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Podcast: Margate man who stalked a woman including following her on TikTok has avoided prison

Podcast: Margate man who stalked a woman including following her on TikTok has avoided prison

September 16, 2022

A woman's revealed how she's been forced to wear a body cam and fears leaving her own home after being followed by a stalker.

28-year-old Anthony Laslett from Addington Street in Margate has avoided being sent to prison.

Hear from our reporter who followed the case in court.

Also in today's podcast, there's concern noisy people could disturb residents in part of Canterbury as bars and restaurants moving into a new leisure complex apply to stay open into the early hours.

A Curzon cinema's already launched at the £115m Riverside development in Kingsmead, and a licence has been granted for a BrewDog craft beer bar.

It's been confirmed the Queen's Green Canopy initiative has been extended until March next year to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memory of Her Majesty.

The idea was originally created to mark The Platinum Jubilee, with plaques being made by veterans at the Royal British Legion Industries in Aylesford.

A children's author from Canterbury is hoping a story she wrote after her god daughter was diagnosed with cancer, will raise awareness but also encourage more funding for research.

12 children and young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every day - but it's feared many parents don't know what signs to look out for.

In sport, it's a huge weekend for Kent as they play in the final of the One Day Cup.

Hear from interim head coach Simon Cook and all-rounder Darren Stevens.

And we look ahead to Gillingham's game against Mansfield Town in league two this weekend.

Podcast: Next to remain at County Square in Ashford following u-turn by bosses

Podcast: Next to remain at County Square in Ashford following u-turn by bosses

September 15, 2022

Next bosses have done a u-turn and confirmed they are going to keep their store at County Square in Ashford.

We'd previously been told they were going to follow in the footsteps of Debenhams and H&M in leaving the centre.

It's now been confirmed they will remain open.

Also in today's podcast, we've got an update on yesterday's top story about trouble at a McDonald's in Maidstone.

Police have confirmed there has been a charge after trouble broke out on Week Street on Sunday night.

Hear from people from Kent who have been queueing to see the Queen's coffin lying in state at Westminster Hall in London.

Meantime, there's some frustration from patients that GP and other medical appointments have been cancelled on the day of Her Majesty's funeral.

Strood GP Dr Julian Spinks gives us his thoughts on the decision to close surgeries.

You can also hear from the Sheppey woman who hit the headlines when she met the new King and called him Char Char.

And TV's Steve Backshall has finally graduated at Canterbury Cathedral - three years after finishing a masters.

He's been telling us about his studies and how pleased he is that the ceremony has taken place.

Podcast: Girls throw drink over pregnant woman and ’assault’ staff at McDonald’s in Maidstone

Podcast: Girls throw drink over pregnant woman and ’assault’ staff at McDonald’s in Maidstone

September 14, 2022

Police have confirmed they are investigating after a pregnant woman had a drink thrown over her and staff were allegedly assault at a McDonalds in Maidstone.
Witnesses say trouble involving a group of girls broke out at the fast-food restaurant on Week Street.
Hear what was captured on video. We've also got a statement from the chain.
Also in today's podcast, a boy who broke his hip after falling off monkey bars on the first day of secondary school has been told he has a rare condition.
11-year-old James slipped from the equipment at Turner Free School in Folkestone during morning break.
Further tests revealed he has a condition which means the hip isn't in the right place and one day, he may need a replacement. His mum has explained more about what happened.
As preparations continue in London ahead of the Queen's funeral, Kent's rail provider is putting on extra trains to get people there.
Southeastern say they'll run services 24-hours a day between now until Monday which will be a bank holiday.
Thousands of people are waiting to see Her Majesty's coffin lying in state. Hear from our reporter who is there.
The KentOnline Podcast has been told how the cost of living crisis is affecting people trying to buy their first home.
A report out earlier this year revealed how 70% of potential home owners were delaying getting on the property ladder.
We've been speaking to an estate agent from Tunbridge Wells.
And in sport, it was a draw for Gillingham in league two last night.
It finished 1-1 at Grimsby, hear the thoughts of manager Neil Harris.

Podcast: Teenager stabbed outside Chatham school, Victory Academy, just days after the start of term

Podcast: Teenager stabbed outside Chatham school, Victory Academy, just days after the start of term

September 13, 2022

A teenage boy has been stabbed outside a school in Chatham just days into the new term.

The Year 11 student was taken to hospital after it happened near Victory Academy.

Hear from our reporter with the latest information.

Also in today's podcast, a man's been banned from driving and given a fine after being caught drunk behind the wheel by McDonald's staff in Medway.

TV's Dr Hilary Jones, who lives in Kent, talks about worrying new data that shows a significant drop in the number of women reporting gynae problems to their GP.

Seven Labrador puppies have been rescued after being dumped by the side of the A249.

The fox reds were underweight and suffering from mange.

An abandoned former prison in Dover could be turned into a hotel and leisure centre.

The Citadel at the Western Heights was originally built as a fortress, but then used to house inmates and most recently became an immigration detention centre.

Our reporter Sam Lennon has had an exclusive tour.

A food and drink festival that was due to take place in Medway this weekend has been postponed following the death of the Queen.

We've been speaking to the chief executive of Ebbsfleet United as people living near the club say they are generally in favour of plans for a new ground.

Bosses want to secure its long term future with an 8,000 seater stadium.

We have an update on a story we had in the podcast last week about a cat that had been left in an abandoned house in Gillingham after its owner was evicted.

And in sport, Gillingham are back in action tonight as they travel to take on Grimsby in league two.

Podcast: Questions over future of Broadway Shopping Centre in Maidstone as Lidl prepares to move out

Podcast: Questions over future of Broadway Shopping Centre in Maidstone as Lidl prepares to move out

September 12, 2022

Historic events have taken place in Kent over the weekend following the death last week of Queen Elizabeth II.

Hundreds of people have gathered in town centres to hear proclamations for the new King, Charles III.

Kent's MPs have also been paying tribute to the late monarch in the Commons.

You can also hear from a veteran who is an ambassador for the Royal British Legion Industries in Aylesford and has spoken of his pride in serving Queen and country.

Also in today's podcast, there's anger in Kent after it was announced a ban on fracking for shale gas has been lifted.

New Prime Minister Liz Truss made the decision last week in a bid to boost the amount of energy produced in the UK - rather than imported from elsewhere.

Businesses near Dartford are calling for urgent action to tackle flytipping after a series of huge fires.

On the hottest day of the year this summer, crews spent seven hours tackling a blaze and two commercial warehouses were destroyed when a fire broke out near to the Darent Industrial Estate.

Hear from the MD of a company based there.

You can also hear from our reporter who's been to a shopping centre in Maidstone as questions are asked about its future.

Lidl is following in the footsteps of Matalan and leaving the Broadway centre not far from St Peter's Street in the town.

And in sport, we have news on a victory for England's cricketers thanks to a good knock from Kent's Zak Crawley.

Podcast: Kent reacts to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Podcast: Kent reacts to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

September 9, 2022

A period of national mourning is under way following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty passed away peacefully at Balmoral in Scotland yesterday afternoon.

During her 70 year reign, the Queen made many visits to Kent.
In this special episode we'll hear about some of the places she went to and speak to some of those who met her.
We've also been speaking to religious leaders, one of Kent's MP and Her Majesty's representative in the county.
Bells at churches across the county have been rung and in London a gun salute took place.
King Charles III has returned to London from Scotland and greeted mourners outside Buckingham Palace.
Later this evening he will address the nation and is expected to have his first audience with the Prime Minister.
And over the weekend, services will take place with prayers said for Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal family.

Podcast: Driver taken to A&E after car crashes into the front of Darent Valley Hospital

Podcast: Driver taken to A&E after car crashes into the front of Darent Valley Hospital

September 8, 2022

A car has crashed into the front of a hospital building near Dartford.

It happened at Darent Valley earlier this morning.

Hear from our reporter who has been to the scene.

Also in today's podcast, the new Prime Minister has announced a cap on energy bills in a bid to help families struggling with the rising cost of living.

Help has also been offered to businesses over six months.

We have reaction from Canterbury Food Bank and the chief exec of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

Police in Kent say they've dealt with a record number of reports of young people who've had intimate photos of them shared without their consent.

There were 38 cases last year involving under 18s - which is the highest since new laws designed to tackle the issue came into force seven years ago.

Hear from Childline which has launched a service to help young people have images removed from the internet.

A Sitingbourne woman's spoken about the moment a fire swept through her home - leaving her with just her nightdress, address book and pet dog.

Deirdre O'Neil managed to escape the blaze which broke out at the property on Sheppey Way in Iwade last week.

There are calls for a cat that's been left in an abandoned house in Gillingham, to be rescued and given a proper home.

The pet was left behind when the tenant was evicted from the property on School Avenue six weeks ago.

And, a driver's taken advantage of a Kent town centre's new water feature - by using it as a free car wash.

Footage at KentOnline shows the black Audi getting a rinse from the giant metal rings recently installed in Dover's refurbished Market Square.

Podcast: Bosses at De Bradelie Wharf in Dover say revenues are down 40% since RingGo-only parking payments were introduced

Podcast: Bosses at De Bradelie Wharf in Dover say revenues are down 40% since RingGo-only parking payments were introduced

September 7, 2022

Bosses at a shopping centre in Dover say they've suffered a 40% drop in revenue since RingGo was introduced as the only way to pay for parking.

Machines at the site have been removed and customers have to use an app or make a phone call.

Our reporter Sam Lennon has been speaking to the centre manager and some customers - you can also find out how he got on parking there.

Also in today's podcast, an invention by a Kent woman which could help with the early detection of breast cancer has won a leading award.

Dotplot uses sound waves to check the breast tissue - the data is stored in an app and the user is alerted if there are any significant changes that need investigating.

The Kent MP who stood against the new Prime Minister during the Tory leadership contest has been given a job in government.

Tonbridge and Malling's Tom Tugendhat is now minister for security. Hear from our political editor Paul Francis.

A Chatham man diagnosed with HIV says it's important people realise it's no longer a death sentence.

Steve Bamford was told he had the virus after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia in 2018.

He's been sharing his story and explaining how he's trying to raise awareness.

And in sport, Kent's Alessia Russo scored for England last night as they completed their Women's World Cup qualifiers with an incredible 10-0 win.

Podcast: Huge fire rips through historic water tower building in Sheerness

Podcast: Huge fire rips through historic water tower building in Sheerness

September 6, 2022

A huge fire has ripped through one of Sheppey's most historic buildings.

Firefighters were called to the Victorian water tower on Trinity Road in Sheerness last night.

Hear from our reporter who has been to the scene of the blaze.

Also in today's podcast, Britain has a new Prime Minister and business in Kent are already urging them to take action on rising energy prices.

Hear from a guitar maker to the stars from Canterbury and a pub owner in west Kent who say their bills are set to rise astronomically in the next few months.

Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugenhat has also been sharing his thoughts on what needs to be done.

A legal challenge against the government policy to send asylum seekers - who cross the Channel to Kent - to Rwanda is continuing at the High Court.

An attempt to get it underway was blocked by the European Court of Human Rights.

A huge sculpture made from more than 100,000 seized blades is back in Kent to highlight what's been described as the country's knife crime epidemic.

The Knife Angel - which has previously been on display at Rochester cathedral - is going to be at the Lighthouse Church in Maidstone for the next month.

And, an award winning Kent hotel has hit back at a bad review left on TripAdvisor which described how one bed was propped up on bricks.

Podcast: What Kent wants to hear from new Tory leader and Prime Minister Liz Truss

Podcast: What Kent wants to hear from new Tory leader and Prime Minister Liz Truss

September 5, 2022

Liz Truss has been confirmed as the new leader of the Conservative Party and will become the next Prime Minister.

She beat Rishi Sunak in a leadership contest following the resignation of Boris Johnson and will travel to Scotland tomorrow to meet the Queen.

We've been finding out what the new PM's challenges will be in Kent and what some of you want her priorities to be. Hear from our political editor, the chair of the National Care Association, the chief exec of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and shoppers in Sheerness.

Also in today's podcast, we find out why so many strikes are happening at the moment.

This time it's drivers at bus company Arriva who've walked out with industrial action happening in Northfleet, Gillingham, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells.

It's emerged children in Kent as young as 12 are being given drugs to deliver by their parents who're struggling with the cost of living.

Refocus Project - which helps young people get away from gangs - says soaring inflation has led to a rise in county lines dealing.

Plans for a care home in Ashford, described as 'monolothic', have been thrown out.

The 75 bed facility could have been built along with houses on a former hospital site in the town.

And in sport, hear from the Gillingham boss following their goalless draw against Swindon Town at the weekend.

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