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Dartford footballer recovers after cardiac arrest

Teenage footballer is back on the pitch

A month ago today, a promising former Dartford footballer collapsed during a match. Ali Reith had suffered a cardiac arrest. He spent three days in a coma, but has made an amazing recovery - waking up a day after his 16th birthday.

Doctors say Ali may never play the game again but he's back on the pitch motivating other young players.

In Tony Green's report, we hear from Ali Reith; Head of Youth Development Phil Murray; Dartford manager Tony Burman; Dr. Scott Takeda and Ali's parents.


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School holiday policy under fire

Would you risk your child being expelled from school to save money on your summer holiday? That's the threat parents at one school face if they take their children away during term.

The headteacher of Fleetdown primary in Dartford told us fining parents sixty pounds was no deterrent at all. Instead Angela Konarzewski says she's ready to expel children if they take a break when they should be at school.

Many parents have reacted angrily saying they can't afford to go away in school holidays.

David Johns reports, speaking to the headteacher and parents outside the school.

Changes to trains after Dartford signalling problem

Southeastern has made some changes to its train timetable after a signalling problem caused major disruption on lines through Dartford.


26-year-old man dies at scene of fatal crash

A 26-year-old man has died in a crash in Dartford in which two other people were injured.

A Mercedes and a Vauxall Tigra collided at the junction between Dartford Road and Station Road in Sutton at Hone.

The 41-year-old driver of the Mercedes and a 15-year-old passenger were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The road was closed for several hours yesterday after the collision.

11-year-old boy charged in robbery investigation

An 11-year-old boy has been charged with theft and assault after a 90-year-old woman was reportedly robbed in Dartford.

Police were called to Cowgate Hill at 3.10pm on Saturday 6 June.

The woman sustained injuries and cash was reported missing following the incident.

The 11-year-old boy is due to appear at youth court at a later date. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested but was later released without charge.

Biker group come to the rescue of RAF veteran who could not afford to replace his lost medals

An RAF veteran who was left devastated after losing his medals said he felt like a "weight had been taken off his shoulders" after his friends rallied round to pay for replacements.

Pensioner Roger Pierce from Dartford had tried to save up enough money to replace his lost medals but could not quite managed it.

Cue a team of bikers who helped ensure this small battle ended in victory as Amanda Nunn explains.

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