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End of the road for Kent Police's Youth Commissioner?

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent has announced that her controversial experiment of employing a young person as a youth commissioner will come to an end - for the time being at least. Ann Barnes made the post a manifesto commitment when she was first elected three years ago - but after two controversial appointments, appears to have decided, it's a trial NOT worth repeating. Her critics and political opponents have accused her of wasting public money. Andrea Thomas looks back on the controversial experiment and speaks to the former Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Craig Mackinlay.


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Redundant workers speak out after Kent firm goes bust

Redundant workers at Aylesford Newsprint have been speaking today - and say many of them heard that the company had gone bust - by text or phone calls from friends. The paper production and recycling plant went into administration this week with the loss of 233 jobs. Former employees told our reporter Sarah Saunders about the devastation the mass redundancy has caused.

Bungling burglar caught out by his own blood

A burglar who used cleaning fluid in an attempt to cover his tracks during a break-in in Kent was caught when a drop of his blood was found on the doorstep.

Carl Chang smashed the kitchen window of the house and took money and jewellery before fleeing the scene.

Kent Police found a fresh drop of blood on a step outside which was later identified as a match for Chang.

Inside the Maidstone property, Chang had used cleaning fluid in an attempt to remove further evidence of his offending, the spokesman said.

The 26-year-old, from Orpington, was jailed for four years at Maidstone Crown Court.

Detective Constable Natalie Sammells said: "At the time of the offence Chang had been on licence, following his release from prison for another burglary.

"He is clearly a prolific burglar whose offending has caused a great deal of distress to the victims, not only through the loss of their personal property but the invasion of their private space."

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