Norman the black cat

Norman does a re-appearing act !

They say a cat has nine lives - Norman from Ashford certainly does. His owners thought he'd died but then he returned from the dead.

Wife killer 'did not lose control'

A former policeman accused of murdering his estranged wife suffered neither a loss of control nor diminished responsibility, a court hears.

The ICT 1301

Rebooting the oldest computer

Roger Holmes and Rod Brown have restored a 50-year-old computer that takes up a whole room.

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Rough sleeper seriously burned after clothes set on fire

A man sleeping rough in Kent received serious burns after waking up to find his clothes had been set on fire.

The 42-year-old was sleeping in the entrance of a building on Elwick Road in Ashford when he woke up to discover his clothes had been set alight.

He was treated at East Grinstead hospital for burns to his face, leg and arm.

Police are appealing for witnesses that may have seen the incident which happened on Thursday 6th March.

The victim saw two men run off when he woke up to discover his clothing was on fire.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC KAy Brown on 101, quoting ZY/7547/14.

20 firefighters tackle blaze at derelict pub

20 firefighters tackle blaze at derelict pub in Ashford Credit: Graham Galpin

Around 20 firefighters have been tackling a blaze in a derelict former pub. The blaze has affected the first floor and roof space of the two-storey building. No-one is believed to have been hurt. The cause is being investigated.

No one has been hurt in the incident Credit: Graham Galpin


''Lack of surgeons'' leads to Kent hospital switch

High-risk surgery in East Kent is to take place in one hospital from May this year due to a shortage of consultant surgeons.

The move effects an estimated 1,000 patients a year who will now have to travel to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury. There will be no such operations in future at The QEQM at Margate or Ashford's William Harvey.

David Johns speaks to Nick Wells, the East Kent Hospitals Trust chairman.


11-year-old girl assaulted in Ashford

Police officers are searching for a man after an 11-year-old girl was assaulted in an alleyway off Jemmett Road in Ashford on Friday (7 February 2014).

The girl was walking home from school taking an alleyway leading past the boxing club, when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

She hit out at the man and ran off towards the Hillyfields Rise area.

The man is described as white, aged in his late teens , 5ft 6ins tall, with dark hair and of slim build. He was wearing dark blue jeans with a light green or blue jacket.

Anyone with information or who saw a man acting suspiciously in the area is asked to contact Detective Constable Richard Lown on 01303 289088, giving reference ZY/3966/14 or alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Appeal for missing teenage boy

Kent Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of a 15-year-old Tenterden boy. Tony Halpin was last seen near Sainsbury's in Ashford at around 5pm yesterday. It is believed he may now be in the Thanet area.

Tony was last seen wearing a black parka-style coat, black jeans, a black hoodie and trainers. He was carrying a dark coloured rucksack. He is described as having shaggy dark brown hair and being unshaven, of medium build and with brown eyes.

Anybody who has information should call Kent Police on 101, quoting incident reference 31-1721.

Woman claimed she was raped to cover up affair

A woman claimed she was raped to cover up an affair.

Jessica Gore, of Curtis Road, Ashford, has been given an eight month suspended prison sentence after admitting falsely claiming she had been raped by a stranger in the town.

Gore had been seeing another man and the claim of rape had been made up as an excuse to her husband for her returning home late.

Detective Inspector Richard Vickery said: ‘This is a very serious type of offence and by its very means strikes fear into the hearts of women, undermining actual victims

"Gore had lied to family, friends and the police and her deception was uncovered by the police investigation and not her own admission."

Kent man involved in car collision dies in hospital

A pedestrian who was involved in a car collision in Ashford has died in hospital.

Paul Stinton, who was 45-years-old, was involved in the car crash on Simone Well Avenue on the weekend of the 4th January.

He was taken to Kings College Hospital where he died on Thursday 22nd January.

Police are now keen for any witnesses to come forward who may have seen the collision.

A 48-year-old woman from Ashford was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on bail until 24th March.

Paul Stinton died in hospital following a collision with a car Credit: Kent Police
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