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Couple appear in court to deny the death of baby

Maidstone Crown Court, where the couple appeared Credit: PA

A couple accused of causing the death of a baby in Kent have appeared in court in Maidstone to deny the charges.

The child, who cannot be named, suffered a 'catastrophic' brain injury and numerous fractures in a 10-week period before its death in April.

The court heard traces of cocaine and amphetamine were found in its body following two post-mortem examinations.

Danny Shepherd, 25, and Katherine Cox, 32, of Millfield Road in Faversham, are charged with causing or allowing the death of a child, causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child and possession of the class B drug, amphetamine.

The couple were released on bail by Judge Jeremy Carey until their trial, which is expected to start in July next year. A high court judge is likely to preside over the case.


Fancy a pint Prime Minister?

The Prime Minister's been to the country's oldest brewery today - Shepherd Neame, in Faversham. It was a little early in the day for a picture opportunity with a pint. But it was a good time, he told workers there, to get ready to vote to stay inside the European Union. That vote's due in less than three week's time. Business is best served, said David Cameron, by the single market and the EU - not by leaving. But as our reporter Andrea Thomas found out outside the brewery, many voters still don't know which way to vote.

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
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