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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Rebooting the oldest computer

Roger Holmes and Rod Brown have restored a 50-year-old computer that takes up a whole room.

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Will John Lewis' new store have the 'halo effect' on Ashford?

The latest out-of-town superstore has opened in the south east today. John Lewis says its store in Ashford is good for local jobs and the town's economy. But is another out of town store too much for our declining town centres?

Andrea Thomas has been finding out. She spoke to new employee Tiffany Chittenden, Director of Selling, Maggie Porteous and Ashford Councillor Graham Galpin.

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First customer welcomed into new John Lewis store

Anna Ward from Charing is greeted with flowers and champagne as the first customer of Ashford's new John Lewis Credit: ITV Meridian

A new multi-million pound store has welcomed its first customer this morning!

John Lewis at Home which has been built near Junction 9 of the M20 in Kent has opened its doors to the public.

Anna Ward, from Charing, was the first customer into the enter the shop, which will focus on selling furniture, electrical and home technology.

Recycling in Ashford more than trebles

Ashford’s domestic recycling rates have more than trebles since the introduction of the new recycling and refuse service.

The borough has previously been known as the worst recycler in the country with just 14% of its collected domestic waste sent for recycling. It is now at 50%.

Since a new service was rolled out by the council in July, Ashford residents have recycled nearly 4,900 tonnes of dry recyclables, waste food and green waste.

Residents switched from weekly refuse collections to alternate weekly recycling and refuse collections, and a weekly food waste collection – a service used by the top recycling authorities in the country.

This very encouraging performance indicates that Ashford should be well within the top 50 local authorities in the country – a far cry from propping up the bottom of the county and country league tables.

– Ashford Borough Council Cllr Jessamy Blanford

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PICTURES: Car stuck in ditch for 13 hours

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A man was trapped inside car from 2am until 4pm on Tuesday, August 13 Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

A man was trapped in his car for 13 hours after he drove into a ditch in Romney Marsh.

The 44-year-old driver was discovered trapped in the vehicle, in an air pocket towards the rear of the car.

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Firefighters and emergency services work to pull car out of ditch Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

The driver was returning from work at around 2am on Tuesday morning, August 13 and was discovered by a lorry driver at 4pm the same day.

Station Manager Rob Sherwood said:

"This was a very unusual rescue and they all did a good job in difficult circumstances. I would like to praise the lorry driver for spotting the car and calling 999, if he hadn’t stopped for a look then the man would have been in there even longer and it might have been a different outcome."

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