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Autumn's a good season to ramble - walking tips, routes and resources

News Shopper:

3:19pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Kicking through leaves, admiring the beauty of nature or architecture and getting the blood pumping in a gentle way, what’s not to love about going for a walk?

Two horses injured by lorry in M25 crash

News Shopper:

1:55pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Dartford drivers came to a standstill this morning (September 18) after two horses were hit by a lorry in Essex.

UK companies with highest train cancellations revealed - and Southeastern is only second worst

News Shopper:

1:21pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A union has named and shamed the worst offending companies for train cancellations  - with Southeastern finishing second worst in the entire country.

Swanscombe child molester jailed after string of sex offences - including abusing two-year-old girl

News Shopper:

11:14am Thursday 18th September 2014

A child molester has been jailed for 19 years after he was convicted of a string of sexual offences – including abusing a two-year-old girl.

Stat Chat: What happens when dogs go missing?

News Shopper: Stray dog: Male Springer Spaniel found wandering in Abberley.

6:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: What to do with stray dogs.

Dartford's Mackenzie Crook talks about his new BBC sitcom Detectorists and reprising The Office role

News Shopper:

4:46pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Long days off while filming on the other side of the Atlantic were put to good use by Dartford-raised Mackenzie Crook, who wrote his own sitcom which is now on the verge of its TV debut.

5 thoughts of the week: An upper age limit on voting, banning smoking in the street and more

News Shopper:

11:33am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Robot Wars programmed for battle at Bluewater

News Shopper: Admire Major Damage as Robot Wars comes to Forge Mill. SP

10:38am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Prepare for some hot metal-on-metal action as late nineties TV favourite Robot Wars crunches into Bluewater this weekend.

Police hunt for Mini stolen from Dartford

News Shopper:

9:37am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Kent Police has released a photo of a classic car that has been reported stolen from Dartford.

Man, aged 58, denies raping a women in Dartford

News Shopper:

5:31pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A 58-year-old man on trial for allegedly raping a woman in Dartford has admitted some sexual contact did take place between him and his alleged victim.

Police hunt for Bluewater bus masturbator who dropped trousers behind two passengers

News Shopper: Kent Police has arrested three Swanley teenagers over a series of thefts from cars.

5:17pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

An appeal has gone out for a man who allegedly masturbated behind two women on a bus to Bluewater.

Trial date set for Swanscombe prison officer accused of corrupt relationship with Sun journalist

News Shopper:

5:08pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

The date has been set for the trial of a Swanscombe prison officer who had an allegedly corrupt relationship with a journalist from Sun.

Dartford cadets hold high-flying fun day

News Shopper:

4:06pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A group of Dartford Air Cadets have been giving residents a taste of cadet life.

Former Sunday Telegraph journalist jailed for seven years for raping woman

News Shopper:

12:45pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A former Sunday Telegraph journalist has been jailed for seven years for raping a woman.

Commuter joy with Oyster card set to come to Dartford and Swanley

News Shopper:

11:02am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Following successful talks the Oyster card is set to come to Dartford and Swanley, a move which has been greeted with joy among north Kent commuters.

PubSpy doubles up: The Pier and Sir John Franklin in Greenhithe

News Shopper:

11:05am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Two for the price of one this week as Greenhithe’s two waterfront pubs battle it out.

Kent police warning as thick fog coats south east - and cancels Woolwich Ferry

News Shopper: Cameron Wells was the unanimous choice of local professional photographers Zoe Norfolk and Matt Humphrey with his entry ‘Football in the Fog at Fortismere’

9:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Much of southern England has been blanketed in thick fog with flights delayed and the Woolwich Ferry stopped as visibility dips to less than 100 metres in places.

20 super summery selfies that might put a smile on your face

News Shopper:

7:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Check out these 20 happy selfies which we reckon should make you feel summery all over again.

VIDEO & PICS: You won't believe what this Dartford performer's done to be a record-holder!

News Shopper:

3:50pm Monday 15th September 2014

From having melons sliced in half on her stomach to having apples chainsawed out of her mouth, a Dartford performer has set four world records with a series of extraordinary stunts.

Swanscombe residents outraged as new recycling plant gets the go-ahead

News Shopper:

3:16pm Monday 15th September 2014

Approved plans to build a renewable energy plant in Swanscombe have been met by dismay from residents, councillors and MPs who fear it will grind roads to a halt and endanger plans for the creation of Paramount Park.

REVIEW: Belly dancing and Lebanese food at Comptoir Libanais, Bluewater

News Shopper:

3:09pm Monday 15th September 2014

I must have led a sheltered life. I can’t believe I’ve reached my age and never witnessed belly dancing. I can’t believe no-one has invited me before.

Dartford cerebral palsy sufferer's mobility scooter stolen and set alight

News Shopper:

3:16pm Monday 15th September 2014

A cerebral palsy sufferer has allegedly been left devastated after her mobility scooter was stolen and burned to a wreck in Dartford.

Jobs across north Kent and south east London in danger as 'heartbroken' Phones4U plunged into administration

News Shopper:

11:29am Monday 15th September 2014

Jobs across north Kent stores are at risk after Phones4u collapsed into administration.

POLL: How would you vote on Scottish independence? Will it affect us and do you care?

News Shopper: From left, the Union Jack, St George's Cross and the Saltire.

10:46am Monday 15th September 2014

Today we’re asking you, the people of south-east London and north Kent, what you’re thinking ahead of the Scottish independence referendum this week.

Yacht sends out Mayday call and has to be rescued after engine fails in Dartford

News Shopper: Gravesend RNLI search for person after screams heard

10:32am Monday 15th September 2014

A stricken yacht sent out a desperate Mayday call on Saturday (September 13) in Dartford.

Stat Chat: Which professions drink the most coffee?

News Shopper:

6:30am Monday 15th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: The workers who drink most coffee.

Longfield teenager jailed for two years for unprovoked head-butting

News Shopper:

11:13am Sunday 14th September 2014

A Longfield teenager who head-butted and punched two victims in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for two years.

Parents at Swanley special needs school fight for its future

News Shopper:

12:29pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Parents at a Swanley special needs school are fighting for its future amidst sweeping changes proposed by its council owners.

Admissions of asthma patients to Dartford hospitals set to rise

News Shopper: A child using an inhaler (picture posed by a model)

4:45pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Hospital admissions for young Dartford asthma patients are expected to peak this month.

Weekend travellers voice their anger at Southeastern train delays across News Shopper's patch

News Shopper: What are your seating or standing preferences when travelling by train?

2:48pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Planned engineering works across the Southeastern rail network are causing chaos across News Shopper's patch today.

Hoax bomber closes London Bridge station and causes rail chaos

News Shopper:

9:19am Friday 12th September 2014

Armed police evacuated one of the UK's busiest rail stations, London Bridge, during rush hour after a man allegedly made threats of having a bomb in his case.

Stat Chat: Is your commute to work getting worse?

News Shopper:

6:30am Friday 12th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Commuter woes as journey times worsen.

Man charged with drug possession following raid on Dartford Tesco site

News Shopper:

11:56am Thursday 11th September 2014

A man arrested when police raided the derelict building site of the new Dartford Tesco has been charged with drug possession.

Car fire causes chaos on the A20

News Shopper:

11:16am Thursday 11th September 2014

A car has set alight on the A20.

Stat Chat: Could London gain independence as a country?

News Shopper: SLEEPOVER. On Top of The Shard

6:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Future of London and could the capital be an independent country?

Greenhithe burglars waved at victim's child as they drove away

News Shopper:

5:10pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Two burglars have been jailed for six-and-a-half years between them after ransacking a house in Greenhithe.

Reality TV star caught speeding on Dartford Crossing gets driving ban

News Shopper:

4:20pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A star of the reality TV show The Only Way is Essex has been banned from driving after being caught going 30mph over the speed limit on the Dartford Crossing.

Van fire at Dartford Crossing closes two lanes on M25

News Shopper:

3:30pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A van has set on fire at the Dartford Crossing.

British exploration ship finally found in Canada - almost 170 years after it left Greenhithe

News Shopper:

2:55pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

One of two British exploration ships that left Greenhithe almost 170 years ago has been found in Canada.

Rush-hour driver hits lamppost in Dartford

News Shopper:

10:38am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A driver has crashed into a lamppost outside Dartford Museum.

VIDEO: Cheap driver shows how to dodge Dartford Crossing toll

News Shopper:

10:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A shocking video of a man dodging the tolls at the Dartford Crossing has appeared on YouTube - and is likely to cause anger among law-obeying drivers who pay their money each day.

Teenager, believed to be 13, taken to hospital after crashing motorbike

News Shopper:

10:18am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A boy, reported to be 13-years-old has been taken to hospital after falling off a motorbike in Dartford.

5 thoughts of the week: News Shopper is not going to allow scumbags to hide their past

News Shopper:

10:03am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Each week I share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Thank Bank: Readers say thank you

News Shopper: Send your messages of gratitude for good deeds done and random acts of kindness to the Thank Bank

9:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

If there is someone you want to express your gratitude to, whether they donated a kidney or opened a door for you, we want to hear about it.

Stat Chat: What annoys you most when travelling with children?

News Shopper:

6:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Top 10 bugbears of parents travelling with children.

15 things you need to see or do this week

News Shopper:

6:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Vibe's Sofia Sims takes a look at what's on this week in south east London and north Kent.

News Shopper story about former north Kent chief of Monster Raving Loony Party wiped from Google searches

News Shopper:

9:19am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A News Shopper story about the former north Kent chief of the Monster Raving Loony Party - who pleaded guilty to hitting his partner eight years ago - has been wiped from certain Google searches following controversial new EU laws.

Stat Chat: Can you cope without your mobile phone?

News Shopper: A woman using a mobile phone

6:50am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Are we a bit too obsessed with our mobiles?

'Immature' man convicted of grooming 13-year-old will be sentenced next month

News Shopper: Longfield man admits sexual activity with 12-year-old girl

11:16am Monday 8th September 2014

An "immature" man from Swanscombe, convicted of grooming a young girl for sex, will be sentenced next month.

Pair deny causing alleged 'serious physical harm' to three-year-old boy

News Shopper: Jailed for life: pair who murdered Southall garage owner

10:25am Monday 8th September 2014

A man from Dartford and a woman from Sidcup have denied allegations they caused "serious physical harm" to a three-year-old boy.






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