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The Maidstone Mummy goes under the scanner

In an incredible meeting of ancient civilizations and cutting edge technology - an egyptian mummy from Maidstone museum's collection has been carefully transfered to KIMS hospital in the town, to see what secrets a full body CT scan might reveal.

Researchers and radiologists also scanned the remains of mummified animal offerings from the museum's collection, and made a staggering discovery - one of the youngest mummified babies in the world.

Sarah Saunders went along to find out what happens when technology is used to reveal what lies beneath the bandages.

Have you seen missing Charlotte aged 14?

14-year-old Charlotte Dutton has gone missing

A 14 year old girl has gone missing from her home in Maidstone. Charlotte Dutton's disappearance was reporting to Kent Police at 5.10pm on Monday 17th October.

It is believed that Charlotte was last seen in the Fant area of Maidstone at about 8am on that same day. She was wearing a Maidstone Grammar School for Girls uniform.

Charlotte is white, 5ft 6ins tall with a slim build. She has short, dark brown hair and dark eyes.

Anyone with information can contact Kent Police by telephoning 101 and quoting 17-0982.

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.

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
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