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Jail for the man who ran down a Kent police officer

Heath Vosper was jailed for 10 years after running down a police officer Credit: Kent Police

A man who stole from a Thanet shop and then hit a police officer with a car as he tried to escape, has been jailed for ten years.

Heath Vosper, 44, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 9 March.

He was also convicted of theft and one count of dangerous driving.

On 3 December 2013, police received a call from a store in Westwood Road in Broadstairs saying that televisions had been stolen and the offenders had made off in a black Vauxhall Vectra.

The car was then seen at a drive-in in Minster with patrols parking a police van across the exit to stop the car. When a police officer started to walk towards the car, Vosper - who was driving - revved the engine before aiming the vehicle straight at the officer.

The car hit the officer and he was thrown into the air, carrying him around six metres. The vehicle then left the scene at speed despite the impact of the collision damaging the windscreen.

The officer received injuries to his head and shoulder as a result.

The black car was later stopped along the A299 near Herne Bay and Vosper and two other occupants were arrested.

When interviewed by police, Vosper said he had been trying to drive past the police van and only realised afterwards he had hit the officer.

"The officer who was injured during the incident was simply trying to carry out his duty and uphold the law and there was absolutely no justification for Vosper’s actions", said Investigating Officer Detective Constable Gary Stamp.

‘During that day, not only did Vosper endanger the life of an officer, but his dangerous driving along the A299 put other motorists at risk and fortunately he was stopped before he could cause any more harm.

In addition, Vosper was sentenced for theft, dangerous driving and two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest, dating back to November 2013 and all committed in the Metropolitan Police area.

The other two occupants of the car were sentenced last year.

A 16-year old from Colchester, Essex, was convicted for one count of theft in June 2014 and given a three-month youth rehabilitation order.

A 23-year old man from Harwich, Essex, was sentenced in June 2014 to 16 weeks in prison for two counts of theft.


Teenage cyclist seriously injured in collision

A 17-year-old cyclist is seriously injured in hospital after a collision in Broadstairs, Kent.

At around 5.40pm on Friday, 12 December, a bicycle was involved in a collision with a black Vauxhall Meriva along Northdown Hill, close to the junction with Pearson's Way.

The cyclist, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries.

Officers from the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) attended to investigate the collision. The road was closed for around five and a half hours to allow them to carry out their enquiries.

Anybody who may have witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police is asked to call SCIU on 01622 798538, quoting reference HB/DH/222/14.

Officers are particularly interested in speaking to a driver who is believed to have been waiting to exit Pearson's Way around the time of the collision

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.


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.

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.

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