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Future of Ebbsfleet under discussion

Architects, investors and political leaders attended a planning summit today to discuss multi-billion pound schemes set to transform north Kent.

First and foremost - the creation of a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, where the first homes are now under construction. Then there is Paramount Park, the vast entertainment resort proposed for the Swanscombe Peninsula between Gravesend and Dartford.

Also - the prospect of a second Thames crossing. And the possibility of Crossrail being extended to Ebbsfleet. David Johns reports.

He spoke to design expert Chris Lamb; architect Sir Terry Farrell; and Councillor Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council.


Cat has head and tail removed in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a cat had its head and tail removed in Reading.

Ozzy the cat

The cat, called Ozzy, was found on Westwood Road in Tilehurst on Tuesday morning, after leaving its home the night before.

A vet determined the injuries to the cat were caused by a person and not the result of being hit by a car or attacked by an animal. The head and the tail of the cat have not been located.

Investigating officer Christopher Stapleton said: “The fact that someone could do this to a defenceless animal really beggars belief.

“This has had a big impact on the owner, who has lot their pet that they cared about.

“I urge anyone with information to contact us.”

If anyone has any details about this incident, they are asked to contact PC Stapleton from Reading police station on 101.

Reading rape investigation brought to a halt

Thames Valley Police says it has fully investigated a report of rape alleged to have taken place in the early hours of Wednesday in Reading.

The allegation, which was reported by a 19-year-old woman, was said to have taken place in Whiteknights Road near a university campus entrance.

The investigation has now been discontinued.

A thorough investigation has taken place into the circumstances of this allegation. There is clear evidence that there was no offence of rape. The complainant is being supported.

I would like to stress that no one should hesitate in coming forward if they have been a victim of crime of any sort. Thames Valley Police will support victims and witnesses throughout investigations in an attempt to prosecute offenders.

– Investigating officer Det Sgt Carl Bradford


Is Winchester becoming the food capital of the South?

First Jamie Oliver (although he's now left), then Raymond Blanc - it seems Winchester is the place to be for celebrity restaurants.

Now chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been in the city to open a new River Cottage Canteen.

It is the latest in a line of new eateries. Soon, Rick Stein is also moving in, making Winchester one of the food capitals of the South. Juliette Fletcher has more:

'Sadistic' rapist, robber and thief jailed for 20 years

A rapist, robber and thief has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his crimes in Brighton.

Louis Thomas described as 'vicious and sadistic'

Louis Thomas, 35, unemployed, of Lower Rock Gardens, has been convicted of two rapes, a robbery and theft across the night of June 30 and into the early hours of July 1 last year.

On the night of June 30, 2013 Thomas approached a woman in her early 30s, a homeless woman, who was on the beach with friends and convinced her to leave with him offering her a place to shower and change. At his home in Lower Rock Gardens he then raped her.

After allowing her to leave, Thomas then went back out into the city where he found his next victim, a 21-year-old man from Brighton. This victim had been out with friends and had left to walk home alone. Thomas began walking with him before dragging him into his home and threatening him with a weapon before raping him. He then forced his victim to a nearby cash point to withdraw around £100 and stole his phone.

The victim immediately made his way to the police station where he reported what had happened.

In summing up the end of the trial Judge Rennie described him as a 'vicious and sadistic individual who treated his victims like lumps of meat' and a man who 'had no real regard for people' and a 'bare faced liar'. His sentence of 20 years is extremely satisfying and I would like to thank the victims unreservedly and to all my colleagues that were involved in helping to bring this man to justice.

– Detective sergeant Emma Vickers
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