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MORE than 150 people attended a respiratory awareness day for pa- tients with lung conditions held by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The event at the academic centre


at Maidstone Hospital, was organ- ised by consultant respiratory physician Dr Syed Arshad Husain, with the help of the hospital’s re- search unit. The event was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Butler. The trust’s chief executive, Glenn Douglas, and medical director, Dr Paul Sigston also attended. Dr Husain said: “The patient feedback has been excellent.”


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YOUR gift could make Christmas special for someone in need in Maidstone this festive season. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal invites the public to leave a new, unwrapped gift or toy at its community office, at 74-80 Union Street, from 9am to noon on


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Julia takes over asWest Kent police commander


A STAPLEHURST policewoman has been appointed Commander forWest Kent Division. Chief Superintendent Julia Chap-


man has served in the police for 23 years, primarily in the Maidstone and Medway areas. From 2010 to 2011 shewas Detec-


tive Chief Inspector for tactical and serious crime, based at Medway, then she spent a year asDCIforWest Division. From September 2012 to Septem-


ber 2014 she served as Superinten- dent for Medway and North Division and then spent a year as Su- perintendent in charge of strategic planning and tactical operations, in- cluding acting as Gold Commander


for Operation Stack. Chief Superintendent Chapman


said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the first few weeks in my new role and amvery pleased to have returned to West Division where I previously worked as a Detective Chief Inspec- tor. “I look forward to continuing the


work of my predecessor Chief Su- perintendent Steve Corbishley.” Chief Superintendent Corbishley


has been selected for the Police Na- tional Assessment Centre, which chooses future chief officers for the police service. The district commander for Maid-


stone remains Chief Inspector Mick Gardner.


Gift will make a difference Driving ban for drinks offence


weekdays.A spokesman said: “No gift is too small. By giving a gift, you can make a real difference to someone’s life this Christmas.” Another team will wrap the gifts


and distribute them to those in need in the community. For details call 681808.


AMAIDSTONEmotorist has been banned from driving for almost two years and fined £110 for driving while over the alcohol limit. John Knell (38), from Brewer Street, appeared at Mid Kent Mag- istrates Court and admitted driving a Ford Fiesta in Upper Stone Street with 95mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. Knellwas banned for 23 months. Aswell as his fine, he must pay £150 in criminal courts charges, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.


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