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Pedestrian killed in Kent crash

An 85-year-old woman died after a car hit her in West Malling on Friday 27th December.

The elderly woman was crossing the road at 9.05am on Friday when a grey Seat Leon collided with her.

An air ambulance took the woman to hospital in London but she sadly died on Saturday 28th December.

Officers would like to speak with the driver of a dark coloured Volvo Estate who may have witnessed the incident. CCTV footage shows the car turning right out of West Street, into the High Street at the time of the collision.

Kent crash leaves elderly woman with 'serious head injury'

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident in West Malling that has left an elderly woman with a serious head injury.

Officers were called today at 9.05am today to a road traffic collision on High Street.

A grey seat Leon was in collision with an 85-year-old woman who was crossing the road.

The air ambulance attended took the woman to hospital.

The road remains closed as officers carry out investigations into the circumstances.


Music to their ears - the classical concert that had schoolchildren spellbound

A celebratory atmosphere at St Mary's Church Credit: ITV Meridian

Hundreds of schoolchildren have been given the chance to perform alongside a prima ballerina as part of a project to foster a love of classical music.

Respected conductor and violinist Thomas Kemp and other musicians held workshops for around 800 local primary pupils at 15 schools in and around West Malling in the lead up to the Music@Malling Festival.

Erina Takahashi, English National Ballet Credit: ITV Meridian

The end result was three performances of The Soldier's Tale, composed by Stravinsky in 1918. Dancing to the music, was a very special guest - Lead Principal with the English National Ballet, Erina Takahashi.

The plot thickens Credit: ITV Meridian

Pupils also played music they'd composed themselves in the workshops. Other children from schools around the region turned out to listen, and were captivated by the performances.

Two men arrested after armed robbery in Kent

Andrew Smith Jewellers was robbed by armed jewellers Credit: ITV Meridian

Two men have been arrested after a substantial amount of jewellery was stolen during an armed robbery in Kent.

Two men weilding an axe went into Andrew Smith Jewellers on West Malling High street on Friday lunchtime. They got away with a large amount of jewellery and made off in a blue Peugeot 106 driven by a third man. Two men have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Armed robbery at high street jewellers

Two men have been arrested after an armed robbery at a jewellers in West Malling, Kent.

Kent Police were called at 1.30pm on Friday, August 9 to a report of an armed robbery in progress at Andrew Smith Jewellers in the High Street.

The two men entered the store armed with an axe and stole a large amount of jewellery.

The men made off in a blue Peugeot 106, which was driven by a third man who waited outside the car.

On August 11, the two men aged 27 and 29 were arrested on suspicion of robbery. They have since been released on bail until October 21.

The High Street was quite busy at the time of the robbery, and we have spoken to a number of witnesses who have given us very useful information. I’m sure there are some more people out there who saw what happened though, and it would be great to hear from them."

– DC Graham Hunt at Tonbridge police station

Mystery of man found dead on rail track

British Transport Police are appealing for information about the last movements of a man found dead on a railway line in Kent.

The body of Nathan Cackett, 23, was discovered close to Ryarsh Lane foot crossing near West Malling.

His silver Lexus was found crashed in bushes just outside of Trottiscliffe.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious.


Former newspaper owner rape trial begins

A jury at the Old Bailey has been sworn in in the case of former newspaper owner Eddy Shah who is accused of rape.

Shah, 69, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, denies raping a girl under 16 during the 1990s.

Shah and a man and woman are accused of sex offences against the girl between the ages of 12 and 15.

Anthony Pallant, 53, of West Malling, Kent, denies rape and indecent assault. Susan Davies, 53, of Swanley, Kent, denies indecent assault, aiding and abetting rape and child cruelty.

Shah, who is charged under his birth name of Selim Shah, founded the now-defunct Today newspaper in 1986.

'Train baby' Phoebe doing well

Proud dad, Allan Stanley, with mum, Sonia Banks and baby Phoebe Credit: Invicta Kent Media

The father of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush hour in Kent has said: "It feels like I'm on cloud nine."

Allan Stanley, 21, was travelling back to his mother's home with her and his partner Sonia Banks, 22, when the contractions started.

Moments later, on Thursday night's 18:18 London to Kent train, Miss Banks gave birth to a "perfectly healthy" 6lb 13oz baby called Phoebe.

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