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Arson arrest following fatal house fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a man died in a house fire in Kent.

Emergency services were called to the fire in Marsham Street, Maidstone, around 5pm yesterday (Sunday 26 February).

Ambulance crews treated a 48-year-old man, but he died at the scene.

A woman and another man were taken to hospital. The woman has since been discharged, but the man remains in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The 38-year-old Maidstone man - arrested on suspicion of arson - has been kept in police custody.

Officers are asking anyone with information to contact them on 01622 604100, quoting reference 26-0976.

Fight to keep Invicta Park army barracks in Kent open

Campaigners fighting to keep open an army barracks in Kent say that over 200 years of military heritage will be lost if the proposals go ahead.

The Maidstone MP, Helen Grant, is among the supporters of efforts to keep the site open. She says the decision to close the Invicta Park army barracks will be a negative step for the army. Nashreen Issa reports.

In the report we hear from Helen Grant MP, Conservative, who represents Maidstone and the Weald; Sir Julian Brazier, Conservative, MP for Canterbury; and Lt Col Brian Awford, a former Commanding Officer.


How aftermath of 'Brexit' could threaten UK's craft ales

Craft ales are a popular feature of modern day life in the region

Craft beers are enjoying remarkable success - not least here in the South of England. The popularity of many of the brands is put down to the use of the distinctive of American hops. But the cost of importing those hops has soared after the pound fell following the vote for Brexit - an effect that is putting the craft ale revolution at risk. John Ryall reports.

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