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Sinkhole forces closure of M2

The M2 is closed has been both directions between Sittingbourne and Faversham to allow emergency roadworks to a section of carriageway.

It's understood that a sinkhole up to 15 metres deep has opened up on a central reservation.

Traffic is being diverted via the M249 and A20. It's expected that the closure could last for 24 hours


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Blind pup rescued by Kent animal shelter

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 for more information or call 01795 530371

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.

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.

Darren Edwards has been jailed Credit: Kent Police
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.


New pavilion will improve facilities

Janet Street-Porter and Hugh Robertson MP opened the new clubhouse Credit: ITV Meridian

Kevin Blythe, Faversham Tennis Club head coach said the new facilities will take the club into the 21st Century.

"For a long time members have had to put up with outdated facilities which doesn't do them justice. Since Andy Murray won the Olympics and Wimbledon tennis has really been on the up.

"Having a new clubhouse is a fantastic step forward for us and hopefully phase two will see the completion two new mini tennis courts for children aged from four to nine.

"Who knows we could be training some of the champions of the future."

The new facilities at Faversham Tennis Club will take the club forward Credit: ITV Meridian

Tennis pavilion opened by Janet Street-Porter

Janet Street-Porter and Hugh Robertson MP at Faversham Tennis Club Credit: ITV Meridian

Janet Street-Porter and the Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP have officially opened a new pavilion at Faversham Tennis Club.

It's the first stage of the redevelopment of the club which includes the demolition of an old 1980s clubhouse and also the creation of two new practice courts.

Janet Street Porter and Hugh Robertson MP Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands visiting Faversham for annual Hop Festival

Faversham will welcome around 30,000 visitors this weekend to its 24th annual Hop Festival.

The two-day event includes stalls, a fun fair, live music and circus training for anyone that wants to have a go.

There is also the chance to sample a wide variety of ales and browse through stalls.

The festival commemorates the days of hop-picking, when people would go to Kent and enjoy the evenings with friends, family whilst listening to music and stories.

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