Podcast: Dad-of-six swept out to sea by riptide while cooling off after gym session

An inquest into the death of a “gentle and caring” dad-of-six who was tragically swept out to sea by a riptide has heard he was cooling off after a gym session. 

Matthew Collins entered the water with a friend at Broadstairs when they got into trouble. 

Also in today’s podcast, there are claims the introduction of ANPR cameras at a village hall car park in west Kent has had the unintended knock-on effect of putting children’s lives at risk.

Parents on the school run who used to use the car par are now parking illegally and dangerously to avoid getting a ticket. 

Residents say an “alleyway from hell” strewn with hypodermic needles remains a terrifying threat  – despite the alarm first being raised seven years ago.

There are concerns people could be spiked and suffer serious illnesses by wandering into the Folkestone town centre drugs den. 

There’s praise for a bus driver who took matters into his own hands after Arriva failed to tell passengers about diversions during road closures.

The 21-year-old has taken it upon himself to put up posters and share updates online to help confused passengers. 

And you can hear the reaction from Gillingham head coach Stephen Clemence after their League 2 loss at Newport County. 

It was an evenly matched game until a controversial call from the ref left the Gills frustrated.