Podcast: Horror as catapult wielding teens “torture” and kill birds in Maidstone

Upset residents say they were horrified after watching a group of boys “torture” and kill birds with catapults.

The teenagers also allegedly kicked and threw a duck against a wall by the River Medway near Fremlin Walk in Maidstone. 

Also in today’s podcast, you can hear from a first-time voter who says politicians should be consulting young people more about their election policies.

The 18-year-old from Canterbury says it’s been a tough few years for people his age, but is encouraging more people his age to have their say. 

Angry residents are planning to boycott a garden waste collection service after councillors increased fees by an “extortionate” amount. 

Bosses in Ashford have  hiked the cost of its annual brown bin service by 33%  – frustrating residents who say their waste is no longer being collected on time.

Official plans have been launched for a 1,800-home village between Faversham and Canterbury 

Winterbourne Fields would see almost 220 acres of “poor-quality” farmland transformed into a village – developers are hoping to break ground next year.

And, with the Euros kicking off tonight local pub bosses are hopeful live sport will turn the tide on what’s been a dreary start to the year. 

The hospitality industry in Kent is still finding its feet after the pandemic – and has struggled through a long winter.