A 10-mile section of motorway in Kent has been closed in both directions after a huge, 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation.
Two school friends unearth anti-tank rocket heads
England have called up spinners Scott Borthwick and Kent's James Tredwell to their Ashes Test squad following Graeme Swann's retirement.
– Lizzy Yarnold
The support I’ve had from the local community in West Kingsdown has been amazing – it really helped me whilst I was in Sochi, knowing that there were so many people behind me and cheering me on back home. I hope everyone enjoys riding the gold bus and it brings a smile to a few faces! "
A bus has been painted gold to mark the achievement of West Kingsdown’s Lizzy Yarnold, following her recent gold medal in Russia. Arriva Buses has unveiled a specially painted gold bus which will run through West Kingsdown and the nearby villages of Eynsford, Farningham and Swanley.
Detectives investigating the murder of a 20-year-old in Folkestone are appealing for a man to come forward and help with their enquiries.
Kent Police was called to the Dover Road area of Folkestone on Wednesday 19 February after Gus Allman was found with stab wounds. Mr Allman, who was from the London area, was treated by ambulance staff in Wood Avenue and taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are keen to speak to Timothy Keith Avril (pictured) as part of their investigations.
The 22-year-old is described as 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build, with a London accent. Mr Avril is known to visit areas of south east London.
Solicitor Sharon Lam, acting for the widow of a 51-year-old father of one who died days after surgery, said her client feels they were treated 'like a human guinea pig'.
Ms Lam said the man, who has not been named, had keyhole surgery to remove a tumour in his oesophagus last year and died from a haemorrhage five days after being discharged.
– Solicitor Sharon Lam
Our main concern is that the deceased could have opted for a more conventional procedure, but this particular procedure was highly advocated by the surgeon.
It was as if it was being sold to him, that he could have it done early and it would be carried out by a top surgeon.
The patient was made to feel that they were quite lucky to have this surgery.
Our client feels they have been treated like a human guinea pig to test the eligibility of this surgery.
He was not told that it was a very new surgery. At no time was he offered the conventional surgery, and it all happened so quickly."
– Dr Paul Sigston, Medical director, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
We are sorry that some patients did not receive the level of care and treatment that they should have due to potentially avoidable surgical complications.
We are in contact with, and have apologised to, the families who have beenaffected and have been clear that we need to make improvements.
As part of its review, the trust commissioned an assessment of its upper GI cancer surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons last year.
It highlighted that the service had a higher-than-expected complication rate in 2012 and last year...
Potentially avoidable surgical complications may have contributed to the deaths of five cancer patients, an NHS Trust has revealed.
The five all died within a year following upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery at Maidstone Hospital in Kent, run by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.
Upper GI surgery has been suspended and the trust is now sending patients requiring it to St Thomas' Hospital in central London instead.
The incidents have been referred to the General Medical Council (GMC), and the trust has conducted its own internal inquiry.
An Essex man has been charged in connection with a series of high value jewellery thefts in Kent.
Officers from Kent Police have been investigating a number of reports of theft of jewellery items from stores across the county.
- On January 11, two Longines Saint Imier watches worth £4,060 were reported missing from Ernest Jones in Bluewater, Greenhithe.
- On 31 January, nine Accurist watches worth £8,375 were reported missing from H Samuel at Bluewater in Greenhithe.
- On 14 February, 13 rings worth a combined total of £3,317 were reported missing from H Samuel in Maidstone.
- On 19 February, six bracelets worth about £3,200 were missing from H Samuel in Redhill, Surrey.
- On 5 March, a tray of bracelets of a value unknown was reported missing from H Samuel in Ashford.
Officers have charged Justin Quye, 37, of Northfield Path in Dagenham, with five counts of theft. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody. He's due to appear next at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on 24 March.
A dog has been reunited with his Kent owner who had given up all hope of finding the Jack Russell who went missing for six months.
The small Jack Russell was reported missing in Swanley last September after escaping through an open window.
Swale Council was then contacted by a member of the public to say they had seen a stray dog in the street in Lower Halstow.
Owner Gerry said he was glad he invested in a micro-chip to help find his adventurous dog.
He said: "This is another great example of the benefits of getting your pet micro-chipped and how much easier it makes finding the real owner. As soon as Gerry picked up the dog you could see the bond between the two was very strong.”
Police are appealing for the public's help in their search for a young man who went missing in Kent.
25-year-old Kieron Knowlden went missing on Saturday 1st March and was last seen in the early hours of the same day.
He has not been seen since he left a bar in Tonbridge and it is thought he was on his way to see his father but he never arrived.
Kieron was wearing a black coat, blue t-shirt and blue jeans when he went missing.
Police are concerned about his whereabouts and anyone with information should contact 101.
A man who downloaded thousands of images of children being sexually abused has been sent to prison. Nicholas Lorimer, 30 years-old, of High Street, Herne Bay, was arrested after officers executed a warrant at his former address in Shalloak Road, Canterbury, in November 2012.
A number of hard drives and computers were seized from Lorimer - who later changed his name by deed poll to John Conner – and he was released on bail while the items were examined.
Over 6,000 images ranging from levels 1 – 5 were found to be stored on the devices, as well as a number of movies.
776 of the images and movies were being held with a view to distributing them to others. Computer examiners also found 24 images that were graded as extreme, and 63 that were considered prohibited.
Lorimer pleaded guilty to 14 charges relating to indecent images of children.
Lorimer was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on 4 March to two years in prison.
He was also given a 10-year sex offender prevention order and must sign the sex offender register.