Kent Messenger w/c February 19

It’s good to be back into the swing of things at the KM, and this week I’ve managed to get my teeth into some really interesting stories.

For the front page of the Sittingbourne News Extra, I wrote a piece about a childrens’ hospice’s plans for expansion. Demelza Hospice Care for Children is looking to expand its base in Bobbing, near Sittingbourne, with proposals to build 20 houses to fund the project.

Staying in Sittingbourne, I spoke to Jim Burlton, a 76-year-old who was the victim of a bizarre theft from his allotment, where his shed was taken, but the contents were left. Jim had spent the winter re-building the shed and fixing parts of it, so it was a real shame this had happened to him.

The final piece I want to highlight from this week is another article about theft. Numerous BMWs have been broken into across Kent since November, and I spoke to one woman who had had three vehicles targeted in that time. The thieves tend to take steering wheels, but in one of her cars they had ripped the central console out as well, leaving quite a mess for her to clear up.

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