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Podcast: Warning after ’tracker’ found on car parked at Bluewater shopping centre

Podcast: Warning after ’tracker’ found on car parked at Bluewater shopping centre

May 31, 2022

A woman has issued a warning after a suspected tracker was found on her car.

The device had been attached to the Audi and was spotted when the owner returned to the vehicle while it as parked at Bluewater.

Also in today's podcast, a woman who broke her friend's eye socket and assaulted two children at a birthday party has avoided being sent to prison.

Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell from Canterbury Crown Court.

For the first time ever, we've found out just how long it takes police forces across the country to answer 999 callls. And it's not great news for Kent.

Out of 43 forces in total, the county came 33rd when it comes to speediness - we've got reaction from Chief Superintendent Mark Nottage.

It's been revealed children as young as 10 in Kent are worrying about the cost of living crisis.

The findings are from UK Youth charity.

A Folkestone barber who's dedicated his salon to his favourite TV comedy is hoping it'll lift spirits and help get men talking about their mental health.

Nathan Scotford has rebranded his business Cushty Cuts in honour of Only Fools and Horses and has been speaking to reporter Rhys Griffiths.

And, a new LGBTQ+ audio tour is being set up in Maidstone to celebrate pride month.

Hear from Amy Riley from the Hazlitt Theatre which is setting up the project.

Podcast: Dog attacks in Marden near Maidstone leave pet owners fearing for their animals’ safety

Podcast: Dog attacks in Marden near Maidstone leave pet owners fearing for their animals’ safety

May 30, 2022

Pet owners in a village near Maidstone say they are worried about their animals' safety following a series of dog attacks.
Residents in Marden say a Bully breed dog has attacked several other animals - including a Dachshund that died from the injuries.
Find out what the RSPCA and police have had to say.
Also in today's podcast, drivers are still being urged to avoid part of Gravesend town centre after a huge fire saw part of a building collapse into the street.
It's still not known what started the blaze at the listed property on Queen Street last Thursday.
The councillor for the area has described the devastation.
A best man and his wife from Snodland have been injured after a car ploughed into a wedding convoy as they headed to the ceremony in Crete.
Dean and Gemma Fitton were left trapped and had to be flown back to Britain by air ambulance after it happened earlier - Dean has been recounting what happened.
As half term gets under way, lifeguards are returning to patrol beaches in Kent.
Last year, the RNLI teams attended more than 500 incidents on the coast in the county and saved four lives.
And, with just days to go until the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, hear from the hospice in north Kent recording a song for her Majesty.
You can also find out where to get information on the beacons being lit across the county.

Podcast: Buildings left badly damaged after fires at Whitstable Harbour and in former Gravesend pub

Podcast: Buildings left badly damaged after fires at Whitstable Harbour and in former Gravesend pub

May 27, 2022

Buildings have been left badly damaged following two large fires in Kent.
The blazes broke out at Whitstable Harbour and in Gravesend town centre at around the same time yesterday lunchtime.

Hear from our reporter who's seen demolition crews turn up to tear down the cockle shed on the coast.
Also in today's podcast, two men have been arrested after a fight involving a knife in Chatham High Street.
Hear the moment it was caught on camera.
A Medway charity has been reacting to the Chancellor's announcement to help struggling families with the cost of living.
Neil Charlick is from Gillingham Street Angels which supports a number of people through their food bank.
The KentOnline Podcast has been told there is now an "epidemic" of mental health issues among students.
Bosses at The Howard School in Rainham have told us children are coming to them every day asking for help.
Hear from assistant headteacher, Julie Parish and Steve Julian who is deputy head of sixth form.
It's being claimed the Lower Thames Crossing will be the "greenest road ever built in the UK".
It's hoped the tunnel linking the A2 near Gravesend with Tilbury in Essex will help reduce congestion at Dartford and we've been speaking to one of the chiefs behind it.
And, in sport, the Kent Spitfires are back in T20 Blast action and find out how the Gillingham boss is getting on with signing new recruits.

Podcast: Fires break out in building at Whitstable Harbour and former pub in Gravesend

Podcast: Fires break out in building at Whitstable Harbour and former pub in Gravesend

May 26, 2022

Firefighters have been tackling a large fire in a building at Whitstable Harbour.
Crews were called at around 1.30pm - hear from our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks at the scene.

Meantime, there's been disruption in Gravesend following a blaze at a former pub.
Aerial footage shows the roof of the building on Queen Street has collapsed.
Also in today's podcast, ahead of schools breaking up for half term tomorrow, we're being warned there could be major disruption on Kent's roads as people look to get away.
Highways bosses are predicting lorries will need to queue within Operation Brock on the M20.
Hear from Toby Howe who is part of the Kent Resilience Forum.
Eight million low-income households are getting a one-off payment of £650 to help with the rise in the cost of living.
The Chancellor's been detailing measures in the House of Commons, to support the most vulnerable.
Friends of a Kent teenager who was murdered while walking to meet a friend have paid tribute at the opening of a new centre named in her memory.
16-year-old Claire Tiltman was attacked in an alleyway in Greenhithe back in 1993.
A new 145-mile cycling route is being launched in Kent.
It starts and ends in the village of Wye near Ashford with the people behind it saying it's the perfect introduction to cycling tourism - we've been speaking to Cycling UK.
And, ahead of next week's long weekend, the first of many Jubilee street parties has been held in Kent.
Hundreds of school children gathered in Gravesend along with people from the town celebrating their 70th birthdays.

Podcast: Canterbury man reacts after his picture was shared in an appeal to track down suspected fly-tippers

Podcast: Canterbury man reacts after his picture was shared in an appeal to track down suspected fly-tippers

May 25, 2022

A Canterbury dad has spoken out after his picture was posted online in a bid to track down suspected fly-tippers.

Liam Blackwell says his children are being picked on in school after the image was circulated by Canterbury City Council.

Hear what he's had to say at the reaction from the authority.

Also in today's podcast, research has found you can book a flight to some European cities for less than the price of train ticket from Kent to London.

Commuters have to pay as much as £65 a day if they're travelling from somewhere like Ashford to get to work.

That's twice as expensive as a seat on a plane to Barcelona - which we found online for just £30.

We've got reaction from campaign group We Own It.

A report's revealed what life's like inside a prison housing some of Kent's most notorious killers.

Wayne Couzens, David Fuller and Michael Stone among those being held at HMP Frankland - a Category A jail in County Durham.

The KentOnline Podcast has been told how a new programme in Kent will hopefully stop young people from ending up in county lines drug gangs.

It's called Catch22 and is all about preventing vulnerable youngsters from being targeted - hear from one of the people in charge.

And, Kent get their T20 blast campaign under way tonight.

The defending champions welcome Somerset to Canterbury - hear from captain Sam Billings and coach Matt Walker.

Podcast: Police chief says violence in ’lawless’ Ramsgate is being tackled with new officers on patrol

Podcast: Police chief says violence in ’lawless’ Ramsgate is being tackled with new officers on patrol

May 24, 2022

If you thought Partygate had all been dealt with, it seems you would be wrong.
Hear from the Kent MP who is calling on the Prime Minister to resign after a picture emerged of Boris Johnson raising a glass with colleagues during a lockdown party.
Also in today's podcast, police insist action is being taken to tackle violence and late-night disorder in Ramsgate.
Bosses have called for an urgent meeting amid claims the town is becoming more dangerous - find out what officers are planning to do.
A leading pub boss in Kent has admitted he's concerned about how the cost of living crisis will affect hospitality.
The industry is only just getting back on its feet after being closed for longer than most other sectors during the pandemic. Hear from Phil Thorley from Thorley Taverns in Thanet.
A Kent mum has spoken candidly to the KentOnline Podcast about the maternity treatment she received - and she fears it was so bad, because of the colour of her skin.
Tinu Alikor is from Tunbridge Wells and her story is nothing short of shocking.
It comes after a damning report by charity Birthrights found 'systemic racism' in UK maternity care.
We've been along to the opening of the Gaia exhibition at Rochester Cathedral.
A giant sculpture of the earth will be on display there until next month.
And, we've been catching up with sprinter Adam Gemili who's been back to his former school in Dartford.
He's hoping to inspire children to get more active after missing out on PE during the pandemic.

Podcast: Man stabbed in children’s play park in Park Wood area of Maidstone

Podcast: Man stabbed in children’s play park in Park Wood area of Maidstone

May 23, 2022

A man has been arrested following a stabbing in a children's play area in Maidstone.
The victim - who's in his 20s - was flown to hospital after it happened in the Park Wood area of the town late last night. Hear from our reporter who's been to the scene.
A mum, who's been described as a hero, has spoken about the moment her young son fell into a manhole.
18-month-old Theo disappeared down the hole when the cover gave-way as they walked in Ashford.
A new domestic abuse hub has been set up by Kent Police, which includes a video chat service for victims.
It's the first of it's kind by a police force in the country and evidence recorded in the videos could be used in any future prosecution.
Lucy Hickmott has been speaking to Deborah Cartwright from the Oasis charity and Detective Chief Superintendent Samantha Price.
The owner of an eco business in Dartford fears rising prices in shops will force people to be less environmentally friendly.
Last week we told you how inflation had reached a 40 year high of 9% - hear from Louise Potter on how it could affect her company.
And, the work of teachers and support staff in the county has been recognised.
The Kent Teacher of the Year Awards were held in Ashford on Friday night marking the contributions that staff make to our children's education.

Podcast: Council tenants told to remove bamboo screens, or face court action

Podcast: Council tenants told to remove bamboo screens, or face court action

May 20, 2022

In todays podcast, Council tenants have been told to remove bamboo screens used to shield gardens, or face court action.

We speak to residents living in the area.

A Gravesend dad has been telling the KentOnline podcast how his three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hepatitis. 

Alan Raine has been speaking out to raise awareness of the signs other parents should look out for.

Also in today's podcast, a new pilot project in Kent is helping people fast-track into the fresh produce industry. We speak to those who've recently been joined the programme.

Hear from Jack Hines from Tonbridge, who's set out on an incredible challenge to draw every single building in Greater London.

Plus, it's the Kent Teacher Awards tonight!

Podcast: We visit Ashford’s deserted international railway station and ask will Eurostar trains ever return?

Podcast: We visit Ashford’s deserted international railway station and ask will Eurostar trains ever return?

May 19, 2022

Despite international travel resuming after the pandemic, one part of Kent that used to be a bustling transport hub, remains deserted.

Our reporter Rhys Griffiths has visited Ashford International Station.

Thousands of passengers used to pass through there ever year as they travelled to and from the Continent via Eurostar trains.

But, services haven't stopped in the town since March 2020 when the first national lockdown came into force.

Find out what it's like and if trains will ever return.

Also in today's podcast, a Medway mum fears there could be civil unrest if more isn't done to combat the rising cost of living.

Rita has been speaking after inflation reached a 40 year high.

Charities say more funding is needed to prevent homelessness in Kent.

Almost £1.5million has been spent on helping those struggling to pay their rent or mortgage because of the pandemic.

Hear what Catching Lives in Canterbury have to say.

The podcast has been told plans to bring in 'street votes' to decide whether a house can have an extension could lead to trouble between neighbours.

The government says it wants to find ways of engaging the public more in planning. Hear from the leader of Swale Borough Council.

And, find out which Kent star is going to be performing at the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace next month.

Podcast: The man who took the photo that caught PCSO Julia James’ killer speaks out

Podcast: The man who took the photo that caught PCSO Julia James’ killer speaks out

May 18, 2022

The man who took the photo which led to the killer of a Kent PCSO being caught says he just had a feeling he needed to turn his dash cam on.

Gavin Tucker had spotted Callum Wheeler while driving the day after Julia James had been attacked in woodland near Snowdown last April.

He's been speaking to our reporter Lydia Chantler-Hicks.

Also in today's podcast, hear from our reporter at the scene of a double stabbing in Folkestone.

Two teenagers have been arrested while another two are in hospital.

A vulnerable child in council care in Kent went missing for more than three-and-a-half years, according to shocking data seen by the KentOnline Podcast.

It comes from a freedom of information request - we've got reaction from charity, Missing People.

As inflation reaches a 40 year high, there's a rather gloomy prediction from a business expert in Kent.

Hear from the Rainham family who've raised an incredible amount of money for the hospital that saved their son's life.

And in sport, find out which Kent player is in the England squad and who won football's Kent Senior Cup last night.

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