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Vaisakhi festival - huge crowds in Gravesend

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha were among thousands joining the Vaisakhi celebrations in Gravesend.

It is one of the most important dates in the Sikh religious calendar, a harvest festival which also marks the founding of the Sikh faith.

We spoke to some of the people joining today's parade. Also to Gurvinder Sandher from the Kent Equality Cohesion Council - and Teja Harbhajan Singh Biring, architect of Gravesend's Gurdwara.


Royal Navy members charged with sexual assault

Four members of the Royal Navy, including three from Hampshire, have been charged with sexual assault.

Craig Stoner, 24, Darren Smalley, 35, Joshua Finbow, 23, and Simon Radford, 31, were each charged with one count of sexual assault by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS).

Four men have been charged Credit: PA

Smalley is from Gosport, Radford is from Lower Gosport and Finbow is from Broughton Stockbridge, near Southampton.

In a statement on the Government of Canada website, Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS, said: "This is a disturbing accusation of sexual assault.

"I'm pleased with the full cooperation provided by the British authorities to support the hard work and diligence of the CFNIS team in responding to this matter."

The Associated Press reported that the men were charged for their role in a "group sexual assault" in barracks in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.

The Ministry of Defence said the four Royal Navy members have appeared in court charged with sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada 272.

In pictures: Wembley ready for historic FA Cup match

Arsenal and Reading pin badges on sale before match Credit: PA
Young fan on the way to the ground Credit: Vikki Bray
Arsenal and Reading scarves on sale Credit: PA
A young Reading fan arrives at Wembley stadium for the game Credit: PA
A Reading fan with a half and half scarf as he makes his way to the stadium for the match Credit: PA

Man covered in bandages arrested over bank robbery

The robbery took place at a Lloyds bank in New Milton Credit: Google Street View

A 56-year-old suspect was arrested today after a man heavily swathed in bandages which covered his face and his hands, staged a single-handed bank robbery.

The bizarre-looking thief entered a branch of Lloyds Bank and threatened staff before fleeing with what detectives described as a "significant" amount of cash.

The robbery happened at the bank in Station Road, New Milton, Hampshire on Thursday afternoon.

This man was very distinctive. He was wrapped in bandages which covered his face and hands. Although he threatened staff, no weapon was produced and no staff or members of the public were harmed during this incident.

However this was a very serious crime with a significant amount of cash being taken.

– Hampshire Police


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