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Star turn for victim of bullying

A care worker who turned her life around after suffering bullying at school has been handed a top award by the Prince of Wales. Shenica Williamson, 19, won the Prince's Trust and RBS Celebrate Success Awards on Monday. She told the Express: I didn't
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More police on streets promise

POLICE chiefs have vowed not to make cuts to frontline services despite receiving just half the budget they requested from the Government. Kent Police Authority announced it would be adding an extra 4.95 per cent of its precept onto council tax bills ne
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Chopper rescue team hit the road

KENT Air Ambulance paramedics have been handed a four-wheel drive car to help them reach even more emergencies. Car dealer Whitehouse Chrysler and Jeep have given the charity a Jeep Cherokee. It will be used when the helicopter is unable to fly due to
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Thames 'stunner' ready to take new passengers on board

ONE of the river's most enduring beauties continues to bring excitement to the lives of children. The 83-year-old Kenya Jacaranda is one of only five Brixham sailing trawlers still afloat out of an original fleet of more than 400 but she is in need of vo
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Runners in the fast lane

FEET replaced wheels at a famous motor race track in a bid to raise money for charity. Hundreds of runners took part in a half-marathon in aid of Cancer Research at Brands Hatch in West Kingsdown. The event was organised by Running Fitness magazine
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Tolls are in a jam

A SENIOR government minister says road tolls are the key to tackling congestion despite the Dartford River Crossing, where they are in place, ranking as one of the slowest roads in the country. The Crossing is named and shamed on a list of congestion hot
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'Irresponsible' to drop race groups

NEW government proposals to axe racial equality councils have been condemned by worried ethnic group leaders. Leader of North West Kent Racial Equality Council Dev Sharma said the government plan was irresponsible at a time of heightened racial tension.
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'Police stations won't close,' says top cop

A PLEDGE has been given that a 30 million plan for new police headquarters will not lead to other stations closing. The promise came as officials unveiled the final proposals for the police HQ in Ebbsfleet. Residents have feared that, if the building i
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Club rumbles the thugs

MORE than 1,500 club-goers have registered their fingerprints and pictures for an entry system being pioneered in the county. Deja Vu, in London Road, Swanley, is one of the first clubs in the country to introduce the computer programme as a way of clamp
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Bus fare victory for the over 60s

PENSIONERS are celebrating after a 'long awaited' scheme to make bus travel free throughout Kent was granted. From April 1 anyone over 60 and some people with disabilities will be able to travel for free on any bus as long as it starts or ends in the co
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