Podcast: Man and woman go on trial accused of murdering toddler Alfie Phillips near Faversham

A man and woman have gone on trial accused of murdering a toddler in Kent during lockdown.

Alfie Phillips was taken to hospital in November 2020 after paramedics had been called to Hernhill near Faversham – but he couldn’t be saved. Hear what the jury at Maidstone Crown Court have been told so far.

The family of a Maidstone teenager who was found dead in woodland have vowed to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Russel Burdette-Deakin was discovered in Mote Park on Monday.

Also in today’s podcast, politicians in Dover have hit out at the home secretary following her speech at the Conservative Party conference.

They have accused Suella Braverman of ‘stoking up hate’ – hear from Jamie Pout who is Labour deputy leader for Dover District Council.

A strike by train drivers means no rail services are running in Kent today. Members of the ASLEF union have walked out in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Bosses at a restaurant in Ashford say they have been forced to close and go takeaway only – because they haven’t got enough staff.

Cappadocia on Station Road had room for 100 diners and opened in May last  year.

Kent Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes has been telling the podcast about her experience with the menopause, in a bid to help other women.

She’s been struggling with insomnia, and figures show more than half of us don’t realise that’s a common symptom.

In sport, Gillingham have slipped further down the League 2 table after another defeat last night.

They lost 2-0 away to Crewe Alexandra. Hear reaction from manager Neil Harris.