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X FACTOR star Louisa Johnson has been lined-up to headline the Big Day Out to be held in Maid- stone in July. The singer, best known for the hit


X FACTOR star Louisa Johnson has been lined-up to headline the Big Day Out to be held in Maid- stone in July. The singer, best known for the hit


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Best Behaviour, will take the stage at Mote Park on July 1. She announced the gig on Twit-


Best Behaviour, will take the stage at Mote Park on July 1. She announced the gig on Twit-


ter, saying: “Big news! I’ll be head- lining the @BigDayOutUK Festival in Maidstone this July! Can’t wait to see you all there.” Also on the bill are Diversity,


ter, saying: “Big news! I’ll be head- lining the @BigDayOutUK Festival in Maidstone this July! Can’t wait to see you all there.” Also on the bill are Diversity,


who won Britain’s Got Talent, and girl band Atomic Kitten, who have Kerry Katona in their line-up. Louisa (19) won the X Factor in


who won Britain’s Got Talent, and girl band Atomic Kitten, who have Kerry Katona in their line-up. Louisa (19) won the X Factor in


2015, after singing with mentor Rita Ora in the final.


2015, after singing with mentor Rita Ora in the final.


Assault case A MAIDSTONE woman has been charged with wounding after an al- leged stabbing in Shepway. Nicola Goslitski (40), of Sutton


Assault case A MAIDSTONE woman has been charged with wounding after an al- leged stabbing in Shepway. Nicola Goslitski (40), of Sutton


Abuser jailed 20 years after crime


A MAN who sexually abused a teenager inEastMallingmore than two decades ago has been sen- tenced to almost five years in prison. Robert Barnden (below) admitted


carrying out a string of offences in the 1990s, after his crimes were reportedtoKent Police in 2015. A police offi-


Road,was arrested after policewere called to a report of an assault in Westmorland Road on Sunday, April 30. Officerswere told that two women had made theirway to hos- pital with arm injuries. They are be- lieved to have known the suspect. Goslitski has been charged with


Road,was arrested after policewere called to a report of an assault in Westmorland Road on Sunday, April 30. Officerswere told that two women had made theirway to hos- pital with arm injuries. They are be- lieved to have known the suspect. Goslitski has been charged with


cer said that the damage Barn- den had caused to his young vic- tim was “incal-


culable”. Barnden, now61 and ofChallock,


Ashford, initially targetedhis victim in 1997 andwent on to commit fur- ther abuse over a three-year period. He was arrested in August 2015


two counts of wounding with in- tent and one of possessing a knife in a public place.


two counts of wounding with in- tent and one of possessing a knife in a public place.


and an investigation led to evidence which included a mobile phone recording of a conversation, during which Barndenmade admissions of his guilt to his victimand one of her relatives. Appearing before Maid-


Princess Royal meets charity shop workers


Princess Royal meets charity shop workers


THE PRINCESS Royal received a warm welcome from charity vol- unteers when she visited the Save The Children shop in Maidstone. Acrowd of onlookerswaited out-


THE PRINCESS Royal received a warm welcome from charity vol- unteers when she visited the Save The Children shop in Maidstone. Acrowd of onlookerswaited out-


side the store in Union Street to see Princess Anne. She was greeted by dignitaries including the Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Derek Butler, the charity’s retail manager Cheryl Adams and voluntary shop leader, Karen Elphick, before going inside to meet shop workers. The Princess, who has been presi-


side the store in Union Street to see Princess Anne. She was greeted by dignitaries including the Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Derek Butler, the charity’s retail manager Cheryl Adams and voluntary shop leader, Karen Elphick, before going inside to meet shop workers. The Princess, who has been presi-


dent of the charity since the 1970s, spoke of her appreciation of the con- tribution the shop makes to the work of the charity at home and abroad. She also presented certificates to Dennis Foad, Brenda Harris and Sylvia Thomas in honour of their long service to the charity. Seven-year-old Daisy, the daugh-


dent of the charity since the 1970s, spoke of her appreciation of the con- tribution the shop makes to the work of the charity at home and abroad. She also presented certificates to Dennis Foad, Brenda Harris and Sylvia Thomas in honour of their long service to the charity. Seven-year-old Daisy, the daugh-


stoneCrownCourt,Barnden admit- ted seven counts of indecent assault on a child. OnWednesday, August 29, 2018, he was sentenced to four years and sixmonths in prison. The judge also imposed a 10 year


sexual harmprevention order on Bar- denandplacedhimonthe sexoffend- ers’ register indefinitely. Detective Constable Sam Bungay


said: “Robert Barnden targeted, ma- nipulated and repeatedly abused a child for his own gratification and the victim will live with these memories for the restof their life. “The victim has shown enormous


courage to come forward and ensure thathehasnowbeenpunishedforhis deplorable actions. “If you have been a victim of any


ter of shop volunteer LoraMaxwell, presented the Princess Anne with a posy and a card she had made. The card had a picture of a horse be- cause Daisy had researched on the internet and found that the Princess


ter of shop volunteer LoraMaxwell, presented the Princess Anne with a posy and a card she had made. The card had a picture of a horse be- cause Daisy had researched on the internet and found that the Princess


sexual offence, it isnever too late tore- port this topolice.Wewill always treat anyinformationwiththeupmostconfi- denceandsensitivity. “Wehaveateamofspecialistofficers


whowork relentlessly to ensure that offenders likeBarndendo not evade justice, just because a crime hap- pened a long time ago.”


Vision-saving trial ‘promising’ Members of theMaidstone Hospital Ophthalmic Research Team


The Princess Royal is greeted by Cheryl Adams, the mayor and Karen Elphick The Princess Royal is greeted by Cheryl Adams, the mayor and Karen Elphick


PATIENTfeedback to a vision-savingmedical trial atMaidstoneHospital has been positive, say clinicians at Kings’ College Hospital. The London hospital is working with sites, including the hospital’s oph-


loved animals. Among the dozens of onlookers


loved animals. Among the dozens of onlookers


who watched the Princess depart was 88-year-old BettyWarren who hadwaited for nearly an hour to see her andwas given a chair and a cup of tea outside the shop. The charity shop opened in Union


who watched the Princess depart was 88-year-old BettyWarren who hadwaited for nearly an hour to see her andwas given a chair and a cup of tea outside the shop. The charity shop opened in Union


Street in 1980 when the building was bought for £12,000. Thirty- seven years later, its success contin- ues, with the volunteers having


Street in 1980 when the building was bought for £12,000. Thirty- seven years later, its success contin- ues, with the volunteers having


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thalmic research team, in the collaborative research study intoWetAge-Re- latedMacular Degeneration (AMD). It says the nationwide study is giving hope to patientswith the condition,


who, until now, have faced regular eye injections to preserve their vision. The trial uses a robot-controlled systemto deliver a targeted, lowdose of


radiotherapy to treat patientswith the condition. Until August 2018, 278 patients had been recruited nationwide, 47 of


themby theMaidstone HospitalOphthalmic Research team. Clinicians at Kings say patient feedback has been positive,withmany re-


raised £40,000 for the charity last year.


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