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9 months in animal home for longest-staying Kent dog

A three-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross has become the longest-staying resident at an animal home in Kent.

Buster has been at the rescue centre for nine months after his previous owners decided they could no longer care for him.

The average stay for a dog at Battersea is 29 days and staff are now appealing for someone to come forward and give Buster a new home.

Buster is looking to be re-homed at Brands Hatch animal centre in Kent Credit: Battersea

Buster is an excitable and lovely dog with a happy and playful nature.

"It is a real shame to see him still in kennels after nine months, as the best place for him would be with a family who are going to love him and give him lots of play time.

"White Staffies are sometimes harder to rehome than other colours or breeds of dog, but once anyone has spent some time with Buster, they're bound to fall in love with him."

– Michelle Bevan, rehoming and welfare manager at Battersea Brands Hatch

Asthma sufferers missing out on vital checks

A third of people with asthma are missing out on annual checks Credit: ITV News

There's concern that a third of people with asthma in the South are missing out on annual checks which make sure they're on the right medicine and can use their inhalers properly. Asthma UK , who conducted the survey, says yearly check ups are vital in reducing costs in the NHS and the number of asthma-related deaths.


Lucky escape after sun reflection burns through wall

A man from Kent was lucky to avoid what could have been a disastrous fire - after he came home to find sunshine burning through his wall at home.

He came back from holiday to find the reflection of the sun in his mirror had singed his wall.


Nearly came back from hols to a disaster. The consequence of leaving #mirrors exposed to the #sun! @kentfirerescue


Children among group rescued from mud

A group of people had to be winched off their speed boat after it ran aground in Herne Bay harbour.

Two children were with two men and a women who had to be rescued after their boat got stuck in the mud by the Neptune’s arm.

One of the group being rescued
One of the group being rescued Credit: Michael McLaughlin

Coastguards were on the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised, but the RAF rescue helicopter was called to minimise delays.

A man being winched to safety
A man being winched to safety Credit: Michael McLaughlin
A child is pulled to safety
A child is pulled to safety Credit: Michael McLaughlin
The group were airlifted out of the mud
The group were airlifted out of the mud Credit: Michael McLaughlin


Kent teen wins bronze despite last minute call-up

A teenager from Kent won a bronze medal in judo in the Glasgow games last night.

Jemima Yates-Brown from Tonbridge claimed a judo bronze medal in the women's 63kg category - despite only being called up to the squad on Tuesday.

Kent's Jemima Yeats -Brown (white) in her match with Szandra Szogedi of Ghana Credit: John Giles/ PA Wire

The 19-year-old was called upon to replace an injured teammate only two hours before the registration deadline but she still managed to secure a medal.

Faulty chainsaws seized at Dover

Faulty chainsaw
Self-assembly chainsaws impounded at Dover Credit: PA

Nearly 1,000 dangerous chainsaws imported from China with a host of faults have been seized at one of Britain's main borders. Trading standards chiefs said 486 boxes containing the self-assembly chainsaws were impounded at the Port of Dover in Kent.

They were found to have three crucial faults including a brake failure. Sixteen grass-cutters, also among the consignment, have been impounded as a major part was missing and documents were incomplete.

The importer told officers the chainsaws were destined for Poland. But now Trading Standards officials want the chainsaws destroyed, possibly by a charity which could sell the parts for scrap.


12-year-old rescued after getting caught in rip current

A 12-year-old girl and her older brother were rescued off Ramsgate beach on Wednesday after they got caught in a rip current.

As the school holidays are now underway, the RNLI are warning beach goers about under lying currents.

Alexandra Hewitt from Ramsgate had been with friend splashing around the shallows when the current carried her and her 21-year-old brother out of their depth, past the harbour.

Beach lifeguard Jack Basson plucked the pair to safety as they were being swept out to sea.

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