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Podcast: Man dies after being hit by lorry on A249 near Sittingbourne

Podcast: Man dies after being hit by lorry on A249 near Sittingbourne

June 29, 2022

A man has died after being hit by a lorry on the A249 near Sittingbourne.

Emergency crews were called to the southbound carriageway at around midnight.

We have the latest information released by police.

Also in today's podcast, a Kent man has appeared in court charged with murdering a 35-year-old woman in east London.

Zara Aleena, who was a trainee lawyer, suffered serious head injuries in Ilford early on Sunday and later died in hospital.

Hear a tribute from her family.

A record label boss from Chatham who started firing shots from the top of a tower block in Medway has been ordered to stay in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Our reporter at Maidstone Crown Court has the details.

There's anger that some new build properties in Kent are being snapped up by investors - then rented out at high rates - forcing local people to move elsewhere.

The Perry Court development in Faversham is just one new estate affected and we've found a semi-detached there being offered to rent for £18,000 a month.

Property expert Spencer Fortag has been sharing his views.

A Herne Bay mum whose son died after taking drugs has told the podcast she wants to change the school curriculum to save lives.

Canterbury College student William Horley died four years ago following a reaction to a painkiller that had been bought on the dark web. 

And, Joe from Sigma's been chatting to our sister radio station kmfm about why it's taken them so long to release their second album.

Hope is finally out, more than six years after they released Life.

Podcast: Gravesend postwoman left empty handed despite finding unclaimed £2k

Podcast: Gravesend postwoman left empty handed despite finding unclaimed £2k

June 28, 2022

A Gravesend postwoman's been left empty handed after finding more than £2,000 in cash on the street - then being told she can't keep it.

After reporting it to her line manager it was handed in at North Kent Police Station in Northfleet.

Irma Lisauskaite says she was told she could keep the money if it wasn't claimed within a month, but officers later said the rule had changed.

Find out what the rules are and the latest result of our poll.

Also in today's podcast, tougher sentences for people convicted of child cruelty have come into force following a four-year campaign by the adoptive mum of a Kent boy.

Tony's law is inspired by seven-year-old Tony Hudgell from Kings Hill who had to have his legs amputated as a baby after being abused by his birth parents.

Hear from Tony's adoptive mum Paula Hudgell.

The mum of a teenage girl who was hit by a car while crossing a road in Dover is calling for safety improvements.

She's been speaking following and inquest into the death of Mya Lawrence.

A project to get young people off the streets and away from knife crime has been set up by a gym owner in Maidstone.

Jay Atkins had previously tried to get a knife amnesty bin installed where he works, but that was turned down by police over safety fears.

He's been telling the podcast about his latest plans.

A former soldier from Canterbury who was blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan wants to bring veterans together through jiu-jitsu.

Rob Long says the sport helped him rebuild his life and he wants to help others.

In sport, Kent's Emma Raducanu is through to the second round of Wimbledon.

Find out who Gillingham have signed and there's congratulations to the cricket team who've won their first game in 29 years.

Podcast: Homes gutted in huge fire in Jubilee Crescent, Gravesend

Podcast: Homes gutted in huge fire in Jubilee Crescent, Gravesend

June 27, 2022

A number of homes have been destroyed in a huge fire in Gravesend.

Flames swept through the properties in Jubilee Crescent on Sunday lunchtime.

Our reporter Alex Langridge has been to the scene to see the devastation.

Also in today's podcast, it's feared a business that burnt down on Whitstable Harbour could take two years to reopen.

You might remember the blaze at the fish market and Crab & Winkle Restaurant about a month ago - now the owner has spoken to the podcast.

A Kent GP has welcomed plans to try and reduce the backlog of people waiting for hospital treatment, by sending them for operations further from home.

Anyone who's been waiting over two years for a procedure will be matched-up with hospitals out of their area.

Hear the thoughts of Dr Jack Jacobs who works in Ham Street near Ashford.

A family from Dover are hoping to raise £6,000 pounds for a new bespoke wheelchair for their son.

8-year-old Henry has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a progressive condition which causes muscle weakness and degeneration.

We've been speaking to his mum and the boss of a foundation that's offering to match donations.

Hear about the Dover man who's become a record breaker.

And, Kent's Emma Raducanu is in action at Wimbledon as the tournament gets under way at SW19.

Podcast: Man beaten up as love triangle turns violent

Podcast: Man beaten up as love triangle turns violent

June 24, 2022

In today's podcast, a man's been sent to prison after a love triangle turned violent in the street.

Also, a busy road near Maidstone has been closed after a gas main fire. Our reporter is at the scene.

Trains across Kent have been severely disrupted again today as a knock-on effect from yesterday's rail strikes.

A Dartford woman's revealed how a brain tumour left her unable to cry and with no sense of taste or smell.

Inspectors have found staff shortages have had a big impact on care services across Kent and Medway. We hear from the Care Quality Commission.

Plus, showbiz news from Westlife and Nina Nesbitt.

Podcast: Businesses in Gravesend fear for their futures as road closure remains in place following fire

Podcast: Businesses in Gravesend fear for their futures as road closure remains in place following fire

June 23, 2022

Businesses in part of Gravesend say they could go bankrupt if a road closure following a large fire isn't lifted soon.
Milton Road has been shut since May 26 when a fire ripped through a former pub.
Our reporter Alex Langridge has been speaking to people who have premises in the area.
Also in today's podcast, it's the second day of a series of rail strikes.
The RMT union, who've organised the walkouts, says the threat of compulsory redundancies is the main sticking point in talks between them and Network Rail.
We've been finding out how businesses near railway stations in the county are being affected.
The way detectives investigated the death of a Kent man who was murdered by serial killer Stephen Port is going to be reinvestigated by the police watchdog.
Kent Fire and Rescue have told the KentOnline Podcast they're having to work with really young children to stop them committing arson.
The FireSetters Intervention team say they've been helping kids as young as three.
In sport, it's the day Gillingham fans have been waiting for - the fixtures for next season are out.
Our Gillingham reporter Luke Cawdell tells us how life in league two will start for the Gills.

Podcast: Huge sinkhole opens up on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath

Podcast: Huge sinkhole opens up on Martens Avenue in Bexleyheath

June 22, 2022

A large sinkhole has opened up on a road in Bexleyheath.
Hear from our reporter at the scene and a man who lives there and heard it happen late last night.
Also in today's podcast, a report's found leadership at the ambulance trust that covers Kent is 'inadequate'.
Inspectors carried out an unannounced visit to SECAmb in February, and raised concerns about inappropriate sexualised behaviour, bullying and harassment.
Hear from the Care Quality Commission.
We've been speaking to Southeastern bosses as talks continue to try and resolve the dispute that's led to this week's rail strikes.
Thousands of workers across Kent and the rest of the country walked out yesterday in a row over pay, conditions and job losses with further industrial action planned for tomorrow and Saturday.
The former Debenhams store on Chatham High Street has been bought for more than £2 million - and could be turned into housing.
Medway Council have purchased the building using money from the government's Future High Streets Fund.
A drag artist who's the face of the very first Tonbridge pride hopes it'll continue to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community.
Brandon Austin went viral on socials after doing a 'death drop' dance move during his college graduation.
He's now better known as Sophia Stardust and has been speaking to reporter Laoise Gallagher.
In sport, the Gillingham squad has returned to training ahead of the new season which will see them playing in league two.
And find out which athletes are getting funding as they bid for a place at this summer's Commonwealth games.

Podcast: Former reception teacher at Tiger Primary school in Maidstone banned from the profession

Podcast: Former reception teacher at Tiger Primary school in Maidstone banned from the profession

June 21, 2022

The biggest rail strike in a generation is under way.
Very few services in running in Kent today as member of the RMT Union walk out in a row over pay and job security.

Hear from our reporter who managed to get on the first train out of Ashford this morning. We also chatted to passengers, plus we have reaction from Southeastern and our travel news provider on how its impacted the roads.
Also in today's podcast, a former Kent reception teacher who banged a pupil's head on a door frame while dragging them out of a classroom, has been banned from the profession.
CCTV also showed Corinne Culver lifting and carrying the girl at Tiger Primary in Maidstone, while other staff complained about her holding another pupil in the air by her wrist.
We have a statement from the school's headteacher.
A Kent driving instructor is predicting a growing demand from people who want to learn in electric cars.
There's a big push for people to make the switch as part of plans to tackle climate change - and the sale of new petrol and disel cars is going to be banned by 2030.
A Kent travel expert's been working on a new guide to help us make informed decisions about ethical destinations and trips.
The Good Trip Index ranks countries based on things like sustainability, women's rights, quality of life and animal welfare.
Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland are considered the most responsible, but Morocco and Egypt are among popular holiday spots ranked the worst.
In sport, find out which former Gillingham player has been named as the new manager of Swindon Town.
Plus Kent's cricketers are back in T20 Blast action tonight.

Podcast: Ashford taxi firm to close after struggling to recruit drivers

Podcast: Ashford taxi firm to close after struggling to recruit drivers

June 20, 2022

We're being urged not to travel by train as railway workers get ready for the biggest strike in a generation.

Thousands of staff are walking out for three days this week in a row over pay, conditions and job losses - hear from our business editor Chris Britcher.

Also in today's podcast, Alex from the Kent Top 40 on our sister radio station kmfm has been speaking about his recent autism and ADHD diagnosis.

The 24 year-old says he was always hyperactive as a child but did well at school.

However, he found social situations in his teens increasingly difficult and also suffered with depression. He's spoken out to raise awareness.

An Ashford taxi company is closing after more than 40 years after struggling to recruit drivers.

Arrow Taxis is based at Cobbs Wood and been taking fares since 1981 - hear what bosses have had to say.

Asylum seekers who arrive in Kent after crossing the Channel in small boats could be electronically tagged under new Home Office plans.

A 12-month pilot's begun after the European Court of Human Rights blocked a deportation flight to Rwanda last Tuesday.

A trans woman from Medway has decided to speak out about the abuse she's suffered - and says people need to realise it's not acceptable.

Kelsey Russell only transitioned just over three months ago but says she's been targeted while out in pubs and club.

Part of Ramsgate that's previously been blighted by crime is said to be becoming a destination for tourists with new cafe's shops and restaurants.

Harbour Street is being transformed thanks to investment from existing businesses and government grants.

And in sport, a Kent teenager's been selected to play volleyball for Team England.

Maxime Carolan only started playing a couple of years ago, but has been training hard ever since.

Podcast: Man jailed after stealing Amazon van and later found surrounded by parcels in Canterbury

Podcast: Man jailed after stealing Amazon van and later found surrounded by parcels in Canterbury

June 17, 2022

A man who stole an Amazon delivery van after snatching the keys from the driver in Canterbury has been jailed.

Hear the moment 33-year-old Ronnie Mead from Hunton Gardens was arrested while surrounded by half opened parcels.

A Ramsgate woman is calling for more mental health support for disabled children after her son died during lockdown.

Sammy Alban-Stanley had Prada-Willi Syndrome and fell from a cliff in 2020.

His mum Patricia has spoken to the podcast about what she'd like the government to do.

A Kent youth charity's launching a safe space for young asylum seekers after concerns many are struggling to feel part of society....

Pie Factory Music says the pandemic has made it even harder for them to understand the culture and access support since arriving here.

Should Kent's grammar schools be phased out? We have reaction to a call from a Labour peer to get rid of them.

It's another scorcher in Kent - we have more advice on dealing with the hot weather.

And, a former star of The Apprentice is hoping a skate park he's planning to open in Swanley will help kickstart the regeneration of the recreation ground there.

JD O'Brien has managed to secure £250,000 in funding for the project and has been speaking to our reporter Sean Delaney.

Podcast: ’Dangerous’ decking outside council flats in Whitstable causes safety concerns

Podcast: ’Dangerous’ decking outside council flats in Whitstable causes safety concerns

June 16, 2022

Residents in Whitstable fear there could be a nasty accident because communal decking has gone rotten and become unstable.

Hear from one of the mums who doesn't want her children playing on it and is calling for something to be done.

Also in today's podcast, the deputy Prime Minister says the UK could potentially ignore rulings by the European Court of Human Rights - after they stopped a flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda.

We've been speaking to a refugee charity who say the policy isn't needed.

A Kent campaigner says the government's heading in the wrong direction when it comes to tackling air pollution.

And, hear from the Kent man who started collecting rare football shirts during lockdown.

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