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DRAIN CLEAN BLITZ TO BE COMPLETED IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS

A drain cleaning operation will be carried out in Tunbridge Wells next week after flash floods harmed businesses.

Rain fell so intensely in a half an hour period on Thursday, July 5, that surface water was unable to enter the sewer network fast enough.

This caused sewers, such as those in Nevill Road, to back up and shops to be flooded.

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ORIANA, 19, CROWDFUNDS FOR SPINE OPERATION NOT AVAILABLE ON NHS

A teenager with a life-limiting spine condition has said time is running out for her to be effectively treated.

Oriana Situ-Chivers, who lives in Paddock Wood, has a severe form of scoliosis and which has left her backbone in an ‘S’ shape with two 60°C curves.

The 19-year-old has dropped out of university and had to stop driving, taking part in sport and even stop playing flute as the condition has worsened this year.

It is now almost impossible for her to walk for more than ten minutes.

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GORDON LOCKE, 28, CHARGED IN SHERWOOD MURDER INVESTIGATION

A man has been charged with murder following an incident in Sherwood Road, Tunbridge Wells.

Kent Police were called at 10.42am yesterday [Tuesday, July 17] and confirmed 43-year-old Gordon Farnes sustained injuries and died.

Gordon Locke, aged 28 and of no fixed address, was arrested and an investigation was launched by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

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PLAN TO CHARGE UP TO £6 FOR NON-HOUSEHOLD WASTE

County Hall leaders are hoping to make £4million a year by charging residents for disposing of non-household waste at tips.

Under plans, customers would pay £4 to drop of a standard black sack of soil, rubble or hardcore waste, or £6 per bag or sheet of plasterboard.

The disputed proposal has now gone out to consultation after Kent County Council’s environment committee approved a draft in a meeting last week.

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