Podcast: Mum and ex-boyfriend jailed for life for murdering toddler Alfie Phillips in caravan near Faversham

A mum and her ex-boyfriend found guilty of murdering her toddler son near Faversham have been sentenced to life in prison.

27-year-old Sian Hedges from Yelverton in Devon – and 35 year-old Jack Benham from Highstreet Road in Hernhill killed 18 month-old Alfie Phillips at a caravan in 2020.

The sentencing was broadcast live in a first for any court in Kent. Hear what the judge had to say.

Also in today’s podcast, there are fears for the future of Maidstone’s Fremlin Walk after big names retailers moved out.

While the likes of Zara have gone completely, House of Fraser has announced it’ll be closed for around six months for a major refit. We’ve been speaking to a man who helped designed the retail complex.

The family of a little boy who died in a suspected hit and run near Folkestone are encouraging people to come and pay their respects at his funeral this weekend.

Seven-year-old William Brown was knocked down while getting his football from the road in Sandgate last month. His dad has been speaking ahead of tomorrow’s service.

A Thanet pet groomer has spent £10,000 of her own money to create a space where XL Bully dogs can play off lead and unmuzzled.

Gail Robertson from Paw Seasons Spa says she was frustrated at the government’s ban on the breed and has built a private field in Birchington.

Sam Lawrie has a roundup of everything going on in Kent this weekend.

And in sport, Gillingham return to league action this weekend following their exit from the FA Cup.

They’re travelling to take on Accrington Stanley who’re just one place above the Gills in the table – hear from assistant coach Robbie Stockdale and striker Oli Hawkins.