Podcast: Firefighters tackle large blaze involving 300 tonnes of waste at Chatham Docks

Firefighters have been  tackling a blaze involved 300 tonnes of waste at a recycling centre in Medway.

Crews were called to the site at Chatham Docks just after midnight and told people living nearby to keep windows and doors closed because of the smoke. Hear from a man who lives nearby and our reporter Alex Langridge.

Also in today’s podcast, a killer insect that’s threatening bee populations has been spotted more in Kent than any other part of the country this summer.

Just last month there were 18 confirmed sightings of the Asian Hornet in the county – with more than 20 nests destroyed.

Reporter Chantal Weller has been speaking to beekeeper Peter Down whose business has been devastated.

It’s feared vital habitat in Thanet could be destroyed if plans for a massive electricity converter station are given the go ahead.

The facility would be the size of at least seven football pitches. Gerry Warren has been chatting to campaigner George Cooper who is very concerned.

Plans have been put in to convert a church in a Kent village into a holiday let.

Appledore Methodist was sold at auction for just under £221,000 last year. The chairman of the parish council has given us his reaction.

In sport, Gillingham will be hoping to keep their place at the top of the table as they welcome Morecambe to Priestfield this weekend.

The Gills have won five out of seven league games so far this season – all of them 1-0. Midfielder George Lapslie and manager Neil Harris have been speaking ahead of the game.