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Podcast: Vokes Taxis forced to shut Rainham office early due to abuse aimed at staff from customers

A taxi company says it’s been forced to close one of its offices early, because of abuse aimed at staff by customers.

Vokes Taxis used to keep its site on Station Road in Rainham open until midnight but now shuts at 6pm.

Hear from reporter Amy Tregenna who has been speaking to the co-owner of the business.

Also in today’s podcast, an organisation that gives grants to charities in Kent has told the podcast they’re hearing from an increasing number that are struggling.

The voluntary sector’s been hit by the cost of living crisis with more people needing support, and fewer able to make donations.

We’ve been speaking to the Kent Community Foundation.

Meantime, it’s also feared the cost of living crisis is forcing families in Kent to give up hosting Ukrainian refugees.

More than 1,600 hosts have come forward since the Homes for Ukraine scheme launched in March but the council says as many as 1,000 may need re-matching.

Hear from the Opora charity which has concerns.

Ahead of Kent getting a new chief constable, we’re being asked what we’d like them to focus on.

Alan Pughsley steps down from the role at the end of the week after eight years in the job.

Kent’s police and crime commissioner is running a survey online to find out what the new person in charge should prioritise.

And finally, hear the inspirational story of a teenager who took up wheelchair racing after suffering a spinal cord injury just two years ago – and has just won her first medal.

Ellis Kottas was a competitive swimmer before being left with life-changing injuries in 2020.