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Primary schools in Medway must improve

Failing Medway Schools are improving too slowly, according to a new report by the schools inspectorate, Ofsted. Last year almost half of all pupils were at schools rated as needing some kind of improvement. Now a follow-up inspection has found nine and a half thousand children remain in schools that are either inadequate or need improvement. Tom Savvides talks to headteacher Christine Easton, students and councillor Mike O'Brien.

Wanted fly-tipper tracked down and sentenced

A wanted fly-tipper has been found and given a suspended prison sentence for his involvement in the dumping and burning of more than 30 tonnes of rubbish.

Glen Dobson, 54, of Victoria Street in Rochester disappeared mid-investigation and was found guilty in his absence.

He was ordered to pay £100 in costs for the offences at a site in Ash Tree Lane, Chatham.

Fly-tipping is unacceptable and will always be taken very seriously.

– Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council


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Maidstone bookshop destroyed by fire

In the space of 24 hours, there have been three big fires in the south east. In the first, smoke and flames leapt in the air at the Medway City Estate - and at one stage could be seen across three counties.

Then, as firefighters were tackling that blaze at the recycling plant, a major fire started in Maidstone town centre. In Sussex, sixteen acres of Ashdown forest were destroyed as grassland went up in flames.

It's put the fire services under real pressure as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Steve Jeffery from Kent Fire & Rescue Service; Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley from Kent Police; and David Harrison from Maidstone Borough Council.

Maidstone fires latest: Our reporter from the scene

A man has been arrested after a fire destroyed a bookshop in the middle of Maidstone in Kent overnight.

The blaze at "The Works" on Week Street also affected four other neighbouring stores. It is thought the pedestrianised area outside the shops will have to remain closed for at least 48 hours. Our reporter David Johns sent this from the scene.

Video: Medway residents told to stay inside and keep windows closed after warehouse fire

People living near the Medway City Estate in Rochester have been warned to keep their doors and windows closed following a fire there earlier this evening. Andrea Thomas has been talking to Stuart Albon from Kent Fire & Rescue Service about the incident about how they've been coping with it.

Man taken to hospital with breathing difficulties following fire at Medway industrial estate

Fire officers say they have contained the fire to one building Credit: ITV Meridian

A man has been taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation following the fire at Medway City Estate in Strood. The fire broke out at the Viridor recycling plant at about 6 o'clock this evening. Fire officers say the building was empty, but a man appeared later. They think he was a member of staff who had been trying to tackle the fire. The fire is now under control and has been confined to one building. Plumes of thick black smoke from the fire could be sen as far away as East London, but the fire service said tonight, the fumes weren't toxic. Most of the material in the plant was cardboard for recycling. Residents living nearby were, however, advised to keep their windows and doors open.


Exclusive: close up pictures of the fire damaged buildings in Medway

The back of the building on the Medway City Estate Credit: South East Coast Ambulance Service
Firefighters have been at the scene for more than five hours Credit: South East Coast Ambulance Service
The damage is extensive, but no-one was hurt Credit: South east Coast Ambulance Service
The plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away Credit: ITV Meridian
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