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Lauren Abbott - labbott@thekmgroup.co.uk

Lauren Abbott was news editor of the Dartford and Gravesend Messenger series until 2011. She then took responsibility for the KM Group's My Kent Family website before also taking on the role of Trending Content Writer across the Iliffe Media group in 2021.

New 50p coin to mark 200 years of the RNLI

03 March 2024
New 50p coin to mark 200 years of the RNLI

New 50p coin to mark 200 years of the RNLI

03 March 2024

The Royal Mint has unveiled a new commemorative coin to honour 200 years of life-saving service by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


RNLI 200: Two centuries of lifesaving history in pictures

03 March 2024
RNLI 200: Two centuries of lifesaving history in pictures

RNLI 200: Two centuries of lifesaving history in pictures

03 March 2024

The RNLI has been saving lives at sea for 200 years but it’s a story that started miles from the coast and instead inside the walls of a city pub.


Cash bonuses for dentists begin to tackle appointment shortages

01 March 2024
Cash bonuses for dentists begin to tackle appointment shortages

Cash bonuses for dentists begin to tackle appointment shortages

01 March 2024

Dentists will be offered extra cash from this month to see new NHS patients so how will the new scheme help those struggling to get an appointment?


School fines for absences to increase in attendance crackdown

29 February 2024
School fines for absences to increase in attendance crackdown

School fines for absences to increase in attendance crackdown

29 February 2024

Parents face higher fines for taking their children out of school without permission as the government steps up its crackdown on attendance.


MOD confirms national events to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

28 February 2024
MOD confirms national events to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

MOD confirms national events to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

28 February 2024

The 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings takes place in June and the government has begun to unveil plans for national events to commemorate it.

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Virgin Media and O2 customers face huge price rises or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees

28 February 2024
Virgin Media and O2 customers face huge price rises or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees

Virgin Media and O2 customers face huge price rises or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees

28 February 2024

Virgin Media O2 customers face a ‘lose-lose choice’ between huge bill increases in April or ‘exorbitant’ exit fees warns consumer group Which?


AA demands tax cut for car insurance as premium costs soar

27 February 2024
AA demands tax cut for car insurance as premium costs soar

AA demands tax cut for car insurance as premium costs soar

27 February 2024

Cash-strapped drivers need support from the Chancellor in next week’s budget, says the AA, which has put forward the policies it says would help.


Wham! fans face online queues as George Michael coin goes on sale

26 February 2024
Wham! fans face online queues as George Michael coin goes on sale

Wham! fans face online queues as George Michael coin goes on sale

26 February 2024

Fans of George Michael and Wham! are clamouring to get their hands on specially-released coins celebrating the singer that are on sale this week.


Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

23 February 2024
Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

23 February 2024

There could be some relief for households with new energy bill predictions forecasting a drop in the price of gas and electricity by the spring.

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Supermarket extends ‘do not eat’ warnings

22 February 2024
Supermarket extends ‘do not eat’ warnings

Supermarket extends ‘do not eat’ warnings

22 February 2024

Lidl is removing more snacks from its shelves amid fears the biscuits are unsafe because they could contain pieces of metal.


Baby loss certificates for parents who lose a pregnancy before 24 weeks

22 February 2024
Baby loss certificates for parents who lose a pregnancy before 24 weeks

Baby loss certificates for parents who lose a pregnancy before 24 weeks

22 February 2024

Parents who lose a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy can apply for a formal certificate from today that will acknowledge the loss of their child.


Complete ban on mobile phones in school confirmed – even at break times

19 February 2024
Complete ban on mobile phones in school confirmed – even at break times

Complete ban on mobile phones in school confirmed – even at break times

19 February 2024

Schools have been told they should ban mobile phones completely but what exactly do the new rules mean for teachers, parents and pupils?


Supermarket recalls cookies over fears they contain metal

19 February 2024
Supermarket recalls cookies over fears they contain metal

Supermarket recalls cookies over fears they contain metal

19 February 2024

A supermarket is recalling various packets of cookies amid fears that the snacks could contain pieces of metal.


Project to boost UK bee numbers appeals to public for help

12 February 2024
Project to boost UK bee numbers appeals to public for help

Project to boost UK bee numbers appeals to public for help

12 February 2024

A project to try and boost vital numbers of bumblebees has been launched in Britain this week and conservationists need help.


Three Co-op workers attacked every day

12 February 2024
Three Co-op workers attacked every day

Three Co-op workers attacked every day

12 February 2024

Co-op staff endured record levels of violence in 2023, says the retailer, with three to four workers being attacked or assaulted every day.


Car finance investigation: Could you be owed money?

09 February 2024
Car finance investigation: Could you be owed money?

Car finance investigation: Could you be owed money?

09 February 2024

Drivers who bought a vehicle before January 2021 using a car finance agreement could be entitled to make a claim for compensation and here’s why.


Why could people born after 1970 soon have to work into their seventies?

09 February 2024
Why could people born after 1970 soon have to work into their seventies?

Why could people born after 1970 soon have to work into their seventies?

09 February 2024

By 2050 workers may need to be 71 before they retire, suggests a new report, but why is the state pension age becoming such a big issue in the UK?


More children to be offered Covid-19 booster jab

08 February 2024
More children to be offered Covid-19 booster jab

More children to be offered Covid-19 booster jab

08 February 2024

A Covid-19 booster jab will be offered to millions of patients in the spring and for the first time more children will be offered an extra vaccine.


Bereaved parents risk missing out on support as claim deadline looms

07 February 2024
Bereaved parents risk missing out on support as claim deadline looms

Bereaved parents risk missing out on support as claim deadline looms

07 February 2024

Thousands of unmarried parents who have lost a partner may be missing out on vital help as a deadline for restrospevtive bereavement payments closes.


Nestle to axe two biscuit bars

07 February 2024
Nestle to axe two biscuit bars

Nestle to axe two biscuit bars

07 February 2024

Nestle says it will no longer make two biscuit bars in its range because of declining sales, just months after Caramac bars were discontinued.


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