Podcast: Anger as historic war memorial tank in Ashford town centre ‘left to rot’

There are calls to restore a war memorial in Ashford – with one military enthusiast calling it “tatty, shabby and unloved”.

The British Mark IV Tank sits in St George’s Square after being gifted to the town in 1919 when the community raised money to support the war effort. Hear from  John Harris who wants the council to get involved.

Also in today’s podcast, a court has heard how a police officer failed to confront a man who was setting a restaurant alight in Margate.

The officer was driving past GB Pizza Co which was destroyed in the blaze last October.

Kent’s unemployment rate is continuing to rise with another 320 people claiming out of work benefits in February.

That takes the total to about 37,850.

A dad from Maidstone says he’s been left in agony after his hospital appointment was postponed because of junior doctors’ strikes.

Michael Howard started suffering from a pain in his hip seven months ago and after several scans he was finally due to be seen last week.

 Our reporter Rhys Griffiths has been investigating the former St Augustines hospital near Canterbury to mark 30 years since it closed.

It opened in 1875 and at one time was known as the East Kent Lunatic Asylum. Hear from a former member of staff who has been sharing their memories.

There are calls for more lights to be switched off across Kent so we can appreciate the night sky.

Visit Kent have done a study to mark Dark Sky Week – and found two thirds of us think more should be done to reduce light pollution and energy use. We’ve been chatting to their chief executive.

And in sport, hear from the Gillingham manager as they welcome top of the table Leyton Orient to Priestfield tonight.

A win for the visitors will see them promoted while victory for the Gills will secure their future in league two next season.