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Children's centre closures could affect most vulnerable, parents warn

Families in Medway say plans to close nineteen children's centres could have a severe impact on some of Kent's poorest and most vulnerable families. Parents met today after council consultation didn't appear to include an option to keep them open. Tony Green sent this.

Arts project showcases history of black music

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Chatham Library hosted a musical event called ‘MOBO: Through the Ages' this afternoon.

The live music event charted the music of black origin through the ages, from its origins in folk spirituals to Jazz, Soul, Motown, Lovers Rock and more.

It's part of a ten-month arts programme called Legacy, showcasing African and Caribbean culture across Medway.

Local not-for-profit arts organisation, Lyrici Arts, and Medway Council were jointly awarded a grant of £35,776 from Arts Council England's arts and libraries fund to run the Legacy project.

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Victory for driver fined for parking car in spot that was too small

A driver has won her battle with Medway Council after being fined for parking her car in a bay which was found to be too small.

Jayne Snow shared her story on social media and won the support of thousands of people. Tony Green went to meet her.

Medway GP's pioneering approach to combat stress

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A staggering £800,000 is spent by the NHS every day on anti-depressants.

Almost 16 million working days are lost every year and that's the true cost of stress and mental illness in today's modern Britain.

However, a GP from Medway has come up with a pioneering approach to help her patients.

It's a simple technique that could save millions of pounds on prescription drugs.

Dr Farnaaz Sharief says her approach is all about tackling the problem early on.

As Nashreen Issa reports.

Nashreen spoke to GP Farnaaz Sharief, Saffia Bunger and Amanda Eveson.

For more information on Dr Sharief's workshops, visit Manage Your Mind.

Two injured after car crashes into house in Rainham

Library picture- the accident happened on Rainham High Street Credit: Google images

An investigation's been launched after a car crashed into a house and collided with several other parked vehicles in Rainham High Street in the early hours of this morning.

A man and a woman, both in their 20s were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Medway Maritime Hospital.

A crew from Kent Fire and Rescue made sure the property was safe and two neighbouring buildings were evacuated as a precaution, due to concerns of a gas leak.

The occupants have since been able to return.

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Former Labour MP joins Lib Dems

The former Labour MP for Medway, and friend of Jeremy Corbyn has defected to the Liberal Democrats. Bob Marshall-Andrews who represented the Medway seat from 1997-2010 said Labour had the answers to the problems of the 20th century, but did not address those of the 21st.

He told ITV Meridian he was leaving his old party with a heavy heart.

General Election 2017: The view from Medway

The Medway Towns return three Members of Parliament to Westminster. We take a look at the chances of Labour retaking the area, the party controlled all three seats for a period of thirteen years in recent history. Our correspondent Derek Johnson reports.

Medway hosts handball championships

Since the London Olympics, more and more of us have been taking up the sport of handball.

It's popular in much of Europe and at the weekend 74 teams descended on Medway to take part in the British University Championships.

As Abigail Bracken reports.

Abigail spoke to John Pearce from the British Handball Team at the 2012 Olympics and the Captain of the University of Kent Mens Handball Team, Joakin Hauge.

She also spoke to Karim Richani and Mark Ankrah from the University of Kent Mens Handball Team.

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