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Kent Suffragette's medals go under the hammer

Helen MacRae's medals are being sold at auction Credit: Lockdales Auctioneers

Medals belonging to a suffragette from Kent are being sold at auction today.

Helen MacRae from Edenbridge helped organise the first Women's Social and Political Union meeting in West Sussex in 1911.

Today her gallantry medals will go under the hammer at Lockdales Auctioneers in Suffolk.

They're expected to fetch thousands of pounds.

Edenbridge celebrity effigy revealed

Every year in Edenbridge, the town's bonfire society spends days constructing and burning an effigy of a figure who has spent some time in headlines.

Previous 'victims' include Cherie Blair, Jonathan Ross and Lance Armstrong.

This year UKIP leader Nigel Farage turned down an invitation to attend the burning, triggering speculation that he was the target. But no. Emma Wilkinson reveals all:


Edenbridge bonfire effigy to be unveiled

Last year controversial figure, Kate Hopkins, was made into an effigy

The Edenbridge Bonfire Society will unveil which unpopular celebrity, politician or sports personality will be made in to an effigy and burned at their annual bonfire event, later.

Previous 'victims' have included Apprentice contestant, Katie Hopkins; shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong and model Katie Price.

Efit released following robbery in Edenbridge

Detectives investigating a robbery in Edenbridge have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.

A car driver and a passenger were attacked on 26 June after they had stopped because two men were blocking the road.

The victim’s had been travelling along Lingfield Road at around 10.55pm when they first noticed two men standing in the street close to the junction with Coomb Field.

After the driver had stopped the car one of the men reached through his window.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a robbery Credit: Kent Police

He grabbed the keys from the ignition and punched the driver in the face before running off.

The passenger in the car gave chase but was then set upon by the second man who repeatedly punched him in the head.

As the driver of the vehicle then tried to help his friend he was punched again by the man who had had first attacked him and who had reappeared from an alleyway.

One of the men then leaned through the driver’s door and stole a laptop from the back seat, before they both fled when another vehicle began to approach the scene.

Officers have now released an e-fit of one of the men.

He was described as white and aged between 30 and 40. He was of medium build with very short hair and was wearing a tan coloured cardigan.

The second offender was white, aged 17 to 19 and around 5ft 6ins tall. He had short light brown hair and was wearing a blue long sleeved jumper.


Verdict of death by misadventure for teen killed by tree

An inquest into the death of a Kent schoolgirl, who was killed when a tree fell onto the caravan she was sleeping in, has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Bethany Freeman, who was 17-years-old, died when a 30ft tree fell on the mobile home last October in Hever.

Bethany was pronounced dead at the scene following efforts to try and revive her.

Coroner Roger Hatch expressed his sympathy to the family, saying Bethany's death happened during extremely high winds which adversely affected the tree which "unfortunately and tragically landed on the caravan."

Inquest into the death of teenager Bethany Freeman

An inquest into the death of a 17-year-old girl, who was killed when a tree fell onto the caravan she was sleeping in, is due to open today.

Bethany Freeman died when a 30ft tree fell on the mobile home last October in Edenbridge during the storms.

Neighbours tried to free her but she was sadly declared dead at the scene.

Bethany and her family had been living in the mobile home while renovation work was taking place at their home nearby, according to local people.

Bethany Freeman was killed when a 30ft tree fell on the caravan she was sleeping in Credit: ITV Meridian

Hockey club tribute to storm victim

Bethany Freeman Credit: ITV Meridian

A hockey club held a moment of silence and a minute's applause for a former player who was killed when a tree fell on her caravan earlier this week. Bethany Freeman, 17, was asleep when the tree came down in Hever, Kent. Edenbridge Hockey Club held the tribute before a match earlier today.

Bethany was a Gold Olympic Young Ambassador in 2012, and played with several sports clubs around Kent, coaching younger girls at school and at various clubs.

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