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Mother of baby Eli asked woman to change her statement, says hospital nurse

A court has been hearing how a mother-of-nine children, who's accused of causing or allowing the death of her five-month-old baby, was overheard asking another woman to change her statement.

Eli Cox stopped breathing at his home on the Isle of Sheppey in April last year.

He was rushed to hospital with what turned out to be a 'catastrophic' brain injury and 28 bone fractures.

Staff from that hospital have been giving evidence in Maidstone Crown Court.

Abigail Bracken reports.


Man in 80s seriously injured after being hit by car on Isle of Sheppey

The accident happened on Barton Hill Drive in Minster-on Sea Credit: Google Images

An elderly man from Kent is in a serious condition in hospital after he was hit by a car in Minster.

The accident happened at 1.42pm on Saturday on Barton Hill Drive.

Officers were called to the scene amid reports that a man in his 80s had been struck by a black Kia Cee'd, close to the junction with Sanspareil Avenue.

He sustained a serious head injury and was taken to a London hospital for treatment.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision that is yet to speak with them.


Footballers tackle mental health through sport

Football and mental health have made headlines in recent weeks with a growing number of players revealing they've had to seek help with the issue.

Last week, Everton winger Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act over fears for his safety.

But the beautiful game can help those battling the problem. In Monday night's programme, Derek Johnson talked with the Swale Tigers, a football team made of players with mental health issues.

He spoke to manager Toni Golden, and co-founder, Matt Bromley.

Investigation begins into cause of prison riot

It had been branded as 'dangerous' with 'high levels of violence'. So how were 60 prisoners able to cause a major disturbance at one of Kent's biggest jails overnight?

Swaleside is one of three prisons on the Isle of Sheppey - known as the Sheppey Cluster. Alongside Stanford Hill, and Elmley, it houses almost 3,000 inmates.

It was condemned in a report last summer as an institution where more than two thirds of prisoners felt unsafe, and having "worrying" levels of violence.

Last night, specialist riot prison officers had to be called in, when inmates took control of a wing for several hours. Fires were lit and troubled flared.

It was only in the early hours of this morning, that order was restored.

Prisoners concerned about their safety may have sparked riot at 'troubled prison'

A prison blogger says that prisoners concerned about their own safety may have sparked a riot at 'troubled' Swaleside prison to highlight their fears.

Alex Cavendish spoke to ITV News Meridian by phone earlier. Listen to his full interview below:

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