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Missing Kent man found safe and well

A man reported missing from the Staplehurst area has been located safe and well.

Paul Oliver was last seen on the 21st May but on Saturday morning Kent Police confirmed he'd been found, officers have thanked everyone for their assistance.

Paul Oliver found Credit: Kent Police

Appeal for missing Staplehurst man

Kent Police is appealing for help in finding a 51-year-old man who has been reported missing from his home in Stanley Close, Staplehurst.

Paul Oliver was last seen leaving his home on Thursday 21 May at around 3.45pm and officers are growing concerned for his welfare as he has not been seen by friends and family since.

Missing Paul Olicer Credit: Kent Police

Paul is described as white, around 5 ft 10 ins tall and of stocky build. He has short dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a navy blue fleece, blue jeans and white trainers. Anyone who thinks they may have seen Paul is asked to call 101, quoting reference 22-1603.


Man dies after A303 crash

A pedestrian has died after a crash on the A303 near the Popham services, Hampshire Police have said. It happened in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police believe the man, in his twenties, was hit by a number of vehicles and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are in the process of notifying next of kin to allow for formal identification procedures to take place.

We are appealing to anyone who was travelling eastbound on the A303 near Popham services around the time of the incident. We need to establish the exact circumstances and identify any further vehicles involved.

One driver has come forward. We have spoken with several drivers at the scene, but we know there are still vehicles unaccounted for.

Anyone who may have been involved or witnessed the incident is asked to come forward.

– Sgt Andy Gower, Hampshire Police

Operation Dynamo anniversary service to be held

A service will take place today at the Allied Beach Memorial inDunkirk to mark the historic mission to rescue thousands of troops during the Second World War.

Veterans of Operation Dynamo - the code name for the mass evacuation of British, French and Belgian troops - will gather near the beach at Dunkirk to remember the harrowing events of 1940.

Later today the veterans will be joined by servicemen and women for a parade of military vehicles and bands through the streets of the French port town.

The commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations - one of the pivotal moments in the war - began in earnest on Thursday when around 50 "little ships", the small vessels responsible for saving so many men from the beaches, recreated their famous journey across the English Channel.

Veterans return to Dunkirk 75 years on Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Yesterday a handful of veterans gathered at the British Memorial at the Dunkirk Military Cemetery for a service of remembrance.

Leading the service, Royal Navy chaplain Gordon Warren said: "This Dunkirk war grave cemetery is designated by the French authorities as British soil, its silent stones witnessing to the thousands who were unable to be evacuated by the little ships."

The commemorations will continue tomorrow when a memorial plaque will be unveiled at the site of the MV Crested Eagle, a paddle steamer which was attacked and sank with 300 soldiers on board.

There will also be a commemorative service for the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships on the quayside in Dunkirk next to the little ships themselves.

In late May and early June of 1940, between 300,000 and 400,000 British, French and Belgian troops were evacuated from the beaches as they fled the relentless German advance towards the coast.

The daring rescue was an overwhelming success but there were also around 90,000 left dead, wounded or taken prisoner.


Two men jailed after Ashford brawl

19 year olds James Caulfield and Matthew Devonport both pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and affray at Canterbury Crown Court earlier this month and have now been sentenced to four years and 4 months in prison. The two men were involved in what police describe as a "mass brawl" in the town in the early hours of Sunday 30th November 2014.

James Caulfield, 19, jailed for four years, four months Credit: Kent Police
Matthew Davenport, 19, jailed for four years, four months Credit: Kent Police

Both men, who are known to each other, had been drinking in local pubs and bars prior to the incident in New Street in the early hours of Sunday 30 November.

CCTV footage shows Caulfield approaching a number of people, throwing punches and kicking them. At one point he walked over to a man lying on the ground and stamped on their head.

Devonport punched a 27-year-old man in the face causing him to fall to the ground. His victim suffered fractures to his cheek bone. At the time police described the incident as "unprovoked".

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