Morotists are facing delays on the M20 this morning after a crash between a car and a moped.Officers are at the scene of the incident on the London bound carriageway at junction 5 Coldharbour roundabout.Kent County Council Highways are advising drivers to avoid the area.Emergency services, including paramedics, are at the scene.Listen to kmfm for updates and follow our travel blog here. … [Read more...] about Long delays after M20 crash
Work to replace a footbridge will close the M20 this weekend.Two months after Teapot Lane footbridge in Aylesford was removed, a new steel structure is set to take its place.Ahead of the closure, we've rounded up some of the key facts about the new bridge.To find out more about the motorway's four mile closure, click here. A team of 20 people at Nusteel Structures have built the new structure in Lympne, Hythe, 30 miles away from Teapot Lane.In the early hours of Saturday morning, the new bridge will be transported 30 miles to Teapot Lane.The new steel bridge will be carried in three parts, with the longest section stretching to 32metres.Altogether the bridge weighs 45 tonnes, equivalent to nine hippos.Building work on the new bridge took six weeks.Specialists in building steel bridges, Nusteel Structures are also building another bridge further up the M20 at the new junction 10a, near Ashford.Find out more about roadworks to build the new junction here. … [Read more...] about How many hippos heavy is new footbridge?
A town's Christmas tree lights were quietly switched on this afternoon without an official countdown or any fanfare.The season to be jolly began inconspicuously in Jubilee Square, Maidstone.AS the KM revealed earlier this month, Maidstone is the only major town without an official switch-on event.Instead, two Christmas tree light displays and lights on the town hall quietly came on this evening.Maidstone Borough Council and Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre both used to hold switch-on countdowns, but Maidstone cancelled this in 2013.Since 2014, Fremlin Walk on Earl Street has held a ceremony and last year the cast of Maidstone TV studios pantomime Peter Pan helped turn the lights on. But it was a far cry from the enthusiastic crowds packing out the centre last year.Instead the shopping centre will offer a range of activities over a longer period of time. These includes Christmas tree lights, a giant polar bear and a screen to show festive films.Fremlin Walk's Christmas tree lights near to … [Read more...] about No fanfare for Christmas lights switch on
A young sub-postmaster has spoken of his shock after being threatened with a knife in a hold-up.Nathan Stannard, 24, was alone in Wateringbury Post Office in Tonbridge Road, on Tuesday. It was dark and just 15 minutes before the 6 o'clock closing time when the robbers struck.He said: "Two men came in. I didn't really notice until they were suddenly right in my face. One held a knife towards my chest and said to empty the tills and give them the money or they'd stab me."Mr Stannard said it was unusual for him to be alone in the shop. He had let his assistant go early because it had been a quiet day, and his postman had literally left just two minutes before.He said: "I just froze. It happened so suddenly and unexpectedly, it was a blur, I didn't know what to do."Mr Stannard gave them the money and they took the stamps as well and they ran off.Mr Stannard only took over as sub-postmaster in February, when the post office was remodelled on Post Office Ltd's new open-plan … [Read more...] about Sub-postmaster tells of knife ordeal
From the outside looking in, young Lucy Weekes had it all - a grounded, stable family, promising grades at school, and was a young girl full of potential.Growing up in a grounded, stable family in leafy West Sussex, this quiet but bright and articulate pupil was popular among both peers and teachers at school.She had a love for horses a knack for show-jumping which took her to a number of countries all around the globe.The world appeared to be her oyster.But beneath her calm, unwavering exterior was a crippling disease that would eventually lead to sectioning, a night behind bars and the loss of custody of her two sons: alcoholism.It began, Lucy recalls, when aged just 15, she tried to overdose on prescription tablets after a long weekend of drinking.“I didn’t like me, I didn’t want to be in my skin, and the drink would give me confidence,” she said.Lucy would usually drink lager - often 12 cans a day - but five or six bottles of wine was not uncommon either, … [Read more...] about ‘I couldn’t even stop drinking for my kids’