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Surveillance cameras capture arrest of gang accused of smuggling guns

A jury has been shown surveillance video of the arrest of three men and one woman who are accused of smuggling an arsenal of automatic weapons into Kent .

The guns were seized after the arrival of the motor cruiser in the Medway Estuary. The gang was caught by armed police last August.

They deny charges of gun smuggling and possessing firearms.

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Medway Hospital finance director quits after £1.5m payment

It's been branded one of the worst hospitals in the NHS, with high death rates, spiralling debts and it's in special measures. But it's now emerged that the Medway Maritime Hospital's Finance Director has quit after 18 months in the job, after he and his consultancy firm were paid £1.5m. Tom Savvides reports.

Bolt Partners said that, in any project that they're involved in, they have made savings equivalent to a multiple of their fees. In Medway's case, they say they have made savings of around £6.5m.

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Hospital bereavement suite for parents who've lost babies

It's one of life's tragedies, almost too awful to contemplate. Nothing can be as traumatic as losing a baby. To try to ease the agony a specially designed bereavement suite is to be built at one of the south east's biggest hospitals. The centre at Medway Maritime Hospital will offer parents a private area where they can try to come to terms with their grief.

Tom Savvides talks to parents Jo and David Ward, Head of Midwifery Dot Smith and television presenter Cheryl Baker, who's the Vice-President of the charity Abigail's Footsteps.

NHS Trust to remain in special measures

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Medway NHS Foundation Trust should remain in special measures. That's according to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

The latest CQC report into the Medway Maritime Hospital found services remain inadequate. And although patient care is good, there are still serious issues. The Trust has apologised saying it's focused on improving services.


Hospital, in special measures, has hopes for bright future

To say it's had a troubled history is a massive understatement. The Medway Maritime Hospital is in special measures. The NHS Trust that runs it has been dubbed as the worst in the country. The Care Quality Commission has demanded urgent improvements.

The hospital has revealed the latest chapter on what it's hoped will be a bright, new future. It's opened a new minor injuries unit in the Accident and Emergency department. Further developments are planned next year.

But will it be enough to heal the hospital's ills and restore public confidence? Our reporter Tom Savvides has the latest.

Two charged after fire at garage in Chatham

Kent Police has charged two people with arson, aggravated vehicle taking and burglary after a fire at a car garage in Chatham in March.

It was reported that a fire was started overnight on March 24 at Regency Motor Company in The Brook, and that a vehicle and a safe containing some cash were stolen.

A 13-year-old boy, from Chatham, and Tyler Alex Turner, aged 20, of Ryde Close, Chatham, charged on September 21.

They have both been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 19 October.

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