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Charity scammer walks free from court

A former serviceman who scammed a veterans' charity out of nearly £50,000 to feed his gambling addiction has walked free from court.

Andrew Gallie, from Medway, made dozens of fraudulent payments to himself while working at the Not Forgotten Association, which supports wounded military personnel and disabled veterans.

Today - outside Southwark Crown Court - he told our reporter Abigail Bracken that he was ashamed of his actions.


Medway memorial remembers the servicemen killed in WWI bombing raid

131 navy servicemen who were killed during a bombing raid during the First World War, have been remembered in a ceremony in Medway. It marks 100 years since the attack. John Ryall reports.

Songbird triumphs over vast development plan

Controversial plans for a vast housing development in Kent have been scrapped at the 11th hour - after a campaign by environmentalists.

The land at Chattenden on the Hoo Peninsula near Rochester, is a nationally protected Nightingale habitat - and the planning decision had been taken over by Government.

But the developers withdrew their application to build - just months before a public inquiry was due. Sarah Saunders spoke to Greg Hitchcock, Kent Wildlife Trust; leader of Medway Council Alan Jarrett and Rochester and Strood MP Kelly Tolhurst.

Teenage bus enthusiast runs bus depot for the day

A teenage bus enthusiast from Rochester has had the chance to run his local bus depot for the day after sharing a selfie of himself painted with the bus company's colours.

Jenna Verdicchio has his story.

Jenna spoke to bus enthusiast, Conner Hughes, and General Manager of Arriva, Nick Elsden.


Children's centre closures could affect most vulnerable, parents warn

Families in Medway say plans to close nineteen children's centres could have a severe impact on some of Kent's poorest and most vulnerable families. Parents met today after council consultation didn't appear to include an option to keep them open. Tony Green sent this.

Arts project showcases history of black music

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Chatham Library hosted a musical event called ‘MOBO: Through the Ages' this afternoon.

The live music event charted the music of black origin through the ages, from its origins in folk spirituals to Jazz, Soul, Motown, Lovers Rock and more.

It's part of a ten-month arts programme called Legacy, showcasing African and Caribbean culture across Medway.

Local not-for-profit arts organisation, Lyrici Arts, and Medway Council were jointly awarded a grant of £35,776 from Arts Council England's arts and libraries fund to run the Legacy project.

Victory for driver fined for parking car in spot that was too small

A driver has won her battle with Medway Council after being fined for parking her car in a bay which was found to be too small.

Jayne Snow shared her story on social media and won the support of thousands of people. Tony Green went to meet her.

Medway GP's pioneering approach to combat stress

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A staggering £800,000 is spent by the NHS every day on anti-depressants.

Almost 16 million working days are lost every year and that's the true cost of stress and mental illness in today's modern Britain.

However, a GP from Medway has come up with a pioneering approach to help her patients.

It's a simple technique that could save millions of pounds on prescription drugs.

Dr Farnaaz Sharief says her approach is all about tackling the problem early on.

As Nashreen Issa reports.

Nashreen spoke to GP Farnaaz Sharief, Saffia Bunger and Amanda Eveson.

For more information on Dr Sharief's workshops, visit Manage Your Mind.

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