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Widening of busy Kent road will put ancient trees at risk

After decades of waiting for improvements to one of the busiest roads in the South East, work is finally set to start on widening the A21 in Kent.

A two and a half mile section of the road between Tonbridge and Pembury is being upgraded from single to dual carriageway. But the work will come at a cost as hundreds of ancient trees will be lost. Watch Andy Dickenson's report.


Tonbridge hosts international judo camp

Some of the world's finest Judo players gathered in Kent this weekend to pit their skills against each other in a 3 day training event. Olympic medallists and World Champions from Japan, Russia and Europe hit the mats at Tonbridge School for a unique opportunity to coach up and coming stars. Andrea Thomas spoke to Judoka Kotaro Sasaki and coaches Carl Finney and Chris Bowles.

Appeal to help find missing Tonbridge woman

Ann Barham-Clayton was last seen early yesterday morning Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is concerned for the welfare of a 75-year-old woman missing from her home in Tonbridge.

Ann Barham-Clayton was last seen at her Barden Road home in the early hours of yesterday morning and was reported missing soon afterwards.

Ann is white, around 5ft tall and of slight build. She has long auburn coloured hair, green eyes and wears glasses for reading.

It is believed that Ann is wearing a light blue fleece and possibly grey trousers.

Can you help? Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on 101, giving reference 24-0353.

Elvis dental crown coming to Tonbridge

Millions have bought his records but now comes a chance for fans to get even closer to the King of Rock and Roll.

A dental crown worn by Elvis will be on show in Tonbridge Credit: ITV Meridian

A dental crown once worn by Elvis Presley will be on show at Hanover House Dental in Tonbridge later this month as part of a tour raising awareness of mouth cancer. Elvis impersonators will also be in the building.

A dental crown worn by Elvis will be on show in Tonbridge Credit: ITV Meridian


Kent burglar jailed for 2 years after stealing from elderly couple

William Robinson Credit: KENT POLICE

A burglar has been jailed for two years after he stole from an elderly couple who had been helping him with his rehabilitation.

William Robinson had been entrusted to work at the victims’ Tonbridge home on various occasions between 2009 and 2013, but after he was released from a prison sentence in January this year he returned there to steal alcohol.

Robinson, 43, formerly of Speyside, Tonbridge was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on 29 April after previously pleading guilty to burglary.

The victims had been introduced to Robinson as he was approaching the end of a prison sentence in HMP Blantyre House in 2009.

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Lifer sentenced to life again

A knife-wielding thief, with a history of serious offences, who robbed a jewellery store in Tonbridge with a knife - has today been given a life sentence. But he'll only serve a minimum of five years before he's eligible for parole on licence.

Peter Sanderson from Maidstone was caught after his car was tracked by CCTV. David Johns reports from Maidstone Crown Court, speaking with Det Con Tony Hatcher of Kent Police.

Hastings - Tonbridge rail line to reopen next week

Whatlington landslip on Hastings-Tonbridge line Credit: Network Rail

After weeks of disruption to passengers, Network Rail engineers are on track to re-open the full length of the Hastings to Tonbridge railway line to passengers next week.

Three landslips seriously damaged the rail line in early February and earlier this month.

Network Rail had hoped to fully re-open the route in early March, but the Whatlington slip moved again.

Whatlington landslip on Hastings-Tonbridge line Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, Fiona Taylor, said: “We are confident the line will re-open next week and I would encourage passengers to check before they travel. As soon as it has been proved safe to run trains, we will get things going and we and Southeastern will let you know.”

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