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AUTISTIC BOY FACES LIFE FAR AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY AS TONBRIDGE SCHOOL STOPS CARE

A CHILD with autism could be separated from his home and family because a school in Tonbridge has said it cannot cope with looking after him.

Twelve-year-old William Lunn has attended Nexus Foundation Special School in Brook Street since 2016 but it now says it can no longer provide the necessary level of care.

Instead Kent County Council [KCC] has offered a residential place at Stone Bay School in Broadstairs – 50 miles away from his family.

His parents Chris and Helen, who live in Leybourne, have launched a petition calling on County Hall to find an alternative solution. KCC and Nexus declined to answer questions about William’s plight.

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BE CAREFUL ON SCORCHED TUNBRIDGE WELLS COMMON, NATURIST WARNS

Consecutive days of hot weather has scorched the grassland on Tunbridge Wells Common and created a fire risk.

Ian Beavis, a Committee Member of Friends of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons, said days of temperatures in the mid-20s has affected the grassland as much as any dry spell since the infamous drought of 1976.

The heatwave has taken its toll on the ancient Tunbridge Wells landscape, with grass around Wellington Rocks turning from a healthy green to a desert-like brown.

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THOUSANDS ATTEND TUNBRIDGE WELLS MELA FESTIVAL IN CALVERLEY GROUNDS

The diversity of Tunbridge Wells was celebrated in the sunshine inside Calverley Grounds on Sunday [July 1] for Mela Festival.

More than 2,000 attended the 13th edition of the free event which features live music, food and dance.

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TWO TOWERS PLAN TURNED DOWN AS ‘HARMFUL’ TO TONBRIDGE’S CHARACTER

PLANS to build two towers in the town centre have been thrown out by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s planning chief.

The proposed development would have seen the erection of a 16-storey tower, standing 163ft high, with a nine-floor building alongside it on the River Centre car park on Medway Wharf Road.

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RUGBY: TUNBRIDGE WELLS’ JUNIORS FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ENGLAND HEROES

TUNBRIDGE WELLS Rugby Club’s juniors were among the 14 schools and clubs who had the chance to play at Twickenham in the Quilter Kids First training day last month.

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