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Hospice patients left stranded as vandals damage minibuses

Thieves have caused more than £2,000 worth of damage to minibuses belonging to a Kent hospice. They stole parts from the vehicles. Staff at the Ellenor Hospice in Gravesend say the minibuses are vital.

Road closures as police officer injured in routine stop and search

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A police officer has been hospitalised after being injured during a routine stop and search in Kent.

Officers stopped a vehicle in Harmer Street, Gravesend, just after midnight on Tuesday 25th July 2017.

It is reported that the driver attempted to make off from the location and an officer received injuries.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody while enquiries are ongoing.

Road closures are in place this morning following the incident and drivers are being advised to avoid the one way system at West Street, Crooked Lane, Queen Street and The Terrace junction with Harmer Street.

Officers say they expect the roads will remain closed for some time so traffic will be a lot heavier in the area than usual.

The injured officer has since been released from hospital.

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Gravesend: Man stabbed in McDonalds

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There are reports a man has been stabbed at McDonalds in Gravesend in the early hours of this morning.

Police were called to reports of an assault inside the fast food restaurant in New Road at 3.45am, where a man was suffering from stab wounds.

He has been taken to a London hospital with serious injuries, but they are not thought to be life threatening.

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Bluewater expansion raises fears about local impact

It is a sign of the times - large out of town shopping centres with free parking drawing shoppers away from struggling high streets.

Now that Bluewater in Kent has been granted permission to expand, there are fears about the effect it could have on local town centres in Gravesend and Dartford.

As Sarah Saunders reports.

Sarah spoke to shop owner, Kevin Cheema.

Gravesend celebrates Vaisakhi

Thousands of people turned out in Gravesend to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

We speak to some of those who joined the procession including:

Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains, Gravesham council; Gurvinder Sandher from Kent Equality Cohesion Council; Jasbinder Biring, co-organiser and Cllr Samir Jassal, Gravesham council.

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