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LIVE NEWS: 20/01/2017

We’ll be keeping you up to date with breaking news and news stories around Kent here, on our live blog. 

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15.41: Canterbury, A28, Wincheap has slow moving traffic in both directions between the A2 and the Wicheap roundabout. Delays are expected.


15.31: Police issue warning after they are a number of burglaries in the Palm bay and Kinsgate areas of Thanet. Read where the incidents took place here.


15.28: Two men have been jailed after nearl £8 million pounds worth of cannabis was found at an industrial unit in Sittingbourne. Read more here.


15.21: Maidstone, A229 towards Maidstone town centre has now cleared following earlier congestion.



15.17: Kent police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in the underpass by Old Beverly Park in Canterbury on Wednesday.


15.07: Dover Traffic Access Protocol has been started on the A20 at Aycliffe due to heavy freight volumes.


14.46: Here is an update on our latest stories:


14.07: Witnesses are sought after money is reported stolen from cash machine in Delce Road, Rochester.


13:55: UPDATE! Lights are now back and working on Princes road in Dartford.

13.46: Traffic on the A21 Pembury road is slow northbound between A263 Pembury road and the roadworks.


13.44: A police helicopter is searching for a man in Southbourgh, near Tunbridge Wells for a man whose welfare the police say they are concerned about.


13.32: UPDATE! The A20 London road/Rocky Hill has now been cleared after earlier congestion.


13.17: Simon Langton School For Girls has issued a warning to parents after a student was reportedly followed by a man in Canterbury city centre.

Parents have reportedly been informed by the school that they were working with Kent Police to establish the facts of an incident in which a student was followed by a man in the City Centre on Thursday (January 19).


13.22: Canterbury Christ Church to charge 10p for polystyrene containers, starting monday.


13.18: A 35-year-old man has been charged with connection to violent demonstrations in Dover last year.


13.13: Slow moving traffic in Maidstone on the A20, due to a lane on Maidstone bridge.

12.33: UPDATE: The Sturry area, at the A28 Staines Hll is still partially blocked following an earlier collision.

Picture via Facebook

12.31: Slow moving traffic on the A21 southbound between A26 and Longfield roundabout. Delays expected.


12.19: Kent County Council issue gritting warning for tonight. All main roads are set to be salted.

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12.25: An 18-year-old has been charged in Tunbridge Wells with heroin offences. Read more here.

12.16: Police officers are appealing for information after discovering cannabis plants being cultivated in Edenbridge. More information found here.


12.05: England’s Number 1 table tennis player, Paul Drinkhall, will visit Thanet Vikings club for a full session to show off his talents and coach local players.

Paul Drinkhall is coming to Thanet


11.43: Four men arrested in Maidstone for suspicion of burglary. Breaking story here.


11.36: Delays on Princes Road, Dartford, after light signals have stopped working. Kent County Council engineer on the way.


11.20: Police appeal for witnesses after assault in Gravesend. More information found here.

11.12: Police appeal for a man who missed a court date relating to a burglary, click here.

Do you know where Brian Peter Gibbons is?

11.05: Man sentenced to four years in a youth offenders institute after stealing fried chicken. Find out more here.



11.06: A paedophile has been jailed for six years with intent to meet and sexually abuse a 5-year-old girl. Read more here.


6 people have been found alive two days after an avalanche at a hotel in Italy.


10.28: Earlier congestion in Canterbury, A28, Wincheap has now cleared.


10.24: A man has been jailed after stealing from a 101-year-old lady. Read more here.

10.03: 125 people were arrested in December for drink driving. To find out which Kent towns were the worst click here.


10.02: UPDATE! Congestion on the A229, Maidstone, has now cleared.

9.44: Congestion on the A229, Maidstone, at Sheals Crescent. Delays expected.

9.05: Expect delays in the Sturry area after an RTC accident. KCC representative is set to be on the scene soon.

Picture: Dan Goodwin via Facebook

9.05: The A249 Sittingbourne road is now reopened after a lorry had broken down.