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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

Motorcyclist killed in crash in Maidstone

Police are renewing their appeal for information following a fatal collision on Rocky Hill in Maidstone.

A black Alfa Romeo Giulietta and a black Yamaha R1 motorcycle collided at about 1.45pm yesterday afternoon.

The motorcyclist, a 27-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

The driver of the car, a man in his 50s, is reported to have suffered minor injuries.

"I would like to thank other road users for their patience while we conducted our examination at the scene.

"This collision happened at a very busy location in the town and I believe there may be other witnesses who have not yet come forward.

"Anyone who saw what happened or either vehicle prior to the crash and has not yet spoken to us, please call our dedicated witness line on 01622 798538 quoting reference 15-0632."

– Senior investigating officer Sergeant Chris Wade


Hospital trust in court facing manslaughter charges

Frances Cappuccini Credit: Kingsley Napley LLP

The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust is expected to become the first trust in the country to go on trial for corporate manslaughter later today.

It follows the death of expectant mother Frances Cappuccini while giving birth at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

One of the doctors, Errol Cornish, 67, who treated her is also facing a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Dr Errol Cornish Credit: PA


Man jailed for attempted rape after his victim tracked him down on Facebook

James Huggett was tracked down on Facebook Credit: Kent Police

A man who attempted to rape a young woman as she walked home from a nightclub has been jailed for seven years - after his victim tracked him down on Facebook.

James Huggett, 22, of Woodland Drive, Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for the attack on 21-year-old Chanel Purchase last year.

She was able to bring him to justice by turning detective on social media.

She has waived her right to anonymity to warn others of the risks women face.

Chanel Purchase has waived her right to anonymity Credit: ITV News
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