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'I lost my job, marriage and £750,000 to gambling' - former addict fears crackdown won't go far enough

The Government announced plans to restrict the amount gamblers can wager on fixed odds betting machines, today.

Medway Council has led a long campaign against the terminals, and in Chatham a voluntary exclusion scheme was introduced to allow gambling addicts to ban themselves from betting shops.

Under the present rules it's possible to bet up to £18,000 in an hour. A former Army Major who received the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst, and then sold it to fuel his addiction, has spoken to us from his home in Tunbridge Wells about the devastation gambling has caused.

Andy Dickenson reports and hears from Justyn Larcombe, MP Tracey Crouch and Malcolm George of the Association of British Bookmakers.

Horse sculptures help raise money for hospice

The peaceful death of a grandmother surrounded by her family has inspired her son to help raise money for the hospice that cared for her.

He's helped to design one of 24 life-sized horse sculptures, which are now on display in Tunbridge Wells, ahead of their auction next week.

Abigail Bracken went to see them.

(Abigail spoke to son Alistair Hill, artist Pete Grevitt and Ben Alonso from Hospice in the Weald).

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Kent runner wins Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

More than one and half thousand runners from across the country took to the streets of Kent on Sunday.

It was for the 34th annual Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon.

Organisers, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, say the weather conditions were ideal as runners paced through the town, crossing the rivers Medway and Eden.

Video credit: Xcell Arial Surveys

The race was won by James Connor of Kent Athletics Club in a fast time of 1:08:50.

James Connor from Kent Athletics Club was first to cross the line Credit: Mark Taylor, Race Director

Last runner to cross the line was Kate Knight in 3:31:05 who had braved the marathon, walking most of the way, despite a knee issue.

Kate Knight braved the half marathon, despite a knee issue Credit: Mark Taylor, Race Director

Organisers say the half marathon has raised in excess of £150,000 for charities over the years.

'Turbo' charged rescue after cat gets wedged in brickwork

Turbo was bricking it before his release Credit: KFRS

Turbo the cat is lucky to be alive after he became wedged in a tiny gap in freezing conditions.

Firefighters were called to Middle Walk in Tunbridge Wells last night and found the moggy jammed between two garages.

They had to use power tools to gently cut into the brickwork around him before lifting him to safety.

He may not look very happy in the picture he had a lucky escape!

Six puppies found abandoned in a plastic container

Six puppies have been found abandoned in a field in Strood.

The dogs are believed to be around six weeks old. A Dogs Tale RescueCentre in Tunbridge Wells is appealing to find the puppies' mother - who could still be in the owner's care - and in poor health.

Three of the puppies are being looked after at the Redwood Rescue and Rehoming Sanctuary.

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