Podcast: Boss of Canterbury’s Cafe No. 35 releases CCTV following dine-and-dash

Neighbours have spoken of their shock after a woman died in a house fire in Chatham.

Crews were called to Sharon Crescent in Walderslade on Monday evening – a cat also died in the blaze.

Also in the podcast, a Fawkham man is locked in a battle with his local church over the headstone he’s chosen for his wife’s grave.

Dave Clarke wants a pink-tinted marble headstone for the site in St Mary’s Church in Small Grains, which he says matches his wife Janet’s personality. Find out what the diocese has said in response.

A Canterbury café boss has published CCTV of an alleged dine and dash which she says has left staff shaken.

Reporter Chantal Weller has been covering this story and joins the episode to explain exactly what happened.

As election campaigning continues, a headteacher from Maidstone is urging the next government to make school budgets one of their top priorities.

Issues that need addressing include a recruitment and retention crisis, levels of special needs provision and mental health support for pupils.

And, a hair salon has reopened in Sheerness a year after it was severely damaged in a fire.

Capelli Salon in the High Street caught alight when an e-scooter in a flat above exploded in April 2023- one person was left injured and his pet dog died in the blaze.