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Family businesses are "flourishing in the South East"

Tomorrow, another family business shuts its doors after more than a hundred years of trading. The owner's selling to Tesco. But are family businesses under threat in the South East?

Fred has been speaking to Mark Hastings, director of the Institute for Family Business and he began by asking him if the retail giants really are taking over the high street, or if that's just the perception?

The end of an era. Or are we still a nation of shopkeepers?

It's the end of an era for one shop in Dartford this weekend. Richardson's the butchers shuts its doors tomorrow after more than a hundred years of trading. Its owner wants to retire and has sold up to Tesco.

But is it just another nail in the coffin of Britain's high streets or are we still, at heart, a nation of shopkeepers? Andrea Thomas has been finding out. She spoke to butcher Ray Richardson and shopkeeper James Munns.


Burglar jailed after his fingerprints found on stolen car

A man from Dartford will spend nearly two years in prison after Kent Police were able to track him down thanks to a fingerprint left on the door of a car he stole.

William Hickey stole the silver Vauxhall Zafira, along with a handbag which contained £100 of cash and a selection of credit cards.

After it was reported to the police, CCTV footage showed the offender walking away from the property.

Automatic number plate recognition cameras were activated and four days later, the stolen car was found in Battery Road in Thamesmead.

Forensic specialists then carried out tests on the car and found a fingerprint matching William Hickey's on the driver's door.

The 30-year-old was later arrested on suspicion of burglary.

He admitted to burglary, theft and two counts of fraud and was jailed for 21 months.

Appeal to identify two people after robbery

Who are these people? Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police have issued CCTV images of two people they would like to identify after an elderly lady was restrained and robbed in Dartford. The 81-year-old victim had been shopping in Iceland in the town centre at around 11.25am on November 5 using a walker.

CCTV shows a man and a woman following her around the store. She was then followed out onto Darenth Road at around 11.45am where they blocked her path and asked if she needed help. The victim declined. The female grabbed her arm while the man unbuttoned her coat and unzipped her bag.

He removed her bank card and the pair then fled towards the town centre.

Pair who sold illegal slimming drugs jailed for 18 months

Two former employees of Dartford health clinic who illegally sold slimming drugs to people across the UK have each been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Lisa Casey, 52 and Tracey Walsh, 50 appeared at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday.

The pair pleaded guilty to four offences of possession with intent to supply class C controlled prescription drugs.

When the two women left the slimming clinic in Dartford in July 2012, they contacted the drug manufacturers who supplied the clinic and sent them forged prescription orders.

They sold them to customers throughout the UK and Ireland without any medical supervision and against government regulations.

Detectives found they had obtained 110,000 appetite suppressant tablets over a period of 10 months before police intervention stopped their illegal £100,000 operation.

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