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Two men jailed for 'unprovoked' attack

Two men have been jailed for a total of nineteen years following the death of a man in Canterbury in what police say was an unprovoked attack. David Wilkes was found unconscious in Dane John Gardens last July.

Lloyd Thorne, 22, and Peter Clement, 51, both of no fixed abode, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.

Lloyd Thorne and Peter Clement were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: Dorset Police

The court had heard how David Wilkes, 35, had been with friends in Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, on 23 July when he was assaulted.

At around 7pm, police were called to the scene where Mr Wilkes lay unconscious and bleeding.

He was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness and died on 29 July 2013.


Kart race tribute to young racing driver

Ryan Lawford Credit: Lawford family

Rallycross drivers have been joining staff from Canterbury Cathedral today to pay tribute to the late racing driver Ryan Lawford. The drivers gathered at Buckmore Park in Chatham to compete in teams of three in a 90-minute endurance kart race to raise funds for the Demelza Hospice Care.

Ryan, who was a successful rallycross driver for many years, was a popular figure in both the motorsport and the local community. An inquest last year heard the 26-year-old was found dead in his garden shed.

Living with an incurable disease

More than 1000 people in the South East are living with a condition that has no cure - multiple sclerosis. The disease is related to the nervous system and affects people differently. Some struggle to walk whilst others have vision or speech problems.

The Kent MS Centre in Canterbury has been offering support and therapies to ease the symptoms of MS for the last thirty years. Now, the charity has raised 1.6 million pounds to build a new bigger and better therapy centre - which will open by the end of 2014.

In this clip, two of the current members and fundraisers talk about living with MS and what the new centre means for them. Mary is a young mum from Ashford. Amy from Dover was diagnosed at the age of 15 and is training to be a nurse.

Big plans for new therapy centre

Work is underway to build a new therapy centre for people living with multiple sclerosis. For 30 years, a centre in Canterbury has been supporting those affected by the condition. But it was struggling to cope with increased demand for its services. So a decision was taken to expand.

It's taken fundraisers 15 years to raise the 1.6 million pounds needed to fund the new centre. Manager Karen Middlemiss explains what it means for people in Kent.

New hope for people living with MS

Every week 50 people will be diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis - a disease that has no cure. It affects people in different ways - memory loss, vision problems and some struggle to walk. For the last 30 years, one charity in Kent has been supporting those who are coping with the condition.

And now they're starting to build a new therapy centre. Our reporter Nashreen Issa went to see the centre and spoke to fundraiser Mary Daly, centre manager Karen Middlemiss and some of the members of the group in Canterbury.


Could East Kent become the next 'silicon city'?

East Kent may have been taking a battering from the weather, but it could have a bright future in the high-tech industry. Business leaders have been meeting in London to discuss the potential.

They say the area has a skilled workforce, low start-up costs and good transport links - so could it become the next "silicon city"? Andy Dickenson reports.

''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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Brief relief as weather turns sunny

Despite better weather than expected overnight and today, the battle continues to save homes and businesses at risk of flooding. With 76 flood warnings and more than 100 alerts still in place for the region, some river levels are still dangerously high.

David Johns has been to see what the authorities are doing to help, speaking to Engineering Manager Ted Edwards from Canterbury City Council, meteorologist Peter Inness, and the Environment Agency's Ian Nunn.

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