Primary schools in Medway are among the worst performing in the country, according to new league tables released by the Government.
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust's response to Sir Bruce Keogh’s review into the quality of its care and treatment.
Dr Peter Green, Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, responds to today's publication of the Keogh report.
Medway Council is making a last ditch effort to have proposals for a Thames Estuary airport dropped before an expected announcement next week.
It's widely anticipated that Sir Howard Davies, chair of the government's Airports' Commission, will announce its preferred options on December 17th.
Cllr Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council, said: "While we have an expectation that the commission will keep in at least one proposal for a Thames Estuary airport, we would urge Sir Howard Davies to seriously consider dropping all proposals for the estuary.
"This would allow for Sir Howard, his colleagues on the commission and, ultimately, government to focus their full concentration on options that are not only far more realistic, but could also be completed far more quickly and at far less cost."
A mother of three from Medway has admitted to falsely claiming more than £33,000 in benefits. 33 year-old Louise Simpson from Gillingham failed to notify the authorities that her circumstances had changed and that she was living with a partner.
She continued to claim housing benefit, council tax benefit and income support for four years.
She pleaded guilty to 9 charges at Chatham Magistrates Court of dishonestly failing to notify her change in circumstances.
She was given a six month sentence (suspended for 2 years) and was ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work.
A great way to tackle crime or a big brother style invasion of privacy? CCTV cameras can be found on most high streets nowadays. And one of the largest CCTV hubs in the country, covering North Kent has resulted in thousands of arrests since it came into operation last April.
The majority, for shoplifting, anti-social behaviour, assault and affray. Sarah Saunders spoke to Sgt Steve Holpin from Kent police and Medway Council's Robin Cooper.
Nearly 3400 arrests have been made in Medway since the new CCTV hub was introduced in April 2012.
The control centre in Strood looks over 750 cameras, covering Medway, Swale, Maidstone and Gravesham.
From April 2012 to August 2013, 3396 arrests were made, with the majority for shoplifting, anti-social behaviour, assault and affray.
Councillor Peter Hicks, Medway Council's portfolio holder for Community Safety said, "This partnership with our neighbours has proved the value of CCTV in making people feel safer in their local areas, as well as leading to arrests."
Kent Fire and Rescue Service's community volunteer scheme is searching for enthusiastic recruits to join the team.
The scheme currently has 47 unpaid volunteers who contribute their time to undertake a range of directed community activities.
Volunteers support both the KFRS dedicated community safety team as well as stations throughout Medway and Kent.
Tasks vary from attending community safety events and promoting home fire safety to highlight outdoor spaces that are at risk of fire.
– Coordinator Karen Garrett
I am constantly amazed by the amount of time our volunteers are willing to give up, as well as their limitless enthusiasm and interest in what the organisation does. I have had fantastic feedback from staff and now the volunteers are experienced I am being requested to provide volunteers to support station-led events so that they can continue to engage with the public if the operational staff are called away.”
Video. A dead five foot long fish, which weighs as much as a person, has gone on display in Medway. David Johns spoke to shop owner Abdul Hannan about why this big fish is becoming the talk of the town.
Video. It carried thousands of passengers to and from work, dates back to before the war and used to be a familiar sight in the streets of Medway.
The Chatham Traction bus played a key role in our history and today, only one from the fleet survives. But thanks to a group of enthusiasts and a lottery grant, the bus will be restored. Nashreen Issa reports.
Video. One of the region's councils has been severely criticised for the way it looks after children in its care. Ofsted inspectors have assessed Medway's children's services as 'inadequate' - the worst possible judgement. John Ryall reports.
– Detective Sergeant Ian Sanderson, Kent Police
The arrests come from some extensive intelligence and reports which suggests this group extort members of their own community, promising them all sorts of riches in England, but in fact forcing them to live in squalid conditions. This group have looked to profit from this by controlling their wages and any benefits they may be entitled to and the victims are very often too afraid to report matters to police.
Three men have been arrested following an investigation into the alleged exploitation of Slovakian nationals working in Medway.
Working in partnership with the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA), Kent Police executed four warrants across the Medway Towns in the early hours of Wednesday 7th August.
A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of people trafficking offences, a 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud and a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and fraud.
The three men, all from Chatham, have been bailed to 1 October pending further enquiries.