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Podcast: This is what life is really like in Thanet, the most deprived part of Kent

Podcast: This is what life is really like in Thanet, the most deprived part of Kent

October 21, 2020

Community reporter Oliver Kemp has been spending time in Thanet to hear from people who live and work there about what it's really like.

This is Kent's most deprived area, with high levels of unemployment and more than a third of children living in poverty.

But that doesn't tell the whole story - Ollie joins Nicola Everett on today's podcast and you can hear from the people he met.

Also in today's episode, the app that's helping to boost our mood during the pandemic and we hear from Gillingham's assistant manager following their defeat last night to Portsmouth.

Podcast: England should have a second national lockdown according to University of Kent professor

Podcast: England should have a second national lockdown according to University of Kent professor

October 20, 2020

A University of Kent professor has told the KentOnline Podcast a second nation lockdown in England is needed to get to grips with a growing number of cases of coronavirus.
Yesterday, it was announced that Wales will re-introduce tough new measures like those put in place in March, but should Boris Johnson do the same here?
We've been speaking to virologist Martin Michaelis.

Also in today's podcast, with the end of the transition period fast approaching there are fears over a no-deal Brexit and what it could mean for Kent.
Plus we hear from the Gillingham boss ahead of their game with Portsmouth at Priestfield tonight.

Podcast: Prison officer ‘had baby’ with inmate and concerns over Tier 2 lockdown for pubs on the Kent / London border

Podcast: Prison officer ‘had baby’ with inmate and concerns over Tier 2 lockdown for pubs on the Kent / London border

October 19, 2020

First today, a court's heard how a man serving life for murder could be the father of a prison officer's baby.

Kerianne Stephens has admitted having a relationship with Louis Tate while working at Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey.

We have the latest on the proceedings.

Also in today's podcast, the landlord of a pub on the Kent / London border says he fears he may have to close if Tier 2 restrictions are in place for more than a couple of weeks.

We've been speaking to a Gillingham mum who's written a book after her daughter told her she wanted to be white.

And, Love Island star Jack Fincham posts on Insta about his car crash outside a Dartford pub.

Podcast: Sevenoaks MP Laura Trott calls for ban on cosmetic procedures for under 18s

Podcast: Sevenoaks MP Laura Trott calls for ban on cosmetic procedures for under 18s

October 16, 2020

In today's podcast, hear from the Sevenoaks MP who's calling for a ban on cosmetic procedures for under 18s.

Laura Trott has been speaking in the Commons and described the case of one girl who almost lost her lips after having fillers without a proper consultation.

Also in today's episode, we speak to the Gillingham filmmaker who's been recognised by the BFI.

Despite the pandemic, the Canterbury Festival is getting underway this weekend and an organiser tells us what's in store.

Plus we look ahead to Gillingham trip to MK Dons in league one this weekend.

Podcast: London moves into Tier 2 of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions - this is what it means for Kent

Podcast: London moves into Tier 2 of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions - this is what it means for Kent

October 15, 2020

As London prepares to move into Tier 2 of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, we explore what it means for Kent.

Dartford is right on the border, hear from the council leader there and the owner of a pub that's just a mile from London.

Also in the podcast, thousands of children have been taking the Kent test today - an education expert has advice for parents.

And, there's a refill revolution going on in Rainham - we've been speaking to a woman who's converted her garden shed to help reduce plastic waste.

Podcast: Man jailed over West Malling crash and Chatham Town manager on how football helped him after the loss of his wife

Podcast: Man jailed over West Malling crash and Chatham Town manager on how football helped him after the loss of his wife

October 14, 2020

A man has been sent to prison following a hit and run in West Malling.

Three women were knocked down on a zebra crossing in March - two of them were left with life-changing injuries.

Also in today's podcast, hear from local democracy reporter Ciaran Duggan as we're asked if we'd be prepared to pay more council tax next year.

The manager of Chatham Town has been speaking about how football has helped him following the death of his wife.

And, find out which Kent teams are out of the FA Cup.

Podcast: Coronavirus update from Kent’s director of public health as county is placed in ‘medium risk’ category

Podcast: Coronavirus update from Kent’s director of public health as county is placed in ‘medium risk’ category

October 13, 2020

The man in charge of public health in Kent says it's 'business as usual' a day after it was confirmed the county has been placed in the 'medium risk' category of the government's new three-tier lockdown system.
Hear from Andrew Scott-Clark on rates in the county and what we all need to be doing.
Also in today's podcast, tests get under way today to determine which children can apply for a place at a grammar school in Kent for next September.
More young people have been using lockdown to come out - hear from 19 year-old Craig from Medway who told his parents about his sexuality while spending more time with them.
And we have an update on the graduate, the damage sofa and the withheld law degree.

Podcast: Three-tier local lockdown system introduced to try and prevent spread of coronavirus

Podcast: Three-tier local lockdown system introduced to try and prevent spread of coronavirus

October 12, 2020

The Prime Minister has been setting out a new way of trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus and get it under control by Christmas.
The three-tier system will see parts of England labelled as either 'medium', 'high' or 'very high risk'.
Hear what Boris Johnson has had to say in the Commons.
Also in today's podcast, a Canterbury mum says her daughter's being let down by the education system - she's spoken out as she battles to get her a place at a specialist school.
Hear about cameras that are going to be installed in Kent and could improve safety on our roads.
And we've spoken to the Whitstable businessman who reckons wind turbines on lamp posts on motorways could help the country reach green energy targets.

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.

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