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Podcast: Council tenants told to remove bamboo screens, or face court action

Podcast: Council tenants told to remove bamboo screens, or face court action

May 20, 2022

In todays podcast, Council tenants have been told to remove bamboo screens used to shield gardens, or face court action.

We speak to residents living in the area.

A Gravesend dad has been telling the KentOnline podcast how his three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hepatitis. 

Alan Raine has been speaking out to raise awareness of the signs other parents should look out for.

Also in today's podcast, a new pilot project in Kent is helping people fast-track into the fresh produce industry. We speak to those who've recently been joined the programme.

Hear from Jack Hines from Tonbridge, who's set out on an incredible challenge to draw every single building in Greater London.

Plus, it's the Kent Teacher Awards tonight!

Podcast: We visit Ashford’s deserted international railway station and ask will Eurostar trains ever return?

Podcast: We visit Ashford’s deserted international railway station and ask will Eurostar trains ever return?

May 19, 2022

Despite international travel resuming after the pandemic, one part of Kent that used to be a bustling transport hub, remains deserted.

Our reporter Rhys Griffiths has visited Ashford International Station.

Thousands of passengers used to pass through there ever year as they travelled to and from the Continent via Eurostar trains.

But, services haven't stopped in the town since March 2020 when the first national lockdown came into force.

Find out what it's like and if trains will ever return.

Also in today's podcast, a Medway mum fears there could be civil unrest if more isn't done to combat the rising cost of living.

Rita has been speaking after inflation reached a 40 year high.

Charities say more funding is needed to prevent homelessness in Kent.

Almost £1.5million has been spent on helping those struggling to pay their rent or mortgage because of the pandemic.

Hear what Catching Lives in Canterbury have to say.

The podcast has been told plans to bring in 'street votes' to decide whether a house can have an extension could lead to trouble between neighbours.

The government says it wants to find ways of engaging the public more in planning. Hear from the leader of Swale Borough Council.

And, find out which Kent star is going to be performing at the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace next month.

Podcast: The man who took the photo that caught PCSO Julia James’ killer speaks out

Podcast: The man who took the photo that caught PCSO Julia James’ killer speaks out

May 18, 2022

The man who took the photo which led to the killer of a Kent PCSO being caught says he just had a feeling he needed to turn his dash cam on.

Gavin Tucker had spotted Callum Wheeler while driving the day after Julia James had been attacked in woodland near Snowdown last April.

He's been speaking to our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks.

Also in today's podcast, hear from our reporter at the scene of a double stabbing in Folkestone.

Two teenagers have been arrested while another two are in hospital.

A vulnerable child in council care in Kent went missing for more than three-and-a-half years, according to shocking data seen by the KentOnline Podcast.

It comes from a freedom of information request - we've got reaction from charity, Missing People.

As inflation reaches a 40 year high, there's a rather gloomy prediction from a business expert in Kent.

Hear from the Rainham family who've raised an incredible amount of money for the hospital that saved their son's life.

And in sport, find out which Kent player is in the England squad and who won football's Kent Senior Cup last night.

Podcast: Former Sheppey United player who came out as bisexual, praises Blackpool’s Jake Daniels who has announced he’s gay

Podcast: Former Sheppey United player who came out as bisexual, praises Blackpool’s Jake Daniels who has announced he’s gay

May 17, 2022

The children of Kent PCSO Julia James have paid tribute to their mum after a 22-year-old man was convicted of murdering her.

In yesterday's podcast we told you how a jury took just over an hour to find Callum Wheeler from Sunshine Corner Avenue in Aylesham, guilty.

Patrick Davies and Bethan Coles have revealed how they'd like her to be remembered.

Also in today's episode, one of Kent's leading headteachers is urging students not to panic if GCSEs and A level exams don't go to plan.

Teenagers are doing in-person tests for the first time since before the pandemic. We've been speaking to the chair of the Kent Association of Headteachers.

A former Kent footballer has praised Blackpool's Jake Daniels for coming out as gay.

The 17-year-old striker is the only current men's player in professional British football to be open about his sexuality.

Former Sheppey United player Jahmal Howlett-Mundle came out as bi-sexual last year and has been speaking to our reporter Laoise Gallagher.

And, the mansion in Kent where the man who owned the original chitty chitty bang bang car used to live is up for sale.

Find out where it is and how much it's going for.

Podcast: Callum Wheeler, 22, found guilty of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James

Podcast: Callum Wheeler, 22, found guilty of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James

May 16, 2022

A 22-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James.
He attacked the 53-year-old while she walked her dog not far from her home in Snowdown last April. Hear the moment Callum Wheeler was arrested at his home on Sunshine Corner Avenue in Aylesham.

We also have reaction from Kent Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Also on today's podcast, campaigners from Greenpeace have blocked a tanker carrying 33,000 tonnes of Russian diesel in the River Thames near Gravesend.
The Andromeda was due to offload at Grays in Essex overnight - but activists forced it to turn around. Hear the moment they called to report their protest.
We've been told how everything possible is being done to make sure children from Ukraine who've moved to Kent, settle into local schools.
Hundreds of people have come to the county since the start of the conflict under the Homes for Ukraine scheme and we've been speaking to the leader of the county council.
We have reaction from campaign group SOS Whitstable as the government promises to tackle the scale of untreated sewage being discharged into the sea off Kent.
Water companies are going to face strict limits on how often they can use storm overflows.
Hear from the twin brothers who are opening a cafe and wine bar in Ashford, and have described the town as "the new Canterbury of Kent".
Itaca's will be a Georgian-style bistro with tea and cakes during the day and cocktails in the evening.
In sport, tributes are continuing to be paid to former Kent cricketer Andrew Symonds who died in a car crash over the weekend.
The Austrialian allrounder, who was 46, was involved in a collision in Queensland.

Podcast: Julia James murder suspect ’threatened to attack again’ as trial adjourned

Podcast: Julia James murder suspect ’threatened to attack again’ as trial adjourned

May 13, 2022

In today's podcast, jurors at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James have been sent home, as the trial was adjourned.

53-year-old Julia was attacked while out walking her dog not far from her home in Snowdown in April last year.

 

Also today, a Kent charity says demand for its hygiene products far outstrips supply because of the rising cost of living.

Two friends from Kent have created a podcast to talk about the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

And, 23 beaches in Kent have been given Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. We speak to the Chief Exec of Keep Britain Tidy.

Podcast: Jurors handle replica weapon at trial of man accused of murdering PCSO Julia James

Podcast: Jurors handle replica weapon at trial of man accused of murdering PCSO Julia James

May 12, 2022

Jurors at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James have held a replica of the alleged murder weapon.

53-year-old Julia was attacked while out walking her dog not far from her home in Snowdown in April last year.

Callum Wheeler, who's 22 and from Sunshine Corner Avenue in Aylesham, has admitted killing her but denies murder. Hear from reporter Sean Axtell who's been in court.

Also in today's podcast, almost 90% of people who've voted in a poll set up by our sister radio station kmfm have backed calls for an emergency budget to help with the rising cost of living.

Hear from the chief exec of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce who's supporting the idea.

It's international nurses day and we've been to Kent's biggest and busiest hospitals to find out why one ward manager loves her job so much.

And, the owners of a popular Rochester pub have announced plans to expand.

We've been chatting to the duo behind the Dead Pigeon about taking over a former bank building in Rainham.

Podcast: Suspect pictured near ’murder scene’ day after PCSO Julia James was killed

Podcast: Suspect pictured near ’murder scene’ day after PCSO Julia James was killed

May 11, 2022

More details have emerged at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James.

Jurors have heard from the first witness - a local gamekeeper who took a picture of the suspect and called police the day after the 53-year-old was killed.

Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell who's following the case at Canterbury Crown Court.

Also in today's podcast, the largest probation service in Kent is failing to stop ex-offenders from returning to a life of crime, while staff are overworked and badly managed - according to a damning report.

Inspectors have been looking at the work done by the service in West Kent which has offices in Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Gravesend and Chatham.

We've got reaction from a former criminal who now helps people turn their lives around.

A council leader in Kent has been branded insensitive after being photographed smiling, alongside a mayor, at the opening of a foodbank.

Dartford's Jeremy Kite - who's a Conservative - can be seen cutting the ribbon of the new facility - we want to know what you think.

The podcast has been told how some women are feeling forced to give up work as they struggle to cope with symptoms of the menopause.

We've been chatting to a woman who runs a clinic in Whitstable and has spoken out after the issue was highlighted by Davina McCall.

Children at a school in Kent have become the first in the country to try out new tech to help with their mental health.

This week is all about raising awareness and we've been along to Laddingford St Mary's school in Maidstone to find out more.

And, find out where in Kent the Queen's Baton will be visiting ahead of this summer's Commonwealth games in Birmingham.

Podcast: Controversial work to replace a busy roundabout in Ashford with traffic lights finally gets under way

Podcast: Controversial work to replace a busy roundabout in Ashford with traffic lights finally gets under way

May 10, 2022

Work to replace a busy roundabout in Ashford with traffic lights has finally started after being delayed twice because of Operation Brock on the nearby M20.

The A2070 will be reduced to one lane in both directions from the Sevington 'Jet Roundabout' to the Cloverleaf Roundabout for six weeks while it's done.

Hear from news editor Dan Wright.

Also in today's podcast, the jury at the trial of a man accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James have visited the spot where she was killed.

We've got reaction to the Queen's speech setting out the government's plans for the next year.

Jo James from the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce has been telling us what she thinks about the idea of reviving our high streets.

As the cost of living crisis continues, we've been hearing from a charity shop in Ashford which has decided to sell everything - including wedding dresses - for £1.

A Swanley swimming teacher has also spoken about her fears that fewer children are learning to swim as parents can't afford lessons.

And in football, Gillingham have confirmed they're freezing their season ticket prices after being relegated to league two.

The club's chairman Paul Scally has written a letter to fans, and says work to find investors is ongoing.

Podcast: Man admits killing Kent PCSO Julia James but denies murder as trial starts at Canterbury Crown Court

Podcast: Man admits killing Kent PCSO Julia James but denies murder as trial starts at Canterbury Crown Court

May 9, 2022

A man has gone on trial accused of murdering Kent PCSO Julia James.

The 53-year-old was attacked while walking her dog not far from her home in Snowdown between Canterbury and Dover in April last year.

Hear from Katya Folwer from our colleagues at KMTV who has been at Canterbury Crown Court today.

Also in today's podcast, as the rising cost of living continues to dominate the headlines, a Canterbury dad has revealed how he's skipped meals to ensure his daughter has something to eat.

It's as data from the Food Foundation shows a sharp rise in the number of people struggling to put meals on the table over the past three months.

Police and forensic teams have spent the weekend at the scene of a suspected burglary on Sheppey.

They were initially called early on Saturday morning - our reporter John Nurden has been to the scene.

A nightclub in Dartford is taking action following a rise in drink spiking cases across the country.

We've been speaking to Jordan Craine who is the general manager at Atik.

In showbiz news, find out which Kent star won a BAFTA last night.

Plus, a Kent man's been chatting to our sister radio station, kmfm, about getting four 'yeses' from the Britain's Got Talent judges at the weekend.

Ryan Weeks from Tunbridge Wells is part of the Frontline Singers who left viewers in tears after their performance on Saturday.

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