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Podcast: Ashford thug jailed for killing puppies in front of his partner in terrifying attack

A man who killed his partner’s puppies during a terrifying attack at their home in Ashford has been locked up for seven years.

The two cocker spaniels died last August at the hands of 34 year-old Jimmy Smith, who’s since moved to Thames Ditton in Surrey.

Our reporter talks us through what happened.

Also in today’s podcast, plans to create a new wedding venue in the grounds of an 18th century country house not far from Deal seem to have split opinion.

Hear from some residents living near Ripple Court who are worried about noise disruption and extra traffic.

A decision on the proposal is due later this week.

Elsewhere, nurses in Kent have begun the first of two-days of strike action in a row over pay.

Thousands are walking across the country amid concerns under-funding and staff shortages are causing a crisis in the NHS.

We speak to two members of staff who want wages to keep up with rising inflation.

And in football, the new owner of Gillingham has told the KentOnline Podcast they could move to a new stadium in future.

Priestfield has been their home since the 1890s when they were known as New Brompton.

But Brad Galinson – who’s been chatting with our sports reporter Luke Cawdell – says there are options moving forward.