Kent

MPs to scrutinise Toys R Us chief's salary bump

Toys R Us is to face further questions from MPs about a bumper pay increase for its UK chief executive a year before the retailer announced plans to shutter a quarter of its stores.<p>The Sunday Telegraph revealed that the company more than trebled the pay package for its former UK boss, Roger …

Brexit

Rod and Patricia Duke to build new helicopter landing pad boat shed in Herne Bay - with James Bond touch

An old boatshed in New Zealand's most expensive suburb can be demolished and a new one built so multimillionaire businessman Rod Duke can use it as a …

New Zealand News

Furious motorists caught in gridlock

Sheppey’s road system was plunged into chaos again this week when temporary work began on the Lower Road at Minster.<p>Workers started altering the …

furious

Entire family of ‘feral scumbags’ likened to Shameless family face Christmas in jail

<b>An entire family who have been described as ‘feral scumbags’ are facing Christmas in jail – and neighbours couldn’t be happier.</b><p>Even relatives are …

Auckland rich-lister Rod Duke fights council over Herne Bay helicopter use

MORNING REPORT/RNZ<p>The managing director of Briscoes is appealing against an Auckland Council decision that restricts how often he can land his …

New Zealand News

'Save buses with people power'

People power is being called on to save services from being axed in a threatened new wave of bus cutbacks.<p>Six routes in Dover district are affected …

Clock In, Clock Out, Pull In

Most of Australia’s hardest-charging slab surfers don’t call chasing terrifying waves a career. They call it a vacation.<p>It was a week before famed …

Surfing

Driver crashed into several power poles in Medway

Officials in Medway said a driver crashed into several power poles overnight.The crash happened around 2 a.m. near Village Street and Charles River …

Sunbeam Television

NSW plans to spend $2bn on Sydney stadiums, but will that mean bigger crowds?

Melbourne has a culture of people going to sporting fixtures in huge numbers, Sydney doesn’t, and state-of-the-art stadiums are unlikely to change that<p>The New South Wales government, in concert with the powerful SCG Trust, has adopted an “If we build it, they will come” approach to stadium policy, …

Australia

Man arrested over copper cable theft

A man has been arrested in Ashford after copper cabling was recovered by police following a warrant.<p>Officers from the Canterbury Divisional Support …

Crime

Apocalypses are more than the stuff of fiction — First Nations Australians survived one

There is a shield in the British Museum, taken by Cook on his 1770 landing in the place he named Botany Bay, in what was to become New South …

Sydney

The Shed shows how willing we are to suspend our disbelief

So where are you eating dinner tonight? A disused garage in Dalston? A dry cleaner's-cum-speakeasy in Camberwell? How about a fictional shed in …

The week in pictures

From a Royal visit at a distillery in Kent to a fond farewell for one of the UK drinks industry's most loved characters as he retires, take a look at …

Teen denies murder following single punch

A 16-year-old boy denied murdering a middle-aged man in Maidstone when he appeared at the town’s Crown Court today.<p>Wayne Chester, 50, is alleged to …

Crime

Court security chaos: Judge slams 'chronic failure'

Maidstone Combined Court Judge Jeremy Carey seeks to reassure court visitors over ‘lamentable’ state of affairs.

Law (UK)

Service Alteration Details

Incident created<p>08/12/2017 06:37<p>Last updated<p>08/12/2017 06:38<p>Route affected<p>Trains between East Croydon and Gatwick Airport<p>TOC(s) affected<p>Description<p>A …

West Sussex

As Brexit Nears, Harrassment of EU Citizens in UK Rises

Ever since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, European Union citizens in the UK have felt increasingly unwelcome. Harrassment is on the rise and the …

Brexit

Mapping Massacres

In Australia, historians and artists have turned to cartography to record the widespread killing of Indigenous people.<p>From New York to Cape Town to Sydney, the bronze body doubles of the white men of empire—Columbus, Rhodes, Cook—have lately been pelted with feces, sprayed with graffiti, had their …

Culture

Baby boomers cash in country homes and return to city life in London

The London housing market has broken up for Christmas. Sales for the three months to October edged down one per cent on the same quarter of last …

Real Estate

Two people found dead in Tunbridge Wells flat

<b>Two people have been found dead at a flat in Tunbridge Wells.</b><p>Their bodies were removed from the property in Grove Hill Road just before midnight on Wednesday after Kent Police were called to the scene.<p>The deaths are currently being treated as unexplained. Fire crews were also sent to the scene and …

Dominvs sells UK commercial portfolio for £100m

Dominvs<p>A private buyer has purchased the portfolio, which comprises 16 industrial assets and two office schemes. The price reflects a net initial …

Commercial Real Estate

PC hit by van after armed raid on cannabis house

A gang carried out an armed raid on a Canterbury house filled with cannabis plants before driving at and hitting a police officer, a court has …

Crime

Who has been in court in Kent recently?

A drink-driver called Beer is among the latest to be sentenced at Kent's magistrates courts.

Crime

Have you seen Ivan?

Officers are appealing for information after a man was reported missing yesterday.<p>Ivan Wells, 47, was last seen in the South Darenth area at about …

Toys R Us was where we went to dream Christmas. Now that joy is gone

My mum scrimped and saved for the toys our childhood hearts were set on. The demise of so many toyshops is taking the wonder out of childhood<p>As a working-class child of the 80s and 90s, memories of my early Christmases are made up of 1) that Coke advert where the lit-up trucks full of toys drive …

Opinion

Motorcyclist's arson attack on car

A motorcyclist reportedly smashed a car's window and set fire to the passenger seat in an early morning arson attack.<p>A member of the public dialled …

M2 closed coastbound between Junction 2 and 3

The M2 has reopened after a major operation to clean up 700 litres of fuel spilt when a lorry crashed into a barrier.

Jobs could be lost as Toys ‘R’ Us announce Bristol store closure

More than 800 jobs are set to go at Toys ‘R’ Us and it has announced the closure of one of its Bristol stories.<p>The toy company announced on Monday, …

Aberdeen

Ethel the bulldog puppy needs heart operation

Ethel, a bulldog puppy, suffered pneumonia when she was just three weeks old.<p>Rescued by an animal charity near Faversham, Kent she and her two litter-mates spent a week in an oxygen tent to help them breathe.<p>Ethel's brother died, but she and her sister survived.<p>Now she needs an urgent operation on …

Toys R Us to close Kent store

Toys R Us has confirmed it plans to close one of its stores in Kent as part of proposals to shut at least 26 nationally, putting 800 jobs at risk.<p>The …