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June 28, 2022 18 min

A Gravesend postwoman's been left empty handed after finding more than £2,000 in cash on the street - then being told she can't keep it.

After reporting it to her line manager it was handed in at North Kent Police Station in Northfleet.

Irma Lisauskaite says she was told she could keep the money if it wasn't claimed within a month, but officers later said the rule had changed.

Find out what the rules are and the latest ...

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A number of homes have been destroyed in a huge fire in Gravesend.

Flames swept through the properties in Jubilee Crescent on Sunday lunchtime.

Our reporter Alex Langridge has been to the scene to see the devastation.

Also in today's podcast, it's feared a business that burnt down on Whitstable Harbour could take two years to reopen.

You might remember the blaze at the fish market and Crab & Winkle Restaurant about a mo...

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In today's podcast, a man's been sent to prison after a love triangle turned violent in the street.

Also, a busy road near Maidstone has been closed after a gas main fire. Our reporter is at the scene.

Trains across Kent have been severely disrupted again today as a knock-on effect from yesterday's rail strikes.

A Dartford woman's revealed how a brain tumour left her unable to cry and with no sense of taste or smell...

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Businesses in part of Gravesend say they could go bankrupt if a road closure following a large fire isn't lifted soon. Milton Road has been shut since May 26 when a fire ripped through a former pub. Our reporter Alex Langridge has been speaking to people who have premises in the area. Also in today's podcast, it's the second day of a series of rail strikes. The RMT union, who've organised the walkouts, says the thre...

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A large sinkhole has opened up on a road in Bexleyheath. Hear from our reporter at the scene and a man who lives there and heard it happen late last night. Also in today's podcast, a report's found leadership at the ambulance trust that covers Kent is 'inadequate'. Inspectors carried out an unannounced visit to SECAmb in February, and raised concerns about inappropriate sexualised behaviour, bullying and harassment....

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The biggest rail strike in a generation is under way. Very few services in running in Kent today as member of the RMT Union walk out in a row over pay and job security.

Hear from our reporter who managed to get on the first train out of Ashford this morning. We also chatted to passengers, plus we have reaction from Southeastern and our travel news provider on how its impacted the roads. Also in today's podcast, a former Kent re...

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We're being urged not to travel by train as railway workers get ready for the biggest strike in a generation.

Thousands of staff are walking out for three days this week in a row over pay, conditions and job losses - hear from our business editor Chris Britcher.

Also in today's podcast, Alex from the Kent Top 40 on our sister radio station kmfm has been speaking about his recent autism and ADHD diagnosis.

The 24 year-old sa...

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A man who stole an Amazon delivery van after snatching the keys from the driver in Canterbury has been jailed.

Hear the moment 33-year-old Ronnie Mead from Hunton Gardens was arrested while surrounded by half opened parcels.

A Ramsgate woman is calling for more mental health support for disabled children after her son died during lockdown.

Sammy Alban-Stanley had Prada-Willi Syndrome and fell from a cliff in 2020.

His mum Patricia ...

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Residents in Whitstable fear there could be a nasty accident because communal decking has gone rotten and become unstable.

Hear from one of the mums who doesn't want her children playing on it and is calling for something to be done.

Also in today's podcast, the deputy Prime Minister says the UK could potentially ignore rulings by the European Court of Human Rights - after they stopped a flight carrying asylum seekers to Rw...

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A heat health alert has been issued for Kent as we get our first real blast of summer.

Vulnerable people, including very young children and the elderly, are being urged to take particular care as temperatures rise.

Hear from Kent's director of public health who's got advice on how to stay cool.

Also in today's podcast, we have an update on yesterday's top story after a flight that was due to take asylum seekers from...

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Love them or loathe them? There's a bit of debate raging about self-checkout tills in supermarkets.

It has been sparked by a decision by Sainsbury's to increase the number available at their store in Maidstone.

In turn, they have dramatically cut the number of tills where an actual person will serve you.

Find out what shoppers and the supermarket have had to say.

Also in today's podcast, the first flight taking asylum s...

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The partner of a tree surgeon who died after being crushed at a National Trust property in Kent has described her as 'a beautiful soul, strong and inspirational'.

Debbie Austin was working to bring down the diseased Ash tree at Ightham Mote near Sevenoaks when it happened last December.

Also in today's podcast, two legal challenges have been taking place today just hours before the first flight is due to take asylum see...

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A biker says she was left lying in a road in pain as other motorists passed her by following a crash.

Zara Parr came off her motorbike after a crash on the A249 near Sittingbourne.

She's now appealing to find the good Samaritans who did finally stop to help.

Also in today's podcast, a Dartford man with cerebral palsy says aeroplane staff need to be better trained to support disabled passengers.

It's after a woman who...

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A shopkeeper has spoken of his shock after discovering a woman had defecated outside his store. Colin White checked CCTV from the shop thinking a pet owner had failed to clean up after their pet - it was then he discovered it was human faeces. Also in today's podcast, the cost of filling up a family sized car has now topped 100-pounds for the first time. Hear from Kent fuel campaigner Howard Cox who is again calling on the chan...

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Plans for a new swimming pool on the Isle of Sheppey have been scrapped. It was due to be part of a bid for £20 million in goverment cash to boost Sheerness. Hear from our reporter John Nurden who broke the story. Also in today's podcast, a leading Kent academic is calling for overdose prevention centres to be set up. They would allow addicts to take drugs in secure and hygienic facilities where help would be available if they ...

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There are calls for safety improvements on a road in Thanet after it was revealed almost 50 people have been hit by cars.

Northdown Road runs through the centre of Cliftonville and people living nearby want the speed limit reduced to 20 miles-per-hour.

Also in today's podcast, we have reaction after Prime Minister Boris Johnson narrowly won a confidence vote.

More than a third of Conservative MPs wanted him out of the job. Hear...

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Kent's MPs will vote tonight on whether they still have faith in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Hear from our political editor Paul Francis on why the confidence vote is happening now and what the ramifications could be.

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale has also spoken out and we've been asking some of you what you think.

Also in today's podcast, a Gravesend mum says her special needs son no longer wants to leave the ho...

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One of Kent's MPs has been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours.

Tracey Crouch, who represents Chatham and Aylesford, has been awarded a CBE for the work she did on the fan led review into football governance.

Meantime, the CEO of a company that arranges community events across the county to bring people of all faiths together has also been honoured.

Gurvinder Sandher gets an MBE.

Also in today's podcast, it's...

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The KentOnline Podcast has been told people are missing medical appointments because they simply can't afford the petrol to get there. Prices at the forecourts have reached another record high - and there's a warning it'll get even worse within days. Hear from Kent campaigner Howard Cox from FairFuelUK. Also in today's episode, Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner is accusing the Met of trying to "poach"...

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A woman has issued a warning after a suspected tracker was found on her car.

The device had been attached to the Audi and was spotted when the owner returned to the vehicle while it as parked at Bluewater.

Also in today's podcast, a woman who broke her friend's eye socket and assaulted two children at a birthday party has avoided being sent to prison.

Hear from our reporter Sean Axtell from Canterbury Crown Court.

For the f...

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