book about an asylum seeker who's crossed the Channel to Dover has been shortlisted for a top award.

Hear from Manjeet Mann who is among 20 writers up for the 2021 Costa Book Awards.

And, the Gillingham manager reacts to their 2-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town in league one last night.

The result has left them just a point above the relegation places.

Podcast: Teenager given life sentencing for murdering Jaydon McFarlane in Ashford drugs gang war

Podcast: Teenager given life sentencing for murdering Jaydon McFarlane in Ashford drugs gang war

November 23, 2021

A teenager has been told he will serve at least 20 years behind bars for murdering a former friend when rival gangs clashed in Ashford.
19-year-old Jaydon McFarlane died after being stabbed in the Brookfield Road area of the town in March last year.

Osita Alagbaoso was found guilty following a trial earlier this year. Hear from our reporter who was in court today and the police officer who led the investigation.
Also in today's podcast, councils across the country are going to be ordered to find accommodation for young asylum seekers.
It comes after authorities in Kent threatened the government with legal action as services became overwhelmed.
People living in part of Whitstable say they fear their streets will be littered with rubbish as black wheelie bins look set to be replaced with purple sacks.
Hear from a resident of Victoria Street and a local councillor.
The odds of a white Christmas this year have been slashed, but there's also a warning about flooding.
Forecasters are predicting a wet winter and we've been speaking to Kent's flood risk manager to get the very latest advice.
A Canterbury woman who was unable to work following a car crash has spoken about the harsh realities of trying to survive on Universal Credit.
Karen Isaac was forced to sell possessions to make ends meet as she didn't want to turn to family for help - she's now teamed up with charity Turn2Us to help end the stigma.
And, the Gillingham manager says they still have plenty of injury concerns ahead of their league one game against Cheltenham Town tonight.

Podcast: former Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe speaks at funeral of Sir David Amess who was stabbed in Essex constituency

Podcast: former Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe speaks at funeral of Sir David Amess who was stabbed in Essex constituency

November 22, 2021

Former Maidstone MP Ann Widdecombe has spoken at the funeral of her friend and colleague Sir David Amess.

He died after being stabbed while meeting constituents in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex last month.

A service has been held in Southend where the former shadow Home Secretary read a statement on behalf of his family.

Also in today's podcast, as the number of asylum seekers crossing the Channel to Kent continues to rise, the government has called for a review.

A senior cabinet minister has been drafted in to look at what more can be done to stop people making the dangerous journey.

The head of a Kent school is urging parents and teachers not to dismiss children as "woke". We've been finding out if you know what it means.

A Kent mum is calling for more awareness of gynaecological conditions after spending years in pain.

Amy McHattie was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome when she was just 16, but despite having surgery her symptoms continued. She's spoken out to raise awareness.

Ahead of Black Friday this week, we're being encouraged to buy local and support our high streets.

Stores in Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay have joined forces as part of a new campaign supported by Holby star Dawn Steele.

And, the Gillingham manager has spoken about their 2-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

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