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Podcast: New Coronavirus support announced for Kent businesses

Podcast: New Coronavirus support announced for Kent businesses

December 21, 2021

The Chancellor's announced new measures to support businesses in Kent. We get reaction from Tudor Price from the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

We also hear from Alan Brookes, former chair of the Kent Association of Headteachers, about uncertainty for schools as Covid figures continue rise.

We continue our conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who gives us advice on looking after our mental health during the pandemic.

There are concerns Kent's homeless could face a cold and lonely Christmas. We speak to Stephen Nolan from the Gravesham Sanctuary. 

And, a Medway family has managed to raise more than £1,000 to buy a radio aid for their partially deaf son.

 

Podcast: Former police firearms instructor jailed for murdering son-in-law

Podcast: Former police firearms instructor jailed for murdering son-in-law

December 20, 2021

A former police firearms instructor has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his daughter's partner in Dartford. KMTV's Jadzia Saumel has more.

Also in today’s podcast - Water company bosses are threatening to take action as some Kent residents refuse to pay their bills.

We speak to Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, as a new survey finds most women and girls in Kent don’t feel safe in public spaces at night.

We’ve also been chatting to the Archbishop of Canterbury, about the possibility of further Coronavirus restrictions.

A Kent business says that building new houses on the Chatham Docks Industrial Estate would ‘destroy livelihoods’.

And, hear from an army veteran from Medway who’s been named the World's Strongest Disabled Man.

Podcast: Kings Ferry coach commuter service from Medway to London to end on Christmas Eve

Podcast: Kings Ferry coach commuter service from Medway to London to end on Christmas Eve

December 17, 2021

A commuter service that has taken passengers between Medway and London for almost 40 years is being scrapped.

Kings Ferry say they will stop the route on Christmas Eve.

Hear from our business editor Chris Britcher on why the decision has been made and what the reaction has been.

Also in today's podcast - 'one more strike and he's out'.

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale has given a stark warning to the Prime Minister following a defeat for the Conservatives in a by-election in North Shropshire.

As France prepares to close its border to travellers from England we speak to a Chatham woman who'll miss out on seeing her brother for the first time in two years.

The decision has been made in a bid to stop the spread of the Omicron Covid variant - but thousands will miss out on festive holiday plans.

Katya Fowler says it's devastating.

A travel agent from Tunbridge Wells has also been reacting to the news.

We've been along to a turkey farm in Sevenoaks to hear about the Christmas they had last year and what they're hoping for this December with just over a week to go until the big day.

And, find out which star will be taking to the stage in Kent tonight as the Wicked Queen.

Podcast: Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Ramsgate Covid vaccine centre as emergency booster programme continues

Podcast: Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Ramsgate Covid vaccine centre as emergency booster programme continues

December 16, 2021

The Prime Minister has been in Kent to see for himself the rollout of the emergency Covid vaccine booster programme.
Boris Johnson announced on Sunday he wants everyone to have had a third jab by the end of the year, in a bid to further protect people from the Omicron variant.
Hear what the PM had to say to our reporter Oliver Kemp during his visit.
Cases of the new variant are rising sharply which has led to France deciding to close its border.
From Saturday you won't be able to travel across the Channel for a holiday or for business unless you have a 'compelling reason' to be there.
We've been speaking to Chris Parker from DFDS Seaways which runs cross-Channel ferry services from Dover.
Also in today's podcast, a damning report has revealed the poor conditions being used to house asylum seekers after they arrive on the Kent coast.
The Chief Inspector of Prisons has spoken about their findings. We've also got reaction from Kent Refugee Action Network and a statement from the Home Office.
Gillingham have been forced to call off this weekend's game in league one.
And find out which player is returning to play cricket in Kent next summer.

Podcast: David Fuller given whole life sentence for 1987 murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells

Podcast: David Fuller given whole life sentence for 1987 murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells

December 15, 2021

A man who murdered two women in Kent more than 30 years ago has been told he'll die in prison.
David Fuller killed Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells in 1987.
The crimes went unsolved for decades until advances in DNA technology led to the 67-year-old's arrested at his home in Heathfield in East Sussex last December.
As officers searched the property they discovered evidence he had also abuse the bodies of almost 100 women in mortuaries at hospitals where he worked as an electrician.
At Maidstone Crown Court he was sentenced to 12 years for those crimes to run concurrently with two whole life orders.
Hear reaction from outside the court.
Also in today's podcast, you'll now need a Covid pass to get into nightclubs, football stadiums and concert venues.
The idea was voted in by MPs last night, despite almost 100 Conservatives rebelling against the Government.
And, as the hospitality sector suffers from cancelled Christmas bookings in light of the spread of the Omicron variant, we speak to a hotel manager and pub boss on how they think the festive period will pan out.
It's been revealed Dartford has the highest rate of homelessness in Kent - with one in every 172 people without permanent accommodation.
Hear from charity Shelter who have released the data.
The man who set up the Street Soccer Foundation speaks to us about a charity match they'll staging at Maidstone's Gallagher Stadium this week.
A number of celebrities will be taking part to help raise funds for the work they do in schools.
And, find out if Kent's Zak Crawley has made it into the England side for the second Ashes Test in Australia.

Podcast: Mum of missing Alex Holland from Deal makes desperate appeal for him to get in touch

Podcast: Mum of missing Alex Holland from Deal makes desperate appeal for him to get in touch

December 14, 2021

The mum of a man who has been missing from Deal for more than two weeks has made a heartfelt appeal for him to get in touch.
Alex Holland was last seen on Sunday, November 28.
The dad-of-two said he was popping out for a cigarette and hasn't been heard from since.
Rachel Holland says she's concerned he could be hurt and is desperate to know what has happened to the 27-year-old.
Also in today's podcast, we have the latest on Covid as MPs prepare to vote on new Plan B restrictions in a bid to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant.
It's thought as many as 75 Tories will vote against the idea of Covid passports to get into certain venues.
We've also been asking if you're still planning to go to a work Christmas party this year as some restaurants start to report booking cancellations and deferrals.
The MP for Dover has been speaking in the Commons about a young girl in her constituency who needs cannabis based medication to control epileptic seizures.
Teagan Appleby's parents are still having to pay for the drugs despite a change in the law. Hear what Natalie Elphicke has had to say.
And an iconic Margate venue is set to close for a year as investigations are done into how it can be preserved for future generations.
Our business editor Chris Britcher explains what the future could be for the Winter Gardens.

Podcast: Mum barricades herself and young son in Folkestone council flat because of safety fears

Podcast: Mum barricades herself and young son in Folkestone council flat because of safety fears

December 13, 2021

A mum says she's been forced to barricade herself in her council flat with her young son because she feels so unsafe.
Laura Jones is originally from Thanet but has been put in emergency accommodation in Folkestone because no properties nearer to home were available.
Despite being grateful for having a roof over their heads, she says she fears for her and her son's safety due to the behaviour of a neighbour.
Hear what Thanet District Council have had to say about the situation.
Also in today's podcast, hear from our reporter Alex Jee as he joined a queue of people waiting to get a Covid booster jab after the Prime Minister announced we should all have one by the end of the month.
Dr Jack Jacobs, who's a GP near Ashford, has been reacting to the ambitious target.
And, the owner of a shared work space in Rochester chats about the new work from home guidance that has come into force.
A man who used to be homeless has been speaking about landing his dream job helping others who're on the streets.
Richard O'Neill has been speaking to our reporter Katie Heslop.
And the Gillingham manager has been reacting to their latest defeat in league one.
Steve Evans' side have now gone eight games without a win after losing 2-1 to Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Podcast: Police mistakes ‘probably‘ contributed to the deaths of Stephen Port‘s victims, inquest finds

Podcast: Police mistakes ‘probably‘ contributed to the deaths of Stephen Port‘s victims, inquest finds

December 10, 2021

An inquest jury has found that police mistakes 'probably' contributed to the deaths of serial killer Stephen Port's victims.
Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend was among four men who were drugged and killed by Port between 2014 and 2015.
Hear from the solicitor representing the victim's families, the barrister of Daniel Whitworth's partner at the time of his death, and also a response from the Met Police.
Also in today's podcast, The son of a former Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent is at the centre of the Downing Street Christmas party scandal.
Ed Oldfield, who went to King's School in Rochester, is the man who can be heard joking with Boris Johnson's former press secretary in the video obtained by ITV News earlier this week.
It's as Plan B restrictions start to come into force from today. Hear from a University of Kent virologist.
Residents in part of Medway say they'll have to reconsider their futures if an industrial vineyard gets built.
The plans for private land off Upper Bush in Cuxton include a wine production facility, café, visitors' centre, and a car park - her from residents and local parish councillors.
Former footballer Chris Kamara has been in Medway for the opening of a new activity centre based on the Ninja Warrior UK TV show.
It's in the old Dickens World building at Chatham Dockside.
And, hear from midfielder Danny Lloyd ahead of Gillingham's crunch game at Fleetwood Town this weekend.

Podcast: Why plans for an Aldi store in the Kennington part of Ashford are so controversial

Podcast: Why plans for an Aldi store in the Kennington part of Ashford are so controversial

December 9, 2021

People living near a planned new Aldi store in Ashford says it is 'abysmally positioned' and will cause a traffic nightmare.

The budget chain want to build in the Kennington Park part of town - hear from Dan Wright who's been looking into the plans and explains why it's so controversial.

Also in today's podcast, a Maidstone man whose wife died last December says revelations of Christmas parties at Westminster have left him angry.

Clive Lever wasn't able to say a final farewell to his wife due to Covid restrictions and has spoken out after the Prime Minister announced an investigation into alleged gatherings.

We have reaction to Plan B coming into force to try and curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

The deputy chief exec of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce says businesses will need support over the festive season.

The Kent County Council leader has told the KentOnline Podcast that rules meaning other authorities have to take in asylum seeking children should be a permanent solution not a temporary fix.

And a star of this year's pantomime at the Central Theatre in Chatham says it's great to be back on stage - despite fears over the new Covid variant.

Podcast: Kent MPs demand answers over Downing Street Christmas party scandal

Podcast: Kent MPs demand answers over Downing Street Christmas party scandal

December 8, 2021

Two of Kent's Conservative MPs have demanded answers over the Downing Street Christmas party scandal.

It's after video emerged of staff at Number 10 joking about a 'cheese and wine' event during a mock news conference last December when Covid restrictions were in place.

Hear from North Thanet's Sir Roger Gales, our political editor Paul Francis and what some of you have had to say about it.

Also in today's podcast, two teenagers have been charged with murder after a man was found dead at a property in Tunbridge Wells.

A mum has welcomed calls for all children to be screened for dyslexia before they leave primary school.

The founder of an animal sanctuary says she's a nervous wreck ahead of a meeting which is set to decide its future.

Happy Pants Ranch moved onto land near Sittingbourne back in January but requires a change of use application to be approved if it's to stay there.

And the Gillingham manager has been reacting to their 5-1 defeat to Rotherham in league one.

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