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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.

Podcast: Maidstone gym owners calls for knife amnesty to tackle crime in town centre

Podcast: Maidstone gym owners calls for knife amnesty to tackle crime in town centre

May 6, 2022

The owner of a Maidstone gym says he's disappointed police have turned down his request to hold a knife amnesty, for a second time.
Jay Atkins is worried about crime in the town centre and thinks a secure bin could be placed in his premises to collect weapons.

He's been speaking to the podcast about his idea.
Also in today's episode, we have details on the local election results after votes took place in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.
Nationally, the Prime Minister has admitted the Conservative party have faced challenges in the first vote since Partygate.
A Kent actor who recently saw his childhood abuser jailed, says he's turning the experience into something positive and has written a courtroom drama.
Hear from Stuart Antony from Gravesend who was targeted by a family friend over five years from the age of 10.
Kent's Rose Ayling-Ellis is going to be the first celebrity to sign a Cbeebies Bedtime story this weekend.
And in sport, the Gillingham manager will have watch the first game of next season from the stands.
Neil Harris has been given a touchline ban after being shown a red card in their penultimate game against Portsmouth.

Podcast: Former owners of The Grand hotel in Folkestone go on trial accused of cheating taxpayers

Podcast: Former owners of The Grand hotel in Folkestone go on trial accused of cheating taxpayers

May 5, 2022

The former owners of one of Kent's most famous hotels have gone on trial accused of cheating the taxpayer out of nearly half a million pounds.
Michael Stainer, 74, and his 60-year-old wife Doris both deny the charges. Hear from our business editor Chris Britcher.

Also in today's podcast, a Medway mum who's calling for more CCTV to be installed at a cemetery where her baby's grave has been repeatedly vandalised.
Lily-Mae Spring was stillborn eight years ago and was laid to rest at Woodlands Cemetery in Gillingham.
The KentOnline Podcast has been told some NHS staff in Kent have anxiety and are struggle to sleep as a result of the work they've been doing during the pandemic.
Workers are being encouraged to speak about how they're feeling and get help if necessary.
Hear about a special bus that's touring the county.
New figures show a worrying decline in the number of flying insects in Kent.
The data was collected by counting the number of bugs found splatted on cars last year compared to back in 2004.
Dr Lawrence Ball from Kent Wildlife Trust has been explaining why we should be concerned.
And, a submarine which was built at Chatham Dockyard is celebrating it’s 60th birthday this week.
HMS Ocelot remained in service for 27 years but returned to the Dockyard in 1991, where it remains on display.

Podcast: The parents of a baby who died after choking on food at an Ashford nursery speak out about planned changes within childcare

Podcast: The parents of a baby who died after choking on food at an Ashford nursery speak out about planned changes within childcare

May 4, 2022

The parents of a nine-month old baby who died after choking on food at a nursery in Ashford have hit out at plans to relax rules around the ratio of staff to children.

It's something being considered by the government as a way of making childcare more affordable.

Oliver Steeper died six days after becoming unwell in September last year.

Hear from his mum and dad Lewis and Zoe.

Also in today's podcast, a prison guard - who was armed with what's been described as a 'rapists toolkit' - has been found guilty of attacking a prostitute at an Airbnb in Folkestone.

Senior judges are reviewing the sentence of the Kent man who kidnapped and murdered Sarah Everard.

Former Met Police officer Wayne Couzens from Deal will have his appeal heard, along with four other killers.

A Kent man has posted a heartbreaking video online revealing he's been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of just 35.

Sam Hayden-Harler lives near Swanley and had been undergoing tests after noticing changes to his strength last year - hear what he's had to say and how he's trying to raise awareness.

And, there could be a heatwave in Kent later this month.

The Met Office reckons temperatures could reach 23c in the middle of May.

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