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Looking for heart defects in the young

by Sarah Saunders (@SSaundersITV)

Following the death of a teenager from Kent, a heart screening programme has been taking place in Faversham today. Six years ago young, fit Jack Maddams died in his sleep, days before his 18th birthday, from an undiscovered heart defect.

Since then his parents have fundraised tirelessly to raise money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young to pay for public heart screenings and prevent other families suffering the same loss.

Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Janet and Roger Maddams and Dr Harshil Dhutia.

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Officers seize suspected stolen goods after burglary

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Officers with seized property in Faversham, Kent Credit: Kent Police

Two men have been arrested and suspected stolen property seized in Faversham, in Kent.

PCs Preston Frost and Darren Reed were on patrol when they stopped a man who they believed was acting suspiciously by a bus stop in Napleton Road, Faversham.

A short time later, a second man was arrested and officers seized a number of items that they suspect were stolen from a burglary in Newton Road, Faversham on Thursday, 27 March 2014.

Two men, aged 36 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary. They have been bailed while investigations continue.

Blind pup rescued by Kent animal shelter

by David Johns (@DavidJohns_ITV)

12-week-old blind puppy Belle was abandoned in a Kent park. A member of the public brought her to Happy Endings animal centre in Faversham.

The animal centre says that this time of year is especially busy but it is crucial the pup gets the medical attention she needs. David Johns speaks to Kate Arrowsmith, Vet; Chris Johns, Animal Sanctuary Founder; and Liz Vallance, Animal Fosterer.

Visit www.happyendingsrescue.org for more information or call 01795 530371

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Partial reprieve for cottage hospital

There's been a partial reprieve for the Minor Injuries unit in Faversham.

Faversham Cottage Hospital was due to close in March after NHS commissioners said they were unable to find anyone to run X-ray services.

But, following a meeting with two hundred people, health bosses have confirmed it will now stay open for a further six months.

Robbers sentenced to prison

A trio of robbers have been jailed after holding a terrified child and his parents hostage in their own home.

Nigel Jarman, 59, of The Square, Birchington was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for his role in the robbery in Faversham earlier this year.

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Nigel Jarman has been jailed Credit: Kent Police

Darren Edwards, 38, of Stratford, London, and Raymond Wallace 40, of Old School Gardens, Margate, were imprisoned for four years and four months, and five years, respectively.

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Darren Edwards has been jailed Credit: Kent Police
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Raymond Wallace has been jailed Credit: Kent Police

The three men raided an address in Lion Field in May in a case of mistaken identity.

Wallace forced his way into the property where the family were living- once they had shown the offenders their tenancy agreement the robbers left with £70 in cash.

Police tracked down the offenders' getaway car and the trio were arrested a short time later.

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