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Thousands of patients 'in limbo' as GP surgery to close

Five thousand patients at a surgery in Kent have been told the centre is to close.

The Folkestone East Family Practice says it's struggling to recruit new GPs and will shut in November. The move has angered patients who say they've been left in limbo.

NHS managers say they're trying to make alternative arrangements for patients.

Sandra Cannadine, patient:

100 years on: Folkestone marks one of the worst civilian disasters of the Great War

Credit: British Pathé

It was one of the worst civilian disasters of the Great War.

Sixty one people, most of them shoppers, were killed when a single bomb fell on a crowded street in Folkestone.

More died across Kent on the same day in what was the first bombing raid on Britain carried out by aircraft.

One hundred years on from the disaster - and relatives are gathering to mark the tragedy.

As Derek Johnson reports.


Serial shoplifter who showed 'no remorse' is jailed

Ben Laker, 24, has been jailed for 630 days Credit: Kent Police

A serial shoplifter who police say had "no remorse" has been jailed.

Ben Laker, 24, stole jewellery from a shop in Folkestone's Old High Street in in the early hours of Thursday 1st December last year, smashing a window to get in.

Laker was arrested when blood found on the inside of the window matched his DNA.

He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, and six counts of shoplifting, carried out in Folkestone between Wednesday 4 January and Friday 27 January 2017.

He also admitted to breaching a suspended sentence twice for other thefts.

Laker was sentenced to a total of 630 days in prison.

Laker acted without any respect for his victims and showed no remorse. I am pleased he has received time in prison where he can no longer pose a threat to the public.

– Detective Constable Jacqui Mennie, Investigating officer

Remembering Canada's fallen soldiers in Shorncliffe

Canadian soldiers have been honoured at a commemoration in Shorncliffe near Folkestone.

The event was held to tell the story of the Canadians who fought at Vimy in France.

The Shorncliffe Trust who organised the event, wanted to acknowledge their journey from Canada to Shorncliffe - before setting out across the Channel in 1917.

Jenna Verdicchio has been speaking to Captain Terry Plant and Chairman of the Shorncliffe Trust, Chris Shaw.

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