Norman the black cat

Norman does a re-appearing act !

They say a cat has nine lives - Norman from Ashford certainly does. His owners thought he'd died but then he returned from the dead.

Wife killer 'did not lose control'

A former policeman accused of murdering his estranged wife suffered neither a loss of control nor diminished responsibility, a court hears.

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Vulnerable missing woman from Ashford

Officers carrying out enquiries following a report of a vulnerable missing person from the Ashford area are appealing for the public’s assistance.

Kent Police was called at 8.45pm last night to a report that Patricia Rosemary Hall, 68, had been missing from her home in Cherry Garden Lane, Wye, since 4.30pm.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare after she went missing while walking a black spaniel dog near her home in Wye.

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Patricia Hall hasn't been seen since yesterday afternoon Credit: Kent Police

Mrs Hall is described as white, about 5ft 3ins tall, of slight build with blonde hair and glasses. She was wearing a bright pink top, grey trousers and blue shoes when she was last seen.

Anyone who has seen Mrs Hall or has information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact Kent Police on 101.

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Baldrick praises Nursie's 'comic skills'

Actor and broadcaster, Sir Tony Robinson
Actor and broadcaster, Sir Tony Robinson Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The actor and broadcaster Sir Tony Robinson has led tributes to Kent actress Patsy Byrne who starred alongside him in the BBC comedy Blackadder. In a radio interview, Sir Tony, who played Baldrick, said she had been like a mother to "her boys" on the set of the show.

He said: "She had unerring skill to make the daftest, silliest thing sound absolutely real and absolutely plausible. I remember seeing her in As You Like It and it was one of those parts wherethe actress usually goes 'de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum'.

"But the way she said it was so that each word was a revelation to her and I think that was oneof her great comic skills."

Stars pay tribute to Kent actress

Former Blackadder cast member Stephen Fry has tweeted a tribute to actress Patsy Byrne from Ashford, who played Nursie in the long-running series, calling her an "adorable woman". The actor John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, has also paid his respects.

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Oh lord no! I’ve just heard that Patsy Byrne, darling Nursie has died. Hope St Bernard has welcomed her to eternal rest. Adorable woman.

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Sad to hear that actress Patsy Byrne has died.This is her with Paul Rogers in Henry IV for the RSC in 1966. http://t.co/Mi0IPTfcq4

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That's me in the same production.Tallest spear carrier in red tabard right behind Falstaff! Only24 years old.Ah,Patsy http://t.co/fHaelG61Eu

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Kent actress dies aged 80

Patsy Byrne, the actress best known for playing Nursie in the Blackadder television series, has died at 80. She was born in Ashford, Kent and studied at drama school before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Patsy Byrne played Nursie alongside Miranda Richardson's Elizabeth I in the second series of the hit comedy, set in the Tudor era.

She died on June 17th at Denville Hall, a care home for elderly actors in north-west London.

Attack victim campaigns to keep street lights

She was attacked by serial sex offender - in the dark. And now Jemma Russell has waived her right to anonymity to lead a campaign for the return of all-night street lighting in Kent.

Kent County Council is currently switching off thousands of street lights between midnight and 5.30am to save money. But Jemma says it leaves her - and many other women - feeling vulnerable.

The blackouts have seen crime levels rise in some of the areas affected. Andrea Thomas reports.

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All together now! Passenger leads whole train carriage in song

Ever thought to yourself when you were on the train home, how nice it would be if we all burst into song?

Well for Martin Clews who had just been out to celebrate the release of his son's first single, that's exactly what he wanted.

The sing-song happened on the Ashford bound train from London to Victoria on Friday much to the delight of all on board.

Mr Clews, a chartered surveyor and strawberry grower, said:

"I had been celebrating the release of my son Dan’s new single “That’s Enough For Me” over a glass or two of champagne with friends in London.

"It seemed to me that like minded ‘bon-viveurs’ in my carriage might enjoy a jolly song on their way home. So I chose a lively number called 'Beastie' which has become somewhat of a favourite in my rugby club and this went down well with the passengers.

"Dan, who appears at Glastonbury this month, has also been seen performing on trains returning to Sevenoaks from playing gigs in what appears to be a family tradition."

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