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Podcast: Ramsgate woman jailed after trying to set fire to house in revenge plot

Podcast: Ramsgate woman jailed after trying to set fire to house in revenge plot

April 21, 2022

A Ramsgate woman who tried to set fire to a house following a row about a Facebook post has been sent to prison.

Hear from our court reporter Sean Axtell.

Also in today's podcast, a Tonbridge man who plotted to kill his ex-wife at the nail bar where she worked has been told he'll spend almost 30 years behind bars.

The organisers of two large St George's Day parades in north Kent say they've been racially abused online.

Events are taking place in Gravesend and Dartford tomorrow - hear from Gurvinder Sandher from Cohesion Plus.

The boss of a security firm in Canterbury says they've invested £10,000 in body armour for staff because of a rise in knife crime.

There have been two stabbings in the city just this month - one happened in Canterbury Lane, the other in a house on Downs Road.

A Thanet man who suffered years of abuse as a child has bravely spoken to the KentOnline Podcast and urged all of us to report if we think a youngster is in danger.

It's as new figures from the NSPCC show there were an average of 14 referrals every day to authorities in London and the south east last year to investigate concerns of child abuse and neglect.

And, as the Queen celebrates her 96th birthday, it's been revealed hundreds of applications have been submitted for street parties in Kent, to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee this summer.

Podcast: Police watchdog not investigating ’murder-suicide’ at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

Podcast: Police watchdog not investigating ’murder-suicide’ at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

April 20, 2022

The police watchdog has said it will not be investigating the contact Kent Police had with a couple before they died in a suspected 'murder-suicide'.

Catalin Micu and his wife Ramona Stoia were discovered at GothInk in Canterbury last week.

It emerged 54-year-old Micu was on bail and facing allegations of raping his wife.

Hear what the IOPC has said in a statement and from our reporter who's been reading tributes left outside the studio.

Also in today's podcast, a trainee Kent police officer who drove drunk after a barbecue, and another who lied to police about it, have been found guilty of gross misconduct.

The government's plan to send some asylum seekers who arrive in Kent via small boats crossing the Channel to Rwanda is still causing controversy.

Former PM Theresa May is the latest to speak out.

The fall out from Partygate continues - hear from a Kent MP who has accused Boris Johnson of delivering a "pantomime performance" while meeting with backbenchers last night.

Hundreds of The Wanted fans have lined the streets in south-east London to pay their respects to Tom Parker ahead of his funeral.

The 33-year-old, who was patron of a Kent charity, died last month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The group in charge of planning for emergencies in Kent have told the podcast they are continuing to put pressure on government to come up with a solution to Operation Brock.

The system of parking lorries on the M20 when they can't cross the Channel has been in place for 20 days now. Our business editor Chris Britcher has been speaking to the tactical lead of the Kent Resilience Forum.

And find out why a Canterbury taxi driver isn't happy about calls for their vehicles to be electric.

Podcast: Weekend closures planned for M2 and Operation Brock continues on the M20 with government urged to do more

Podcast: Weekend closures planned for M2 and Operation Brock continues on the M20 with government urged to do more

April 19, 2022

The government is being urged to come up with a solution to Operation Brock on the M20 which has entered a third week.

Lorries are having to park on the coastbound carriageway while they wait to cross the Channel.

Capacity is reduced as P&O Ferries remain unable to sail following safety checks.

Staying with transport news and there's a warning for drivers about planned weekend closures of the M2.

Also in today's podcast, find out why armed police have been in Dartford and Folkestone.

The owner of a wine bar in Rochester fears he was the victim of a 'vendetta' over noise complaints - which have now been withdrawn.

Hear from Sanjay Raval who runs the City Wall in the High Street.

Thousands of children and their parents in Kent have been finding out which primary school they'll be going to in September.

Hear from a legal expert on what to do if you didn't get your first choice.

An 11-year-old boy who recently managed to flee war-torn Ukraine has been the guest of honour at Gillingham's Priestfield stadium.

On the pitch, there was frustration as their game with Fleetwood Town ended goalless. Hear from manager Neil Harris.

Podcast: Tributes paid to boy found dead at bottom of cliffs in Dover

Podcast: Tributes paid to boy found dead at bottom of cliffs in Dover

April 14, 2022

Tributes have been paid to a boy found dead at the bottom of cliffs in Dover.

Details of what happened have emerged at the opening of an inquest into the 12-year-old's death.

Also in today's podcast, the Prime Minister has been in Kent to announce a plan to try and prevent asylum seekers crossing the Channel in small boats.

Hear what Boris Johnson has had to say and the reaction from charities.

A man who violently attacked a young woman as she walked home in Maidstone, then fled the country, has been jailed.

You can hear the moment he was arrested.

People living near Dover say the noise from queueing lorries is like the soundtrack to a horror movie.

Residents in Aycliffe have told us drivers are constantly beeping their horns as they sit in traffic on the A20 on their way to the port.

A Kent teenager who suffered sexual harassment when she was just 13 is backing calls for it to be made a criminal offence.

It's as a new study shows more than a quarter of people in the county have experienced it or know someone who has.

And we've been catching up with the Gillingham manager ahead of a massive Easter weekend.

They travel to take on Cheltenham Town tomorrow before welcoming Fleetwood to Priestfield on Monday.

Podcast: Police refer themselves to watchdog over ’murder-suicide’ at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

Podcast: Police refer themselves to watchdog over ’murder-suicide’ at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

April 13, 2022

Kent Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after it emerged a man suspected of killing his wife at a tattoo studio was on bail and facing allegations he had raped her.
Catalin Micu was found dead at GothInk in Canterbury on Monday evening alongside Ramona Stoia.
Hear some of the tributes paid to 35-year-old Ramona by friends and clients.
Also in today's podcast, a group representing lorry drivers is calling for an urgent review of Operation Brock on the M20.
It's been used for almost two weeks now to queue freight waiting to cross the Channel - hear from Heidi Skinner from Logistics UK who are concerned truckers haven't had access to toilets.
A number of Kent's MPs have spoken out to defend Boris Johnson after he was fined for breaking lockdown rules.
The PM's apologised - along with the chancellor - after they went to a birthday gathering at Downing Street in June 2020.
We've got reaction from councillors in Kent, including the leader of the Labour group in Medway.
A Chatham dad says he fears losing his driving licence and being able to take his son to school because of delays at the DVLA.
The licencing authority has been experiencing a backlog of paper work since the pandemic - Paul D'urso has been speaking to reporter Alex Langridge.
You can also hear from drag queen Janet District Council who reckons Margate is becoming the 'unofficial queer capital of Kent'.
In football, Gillingham have reduced ticket prices to try and get more fans in for their match on Easter Monday.

Podcast: Man and woman found dead at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

Podcast: Man and woman found dead at GothInk tattoo studio in Canterbury

April 12, 2022

A man and woman have died following an incident at a tattoo studio in Canterbury.
Armed police were called to GothInk on Lower Bridge Street yesterday evening. Hear from our reporter who's spent the day at the scene and also the owner of a business nearby who saw emergency services arrive.

Also in today's podcast, the man leading the inquiry into the crimes of David Fuller in Kent, has told the KentOnline Podcast the first phase should be completed by the end of the year.
Fuller was jailed for life last December after being found guilty of murdering two women in Tunbridge Wells in the 1980s.
It was also discovered he'd abused around 100 bodies in mortuaries at hospitals in the county.
We've got details on the latest unemployment figures for Kent which have been published today.
The new man in charge of public health in Kent has revealed his number one priority is tackling inequality.
Anjan Ghosh, who was previously head of public health in Bexley, says it's been his passion since first training in India. 
And find out which former Strictly winner is going to be starring in this year's panto at Kent's biggest theatre.

Podcast: Maidstone woman who stole £260 of lube and condoms from a pharmacy avoids prison

Podcast: Maidstone woman who stole £260 of lube and condoms from a pharmacy avoids prison

April 11, 2022

A woman who stole £260 of condoms and lube from a shop in Maidstone has avoided being sent to prison.
Jodie Young admitted taking 28 items from the pharmacy on King Street. Hear from our reporter Sean McPolin who was in court.
Also in today's podcast, people living in part of Maidstone have spoken about being evacuated from their homes following a bomb scare.
P&O ferry services from Dover remain suspended three-and-a-half weeks after the company suddenly sacked all of their staff.
People trying to cross the Channel for an Easter getaway are still affected by delays on the M20.
Meantime, we've been hearing from one of Kent's biggest tourist attractions on how it's impacting them.
Hear from the CEO of Leeds Castle near Maidstone. We've also been chatting to Tudor Price from the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.
Figures seen by the KentOnline Podcast show almost 250 people in Kent fell victim to romance fraud last year.
Victims were conned out of 2.9 million pounds - with most of them women between their 40s and 70s.
Ed McConnell has spoken to a private investigator.
And in football, it's set to be a crucial Easter weekend for Gillingham with just four games of the season left.
They're back in the league one relegation zone on goal difference - hear from Jack Tucker who scored the equaliser on Saturday.

Podcast: Kent animal sanctuary loses planning permission to stay open

Podcast: Kent animal sanctuary loses planning permission to stay open

April 8, 2022

In today’s podcast, we speak to the owners of a Kent animal sanctuary, who’ve been refused planning permission to stay open.

 

Also, it’s feared delays on Kent roads could get even worse as more people try to go away for the Easter holidays. We speak to a woman who was caught up in delays on the M20 for hours.

The man who murdered primary school teacher Sabina Nessa has been jailed for life, with a minimum of 36 years. We hear from her sister and the detective in charge of the investigation.

A transgender woman from Gravesend has told the KentOnline Podcast all about her journey into team sport, which has always been a struggle for her.

Plus, in football, Gillingham take on Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow - we speak with Gills boss Neil Harris.

Podcast: Kent’s traffic nightmare continues

Podcast: Kent’s traffic nightmare continues

April 7, 2022

In today's podcast, travel disruption is continuing at the Port of Dover and the surrounding areas.
We speak to DFDS Seaways about how they're coping with increased demand. We also discuss the long queues with a lorry driver stuck on the A20.
Also, we hear from a former P&O ferries worker who is suing the company.

New research shows Kent has the third longest driving test backlog in the UK.

Plus, it's been revealed nearly 80 vehicles have been impaled on anti-terror bollards in Canterbury, since they were installed in the city centre.

Podcast: Travel disruption continues at Port of Dover

Podcast: Travel disruption continues at Port of Dover

April 6, 2022

In todays podcast, we speak to the leader of Dover Council who says travel disruption at the port is unacceptable. Trevor Bartlett told the KentOnline podcast he feels sorry for business owners in the town.

Also today, a young man from Gravesend says delays to getting his provisional licence has meant he's missed out on job opportunities and has been unable to drive his car for a year.

Residents living near the Bluewater A2 turn-off have described long-running roadworks there as "hell" - with no clear end in sight.

And, a man who's walking round the entire coast of mainland Britain for charity has arrived in Medway.

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