Migrant housed at Manston detention centre dies

Manston is designed to hold arrivals in the UK for 24 hours, but some migrants were reportedly held there for up to 32 days amid a backlog in the processing of asylum applications. The backlog has been exacerbated by an increased number of asylum applications, antiquated IT systems, high staff turn-over, and too few staff, according … Read more

Man playing Pokemon Go left with serious head injuries after being attacked by teenagers at Sturry recreation ground

A vicious attack left a man needing staples in his head after he was set upon by a group of teenagers who took issue with him sitting on “their” park bench. Mark Fernyhough, 37, was beaten by a gang of up to eight people at Sturry recreation ground near Canterbury. Mark suffered injuries to his … Read more

Police with taser in Chatham stand-off with ‘female with knife’

Police were involved in a taser stand-off with a “female with a knife”. Officers were sent to Chatham, where they “pointed their taser” at her, leading her to drop the blade. Police “pointed their taser” at the female, who then dropped the knife. Stock picture She was arrested for possession of a bladed article. Police … Read more

Manston migrant exodus begins as thousands prepare for life outside ‘new Sangatte’

Providing Albanians, entering the UK illegally, with a bed and full board in British hotels may not be the policy solution that Mrs Braverman was seeking. It is now thought Albanians account for 60 per cent of migrants crossing the Channel, with as many as 7,000 thought to have arrived in small boats this year … Read more

Cases of diphtheria at Manston airport asylum centre in Thanet

Cases of a potentially deadly infection have been reported at an asylum centre centre. The Home Office has confirmed that diphtheria has occurred at the processing centre at Manston, Thanet. The asylum centre at Manston. Picture: UKNIP The highly contagious infection affects the nose, throat and sometimes the skin. It is rare in the UK, … Read more

Orionid meteor shower will peak between October 21 and 22 says Greenwich’s Royal Observatory

One of the best and ‘most reliable’ meteor showers is happening this week that will see shooting stars light up the night sky. The Orionid meteor shower takes place throughout October as the Earth passes through debris left by the very famous Halley’s Comet. The Orionid shower is caused by debris from Halley’s Comet But … Read more

Woman from Maidstone helps others after beating four-year anorexia battle

A woman who had anorexia has described how she was compelled to walk 70,000 steps a day at university during her four-year battle with the eating disorder. Emily Hale, from Maidstone, celebrated after successfully completing her treatment programme and securing a job at a Cygnet Health Care hospital – where exactly one year ago she … Read more

Mum of Aurora Pile-Gray, from Westgate-on-Sea, describes telling daughter she had cancer

A bereaved mum has described the heartbreaking moment her terminally-ill daughter asked her: “Am I going to die?” Keisha Pile-Gray, from Westgate-on-Sea, lost nine-year-old Aurora in June 2021 following a 13-month fight against Burkitts Lymphoma, a rare type of blood cancer. Aurora Pile-Gray with mum Keisha. Picture: Keisha Pile-Gray/Growing Pains Paper Planes Now, the mum-of-three … Read more

Devastated family of Oliver James ‘OJ’ Brignall look to raise money for Leukaemia UK

A devastated mum and sister have opened up about their experience of losing a loved one to leukaemia as they raise money in his memory. The family of Ashford man Oliver James ‘OJ’ Brignall are fundraising to try to help stop others from enduring similar tragedy. His mum Michelle Atkins described her son, who died … Read more