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Search for Kent's Bing Crosby

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A record label is trying to find somebody called Bing Crosby who is registered as living in Kent.

Decca Records said they are aware of three people in the UK with the same name as the "White Christmas" singer, one of whom lives in Kent.

It placed an advert in the Kent Messenger, promising a "five-star Christmas lunch" to anyone who could provide a birth certificate bearing the name "Bing Crosby".

Crosby, who also starred in dozens of films between the 1930s and 70s, died in 1977.

"When we discovered there were possibly three people called Bing Crosby living in the UK, it caused complete pandemonium in the office and we knew we had to do what we could to bring them together," said Tom Lewis, vice president of Decca Records, which released many of the entertainer's hits.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, between J2 for A20 London Road and J1 for M25 J3.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound between J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit) and J1, M25 J3 (Swanley Interchange), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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Digger used in Co-op ram raid

Guy Bell

Co-op Cranrbook
Peter Rolington

A digger has been used in a ram raid to steal cash from a Co-op store in Cranbrook.

The JCB was driven into the supermarket on the High Street at about 02:00 GMT. Detectives are now looking for three people in connection with the burglary.

Nobody was injured but the building was damaged and a large amount of cash reported stolen.

The digger remains outside the building and officers recovered another vehicle abandoned in a nearby road that is thought to have been involved.

Det Sgt Jason Booth said: "We remain in the area carrying out inquiries and reviewing CCTV and forensic opportunities. We are looking for three suspects and a third vehicle that may have been used."

Councillors' behaviour criticised

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Kent County Council (KCC) members have been urged to improve their behaviour at public meetings after the council’s standards committee expressed its “disappointment” over their conduct.

Several complaints were submitted to the authority over the “inappropriate behaviour” of some of its members in the last two months.

KCC’s standards committee was told on Wednesday that two of the incidents related to public meetings at Maidstone County Hall on September 19 and 24.

A probe into the complaints has been launched by the office of the General Counsel at KCC, although the name of the members involved and specific allegations made remain undisclosed.

KCC’s superannuation fund committee chairman, Councillor Charlie Simkins, said: “We need to be constantly aware that Big Brother is watching us.”

A total of 14 complaints have been made this year over alleged threatening behaviour, social media misconduct and failure to talk to residents over local issues.

But this represents a drop from last year’s total of 17.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, from J6 for A229 Maidstone to J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and queues on M20 westbound from J6, A229 (Maidstone) to J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, from J6 for A229 Maidstone to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 westbound from J6, A229 (Maidstone) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, from J3 for M26 to J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound from J3 M26 to J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J3 for M26 to A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M20 westbound from J3 M26 to A20, Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit, because of a broken down horsebox.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe congestion: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe congestion, from J2 for A20 London Road to M26.

M20 Kent - It's heavy on M20 eastbound from J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit) to M26. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne and J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound between J4, A228 (Leybourne) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's heavy on M20 westbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, from J6 for A229 Maidstone to J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound from J6, A229 (Maidstone) to J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M26 Kent westbound

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M26 Kent westbound severe disruption, before J5 for M25 J5.

M26 Kent - Queues for two miles on M26 westbound before J5 M25 J5, because of an obstruction. Travel time is around 10 minutes.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne to J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's slow on M20 eastbound from J4, A228 (Leybourne) to J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down. Congestion to M26 Interchange.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe accident, around J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and it's heavy on M20 eastbound around J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, between J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne and J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound between J4, A228 (Leybourne) and J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked and queues on M20 westbound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a car that's broken down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe accident, near J6 for A229 Maidstone.

M20 Kent - Queues on M20 London-bound near J6, A229 (Maidstone), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Woman arrested after man stabbed

Guy Bell

Gordon Road
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A woman has been arrested after a man was stabbed in Chatham.

Kent Police were called to a property in Gordon Road at about 22:40 GMT on Monday.

A 33-year-old woman was arrested and remains in custody. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, before J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 westbound before J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - M20 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

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M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J3 for M26 to J4 for A228 Castle Way Leybourne.

M20 Kent - One lane closed on M20 eastbound from J3 M26 to J4, A228 (Leybourne), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Five things you can do with a pumpkin, other than carving
Millions of perfectly good pumpkins are thrown away after every Halloween, so why not try something different?

Severe disruption: M20 Kent westbound

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M20 Kent westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A20.

M20 Kent - One lane closed and queues on M20 westbound at J5, A20 (Aylesford), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cabinet to become 'more transparent' under new leader

Ciaran Duggan

Local Democracy Reporter

Kent County Council’s opposition party leaders could formally and directly participate in future cabinet meetings.

The 10-person cabinet of the new Conservative administration could see input from the heads of KCC’s two largest opposition parties, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, in public meetings going forward.

New council leader, Conservative Roger Gough, has proposed to restructure future cabinet sessions to make them “more transparent” and improve public debate as he chaired his first meeting at Maidstone County Hall on 28 October.

Roger Gough
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New leader Roger Gough says he wants his cabinet meetings to be more transparent

Opposition party leaders say they “welcome” the change to the existing format, which they have criticised for “lacking interest”.

Updates on the reform proposals will be made to the new cabinet at a future meeting and the next is scheduled to take place in Maidstone on 2 December from 10:00 GMT.

Severe disruption: M20 Kent eastbound

BBC News Travel

M20 Kent eastbound severe disruption, from J1 for M25 J3 to J2 for A20 London Road.

M20 Kent - One lane blocked on M20 eastbound from J1, M25 J3 (Swanley Interchange) to J2, A20 (Wrotham Brands Hatch Circuit), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time