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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

Nine people injured in crash on M2 in Kent

Nine people have been injured in a crash involving three vehicles on the M2 in Kent. It happened between Junction 6 at Faversham and Junction 5 at Sittingbourne just after 7:30pm last night.

Rescue crews on the M2 in Kent Credit: @James_Geer

Rescue crews say there were eight walking wounded and one woman was rescued from her vehicle.

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Looking for heart defects in the young

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.

Officers seize suspected stolen goods after burglary

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.

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