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Podcast: East Kent Hospitals fined £733K over death of baby Harry Richford following birth at QEQM in Margate

Podcast: East Kent Hospitals fined £733K over death of baby Harry Richford following birth at QEQM in Margate

June 18, 2021

A Kent hospital trust has been fined following the death of a baby.

Harry Richford was just seven days old when he passed away following a traumatic birth at the QEQM in Margate in 2017.

East Kent Hospitals admitted providing unsafe care and treatment to both Harry and his mum Sarah.

Also in today's podcast, buses that don't produce harmful emissions are being tested in part of Kent.

A fundraising campaign for a statue of Dame Vera Lynn on the White Cliffs of Dover has been launched. Hear from the forces' sweetheart's daughter.

And, Gillingham manager and proud Scotsman Steve Evans chats ahead of England's game against Scotland at Euro2020 tonight.

Podcast: Fire destroys The Green Man pub near New Ash Green

Podcast: Fire destroys The Green Man pub near New Ash Green

June 17, 2021

The owners of a Kent pub says she's lost everything after the building was destroyed by fire.

The blaze at The Green Man in Hodsoll Street near New Ash Green broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Hear from neighbours who saw the flames and are shocked by the damage.

Also in today's podcast, how would you feel about working from home permanently?

The government's said to be considering a change in the law which would mean employers would have to prove it was essential for staff to be in an office.

We've been speaking to Jo James from the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and have some of your views from posts on Facebook.

Campaigners are angry about plans for hundreds of homes in part of Medway.

And a former Kent cricketer has spoken out about his battle with alcohol and the support he's received to now be five years sober.

Podcast: Weather warning for thunderstorms in Kent as the spell of hot weather comes to an end

Podcast: Weather warning for thunderstorms in Kent as the spell of hot weather comes to an end

June 16, 2021

The recent spell of hot, sunny weather in Kent is set to come to an abrupt end from tonight.
Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms from 6pm until 9am Saturday - and it's feared so much rain could fall in a short space of time it may cause flooding.
We've spoken to Earl Bourner from KCC Highways to find out how prepared they are for the bad weather.
Also in today's, it's being reported it could be made compulsory for care home workers to have the Covid vaccine.
A care home manager from Maidstone has told us what she thinks and hear what some of you have been posting on our socials.
A Maidstone man who was diagnosed with breast cancer in his 30s is speaking out to try and encourage other men to make sure they get any symptoms checked out.
The Dover Athletic chairman says the club has been let down after losing an appeal against a £40,000 fine and 12 point deduction for failing to play games after having to furlough their management and players.
Plus you can hear from the Gillingham boss who's building his squad ahead of the new season.

Podcast: Reaction to ‘freedom day’ delay and figures reveal a huge increase in stalking cases in Kent

Podcast: Reaction to ‘freedom day’ delay and figures reveal a huge increase in stalking cases in Kent

June 15, 2021

Events in Kent have been cancelled and the pubs won't be bursting at the seems during the Euros after it was confirmed the easing of all Covid restrictions has been delayed.
The Prime Minister confirmed last night the date has been moved from June 21 to July 19.
It's due to a rise in cases of the Delta variant and it's hoped the four week delay will give the NHS extra time to vaccinate more adults.
Hear from Medway's public health boss, the leader of Kent County Council and the chief exec of Faversham based brewery Shepherd Neame.
Also in today's podcast, figures have revealed a huge increase in the number of stalking cases in Kent.
We've been getting reaction from the mum of Clare Bernal from Tunbridge Wells who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2005.
And in sport, Dover Athletic have lost an appeal against a fine and point deduction for failing to play four games during lockdown at the start of the year.

Podcast: ‘Freedom day’ set to be delayed following a surge in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus

Podcast: ‘Freedom day’ set to be delayed following a surge in cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus

June 14, 2021

The lifting of all remaining coronavirus restrictions is expected to be delayed following a rise in cases of the Delta variant.
At the time of recording today's podcast, the Prime Minister was preparing to address the nation a week ahead of so-called 'freedom day'.

June 21 was set out in the roadmap as the date when all social distancing could be removed - but there was always a warning that dates could change depending on the data at the time.
We hear from a bride-to-be who should have celebrated her first wedding anniversary by now, and a Conservative MP who things restrictions should be eased next week no matter what.
Also in today's podcast, a Medway man has admitted lying about how he got scars on his face to avoid being labelled a violent person.
Daniel Black was attacked while trying to stop a young woman from being abused - he's spoken about how it's affected his life.
We've been to a luxury housing development in Medway that's been left looking like a ghost town.
And Kent have made it three wins from three in the T20 Blast.

Podcast: Euro2020 kicks off a year late with England fans hoping football will be coming home

Podcast: Euro2020 kicks off a year late with England fans hoping football will be coming home

June 11, 2021

It may be a year later than planned, but Euro2020 finally kicks off tonight.

The tournament has been delayed by 12 months because of the pandemic but fans will be hoping the good weather continues and they can watch on big screens across the county.

Our sports editor Matthew Panting has the low down on England's group and who could be in the running to lift the trophy.

We'll also hear from a pub boss who's looking forward to welcoming supporters over the next few weeks.

Also in today's episode we hear from the head of children's services in Kent as the council says it can no longer take in anymore unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

And, find out about the app hoping to redistribute surplus food to those who need it most.

Podcast: Gillingham chairman says ‘taking the knee’ before football matches should end

Podcast: Gillingham chairman says ‘taking the knee’ before football matches should end

June 10, 2021

There's a debate today as to whether footballers should still 'take the knee' before matches.
Ahead of the Euros kicking off tomorrow the Gillingham chairman has called for the protest to end.

It comes after some England fans booed the national team ahead of a friendly at the weekend.
Hear what Gareth Southgate said at the time, from shoppers in Gillingham and what you've been saying on our socials.
Also in today's podcast, a Kent MP has been quizzing the Health Secretary about the government's response to the pandemic - hear an exchange between Greg Clark and Matt Hancock.
We've also been speaking to a leading Kent headteacher who says the decision to allow secondary school pupils to stop wearing face masks in class was 'perverse'.
Plus we have details on the result of Kent's first game in cricket's T20 Blast.

Podcast: 19-year-old George Knights from Rochester found guilty of murdering Stephen Chapman

Podcast: 19-year-old George Knights from Rochester found guilty of murdering Stephen Chapman

June 9, 2021

Hear the moment a teenager who'd killed a man and dumped his body in a wheelie bin filled with acid told police he knew nothing about his disappearance.

19-year-old George Knights from Delce Road in Rochester has been convicted of murdering Stephen Chapman in October last year.

Also in today's episode, as a report out today reveals we spend more time online in the UK than ever before, a woman has spoken out about how she used the internet to make money during lockdown.

Kaitlin, not her real name, was furloughed from her work and set up a profile on OnlyFans.

Hear from her and our reporter Megan Carr who's been investigating.

We've also been speaking to a social media expert from Medway who says more needs to be done to enforce age restrictions on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

In other news - parents are angry about a decision to close a primary school in a rural part of Medway.

Is Kent set for a mini heatwave?

And hear from Kent cricketer Matt Milnes ahead of their opening T20 Blast game tonight.

 

Podcast: Met police officer from Kent admits kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard

Podcast: Met police officer from Kent admits kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard

June 8, 2021

A Met police officer from Kent has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard.

Wayne Couzens was arrested after the 33-year-old disappeared while walking home in London in March - hear what happened today at the Old Bailey.

Also in today's podcast we have an incredible story of recovery.

A Canterbury student was given just a 2% chance of survival following a crash on the M2 - now her sister has spoken about her amazing fight for life as she prepares to leave hospital following a year of treatment.

We have the second part of our chat with the chief executive of the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury as it welcomes an audience tonight for the first time in more than 400 days.

And, find out how our reporter Ollie Kemp got on when he went to a socially distanced punk gig in Tunbridge Wells.

Podcast: Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre prepares to reopen after being closed for more than 400 days due to Covid

Podcast: Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre prepares to reopen after being closed for more than 400 days due to Covid

June 7, 2021

On today's podcast we're joined by the chief executive of Kent's biggest theatre as it prepares to reopen for the first time in more than a year.

The Marlowe in Canterbury closed at the start of the first lockdown and hasn't been able to welcome an audience for more than 400 days.

Tomorrow the curtain will go up on musical Six in front of socially distanced theatre-goers.

Chief executive Deborah Shaw tells us what it has been like getting ready for this moment.

Also in the podcast, Kent County Council has threatened the Home Office will legal action over unaccompanied child asylum seekers.

Hear from the leader of the authority who says 'enough is enough'.

And in sport, Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson - who was born in Margate - has been suspended from international cricket while an investigation takes place into historic posts on social media.

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