Podcast: Tributes for ‘loving and caring’ dad who died off the Kent coast

A dad has been described as a loving, caring gentleman following his tragic death in the sea off the Kent coast.

Tributes have been paid to 38-year-old Matthew Collins, who died in Broadstairs just three weeks after the birth of his sixth child.

Also in today’s episode, a police officer has been left with serious facial injuries following an attack near Sittingbourne.

Four officers were assaulted after being called to reports of a disturbance on Church Lane in Newington on Sunday morning.

As we mark Black History Month, there are calls for more people from ethnic minority backgrounds in Kent to get involved in politics.

Stats seen by Kent Online show fewer than 5% of county councillors are BAME.

There has been a rise in the number of parents and carers reaching out to support services for help because their children won’t go to school.

A Kent mum says her teenage daughter was thriving and sociable before the pandemic, but started struggling coming out of lockdown.

In football, Gillingham are back on the road tonight as they travel to take on Swindon Town.

They’ll be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Notts County which has left them 9th in the league 2 table.