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"We'll keep searching" say friends and family of missing clubber

The family and friends of a missing Kent man have spent the day giving out leaflets to the public, as they try to find out what happened to him. Twenty eight year old Patrick Lamb disappeared a week ago after he left a bar in Maidstone. His bank account hasn't been touched. Yesterday police divers searched the river Medway but found nothing. Andrea Thomas has the latest. She spoke to Patrick's sister Zoe, his girlfriend Natasha Morgan and Chief Inspector Susie Harper from Kent Police.

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Divers search river as fears grow for missing Patrick

Patrick Lamb has been missing for a week Credit: Kent Police

Police searching for 28 year old Patrick Lamb who disappeared in Maidstone a week ago have sent divers in to search part of the River Medway.

It comes as friends of Patrick launch a huge awareness campaign to help track him down.

He was last seen at Bar Chocolate on Friday night LAST week.

Friends are desperate to find the 26 year old Credit: Kent Police

Police have today been using sonar to search part of the river, and this afternoon a tent was erected on the river bank. But an officer told ITV Meridian tonight that there was still no sign of the missing man.

Friends of Mr Lamb, who grew up in Whitstable and went to Canterbury High School, say it is extremely out of character for him not to have made contact and have set up a Facebook appeal for information.

The Facebook page created by Patrick's friends Credit: Facebook
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Kent man's disappearance 'out of character'

The friends and family of a man from Canterbury who has been missing for three days say they are very concerned about his whereabouts.

Patrick Lamb is twenty-eight and is described as five-foot-seven with short dark hair. He was last seen at Bar Chocolate in Maidstone late on Friday night.

Loved ones say his disappearance is very out of character.

Tiltman killer jailed for minimum of 21 years

Colin Ash-Smith was described as a "predatory armed killer" Credit: Kent Police

Colin Ash-Smith, the former milkman found guilty yesterday of killing schoolgirl Claire Tiltman in Greenhithe, has been jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years.

He was convicted of the 1993 murder at the Inner London Crown Court in less than three hours.

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Claire Tiltman's killer facing life sentence

The judge Mr Justice Sweeney warned Ash-Smith he faced a life sentence.

Colin Ash-Smith Credit: Kent Police

The only sentence I can impose upon a conviction for murder is one of life imprisonment. However it is also incumbent upon me to form a view as to the length of any minimum term.

This case has obviously been a very demanding case for any jury to have to sit upon. The crimes that you have had to consider are appalling.

I'm extremely grateful to you for the way in which you have gone about your duties with conspicuous responsibility and consideration from the first to the last.

– Mr Justice Sweeney

Tiltman's killer 'would have attacked more women'

Nigel Pilkington, head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service South East, said Ash-Smith would have attacked many more women if he had the chance.

He is a man who is always looking, stalking - always looking to attack women. The fact he only attacks some of the time is because he is not going to attack if he is going to be seen.

He is thinking about it (attacking) all the time. How many times has he thought about doing it and then abandoned it? Probably hundreds of times.

I don't think he can help himself because he is in a 'psycho state of mind'. If you ask him if he wanted to kill Claire Tiltman, I think he couldn't stop himself.

– Nigel Pilkington, head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service South East

Detectives brand Claire Tiltman's killer 'pure evil'

Detectives branded Claire Tiltman's killer Colin Ash-Smith "pure evil" and said he should never be free to walk the streets again.

Detective Superintendent Rob Vinson, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate Cold Case Team, said the murder was one of the most "horrific" and "emotive" cases he had worked on.

Scene where Claire Tiltman was stabbed to death in 1993 Credit: PA

Ash-Smith is a very dangerous individual. He is a predator. He would be stalking women with evil intent (to carry out attacks) - some of which he carried out and some of which he didn't.

On the night in question Claire was in the wrong place at the wrong time

When you look at the writings and some of the things he has done, this is a very, very dangerous individual, and justice has been served at last for the brutal murder of Claire.

– Detective Superintendent Rob Vinson
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