Kent

Migrants found in people-smuggling ‘coffin’ coming into UK

Three youngsters, aged between two and six, were smuggled into the UK in a secret compartment underneath a flat-bed lorry.

Migration

An Aboriginal Man Who Has Maintained His Innocence For 33 Years Will Get Another Day In Court

Derek Bromley has spent three decades protesting his innocence over a 1984 murder.<p>Derek Bromley was sentenced to life with a non-parole period of 32 years, for the 1984 murder of Stephen Docoza, whose body was found in Adelaide's River Torrens.<p>At his trial, the prosecution claimed Bromley and his …

Crime

Ebbsfleet to rename stadium after 70 years

Ebbsfleet United Football Club is to rename its stadium after striking a five-year sponsorship deal with a local firm.<p>Stonebridge Road — the …

Soccer

Warning after lone drivers followed by suspicious cars in parts of Kent

A terrified mum has issued a warning after she was followed for more than 15 miles by a suspicious man, in the latest in a series of similar incidents

Folkestone takes prize exit at Wollongong

Sydney-based fund manager Folkestone has booked a bumper return after selling a Wollongong office building to a wealthy offshore investor for $46.1 …

Real Estate

Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents' complaints

Group of parents say children have been given hateful messages in assemblies and lessons led by charity CrossTeach<p>A primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage …

Religion

Road reopens after car and lorry crash

One person has been taken to hospital after a crash blocked a busy route in Sittingbourne.<p>A lorry and a car were involved in a head-on smash in …

Someone keeps abandoning cucumbers in Tunbridge Wells and no-one knows why

The phantom cucumber abandoner of Tunbridge Wells has been stopping people in their tracks with one witness asking if the weird trail has meaning for …

Man checks into A&E at Darent Valley Hospital after mistaking green ink for 'vein problem'

A man was discharged from a hospital's accident and emergency unit after being miraculously cured with a wet wipe.

Lorry hits bridge in Coombe Valley Road, Dover

A brother and sister have McDonald's to thank... after a lorry ploughed into a bridge and smashed into their house wall.

Cinema and hotel for town centre

Dartford is set to get its own cinema with a new hotel and doctor’s surgery as part of a highly anticipated development to transform one of the …

Drug-driving violinist Victoria Yellop left motorcyclist seriously injured in Tonbridge crash

A disgraced classical musician left a motorcyclist in constant pain and unable to work after crashing into him while twice the drug-driving limit.

Crime

OFM Awards 2017: Best Place to Drink – the runners-up

Pubs, wine bars, speakeasys and cocktail specialists: OFM readers pick their favourites from across the UK<p><b>East</b><p><b>Thirsty, Cambridge</b><br>A wine shop where you can drink in as well as take out (or buy online); they also run a riverside biergarten during the summer.<i><br>46 Chesterton Rd, CB4 1EN; 01223 464436</i><p><b>Pint</b> …

London

4 impressive equestrian properties that you can rent

1. <b>Rider Farm, North Yorkshire</b><p><b>For you:</b> an unfurnished, modernised farmhouse with a garden and extensive outbuildings, near to the village of …

Horses

Lenham: Driver caught speeding at 100mph on M20 with expired licence

A reckless driver has been pulled over after being caught hurtling down the motorway at more than 100mph.

Folkestone 'list closure' GPs ordered to stay open

<b>Seven GP practices that had planned to close their lists because of safety fears amid a GP shortage have been ordered to keep accepting new patients.</b><p>The Folkestone surgeries have said they will appeal against the decision by the South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).<p>Dr Quasim Mahmood, …

Health Care

Maidstone's Buddha Belly restaurant on Pudding Lane closes

A town centre restaurant has closed down and isn't expected to reopen for at least five months.

Restaurants

PCC to be given 'words of advice' after runaway car ordeal

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner will be given some “words of advice” after his car rolled out of police headquarters and onto an A-road without …

Crime

Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Ali, who was arrested at Dover, in court over Parsons Green 'terror attack'

A teenage asylum seeker who was arrested in Kent after allegedly building a nail bomb which partially exploded on the Tube has appeared in court.

Terrorism

Lap of luxury: Christchurch's most expensive street

Graham Beirne owns one of the most expensive houses on Christchurch's most expensive street - and the only way he plans to move is "in a wooden …

Real Estate

Peter Taylor: Gillingham caretaker manager leaves role at League One club

<b>Peter Taylor has left his role as director of football and caretaker manager at League One strugglers Gillingham.</b><p><b>More to follow.</b>

English Premier League

Nine things you will need to do before the countdown to Christmas begins

Here is a list of things you might want to think about doing before the countdown to Christmas begins.

Christmas

Fly tipping costs man almost £5,000

A man from Sheppey has been ordered to pay almost £5,000 in fines, costs and compensation after being found guilty of fly tipping waste he had been …

Supermarket giant pulls store plans

A supermarket giant has pulled out of its move to Sheppey, it has been revealed.<p>Despite years of waiting, Asda will no longer build a store on the …

Schools across Kent need to fill 564 governor vacancies

Schools across the county are suffering a 'critical' shortage of volunteers taking up a key support role.

Education

Heavy police presence in Maidstone after suspects in Edmonton-area carjackings, shooting flee to Saskatchewan | Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Heavy police presence in Maidstone after suspects in Edmonton-area carjackings, shooting flee to Saskatchewan

Canadian News

Folkestone checks into airport hotel to welcome China boom

by Nick Lenaghan<p>Led by property veteran Greg Paramor, fund manager Folkestone is buying into the hospitality boom, snapping up a Sydney airport hotel …

Australian News

Tributes pour in for 32-year-old Sittingbourne biker, Alexander Politowicz, who died after crash with car

The family of a biker who died after a crash with a car have paid tribute to a beloved son, brother and friend.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Revealed: The happiest places to live in Britain

Property (UK)

'Home first' model aims to stop patients being stranded on hospital wards

The quicker older people get out of hospital, the less likely they’ll end up in residential homes or back on a ward<p>With winter looming, health and care teams are being urged to radically overhaul discharge procedures to prevent patients being left stranded on hospital wards. New approaches are …

Health Care