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Podcast: Walderslade man facing jail for attack in Rochester which left firefighter in a coma

Podcast: Walderslade man facing jail for attack in Rochester which left firefighter in a coma

October 15, 2021

A Walderslade man has been told he faces going to prison for an attack which has left a firefighter in a coma.
It happened when the pair met at a pub in Rochester High Street two years ago.
Hear from our reporter at Maidstone Crown Court.
Also in today's podcast, a report has raised concerns there aren't enough midwives at East Kent Hospitals Trust to keep women and babies safe.
We've been speaking to the Care Quality Commission about their findings.
At the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week a dad whose son was stillborn at 32 weeks has spoken about how a cold cot gave him and his partner vital time with their baby.
Finn Guthrie is now raising funds for charity Abigail's Footsteps.
The Canterbury Festival gets under way this weekend - organisers say it'll something for everyone over the next two weeks.
The Wanted have been on our sister radio station kmfm as they release their first music together for seven years.
And, Thanet will play host to the final of a national paddleboarding championship this weekend.

Podcast: GP league tables planned in bid to boost face-to-face appointments

Podcast: GP league tables planned in bid to boost face-to-face appointments

October 14, 2021

GP surgeries are going to be rated on league tables as part of plans to improve services.
The government has also announced millions of pounds aimed at improving access to doctors - although practices which don't provide an “appropriate” level of face-to-face appointments will not be eligible for the new funding.
Hear from our resident health expert Dr Julian Spinks on the demands facing GPs.
Meantime, a campaign is under way to try and reduce the amount of abuse being suffered by nurses and doctors and some hospitals in the county.
Also in the podcast, Insulate Britain have announced they are suspending their campaign of action until October 25.
The boss of Southern Water has spoken out about sewage spills in the county.
We've also been hearing from organisers of the national paddleboarding series due to happen in Thanet this weekend.
And an Australian swimmer has broken the record for the number of Channel crossings by a single person.

Podcast: Motorists and police drag Insulate Britain protesters from the M25 near the Dartford Crossing

Podcast: Motorists and police drag Insulate Britain protesters from the M25 near the Dartford Crossing

October 13, 2021

Insulate Britain protesters have been arrested after blocking the M25 near the Dartford Crossing.
Police were called to two demonstrations on the Essex side earlier this morning and detained 35 people.
Hear from a retired GP who was among those to glue their hands to the carriageway.
Also in today's podcast, a Kent MP has suggested fracking could be used to ease the current energy crisis.
Thanet's Craig Mackinlay wants the UK to start exploring it as an option again.
Mark Hood is a Green Party councillor in Kent and has been speaking to our political editor.
We have news from our town centres including an announcement that an M&S store is to close.
A community farm on Sheppey that gives children the chance to work with animals has celebrated its third birthday.
Curly's was set up on 10-acres of land by dads Garry and Kyle Ratcliffe as a thank you to everyone who helped when TV show DIY SOS rebuilt their bungalow.
We've caught up with Kyle who's told us why it's such an important facility.
And, Margate based toy company Hornby is featuring in a new TV series - we've been finding out how they're trying to get younger generations interested in model railways.

Podcast: Gravesend mum, 35, dies just months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer

Podcast: Gravesend mum, 35, dies just months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer

October 12, 2021

A mum from Gravesend has died just months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Nicola Biddiscombe was told she had the disease while pregnant with her third child.

Her family had been raising money in the hope she could get a potentially life-extending drug that is only available in America.

Also in today's podcast, a no-swim zone remains in place at 14 beaches in Thanet after waste water leaked into the sea.

There are calls for Southern Water to do more.

A project is under way to try and get children fit again after the pandemic.

It's thought only half of youngsters in the county are doing the recommended 60 minutes of exercise they need every day.

Skier Millie Knight has been to a school to learn about the new scheme.

And in sport, former Gravesend schoolboy Fikayo Tomori could be in the line-up for England tonight as they take on Hungary in a World Cup qualifier.

Podcast: Tributes paid after four men die in crash on Lenham Road, Headcorn

Podcast: Tributes paid after four men die in crash on Lenham Road, Headcorn

October 11, 2021

Tributes had been paid after four men died in a crash on a country lane in Headcorn.
The car they were in hit a tree after coming off Lenham Road in the early hours of yesterday morning - hear from our reporter who's been to the scene.
Also in today's podcast, teachers have been praised for the work they have done during the pandemic.
We were at the Kent Teacher of the Year awards and have spoken to some of those who were honoured.
Hundreds of pink and blue umbrellas have been suspended from the ceiling of a church in Rainham to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Kelly Wells from Making Miracles charity and Reverend Nathan Ward have been speaking about the event.
In sport, there was another loss for Gillingham at the weekend.
Hear what manager Steve Evans had to say following the game at Wycombe Wanderers.

Podcast: Tap water in thousands of Kent homes could be contaminated with E. coli

Podcast: Tap water in thousands of Kent homes could be contaminated with E. coli

October 8, 2021

In today's podcast, thousands of people in Kent have been urged to boil their tap water after supplies were contaminated with E. coli. Our reporter, Oliver Kemp, has the details.

Also today, we hear from campaigners who have held a protest against plans for thousands of new homes in Medway.

A Kent homelessness charity has told the Kent Online podcast that thousands of households in the county are in danger of becoming homeless this winter.

A new cinema is opening in Romney Marsh later.

And hear from Gillingham Captain Kyle Dempsey ahead of their game against Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.

Podcast: A man has been taken to hospital in London following a stabbing in Chatham

Podcast: A man has been taken to hospital in London following a stabbing in Chatham

October 7, 2021

A man has been taken to a London hospital following a stabbing in Chatham.

Our reporter Alex Langridge has been at the scene.

A 15-year-old girl from Canterbury reported missing along with her cousin who's 16 and from London, has been found.

The pair were found at an address in Scotland.

A protest about house building in Medway is due to take place outside a council meeting tonight.

People aren't happy about the possibility of homes going on the site of Chatham Docks.

People living near a new school being built in Canterbury have described it as looking like a prison.

Barton Manor is due to open next year.

The apple harvest is under way and one Kent farmer says it feel like the 'light at the end of the tunnel.'

Hear from James Simpson who is the managing director of Adrian Scripps Ltd based near Tonbridge.

And, find out which football club could be building a training facility in the county.

Podcast: Folkestone man who posted racist video on Facebook after England‘s Euro 2020 final defeat walks free from court

Podcast: Folkestone man who posted racist video on Facebook after England‘s Euro 2020 final defeat walks free from court

October 6, 2021

A man who posted a racist video on Facebook following England's defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 has walked free from court.

50-year-old Bradford Pretty from Guildhall Street launched into a rant following the penalty shootout at Wembley in July.

Hear what he said at the time and his reaction outside court.

Also in today's podcast, there's a warning not to go into the sea at more than a dozen beaches in Kent after a waste water leak.

The leader of Thanet Council has spoken out after it happened following heavy rain.

There's an appeal for more volunteers in Kent to become flood wardens. Find out what they do and hear from a pub owner who's suffered several floods in recent year.

An Australian woman is hoping to break the record for the number of cross Channel swims by a single person - she's been chatting to Ismail Khwaja about the challenge of the event.

And Gillingham reporter Luke Cawdell gives his assessment of last night's defeat to Ipswich Town in the EFL Trophy.

 

Podcast: Priti Patel announces independent inquiry into ”systematic failures” within policing following Sarah Everard‘s murder

Podcast: Priti Patel announces independent inquiry into ”systematic failures” within policing following Sarah Everard‘s murder

October 5, 2021

The Home Secretary has announced an independent inquiry into "systematic failures" within policing following Sarah Everard's murder.

The 33-year-old was kidnapped by a serving Met Police officer from Deal who is now serving a whole life term.

Priti Patel has been speaking at the Conservative party conference. Hear what she had to say and find out from Kent's police and crime commissioner how £750,000 will be spent on keeping women safe in the county.

Also in today's podcast, the mum of a 12-year-old from Kent with a severe form of epilepsy is hoping the cannabis oil based drugs that improve her quality of life will soon be made available on the NHS.

A mum from Ashford who was born with only half her left arm is hoping her life could be transformed thanks to a bionic prosthetic.

Amy Brown has been speaking to our reporter Rhys Griffiths.

And you can hear from Gillingham's assistant manager ahead of their EFL Trophy game against Ipswich Town at Priestfield this evening.

Podcast: Woman begs Insulate Britain protesters to let her get to her sick mother in hospital in Canterbury

Podcast: Woman begs Insulate Britain protesters to let her get to her sick mother in hospital in Canterbury

October 4, 2021

A woman has been filmed pleading with Insulate Britain protesters to let her get to see her sick mother in hospital in Canterbury.

The footage, obtained by LBC, shows the tearful lady desperately trying to get through traffic after the blocked the Blackwall Tunnel.

Campaigners have caused disruption for the fourth week in a row, with some again gluing their hands to the tarmac.

Also in today's podcast, the head of the Metropolitan Police says she won't be quitting following the sentencing Wayne Couzens from Deal for the murder of Sarah Everard.

He was a serving officer when he kidnapped and raped the 33-year-old.

A protest against a large theme park on land in north Kent has taken place.

The owner of Mu Mu in Maidstone has given us a tour around as they re-open just months after a devastating fire.

And, hear from Gillingham's assistant boss after a disappointing weekend.

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