Kent

M2: Two lanes shut after manhole cover collapses

Two lanes of a Kent motorway have been closed after a manhole cover collapsed.

'The runner’s rush is a real thing' – how to get in marathon shape

The day Jamie Doward got married all he could think about was whether he’d be able to ‘get a run in’. Here’s how he went from a gentle walk to the obsessive attitude needed to complete 26.2 miles<p><b>T</b>he world always looks better after a run. Many people attest that running helps them beat their “black …

Marathons

Brave mum shares shocking pictures of toddler's burns after jug of boiling water left him 'bandaged like mummy'

A mum has shared shocking pictures of her toddler's horrific burns after a jug of boiling water left him "bandaged like a mummy" and permanently …

We Didn't Know

Troubles caused by singers belting it out

Modern singers depend for power and vocal strength on technology as well as their own skills, says Ian Flintoff; and Sara Neil on the ‘belting’ vocal technique<p>Bernhard Warner (Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?, 10 August), omits one possibly vital factor: electronic amplification and …

Opera

"Wonderful" athletics star, 15, dies in his sleep in hotel room while on school trip to Cuba

A "wonderful" teenage athletics star died in his sleep while on a school trip in Cuba.<p>Alex Holliday, 15, of Whitstable, Kent, was found in his hotel …

Cuba

Cecil Ballantine obituary

My partner, Cecil Ballantine, who has died aged 86, was a teacher who specialised in the Victorian period and acted as a literary adviser for the BBC’s costume drama productions of Middlemarch and Martin Chuzzlewit. He also wrote introductions for editions of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Edmund …

Collision near Tesco

Emergency services were called to a two-car collision outside the Tesco store on the A20 London Road on the approach to Maidstone last night.<p>The …

Tesco

9 utterly magnificent apartments where you can live in splendour at a fraction of the usual cost

An apartment within a listed mansion offers a fantastic mix of affordability, practicality and splendour, as these stunning places show.<p>Alderley – …

Luxury

As predicted, plebiscite brings out the crazies

"The remarkable thing about Shakespeare," Robert Graves said, "is that he is really very good – in spite of all the people who say he is very …

Australian News

Wilko jobs at risk

Dozens of jobs in Kent could be at risk as discount retailer Wilko confirmed it has started redundancy talks with 3,900 staff.<p>The high-street chain …

Dispersal order in town centre

More than 200 people were moved on and cannabis was seized while a disperal order was in place in a town centre.<p>The order started at 4pm yesterday …

Police called as travellers pitch up in cemetery

Travellers have pitched up just metres away from graves in a cemetery.<p>The move has caused anger among residents who have called it disrespectful to …

Motorcylist involved in M20 crash at junction 7 near Maidstone

Emergency services called after a motorcyclist was involved in a collision at busy motorway junction.

Bogus police armed with crowbar rob man

Three men posing as police officers are alleged to have intimidated a driver with a crowbar.<p>Detectives are appealing for information to the robbery …

Crime

Police release CCTV images after alleged assault in Prince of Wales Terrace, Deal

Police have released CCTV images of youths they's like to speak to in connection with an alleged assault

Crime

Memorial for Bruce Hottum who died scuba diving in English Channel

A man lost his life while examining the remains of a plane shot down in the English Channel during the Second World War.

Scuba Diving

Chihuahua-cross Coco from Deal found in Dover after seven weeks by sniffer dog

A chihuahua-cross who had been missing for more than seven weeks has been found safe and well in the next town thanks to a sniffer dog

Dogs

Drone video shows pace of regeneration

New drone footage shows the progress being made at Dover’s St James development with a cinema, Travelodge and shops finally taking shape.<p>The video …

Drones

Graffiti promoting group who want to make cannabis legal appears at The Strand

Graffiti promoting a group who aim to make cannabis legal appeared on a sign at a park.

Cannabis

The UK’s longest, highest treetop walkway is about to open

Tall, wobbly and a bit scary - no, not me, but an intriguing new attraction on the border of Kent and Sussex.<p>In the expansive grounds of Groombridge …

Arthur Conan Doyle

Bell-ringer claimed he was growing cannabis for beer

A carpenter who builds theatre sets found himself in a drama when caught with a crop of cannabis plants he was brewing into beer, a court …

Cannabis

Folkestone Education Trust wary of rising childcare costs

The country's biggest listed owner of childcare properties, Folkestone Education Trust, has warned that the rising cost of living is taking a toll on …

Cost of Living

Suspected illegal immigrants from Iran found at Shakespeare beach in Dover

Police and border officials were called after four suspected illegal immigrants from Iran were found on a beach.

Immigration

Improvement plans to be unveiled for busy junction

Improvement works to a major road is set to be rolled out at an engagement to show plans to widen a busy junction to three lanes.<p>Kent County Council …

M20 at Ashford at a standstill due to heavy flooding

There was chaos on Kent's roads as heavy rain caused flash floods.

Weather

MBNA Thames Clippers trials boat commute from Gravesend to London

Kent commuters are being asked to trial a new way of getting into London, which could become a permanent fixture.

London

Travellers set up camp on common

Around 50 travellers have pitched up on playing fields in the middle of a residential estate.<p>A number of caravans can be seen on the common at …

Travel

Child rapist Phillip Monksfield jailed

A sex beast sexually assaulted a girl aged under 13 after learning she had previously been abused.

Lorry ploughs into front garden in Chart Hill Road, Chart Sutton

Police were called after an HGV went into a front garden - for the third time in two years.

Cycling

Police break up illegal rave involving 500 people at Swanley industrial unit

Police made 12 arrests after breaking up an illegal rave involving up to 500 revellers, which left a brand new industrial unit trashed.

Crime