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Theatre smashes record with almost full capacity at panto - Oh yes it does!

Credit: Marlowe Theatre

A theatre in Kent says almost 100,000 people saw its pantomime this Christmas - reaching 99.06% capacity.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Marlowe in Canterbury ended yesterday after a month-long run having been seen by 95,685 people.

It's main stars were Phil Gallagher, Mr Maker from CBeebies, and Rita Simons from EastEnders.

The latest figures beat the previous record when 90,364 saw last year's panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Champagne corks popping over wine investment in Kent

It's being described as a 'game-changer' for wine production in the South East. A leading French champagne house is making a massive investment in Kent, where it's confident it can produce a world-class sparkling wine bearing its famous name.

Tattinger will create a 70-hectare vineyard at Chilham between Canterbury and Ashford - eventually producing 300,000 bottles a year.

Industry experts say the move, made possible by climate change, could establish Kent and Sussex as one of the world's premier wine producing regions.

Worrying rise in homeless numbers in Kent

With little more than a month until Christmas, a huge rise in figures for homelessness in Kent is causing concern.

The charity Porchlight says the figures are worrying. They're based in Canterbury, which has its own homeless problem. Fewer than 150 people were homeless in the county in 2012 .

That figure went up the following year. And in the most recent figures available - went up again - this time much more sharply.

Mike Barrett from Porchlight spoke to Sangeeta from our Maidstone newsroom and told her why the figures were rising.

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Police hunt suspect after teenager sexually assaulted

Computer generated image of man police want to speak to after assault Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police have issued an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to after a woman in her late teens was sexually assaulted in Canterbury.

Officers were called to the St Stephens area of the city shortly after 6.30am on Friday 13th November, following reports of a distressed woman.

The man they want to speak to has been described as having a Middle Eastern or Turkish appearance and aged around 20. He was about 5ft 7 ins tall and of chubby build, with black hair, which was shaved at the sides and longer on top. His face was shaven with some stubble. He was wearing dark jeans and a white t-shirt.

Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting crime reference ZY/035965/15. Or contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Creative family - Orlando's mother makes kid's tv show

Two schoolgirls voicing characters for the new series

The mother of Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom has picked two school children from Canterbury to take lead roles in a production of her own.

Sonia Copeland Bloom - who wrote a series of children's books about mini-beasts - is producing an animated pilot to pitch to broadcasters and film studios. Sarah Saunders reports.

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