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New grammar school "expensive and impractical" says new campaign group

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A newly formed campaign group against plans to build a new grammar school in Kent says the plans are 'expensive and impractical' and 'bound to fail.'

The Kent Education Network says the proposals which will see the Weald of Kent school in Tonbridge create a new annex in Sevenoaks will not solve the problem of pupils having to travel ten miles each day to school.

Weald of Kent refuses to provide parents and residents with details of how the complicated logistics will work, despite a Freedom of Information request asking for this information. But it is our considered view that the hidden complications of the plan will result in teaching staff being forced to take over an hour travelling between the two sites most days if courses are to be duplicated on both sites.

– Joanne Bartley, Kent Education Network

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Landmark ruling in 'sexting' case

In a landmark ruling the vice principal of a private school in Kent has been sued for receiving indecent photos in text messages from a pupil.

Children's charities are tonight warning that 'sextexts' are becoming a worrying phenomenon in our schools. This is the first time damages have been awarded in such a case.

The victim, who was 16, said she saw the teacher who was 57 at the time as a 'father figure'. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Anastasia de Waal, Chair of Family Lives, and lawyer David McClenaghan.

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Council admits it was wrong to hound widower over dead wife's £8.62 debt

Mr Sagoo was hounded for £8.62 Credit: ITV

Sevenoaks Council has admitted it was wrong to contact a widower to request a debt from his dead wife. It sent numerous demands for £8.62 despite the fact Shamsher Sagoo's wife had died last June from cancer. In the end Mr Sagoo, from Edenbridge, said he was forced to take his wife's ashes to the town hall to prove she was dead.

"We are extremely sorry we have caused distress to Mr Sagoo and accept we have made a mistake. We have spoken with Mr Sagoo and expressed our deepest apologies and we are no longer requesting this money. Letters should not have been sent to the late Mrs Sagoo and as a result of this incident we are reviewing our procedures to ensure it cannot happen again.”

– Sevenoaks Council

Two Akita dogs stolen from house

These two Akita dogs have been stolen from a house in Sevenoaks Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information after two Akita dogs were reported stolen from a house in Horton Kirby, Sevenoaks.

The incident occurred between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 1 August 2015.

It was reported that the owner of the dogs locked them away in a room at her house in Carleton Place before going out for a couple of hours. When she returned the door to the room had been opened and the dogs had gone.

Anyone with information is asked to call the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/15239/15 or email west.division.media.appeals@kent.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Gang jailed for burgling more than 100 homes

Four members of a burglary gang in Kent have been jailed after more than a hundred homes were targeted.

The men were arrested after a victim caught them at her home in Sevenoaks.

Joseph Mahon, 20, from Cambridge, and Teresa Connors, 21, from Essex, were part of the group which made the robberies between March and September 2014, stealing nearly £1 million worth of cars and property.

Jailed: (from top left) Butler, Wall, Shillingford and Mahon

Mahon and Connors, who are also believed to have burgled two other homes the same day in White Hart Wood and Garth Road, pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. Mahon was jailed for three years and four months, and Connors for eight months.

The other members of the gang were Connors’ boyfriend Luke Wall, 24, from Essex; Kyle Shillingford, 27, of no fixed address; and Robert Butler, 31, from Essex.

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