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Boy attacked for his mobile phone

Police are describing it as a 'despicable crime'. A teenager with cerebral palsy was left injured and traumatised by thugs who robbed him of his mobile phone.

The 16-year-old ,who was attacked after being followed through Broadstairs in Kent, fears the gang will target other vulnerable victims unless they're caught.

Tom Savvides talks to Luke Pierce, his mother Lisa Pierce and Chief Inspector Simon Thompson of Kent Police.

Teenager with cerebral palsy punched by robbers

Police want to trace this offender Credit: Kent Police

A teenager with cerebral palsy was punched in the face and had his mobile phone stolen as he walked home in Kent.

The 16-year-old victim was walking in St Michael's Avenue in Broadstairs on Sunday 8 June between 5.20pm and 5.40pm when he was approached by three teenagers.

E-fit of second offender Credit: Kent Police

One of them boys said "give me your mobile phone."

The victim tried to walk away but he was grabbed by his shirt and then punched on the side of his face. They then took his phone and they ran down the hill in the direction of the skate park.

Police have issued e-fits of two of the offenders.

Anyone who recognises those in the e-fits or who has any information should contact DC Kentra Gamble on 01227 868174, quoting ZY/18704/14.

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Valuable clock stolen in burglary

Kent Police are asking for the public’s help in tracing an antique clock, reported stolen during a house burglary in Broadstairs last month.

An 83 year-old from Masons Rise contacted police to report that she woke up on the morning of 1 February and found two clocks missing from her living room.

Police are asking for help in tracing this antique clock stolen in Kent Credit: Kent Police

DC Brian Doughty, who is investigating the burglary, said: ‘The larger of the two clocks is a unique item which was commissioned by the victim’s family some years ago. It has a continental mechanism and is believed to be styled on Strasbourg Cathedral.

‘It is made of gilt metal and is approximately 2ft tall. It had a glass case over the clock and a chiming mechanism in the wooden base, but the intruders have left both the case and the chiming mechanism behind.

‘The clock has been passed down through the family over many years and as such carries a lot of sentimental value.’

Officers have carried out house to house enquiries in the area and followed a number of potential leads but are yet to make any arrests and the clock has not yet been traced.

Appeal over reported assault and robbery

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a reported assault and robbery involving an 87 year old woman in Dane Court Road, Broadstairs, on Saturday. It's reported the elderly woman was walking along the footpath at about 12.30pm when a man pushed past her whilst he was running.

It's reported the elderly woman was walking along the footpath at about 12.30pm when a man pushed past her whilst he was running. She fell to the ground, sustaining injuries and bruising in the fall. She then noticed that some items were missing from her handbag including her purse.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service was called and the woman was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Anyone who may have seen this incident or who may have information is asked to call DC Hinton 01227 868 179.

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Man in his 20s dies in collision with wall

Kent Police is appealing for information following a road traffic collision in the Broadstairs area, in which a man died.

At approximately 11:35pm on 20 December, a member of the public contacted police reporting an incident in North Foreland Road where a black Citreon Saxo had hit a garden wall. The vehicle did not stop and shortly afterwards it collided with a boundary wall in George Hill Road, Kingsgate.

‘Paramedics attended the scene there but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.’

– PC Guy Ditcher, Serious Collision Investigation Unit

The driver was in his late 20s and was from the Margate area. His next of kin have been informed.

The road remained closed for a number of hours while officers from the Serious Collision Investigation unit examined the scene.

Anyone with any information about the incident, or who saw the vehicle prior to the incident, can contact Kent Police on 01622 798538, quoting incident 20-1911.

Woman's death was a "devastating shock"

The family of a woman who died after she was found injured in Broadstairs have released a statement paying tribute to her.

Anne-Marie Birch was found in Whiteness Road on 7th November 2013.

Anne-Marie was a much-loved and devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her sudden death has been a devastating shock to us all and we ask for your respect in allowing us our time and space to grieve over our loss. For those who ever knew or met Anne-Marie would know how she was the kindest, sweetest human being and will be sadly missed by us all."

– Family of Anne-Marie Birch

A "much-loved" mother and daughter

Anne-Marie Birch, who was found injured in Whiteness Road, Broadstairs Credit: Kent Police

The family of a woman who was killed last week in Broadstairs have paid tribute to her, saying she was a much-loved and devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Kent Police were called to Whiteness Road just after 1.30pm on 7th November 2013 to reports of concern for a woman who had suffered injuries.

Officers along with medical staff attended but 47-year-old Anne-Marie Birch was pronounced dead at the scene.

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