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VIDEO: 'Rise' in crime after street lights switched off

There's been a sharp rise in crime in Kent since the council turned off street lights overnight, according to residents.

For a trial period of twelve months, 60% of the county's street lights are being switched off from midnight to five o'clock in the morning. But some people living in areas affected by the scheme say it has led to an increase in thefts. Watch John Ryall's report.


Kent drugs warrant sees man arrested

A man has been arrested during four drugs warrants in Kent.

Kent Police have arrested a 19-year-old man after they found white powder - thought to be cocaine or cannabis.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

The four warrants come as part of an ongoing bid to combat the supply and use of drugs in the area.

Officers searched properties in Tenterden and Kennington where they found evidence the house had been used for growing cannabis but the property had been cleared.

Cannabis was discovered at another address in Ashford.

Officers also patrolled roads after concerns raised by local residents and one driver was reported to appear at Magistrates Court after apparently driving at speeds in excess of 140-miles-per-hour on the M20.

Man charged in connection with fatal crash

A man will appear in court in connection with the death last year of a 26 year old man in an Ashford road traffic collision.

Junel Miah, 27, of Magazine Road, will appear at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on 19 May.

He's charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while driving without insurance.

A Toyota Celica and a Volkswagon Golf were involved in a collision on Somerset Road at about 11pm on Monday 30 September.

Danyl Ponsford of Ashford, who was driving the Toyota, was declared dead at the scene.

A second man has been summonsed to court for driving without insurance.

Rough sleeper seriously burned after clothes set on fire

A man sleeping rough in Kent received serious burns after waking up to find his clothes had been set on fire.

The 42-year-old was sleeping in the entrance of a building on Elwick Road in Ashford when he woke up to discover his clothes had been set alight.

He was treated at East Grinstead hospital for burns to his face, leg and arm.

Police are appealing for witnesses that may have seen the incident which happened on Thursday 6th March.

The victim saw two men run off when he woke up to discover his clothing was on fire.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC KAy Brown on 101, quoting ZY/7547/14.

20 firefighters tackle blaze at derelict pub

20 firefighters tackle blaze at derelict pub in Ashford Credit: Graham Galpin

Around 20 firefighters have been tackling a blaze in a derelict former pub. The blaze has affected the first floor and roof space of the two-storey building. No-one is believed to have been hurt. The cause is being investigated.

No one has been hurt in the incident Credit: Graham Galpin


''Lack of surgeons'' leads to Kent hospital switch

High-risk surgery in East Kent is to take place in one hospital from May this year due to a shortage of consultant surgeons.

The move effects an estimated 1,000 patients a year who will now have to travel to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury. There will be no such operations in future at The QEQM at Margate or Ashford's William Harvey.

David Johns speaks to Nick Wells, the East Kent Hospitals Trust chairman.

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