It came as a bolt from the blue. The devastating news that Chatham Dockyard was to close after 400 years in operation. The Navy was pulling out and thousands of workers would lose their jobs.
It was a dark day for the people of Medway, but slowly, bit by bit, the town and the dockyard fought back, turning the site into a vibrant business community and visitor attraction. Now, 30 years on, the future is still bright.
Andrea Thomas has been speaking to Philip Lewing, a former engineer at the dockyard, Brian Jenkins, president of the Chatham Dockyard Historical Society and Bill Ferris, Chief Executive of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.
The trial of three men accused of murdering a pensioner from Chatham in Kent is underway. Harjit Chaggar's body was found under the basement floorboards of a food store, twelve days after she went missing. Derek Johnson sent this report from Canterbury Crown Court.
Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Mark Henry Dallas from Chatham, who was last seen in the Wayfield Road area of the town just after midday on Friday.
It is believed the 19 year old was in possession of his 14-month-old son but the boy has since been found safe and well.
Mr Dallas is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a light grey tracksuit with a hood.
Kent Police is searching for Mr Dallas and officers are urging him to get in contact. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is urged to call 101.
Kent Police is appealing for help in locating a Chatham man who has disappeared whilst in possession of his 14-month-old son. Mark Henry Dallas, 19, from Chatham, was last seen in the Wayfield Road area of the town just after midday on Friday, 7 March.
It is believed Mr Dallas may be in possession of his 14-month-old son who was last seen wearing dark tracksuit bottoms, a top with a teddy on the front and a coat. Mr Dallas is 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a light grey tracksuit with a hood.
Kent Police is actively looking for Mr Dallas and officers are urging him to get in contact as soon as possible. Anyone who knows of Mr Dallas’ whereabouts is urged to call 101.
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.
Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery at a shop in Chatham have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.
It was reported that on February 22, at around 9pm, the suspect entered the Co-op supermarket in Kestrel Road and purchased a lottery scratch card.
As a member of staff closed the till the suspect produced a large knife, described as a meat cleaver, from his trousers.
Demanding money, the suspect leant over the counter and brandished the weapon at the member of staff. He passed him a bag and ordered him to fill it with cash, before fleeing.
The suspect is described as a white male, who was unshaven and scruffy with black or brown short hair. He was wearing a black jumper and cream or white trainers.
Kent Police has now released CCTV images of a man they believe could help with their enquiries.
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.
8 people have been rescued from a fire at a block of flats in Chatham. Firefighters were called to a fire in a six-storey building used as private flats.
Crews rescued one person with a height vehicle, two other people were also rescued and a further five were led to safety. All people were quickly accounted for and there are no reported injuries.
Crews remain on the scene identifying hot spots with thermal imaging cameras and cutting away material to allow the fire to be completely extinguished.The cause of the fire is currently unknown but will be investigated.
Three men are due to appear in court today accused of murdering a pensioner in Chatham. The body of 69 year old Harjit Chaggar was discovered in the basement of a shop on Luton Road in September this year.
A Chatham man has been charged with attempted murder and assault following a disturbance in the town.
Police were called at 9am on Sunday 1st December to Bryant Street, Chatham, to reports a man in his late 20s had suffered stab wounds.
The victim was airlifted to hospital to be treated for serious injuries. His condition is now described as stable.
Today, detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate charged 22-year-old Glebs Konovalos, of Prospect Row, Chatham, with attempted murder and assault.