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Podcast - One of Britain’s worst paedophiles ’stabbed to death’ in prison cell - 14/10/2019

Podcast - One of Britain’s worst paedophiles ’stabbed to death’ in prison cell - 14/10/2019

October 14, 2019

It's understood a Kent man who was one of Britain's most prolific paedophiles has been stabbed to death in his prison cell.
Richard Huckle from Ashford was found dead at HMP Full Sutton yesterday after being handed 22 life sentences in 2016 for abusing up to 200 children while working in Asia.
Also in today's episode, a domestic abuse victim is urging other woman to speak out, Uber could be banned from Medway, a village for veterans near Maidstone has taken a step forward, and the Gillingham boss has been giving us his reaction to this weekend's game.

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KM Community Podcast - Should black history be taught more in schools? - 11/10/19

KM Community Podcast - Should black history be taught more in schools? - 11/10/19

October 11, 2019

The Medway African and Caribbean Association (MACA) was set up in the 1980s and since then has become a voice for black people in North Kent. 

Carol Stewart, the chairperson of MACA, joins me to talk about recognising young black achievers in the community, the need to teach black history in schools and bias in the police force.

Podcast - Kent is ready for Brexit according to the county’s police chiefs - 10/10/2019

Podcast - Kent is ready for Brexit according to the county’s police chiefs - 10/10/2019

October 10, 2019

Police in Kent will be able to cope with a serious road accident AND Operation Brock after Brexit, according to the county's police commissioner.

There have been concerns after a crash on the M2 caused huge disruption for drivers on Tuesday night.

Some say the emergency contraflow system on the M20 after the UK leaves the EU will become a big problem if there's another incident elsewhere in the county.

Also in the podcast: fears about fire safety in new build homes, childhood obesity figures revealed and world homeless day marked in Canterbury.

Podcast - £100m plans for Tunbridge Wells have been scrapped - 09/10/2019

Podcast - £100m plans for Tunbridge Wells have been scrapped - 09/10/2019

October 9, 2019

Plans to build a new theatre, council offices and car park in Tunbridge Wells have been scrapped.

Protesters gathered outside a meeting in the town last night - claiming the Calverley Square development would cost too much money and impact on Calverley Gardens and nearby homes.

Also on today's podcast: Kent gets more funding for extra police officers and Gillingham are out of the EFL Trophy with a group game still to play.

Podcast - Jury hears moment murder suspect called police to report former partner missing - 08/10/2019

Podcast - Jury hears moment murder suspect called police to report former partner missing - 08/10/2019

October 8, 2019

A recording of a phone call made to police by a man accused of murdering his former partner has been played in court.
Mum-of-five Sarah Wellgreen was last seen at her home in New Ash Green on October the 9th last year, and now the jury at 39-year-old Ben Lacomba's trial has heard audio of him reporting her missing two days later. He denies murder.
Also in today's episode, a professor at the University of Kent has quit the Home Office's drugs advisory panel over claims of political interference, Kent's first rainbow zebra crossing has been unveiled at a hospital, and the Gillingham manager gets ready to take on Ipswich Town in the EFL Trophy.

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Podcast - Cost of farm fires in Kent revealed - 07/10/2019

Podcast - Cost of farm fires in Kent revealed - 07/10/2019

October 7, 2019

KentOnline's been told the cost of deliberate fires on farms in Kent has hit its highest level in four years.
A new report says the price tag of all blazes in the south east increased to almost 6 million pounds last year - that's up 43% with more than a quarter thought to have been started on purpose.
Also in today's episode, we've been looking at what Kent would be like if it wasn't for charities, and we hear from Gillingham manager Steve Evans after their game at the weekend.

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KM Community Podcast - How important is the charity sector in Kent? - 04/10/19

KM Community Podcast - How important is the charity sector in Kent? - 04/10/19

October 4, 2019

This week we were joined by Josephine McCartney, chief executive of the Kent Community Foundation, to discuss then significance of the charity sector in Kent. 

She explains how integral they are, and why the county would be on its knees without them.

Podcast - MP speaks out in Parliament about being a victim of domestic abuse - 03/10/2019

Podcast - MP speaks out in Parliament about being a victim of domestic abuse - 03/10/2019

October 3, 2019

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield has spoken out in Parliament about being the victim of domestic abuse.
She shared her experience during a debate on a new law, and receieved a standing ovation from her colleagues.
Also in today's episode, a Medway mum is calling for more support for families who lose a baby, we hear from the writer of the new David Copperfield film, and Dina-Asher Smith tells us what it's like to be the 200m world champion.

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Podcast - No new hospital for Canterbury despite Boris Johnson’s promise - 02/10/2019

Podcast - No new hospital for Canterbury despite Boris Johnson’s promise - 02/10/2019

October 2, 2019

No new hospital for Canterbury despite Boris Johnson's promise to build one
Boris Johnson's coming in for criticism in Kent after the Department of Health confirmed there are 'no immediate plans' for a new hospital in Canterbury - despite the Prime Minister saying one would be built there.
His surprise announcement at the Conservative party conference led to confusion yesterday.
The government's now confirmed Canterbury is not on a list of 40 new hospitals planned for the country.
Also in today's episode, a man's on trial accused of murdering his former partner Sarah Wellgreen who's been missing for almost a year, Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili narrowly misses out on a medal in the 200m at the World Athletics Championships, and more children are being encouraged to take up Futsal.

Podcast - confusion over announcement of new hospital in Kent by PM - 01/10/2019

Podcast - confusion over announcement of new hospital in Kent by PM - 01/10/2019

October 1, 2019

There's confusion today over an announcement by the Prime Minister that a new hospital will be built in Kent.

Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Boris Johnson said it would be built in Canterbury.

But that's come as a surprise to people in the city after it wasn't included in an original list published by the government at the weekend.

Also in today's podcast: murder investigation underway in Dover, attacks on prison staff rise and volunteers help police in missing people searches.