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Podcast: Sarah Wellgreen’s mum speaks on second anniversary of daughter’s disappearance

Podcast: Sarah Wellgreen’s mum speaks on second anniversary of daughter’s disappearance

October 9, 2020

The mum of a Kent woman who disappeared two years ago has spoken for the first time about the anguish of not knowing what happened to her daughter.

46 year-old Sarah Wellgreen was last seen in New Ash Green - her former partner is serving life in prison for her murder but has never revealed what happened to her.

Also in today's podcast, a Kent hospital trust is to be criminally prosecuted over the death of a baby boy.

A Kent mum has bravely spoken out at the start of baby loss awareness week.

A former JLS star says more children need to know where their food comes from.

And, we look ahead to Gillingham's game this weekend.

 

Podcast: University of Kent withhold law degree over £17 bill disputed by graduate

Podcast: University of Kent withhold law degree over £17 bill disputed by graduate

October 8, 2020

A University of Kent graduate says his degree is being withheld because he's refusing to pay £17.
Joshua Ingle from Northfleet has been asked to contribute towards the cost of repairing a damaged sofa in his student accommodation.
He says he wasn't responsible and is refusing to pay up - hear from our reporter Will Payne who covered this story.
Also in the podcast, a music project in Thanet says it's had a huge increase in referrals of young people needing support with their mental health during the pandemic.
Pie Factory Music are now fundraising so they can provide counselling.
Hear from the mum or a young man from Cranbrook who's facing a long road to recovery after suffering spinal damage when he dived into a swimming pool.
And, Kentish apples are starting to appear in our supermarkets, we've been speaking to a grower in the county.

Podcast: Damning report reveals staff were not wearing PPE correctly on a Covid ward at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford

Podcast: Damning report reveals staff were not wearing PPE correctly on a Covid ward at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford

October 7, 2020

A damning report has revealed staff on a Covid ward at a Kent hospital were not wearing PPE correctly.

Other workers at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford were seen not using alcohol hand gel when entering and leaving wards where patients suspected of having coronavirus were being treated.

Hear from the watchdog that sent inspects to the hospital in August and from a widow who's convinced her husband died after contracting Covid-19 while being treated there for a broken leg.

Also in the podcast - Kent doesn't have a single 5* hotel - we've been speaking to a leading tourism boss.

And we've got reaction following Gillingham's defeat last night in the EFL Trophy.

Podcast: Archbishop of Canterbury apologises as report is published into child sexual abuse within the church

Podcast: Archbishop of Canterbury apologises as report is published into child sexual abuse within the church

October 6, 2020

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written an open letter apologising for the 'shameful' actions of the church over child sexual abuse.

An independent report has been published today, and says the Church of England chose to put the reputation of clergy before protecting children and young people.

Also in today's podcast, more covid cases have been reported at schools in Kent.

We speak to an expert at the RSPCA as the charity launch their Adoptober campaign. They are concerned the number of people buying puppies in lockdown could lead to an animal welfare crisis.

And, the what do you think of a Kent marathon? It's being discussed as a potential way of boosting tourism after the pandemic.

Podcast: Cineworld announces temporary closures, calls for next summer’s exams to be called off and the panto hoping to boost the theatre industry

Podcast: Cineworld announces temporary closures, calls for next summer’s exams to be called off and the panto hoping to boost the theatre industry

October 5, 2020

There's more evidence today on how the pandemic is affecting the entertainment industry with news that Cineworld is going to temporarily close all its screens.

Nicola Everett is joined on the podcast by business editor Chris Britcher to talk about the impact here in Kent.

Also in today's episode, hear from a leading headteacher who thinks the government should make a decision now on next summer's exams.

A new mum from Kent who's calling for maternity leave to be extended because of the pandemic has the issue debated in parliament later.

And a panto producer is hoping his show at the Marlowe in Canterbury will help kick start the theatre industry.

Podcast: Are schools coping with covid? apprentices graduate, the man who’s saving Christmas and Olly Murs is coming to Kent

Podcast: Are schools coping with covid? apprentices graduate, the man who’s saving Christmas and Olly Murs is coming to Kent

October 2, 2020

Plenty coming up in today's podcast - and first, we find out how schools are coping a month after reopening following the summer break.

Are bubbles working and what's the impact been on teachers and pupils? We speak to the chair of the Kent Association of Headteachers.

More than 100 apprentices across Kent have graduated today. The ceremony was due to take place at Rochester Cathedral but was done virtually instead.

Olly Murs has been chatting to Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and had a very special announcement.

Plus we hear from the man who could very well be saving Christmas in Kent - the producer of the panto at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

Podcast: Maidstone man speaks about his experience of bullying as part of Kidscape project: Real Lives, Real Stories

Podcast: Maidstone man speaks about his experience of bullying as part of Kidscape project: Real Lives, Real Stories

October 1, 2020

A young man from Maidstone has bravely spoken about his experience of bullying as part of a new project to help more children.

Real Lives, Real Stories is being run by Kidscape.

Ben White, who's now 24, was invited to take part and is also hoping to go into schools to urge those who might be going through the same thing, to speak out.

Also in today's podcast - as Stoptober gets under way, we're told more people have been quitting smoking during lockdown.

And the boss of a music venue in Thanet speaks about their first socially distanced gig, but warns it can't become the new normal.

Podcast: Armed police close of city streets, covid rate highest since June and cyberstalking on the increase

Podcast: Armed police close of city streets, covid rate highest since June and cyberstalking on the increase

September 30, 2020

Streets in the centre of Canterbury have been cordoned off after armed police were called to a building.

Officers were seen with their weapons trained on a property this morning.

Hear from our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks who was at the scene.

Also in today's podcast, KentOnline's been told about a rise in calls about cyberstalking during lockdown. We hear from two experts.

The coronavirus infection rate in Kent has reached its highest level since June.

A Kent MP has spoken out about rail fares as more of us work from home - hear exactly what Greg Clark had to say in the commons.

And, Dr Ranj has helped record a new poem for children affected by the pandemic.

Podcast: Council branded ‘crazy’ for giving Faversham funfair the go ahead

Podcast: Council branded ‘crazy’ for giving Faversham funfair the go ahead

September 29, 2020

A council has been criticised for allowing a funfair to go ahead on a recreation ground in Faversham.
Some people living in the town fear it could lead to an increase in coronavirus cases and think people will break the rule of six.
Swale Borough Council are sticking by their decision - hear from one resident who isn't happy.

Also in today's podcast - the man leading the investigation into the baby death scandal at East Kent Hospitals says some NHS Trusts need to be better at admitting their mistakes.
An independent review's looking at whether failings in care led to the avoidable deaths of at least 15 newborns at the QEQM in Margate and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.
Hear what Dr Bill Kirkup has said to the Health and Social Care Committee
More of us have apparently been turning to art in lockdown - now exhibitions are opening across the county.
And, we reveal the dog who's been named Britain's most destructive pet.

Podcast: Anger in Kent as Uber get their London licence back

Podcast: Anger in Kent as Uber get their London licence back

September 28, 2020

Taxi drivers in parts of Kent have been reacting to news Uber has got its London licence back.

A judge has decided the company is 'fit and proper' to be running in the capital.

That also means they can operate in Medway, Dartford and Gravesend again - hear from one taxi driver who isn't happy.

Also in today's podcast - new rules come into force to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus, we've been speaking to a wedding planner who fears for the future of the industry.

The issue of people crossing the Channel in small boats has been raised in the commons again by a Kent MP.

And, Kent schools are getting involved in a big assembly to tackle bullying - hear from the Rochester woman who's leading the project.

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