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The season's first strawberries are in the shops!

We're only into the first few days of March - and the cold snap is still with us - but the season's first strawberries are already in the shops.

It's all thanks to the mild winter and state-of-the-art greenhouses mean that one Kent grower is already harvesting the fruit and has delivered to a Tesco supermarket just a few miles away.

Andrea Thomas has been finding out how they do it.


Doctors' strike put on hold - but too late for many patients

Despite an eleventh hour deal late last night to call off the junior doctors' 24 hour strike, it was too late for patients who had already had their treatment cancelled.

Among them, Alainah Rook from Faversham who is frequently hospitalised and who was due to have an important diagnostic treatment. That was postponed when the hospital thought it wouldn't have enough doctors.

But this is her reaction - Alainah is still supporting the doctors.

The 23 year-old from Faversham has been hospitalised regularly over the past 5 years - for a complicated set of conditions.

Her diagnostic treatment today - which was cancelled because of the expected strike - would have established whether she has a pancreatic tumour.

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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.

Four care homes in Kent under threat

Kent County Council wants to close two care homes in the South East and replace two others with alternative arrangements.

They are in Sandwich, Sheerness, Faversham and Maidstone.

But Sue Black, the daughter of one resident of the home in Maidstone, has told ITV News she's furious and will campaign against the plans.

We propose to close two of our homes because they are under-used and the buildings cannot provide quality care into the future without significant investment.

The well-being of the residents that live at, or frequently use the homes is our first and foremost consideration. They are being kept up to date with proposed changes and we will be working with them and their carers to continue to meet their needs.

– Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health


Traffic chaos: A2 closed due to crash

Long queues of traffic have built up on the A2 in Kent, which is closed after reports a car crashed into a lamppost.

The eastbound carriageway between junction 7 on the M2, near Faversham, and the A2050 near Canterbury has been closed off.

A diversion has been put in place but drivers are being advised to plan ahead and avoid the route where possible.

Man burgles ex-girlfriend's house stealing contraceptive pills and lighter

Paschal Wall Credit: Kent Police

A 34-year-old man has been jailed after admitting breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house and taking a laptop, contraceptive pills and a lighter.

Paschal Wall, of Whiting Crescent, in Faversham split up with his partner, a woman in her 30s last year.

When he discovered she was in a new relationship he started to contact her repeatedly.

Wall was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Maidstone Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary on January 26.

He was also issued with a two-year restraining order preventing him from approaching his ex-partner.

We do not tolerate the notion of Kent residents feeling unsafe in their own homes and will work with every tool at our disposal to combat burglary and bring to justice those who believe they have the right to commit these crimes.

– Det Con Neil Ireland,

Faversham remembers WWI hero

A memorial stone has been unveiled in Faversham town centre in honour of the town's war First World War hero, Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame VC.

Sir Philip was awarded the Victoria Cross in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.

The stone was officially unveiled by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, the Chief Royal Engineer.

"He was a great man in so many ways," said Sir Mark, "and the Royal Engineers are delighted that the country has seen fit, in this centenary anniversary of his VC award, to recognise his achievements in this grand manner in his home town.”

Sir Mark Mans unveils memorial stone Credit: Shepherd Neame
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