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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.


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."


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.

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