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Pensioner walks free after swindling friend

An eighty-year-old woman who stole thousands of pounds from her friend who had dementia, has been spared a jail term.

Grandmother Margaret Rigby was told by the judge of Canterbury Crown Court that, because of her age, she would receive a two-year suspended sentence.

The jury heard how she milked her friend's bank account of £57,000 - to finance luxuries and gifts. The victim Barbara Lewis has since died.

Nashreen Issa has this report in which she speaks to Barbara's son Nick Lewis.



Hospital, in special measures, has hopes for bright future

To say it's had a troubled history is a massive understatement. The Medway Maritime Hospital is in special measures. The NHS Trust that runs it has been dubbed as the worst in the country. The Care Quality Commission has demanded urgent improvements.

The hospital has revealed the latest chapter on what it's hoped will be a bright, new future. It's opened a new minor injuries unit in the Accident and Emergency department. Further developments are planned next year.

But will it be enough to heal the hospital's ills and restore public confidence? Our reporter Tom Savvides has the latest.

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Have your say: chance to comment on development plans for former Manston Airport

The owners of the former Manston airport site have confirmed today that they will be seeking outline planning permission for their billion pound development plans within the next five months. They say the development is crucial for the social and economic future of Thanet. A round of public consultations next week will reveal options for the layout of the site. And as our reporter Sarah Saunders found out, even the name of the new development will be up for discussion.

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