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Mother still homeless after Canterbury blaze

A mother of five says the boiler in her home, thought to be at the centre of the devastating Tannery Fire in Canterbury - had been inspected by engineers only the day before.

Anna-Marie Carman and her family lost all their possessions in the blaze which quickly destroyed 16 homes. They have been temporarily staying at her sisters one-bedroom flat and she says they desperately need to be re-homed.


Charity football match to buy pitch for disabled adults

A charity football match will take place in Sittingbourne today to raise money for the Canterbury-based John Graham Trust.

The centre is for adults with learning disabilities to give them the chance to experience outdoor life and healthy living through activities and life skills.

The football match is to raise funds to buy an all weather sports playing surface for the 150 adults with learning difficulties .

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Cathedral to host service for lost babies

A service for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy is being held at Canterbury Cathedral today.

It's part of a series of services in cathedrals and minsters across the country.

The Saying Goodbye services have been established by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who have suffered the loss of five babies.

The services aim to remember and acknowledge the lives lost or cut short in a reflective service that is open to people of all faiths or no faith.

The Canterbury service begins at 12.30pm

Serious crash involving coach, car and truck

Kent Police and other emergency services are currently dealing with a serious road traffic collision on the A2050 in Canterbury.

A coach has been involved in a collision with a car and a truck. SECAMB and KFRS are also at the scene.

Road closures are in place on the exit slip for Canterbury from the A2 onto the A2050 and the London Road roundabout near the Victoria Hotel.

Drivers heading into Canterbury are being advised to find an alternative route.


Burglar jailed after stealing T-shirt from student house

A burglar who was found with a top after letting himself into a student house has been jailed.

Luke Pearson, of Union Street, Canterbury was caught by police with the item of clothing, less than an hour after burgling the flat in Longport.

Luke Pearson, jailed for four years

Two people living there went into the hallway and noticed a woman was holding open the door. The woman told the two victims 'He is looking for someone', at which point 36-year-old Pearson appeared out of one of the bedrooms.

The burglar held up his hands, saying 'Look - I haven't taken anything' before leaving.

Afterwards, one of the victims saw her laptop and television had been unplugged in her bedroom - as if ready to be taken. Another victim saw his wallet and laptop were missing.

This type of crime has lasting effect on the victims and the reputation of the town for those coming here to study... Luke Pearson is a career criminal with a lot of convictions behind him. I hope he uses his time behind bars to reconsider this way of life as clearly it’s not working for him.

– Detective Constable Clive Horne, Kent Police

'Prolific' Kent burglar jailed

A man police have labelled a 'prolific burglar' has been jailed for three years.

Jason Pitt, of Conyngham Close, Ramsgate, was caught on CCTV stealing from one home in London Road, Canterbury.

With a bag in one had and a sock covering the other, the 42-year-old searched through the house, taking jewellery and electrical goods.

Jailed: Jason Pitt

Less than three weeks later he burgled another home in Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs.

A 19-year-old man living in the house woke up to the noise of Pitt rifling through the drawers and tried to stop him, but he escaped through a broken pane of glass in the back door.

DNA testing managed to identify the offender as Pitt.

Pitt pleaded guilty to both burglaries and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday.

Pitt is a prolific burglar and shows a complete disregard for the law and the effect his actions have on his victims.

– Detective Inspector Neil Watford, Kent Police
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