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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 July 14, 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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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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Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:15:00 -0700

... to go before the planning meeting in September. For more information go to planning.ashford.gov.uk and search 15/01032/AS. 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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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:52:30 -0700

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 02:33:45 -0700

Funds raised at the Big Quiz will support the Kentish Express newspaper's charity of the year Guide Dogs for the Blind and road safety services for children. This week key partners of the quiz including HR GO, Hallett and Co and Specsavers met to help ...

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Mon, 18 May 2015 09:12:55 -0700

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Kent Online
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:43:15 -0700

A punch-up involving more than 10 drunken youths outside an Ashford bar has been described by a judge as “horrifyingly sickening violence”. The early-morning scrap was caught on CCTV and played to Judge James O'Mahony and a packed room at ...

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:26:15 -0700

A woman was cut free from her car and four people were treated for shock after a three-vehicle pile-up in Newingreen, near Folkestone. The crash happened in Ashford Road just before 5pm and firefighters spent about 45 minutes rescuing the woman, who ...

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