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Lauren Abbott - labbott@thekmgroup.co.uk

Lauren Abbott was news editor of the Dartford and Gravesend Messenger series until 2011. She then took responsibility for the KM Group's My Kent Family website before also taking on the role of Trending Content Writer across the Iliffe Media group in 2021.

Lucozade and Ribena shortages ‘inevitable’ due to strike action

07 February 2024
Lucozade and Ribena shortages ‘inevitable’ due to strike action

Lucozade and Ribena shortages ‘inevitable’ due to strike action

07 February 2024

A union is warning of shortages of two popular drinks and the possibility of empty shelves because of industrial action by factory workers.


Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

23 January 2024
Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

Energy bills could fall by £300 in April

23 January 2024

There could be some relief for households with new energy bill predictions forecasting a drop in the price of gas and electricity by the spring.


Fresh train strikes announced by drivers’ union

16 January 2024
Fresh train strikes announced by drivers’ union

Fresh train strikes announced by drivers’ union

16 January 2024

Train drivers’ union Aslef has announced a fresh wave of industrial action which will see workers launch one-day rolling strikes across the country.


Drivers urged to give gritters ‘time and space’

16 January 2024
Drivers urged to give gritters ‘time and space’

Drivers urged to give gritters ‘time and space’

16 January 2024

With temperatures set to plummet, the body responsible for gritting our A-roads and motorways is asking motorists to remain courteous.


‘What we need are more permanent repairs’

15 January 2024
‘What we need are more permanent repairs’

‘What we need are more permanent repairs’

15 January 2024

The number of vehicles being damaged by potholes is at a five-year high, says the AA, which wants councils to make ‘effective, permanent repairs’.


Arctic winds to bring freezing temperatures and ‘disruptive snow’

14 January 2024
Arctic winds to bring freezing temperatures and ‘disruptive snow’

Arctic winds to bring freezing temperatures and ‘disruptive snow’

14 January 2024

Harsh Arctic winds will bring freezing temperatures and a risk of ‘disruptive snow’, says the Met Office, which is forecasting a bitter week ahead.


XL Bully ban ‘taking a heavy toll’ says RSPCA as new law comes in

31 December 2023
XL Bully ban ‘taking a heavy toll’ says RSPCA as new law comes in

XL Bully ban ‘taking a heavy toll’ says RSPCA as new law comes in

31 December 2023

XL Bully dogs must now be muzzled and on a lead when out in public but what is the future for those in shelter as rehoming also comes to an end?


Flu season ‘officially underway’ after rapid rise in cases

16 December 2023
Flu season ‘officially underway’ after rapid rise in cases

Flu season ‘officially underway’ after rapid rise in cases

16 December 2023

Flu season is ‘officially underway’ say government health officials who are urging those yet to get their flu jab to come forward.


Meteor shower to dazzle the night sky

14 December 2023
Meteor shower to dazzle the night sky

Meteor shower to dazzle the night sky

14 December 2023

Brightly coloured meteors in white, blue, green and red could light up the night sky as the year ends with one of the best displays of the year.


Urgent warning for travellers as Turkey tourists fall ill with food poisoning

10 December 2023
Urgent warning for travellers as Turkey tourists fall ill with food poisoning

Urgent warning for travellers as Turkey tourists fall ill with food poisoning

10 December 2023

Health officials have issued a warning to families going abroad after a high number of tourists were struck down with food poisoning in Turkey.


Who is eligible for a free or discounted TV Licence?

09 December 2023
Who is eligible for a free or discounted TV Licence?

Who is eligible for a free or discounted TV Licence?

09 December 2023

The cost of a TV Licence is going up next year but there are some exemptions - so who is entitled to a free or discounted licence?


Chocolate range recalled over safety fears

04 December 2023
Chocolate range recalled over safety fears

Chocolate range recalled over safety fears

04 December 2023

Confectioner Mars is recalling a range of its chocolate over fears packets may contain small pieces of rubber.


Rare 50p coin to be auctioned by the Royal Mint

28 November 2023
Rare 50p coin to be auctioned by the Royal Mint

Rare 50p coin to be auctioned by the Royal Mint

28 November 2023

One of the most sought-after coins, a rare 50p piece, will be among the items to go under the hammer at a Royal Mint auction next month.


Millions to pay more for energy as Ofgem confirms new price cap

24 November 2023
Millions to pay more for energy as Ofgem confirms new price cap

Millions to pay more for energy as Ofgem confirms new price cap

24 November 2023

Gas and electricity will cost more in January, it’s been confirmed, but what is the energy price cap and why is it behind an increase to our bills?


3 things to look out for to avoid a Black Friday scam

23 November 2023
3 things to look out for to avoid a Black Friday scam

3 things to look out for to avoid a Black Friday scam

23 November 2023

Black Friday is now one of the biggest shopping events of the year but it can also encourage increases in online fraud so how can you avoid a scam?


40 cases of antifreeze poisoning prompts warning to pet owners

18 November 2023
40 cases of antifreeze poisoning prompts warning to pet owners

40 cases of antifreeze poisoning prompts warning to pet owners

18 November 2023

An animal charity, which says it treated more than 40 cases of antifreeze poisoning last winter, is warning pet owners to be vigilant.


Chickenpox vaccine: Why do experts now think it’s time to offer it on the NHS?

15 November 2023
Chickenpox vaccine: Why do experts now think it’s time to offer it on the NHS?

Chickenpox vaccine: Why do experts now think it’s time to offer it on the NHS?

15 November 2023

Experts say they now believe children should get a chickenpox vaccine on the NHS and here’s why:


Millions of bank accounts to get £300 ‘cash boost’

02 November 2023
Millions of bank accounts to get £300 ‘cash boost’

Millions of bank accounts to get £300 ‘cash boost’

02 November 2023

A £300 cash boost will drop into the bank accounts of eight million cash-strapped people but who is the government giving money to?


Netflix confirms release date for final season of The Crown

16 October 2023
Netflix confirms release date for final season of The Crown

Netflix confirms release date for final season of The Crown

16 October 2023

Netflix’s final episodes of The Crown will be released in two parts later this year.


Could France’s bedbug infestation make its way to the UK?

11 October 2023
Could France’s bedbug infestation make its way to the UK?

Could France’s bedbug infestation make its way to the UK?

11 October 2023

There are fears Paris’ bedbug infestation may cross the Channel – but what are they, how do you remove them and why are transport companies on alert?


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