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Toddlers waddle in support of Faye Burdett's Meningitis campaign

Parents and children have come out in support of a family battling for the Meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children - after their daughter died from the illness earlier this year.

An online petition calling for the move has become the most signed in Parliamentary history, following the death of two year old Faye Burdett in February.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Faye's parents Neil and Jenny, and Rachel Cattell, organiser of today's event.

Man charged with five offences after Maidstone incident

A 39-year-old man who was arrested in Maidstone yesterday has been charged with five offences - two serious sexual assaults, false imprisonment, assault, and possessing cannabis.

Rafel Kafel, of Milton Street in Maidstone has been remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court later today.

Yesterday police closed Upper Stone Street for a time and advised motorists to avoid the area.

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Remembering Camera Obscura's Carey - friends to hold 'CareyFest' to raise money for Sarcoma charity

Friends to hold event to raise money for a cancer charity in Carey Lander's memory

The friends of a musician from Kent who died from a rare form of bone cancer are holding a fundraising event in her name.

Carey Lander from Woodnesborough near Sandwich was a keyboard player in the Scottish band Camera Obscura.

She started a charity fundraising page before she passed away at the age of 33 last October. The online appeal has since raised more than £100,000 for the cancer charity Sarcoma UK.

Now some of her friends are to hold 'CareyFest' at her old school in Maidstone in May to celebrate her life. Derek Johnson reports.

Carey's mother said the continued fundraising and support was heartwarming

Man dressed in onesie robs petrol station

Police are hunting a pyjama-clad crook who robbed a petrol station dressed in a onesie.

A man entered a BP garage wearing a white onesie covered with black spots before taking cash from the till.

The incident happened after the suspect entered the premises on Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent, at around 8pm on March 9 this year.

After entering the building, he shouted at staff to open the till before reaching across the counter and pulling it open himself.

Police said it was alleged that he was seen to be holding a knife at the time.

A quantity of cash was stolen before the suspect fled through an exit in the direction of Wallis Avenue.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or who saw anyone fitting this description to get in touch.

A 24-year-old man from Maidstone has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail pending further inquiries until April 6.

Greyhound in need of new home

An urgent appeal is being issued to find a home for a lovable greyhound, who is looking for a home after hanging up his racing vest.

Yankee is currently being looked after by Greyhound Rescue West of England, in Maidstone.

Volunteers at the charity say the 4-year-old is very calm and well behaved.

GRWE believes there has been a reduction in the number of people able to offer homes to rescued dogs as a result of a national change in circumstances.

Yankee is in need of a loving new home after hanging up his racing vest Credit: GWRE

“Yankee is going to make a wonderfulcompanion for someone. He walks like a dream on the lead and settles well in the home. He’s in fabulous condition and with his gorgeous black coat he attracts admiring glances wherever he goes.

“Yankee has been passed fully fit by our vet and is neutered, micro-chipped and fully vaccinated. All he needs now is to find a home he can call his own. Greyhounds make great pets.

"We affectionately refer to them as the 40 mph couch potato as they really don’t need all that much exercise and like nothing better than a snooze on the sofa!”

– Chris Berry, Regional Homing Officer for the GRWE

Petition calls for meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children under 11

2-year-old Faye Burdett from Maidstone died form Meningitis B Credit: ITV Meridian

Today marks the closing date for a petition calling for the meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children under the age of 11.

The record-breaking petition has reached more than eight hundred thousand signatures and MP's will discuss the issue in parliament tomorrow.

It follows the death of two-year-old Faye Burdett from Maidstone.

Lee Booth, the man who started the petition says he's been overwhelmed by the response.

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Campaign to get biker's body home to Lithuania

Friends of a motorcyclist who was killed in a road accident in Maidstone are appealing for help to get his body sent home to his family in Luthuania. Twenty seven year old Osvalda Rimsa died when his motorcycle collided with a car two weeks ago. Andrea Thomas spoke to two fellow bikers who are helping to raise £3000 for his family, and to support the work of Kent Air Ambulance.

Parents defend inadequate nursery rating over phone photos

The parents of nursery schoolchildren in Kent say they're angry it has been rated inadequate.

It's because mobile phone photographs of children at the nursery in Maidstone were being sent to parents by the staff.

It was something both parents and nursery workers had previously agreed to.

An OFSTED inspector found the practice raised safety concerns but the nursery owners say the photographs were simply letting parents know their children were safe.

Tom Savvides reports.

Nursery under fire over phone photos of children

Nursery owners say the photographs were simply letting parents know their children were safe Credit: ITV Meridian

The parents of nursery schoolchildren in Kent say they're angry it has been rated inadequate.

It's because mobile phone photographs of children at the nursery in Maidstone were being sent to parents by the staff.

It was something both sides had previously agreed to.

An OFSTED inspector found the practice raised safety concerns but the nursery owners say the photographs were simply letting parents know their children were safe.

ITV Meridian spoke to Nursery Manager, Cindy Fox, and mother of one the school's pupils Chantelle Bourne.

“We judged this pre-school to be inadequate last year because children were not safeguarded effectively.

“The pre-school made a complaint about our judgement which we considered very carefully and at length. We are satisfied that our original judgement was correct. This pre-school must ensure that children are fully safeguarded.

“It is vital that young children are safe in preschools. Early years settings determine their own policies about mobile phone use, but inspectors will want to be assured that they are being used properly.

“As the Early Years Foundation Stage states, early years providers must ensure they take all reasonable steps to ensure children in their care are not exposed to risks and must be able to demonstrate how they are managing risks. An early years provider’s safeguarding policy and procedures must cover use of mobile phones and cameras.”

– Ofsted spokesman
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