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Two in court for blighting Medway with fly-tipping

A man was fined £1,000 after he fly-tipped a large amount of waste when he was employed as a gardener and paid £30 by a householder to remove rubbish from her home.

Instead of disposing of it at a council tip, Matthew Towers, from Upchurch, dumped the items on land near garages in Tywdall in March.

Items found amongst the waste included two doors, wood and carpet.

Matthew Towers, 35, dumped rubbish in Romany Road. Credit: MedwayCouncil
Christopher Beard, from Gillingham, dumped rubbish at Cinder Path. Credit: MedwayCouncil

In a separate case, Christopher Beard, 34, was sentenced to 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £505 costs, after his fly-tipping was discovered in Gillingham and included a kitchen unit, worktop, cardboard, blinds and plastic wrapping.

During an interview with Medway Council officers, Beard admitted dumping the rubbish in December 2013 after being asked by a householder to remove it and said he had gone to a council tip to dispose of it but it was closed.

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Schools' watchdog criticises Medway's primaries

Schools inspectors have delivered yet another damning report on one of the south east's education authorities. Ofsted says primary schools in Medway are failing. And it says the action plan to fix them is "Not fit for purpose". John Ryall spoke to Peter Read, & Medway Council's Kelly Tolhurst,

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Anger over Government 'failure' to tackle addictive gaming machines

Addiction experts have branded them "the crack-cocaine of gambling".

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals invite gamblers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Medway Council says strict restrictions on maximum stakes are urgently needed, but the Government doesn't agree. John Ryall spoke to former gambling addict Matt Zarb-Cousin and Medway Council Labour Group Leader Vince Maple.

Council uses sniffer dogs to search for illegal cigarettes

A council in Kent is using sniffer dogs to search for illegal cigarettes. Medway Council is believed to be one of the first in the country to use the measure.

Last week it was revealed that the five Medway towns - Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood and Rainham - had the highest level of illegal tobacco sales in Britain.

ITV Meridian Presenter Sangeeta Bhabra, interviewed Ian Gilmore from Medway Council's trading standards department.

Barbara Hills says she doesn't know where to turn

A mother who fears that her two disabled children may have to be put into care because of the so called bedroom tax, says she's had no advice about what to do.

Barbara Hills says her children need a room each at their three bedroom house in Kent. But under government plans, council housing tenants will either have their benefits cut or they'll have to move to a smaller house if they're judged to have spare bedrooms.

Bedroom tax: a mother's fears for her disabled children

A mother from Rainham has said her two disabled children may have to be put into care because of the so called bedroom tax.

Barbara Hills says her children need a room each at their three bedroom house in Kent. But under government plans, council housing tenants will either have their benefits cut or they'll have to move to a smaller house if they're judged to have spare bedrooms.

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"Bedroom tax could put my sons' future in jeopardy"

Many charities have protested strongly against the so called 'bedroom tax' Credit: Press Association

A woman from Rainham says she's worried sick about the future of her two disabled children if the new 'bedroom tax' rules come into place.

Barbara Hills, from Rainham, lives in a three bedroom local authority house, with her two boys aged 15 and 7.

She says she's been told that she will either have to move in to a smaller house, or lose 14 per cent of her housing benefit.

But Barbara says that the boys' bedrooms have been especially adapted for their needs and they need to stay in their separate rooms.

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