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Dean of Rochester Cathedral resigns

The Very Reverend Dr Mark Beach has resigned voluntarily from his post as Dean of Rochester Cathedral.

He is taking on a new role outside ordained ministry, and has been appointed to the post of Director of the Blackfriars Settlement.

He will be leaving the Cathedral with immediate effect.

I am also able to announce today that the Reverend Canon Philip Hesketh has accepted my invitation to take on the role of Acting Dean, and I ask your prayers for him and for all who share with him in leadership at Rochester Cathedral.

– The Bishop of Rochester

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Pair jailed for burglary in Rochester

Two Rochester burglars have been jailed for a combined total of almost six years after officers found them hiding in bushes.

Peter Hemsworth, 23, has been sent to prison for two years and six months after he was found guilty of burglary.

Peter Hemsworth, 23, jailed for two years and six months. Credit: Kentpolice

Daniel Arnold, 29, was also convicted and received a jail sentence of three years and four months on the same day.

The pair broke into a property in Frobisher Gardens on April 6 while the owner was away on holiday and stole around £500.

Daniel Arnold, 29, ailed for three years and four months. Credit: KentPolice

Controversy over Reckless' 'Polish plumber' comments

Ukip's Mark Reckless is under fire today after suggesting that EU migrants who had lived in the UK for a long time would be considered sympathetically. Others, he said, might only be allowed to stay for a "transitional period".

Meridian had invited four of the candidates to a special hustings at the University of Kent in Medway.

It was one of the last opportunities for the residents of Rochester and Strood to quiz them before polling day.

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Tories choose Kelly Tolhurst as by-election candidate

Kelly Tolhurst has been announced as the Tory candidate for the by-election in Rochester and Strood Credit: ITV Meridian

The Conservative candidate for the upcoming by-election in Rochester and Strood has been announced.

Medway councillor Kelly Tolhurst has been crowned the winner in the two-way vote with Anna Firth for nomination. She may face an uphill battle though, as a poll commissioned by UKIP today gave Nigel Farage's party a 13 point lead over the Conservatives.

The Conservatives are desperate to avoid another seat falling to Ukip in a by-election triggered by Tory defector Mark Reckless's decision to stand down and run as a Ukip candidate.

Following the announcement of the result, Ms Tolhurst said: "I'm honoured that thousands of local people have voted to select me as the Conservative candidate for the upcoming by-election. I will be a strong local voice, standing up for Rochester and Strood - my home."

The chairman of the Rochester and Strood Conservatives, Andrew Mackness, said: "Kelly will make a great MP for our great constituency, and I look forward to supporting her in the coming weeks to ensure a Conservative win and a bright future for this area."

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The Last Word, October 2014

In this month's Last Word, Baroness Angela Smith, Mike Thornton MP, Janice Atkinson MEP, and Damian Green MP debate the upcoming Rochester & Strood by-election.

After UKIP's success in Essex, are they on target for a second political upset within a few weeks?

And the Leaders' TV Debates - do they distort our political campaigns? And why should we include UKIP, but not the Green Party? Caroline Lucas MP tells us what she thinks of that!

Twitter reacts to unwelcome Monopoly property

Canterbury Monopoly has unwanted property

Rogue Rochester Castle appeared on the Canterbury Monopoly Credit: PA

A new Canterbury version of the popular board game Monopoly erroneously features Rochester Castle. Somehow the site found its way on to the board - despite obviously being in Rochester, not Canterbury.

Earlier this year members of the public voted on which landmarks would appear as properties on the board. Canterbury Cathedral was chosen as the top spot - replacing Mayfair on the original UK version of the board.

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