Murder investigation launched following hit and run

Kent Police have launched a murder inquiry following a fatal hit and run in Gillingham

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Detectives looking into the murder of Gillingham man John O'Donohue have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

The 25-year-old was arrested in Swindon this morning by Wiltshire police who were working with Kent officers.

He is now on his way to Kent Police station, where he will be questioned later on today.

A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of the supply of a controlled drug and affray. He has now been released on police bail whilst the investigation continues.

Officers would still like to hear from anyone that may have information about the incident.

They are asked to call 101, quoting incident reference 23-1466.

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Man arrested in connection with fatal hit and run

Detectives investigating the murder of Gillingham man John O’Donohue have made an arrest in connection with the incident.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate working on the investigation have today arrested a 20 year old man from Rochester on suspicion of the supply of a controlled drug and affray. He remains in custody and is assisting police with their enquiries into the incident.

The investigation continues and officers would still like to hear from anyone who has not yet come forward with information.

Tributes paid to 'gentle giant' killed in hit and run

A Gillingham man who died in hospital after a fail-to-stop road traffic collision has been described as a ‘family man’ and a ‘gentle giant’.

Kent Police was called to the collision in Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham on Thursday evening.

John O’Donohue died after being injured in a hit and run in Gillingham Credit: Kent Police

John O’Donohue was taken to hospital in London to deal with his injuries and died on Friday afternoon. In a tribute to her son, John’s mum Maise O’Donohue said: ‘John was a gentle giant who lived for his children.

‘He was a loving father, son and grandchild and was a family man first and foremost.’

It is believed the occupants of a green Ford Mondeo Estate were involved in a dispute with John and a friend at the junction with Grange Road. They both walked off down Castlemaine Avenue and were soon followed by the Mondeo, which drove down the road into collision with John.

The other man was unharmed and ran to raise the alarm at a nearby badminton club.

The occupants of the vehicle, described as two dark-skinned men aged in their 20s and wearing casual clothing, ran away. Detectives now believe the two men ran across a park behind the badminton club.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley said, "My team are carrying out a number of enquiries to locate the two suspects. We’re now more confident the two men fled from the scene on foot and ran across the field behind the badminton club.

The incident began at the junction with Grange Road and I would like to appeal to those people that haven’t yet come forward and might have witnessed that argument to come forward and help us with our enquiries."

Murder investigation launched following hit and run

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man who was left in a critical collision following a fail-to-stop road traffic collision has died in hospital.

Kent Police was called at 8.50pm on Thursday 23 January to the collision in Castlemaine Avenue, Gillingham.

It is believed the occupants of a green Ford Mondeo Estate were involved in a dispute with two pedestrians at the junction with Grange Road.

The pedestrians, both male, walked off down Castlemaine Avenue.

The Mondeo drove down the road towards them and came into collision with one of the men.

The other was unharmed and ran to raise the alarm at a nearby badminton club.

The occupants of the vehicle, ran away. The victim, John Hedges, 33 from Gillingham, was taken to a London hospital to deal with his injuries and died earlier today.

My team of detectives have been carrying out a number of enquiries throughout the night and into today. We believe there were people who might have seen two groups of men having an argument at the junction with Grange Road. It appears the incident stemmed from that and I’d urge anyone that might have seen or heard what happened just before 8.50pm yesterday, to call us immediately. We are building up a picture of the events of that night and any information witnesses might have, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove important in our investigation.’

– Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley

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