Podcast: Serial conman from Maidstone back behind bars after changing his name and defrauding more companies

A serial conman from Maidstone has been jailed for defrauding two companies straight after leaving prison for the same offence.

Darren Carvill was locked up in 2019 for taking £260,000 from his work in Strood and changed his surname when he was released.

More food parcels have been handed out in Medway than any other part of Kent according to new figures given to KentOnline.

The Trussell Trust say they delivered over 15,000 parcels in the year to the end of March – up from 5,800 just 6 years ago. We’ve been speaking to the campaigns manager at Medway Foodbank.

It’s now illegal to export live animals from ports in Kent.

Government data shows up to 40 million farm animals have been sent from Britain for further rearing or slaughter since the 1960s. Our political editor Paul Francis has been chatting to Emma Slawinski who is director of policy at the RSPCA.

Ten years on from the closure of a Kent airport, the KentOnline Podcast has been told action must be taken to stop campaigners preventing it from re-opening.

Plans to develop a cargo hub at Manston were approved years ago, but several legal challenges have stopped any development. Hear from North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale.

We’re being reminded which emergency service to call if we see someone in trouble in the water in Kent this summer.

While it’s the coastguard at the beach – for rivers and lakes it’s firefighters. Kent Fire and Rescue have launched a new campaign supported by Maidstone Park Run.

And, a new heated indoor pool has opened in Kent – for dogs!

The facility at Mockbeggar Business Park in Cliffe allows canines of all breeds to bond – even XL bullies.