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Video: Kent fire crews bring in new oxygen masks for pets

Now, if you had a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you saved? Well, apart from your family, the most likely second choice would be a pet. Some of us would even risk out own lives to rescue them. But the prospect of recovery afterwards is often slim. So now, Kent Fire & Rescue Service have started using new oxygen masks for pets to improve their chances. Andrea Thomas explains. She spoke to Lynn Carberry from the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws and Dave Nolan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

Parents on alert after little girl approached by stranger

Parents in Deal have been alerted after a pupil on her way home from school was approached by a stranger.

The young girl was walking along Cliffe Road in Kingsdown when a man helped her carry her bike up some steps.

He then put his arms round her and started asking her questions but she managed to grab her bike and run to her mother.

Police described the man as white, in his thirties and 5ft 6in tall, with receding dark hair.

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VIDEO: Read all about it! Local paper celebrates 150 years

In 1865 a 2-mile-per-hour speed limit was introduced on British roads, slavery was abolished in the US - and the first edition of the East Kent Mercury was published.

In recent times the local paper has faced challenges from other newspapers and the trend towards internet news, but as the paper celebrates 150 years in print, the editor says its values remain the same - quality local journalism and a community focus. Sarah Saunders reports.


Man charged with murder of a missing woman

Detectives investigating a report of a missing woman in Deal have charged a man with murder.

Mariola Cudworth, also known as Mijka, was reported missing from her home in Northbourne on Thursday 30 April.

Missing Mariola Cudworth Credit: Kent Police

The last known contact with Mijka was just before midnight on Tuesday 28 April and she remains missing.

Detectives have charged Jonathon Cudworth, 34, of Northbourne in Deal, with murder.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court via video link on Friday 8 May.

War memorial listed to mark the Gallipoli campaign centenary

St George's Church war memorial in Deal Credit: Historic England

· War memorials listed to mark the Gallipoli Campaign centenary

· The Gallipoli Campaign is one of the key centenaries being marked by national ceremonial events as part of the First World War commemorations

· The memorials serve as a physical reminder of the heavy losses from one of the most notable military actions of the First World War

A war memorial in Kent associated with Gallipoli, one of the most notable military actions of the First World War, has been listed to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

It's one of several memorials listed as part of a Historic England scheme to list up 2500 war memorials over the next five years to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Built in the years following the conflict, war memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss the First World War brought about.

St George’s Church War Memorial Cross has been listed at Grade II. It was originally a private family memorial to two sons, one of whom, Arthur Tisdall, was killed at Gallipoli.

Later it was decided to add the names of other men from the parish who died as the War progressed. Arthur Tisdall, Sub-Lieutenant who was in command of 13 Platoon, D Company, Anson Battalion, was awarded a Victoria Cross for his bravery at Gallipoli for his repeated efforts to rescue a number of wounded soldiers who were pinned down on the beach by Turkish machine gun fire.

Before the war, he had also received a University of Cambridge’s Chancellor’s Medal for Classical Learning. The two very different medals of this exceptional scholar-soldier are represented in accurate, life-sized, bronzes on the memorial shaft.

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