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Kentish Express
Kentish Express.jpg
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) KM Group
Publisher KM Group
Editor Robert Barman
Founded 1855
Language English
Headquarters Ashford, Kent
Circulation 18,664 (August 2009)[1]
Website [1]

The Kentish Express is a weekly newspaper serving southern Kent. It is published in four editions - Ashford, Folkestone, Hythe and the Romney Marsh, and Tenterden. It is owned by the KM Group and is published on Thursdays.


The Kentish Express was founded in 1855 as the Ashford and Alfred News. The first edition was published on 14 July 1855.[2] The paper was Kent’s first penny paper after the abolition of stamp duty on newspapers in 1854.[3] Three years later, the paper was renamed the Kentish Express & Ashford News.[4]

The KM Group bought the Express in 1971.[5] It also purchased the Folkestone Express, which was renamed the Kentish Express (Folkestone) in 2008.

Along with the rest of the KM-owned papers, the Express was given a design overhaul in May 2005.[6]


All four editions of the Kentish Express are based at the KM Group's Ashford offices, along with the studios for KMFM Ashford. The Folkestone and Hythe editions were based at the Folkestone offices until April 2009, when the offices were closed.[7] The papers, plus sister radio station KMFM Shepway and White Cliffs Country, were moved to Ashford.


The combined circulation of the four papers in the first half of 2009 was 18,664,[1] a drop of 12.4% against the same period in 2008.


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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:57:44 -0800

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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:11:07 -0800

The proposals for the office block are subject to a planning application, although it is not known when this will be submitted. What do you think? Write to Kentish Express, 34-36 North Street, Ashford, TN24 8JR or email kentishexpress@thekmgroup.co.uk.

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 02:41:15 -0800

The plea of a councillor for an urgent solution to Tenterden's parking crisis has struck a chord with many residents. Cllr Sue Ferguson spoke out in last week's Kentish Express in response to a flurry of comments posted on the Tenterden Town Forum ...

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Sat, 23 Jan 2016 07:38:38 -0800

... have thought he should know something about that by this stage just based on the size of the lorry park regardless of where it is." A full report from last night's meeting will be in Wednesday's Folkestone & Hythe Express and Thursday's Kentish ...

Kent Online

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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:25:40 -0700

Ashford-born author and journalist Frederick Forsyth today revealed his past working as an MI6 operative at the height of the Cold War. Forsyth, famous for his espionage novels including The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, speaks about his time ...

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Kent Online
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 02:22:34 -0700

Police are continuing to question a man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in Ashford. A 47-year-old man - named locally as Darran Bean - was knifed near The Rose Inn in Kennington on Friday night and is fighting for his life in ...

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:07:25 -0700

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:13:49 -0800

The car crashed into the back of the house in Manorfield in Singleton at 9.45pm on Wednesday, November 11. It is believed the car lost control before going through the 30ft long garden and crashing through the back of property. Scroll down for video.

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