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Jackie swims from Russia to America

Video. Three years ago Jackie Cobbell swam the English Channel despite being repeatedly knocked off course by powerful currents. It took her 28 hours - the slowest crossing ever.

Well, tonight she's back in the record books after joining an international cold-water swimming team to cross the Bering Strait from Russia to America. John Ryall has been to meet her.

Kent woman given two royal awards

A 67-year-old woman from Tunbridge Wells has been awarded two royal honours.

Polly Taylor was given the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours as well as the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the highest honour for a charity.

Nine years ago Polly started Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre in Tunbridge Wells which offers support for families affected by cancer and is entirely funded by donations.

They have so far raised more than one million pounds.

Polly herself was diagnosed with breast cancer twice but overcame the conditions both times.

Her husband Mike, 64-year-old, was then diagnosed with lung cancer and died in April.

Polly will receive her awards at Penhurst Place on September 16th from Lord Lieutenant Viscount De L'lisle.

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Kent police recover stolen cash machines

A man has been arrested by Kent police after the theft of two cash machines from Tunbridge Wells.

The cash machines were stolen from the Tesco supermarket in Pembury, and police were called at 3am on August 8.

A stolen JCB was located and two ATM machines and their contents were found to be missing.

Officers searched the West Kent area and have recovered three additional vehicles.

The machines were recovered near Marden at 5.30pm on August 8.

A 28-year-old man from Maidstone has been arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed to 19 September while police enquiries continue.

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police or Crimestoppers.

Centres for closure named

Kent County Council have proposed the closure of 20 children's centres in order to reduce costs.

The council has said that the planned centre closures require less support, deliver limited services or are near existing children's centres.

  • Apple Tree, Little Bees, Briary, Tina Rintoul and Swalecliffe in Canterbury
  • Daisy Chains and Little Painters in Gravesham
  • Folkestone Early Years, The Village and New Romney in Shepway
  • Pembury in Tunbridge Wells
  • Squirrel Lodge and Cherry Blossom in Ashford
  • Loose and Marden in Maidstone
  • Hadlow/East Pekham and Larkfield in Tonbridge and Malling
  • The Buttercup, The Daisy and Primrose in Dover
  • Merry-Go Round and Dunton Green in Sevenoaks
  • St Mary's and Woodgrove in Swale

Police find body of missing man

Officers say they have found the body of Milosz Sarota Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police officers searching for a Tunbridge Wells man who had been missing since Sunday say they have found his body.

28-year-old Milosz Sarota was reported missing from his home in Liptraps Lane at the weekend.

Officers searched the area yesterday and found a body of a man in the Tunbridge Wells area. They have spoken to Mr Sarota's family, who are aware of the discovery. A coroner will now be informed.

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Missing man needs medication

Milosz Sarota has been missing since yesterday afternoon Credit: Kent Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a Tunbridge Wells man who has been missing since 4.30 yesterday afternoon from his home in Liptraps Lane.

The 28 year old man needs medication for a medical condition.

Milosz Sarota is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 11 stone and of slight build with very short fair hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black Regatta jacket, dark grey trousers and black Nike shoes.

He has a tattoo on his right upper arm. If anyone sees Milosz or knows of his whereabouts they’re asked to call police on 101.

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