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Man who stole children's firewood apologises

A man who stole firewood collected for sale by two children has met them to apologise for his actions.

The 61-year-old enlisted the help of his grandson in stealing two bags of kindling from outside a house in Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury, on Saturday 18 October.

CCTV footage of the scene showed the man driving away in a red Peugeot 407, which was later spotted by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras in Folkestone and tracked down to an address in Ash.

He voluntarily attended Canterbury police station on 18 November and admitted to stealing the wood, which was valued at £8.

Following a discussion with the children’s parents, it was agreed that the man should make amends by meeting the family to apologise.

The children had collected, chopped and bagged the wood and planned to sell it for some pocket money. The man who took it clearly did not consider their feelings but has now accepted what he did was wrong. As well as apologising to the family, he also agreed to pay the children £20 each as a way of making amends for his actions.

– Sergeant Martin Williams

Laughing with The Lord: the clerics giving stand-up comedy a go

Clergy doing stand-up comedy? You've got to be kidding. Well, actually no. Preachers in the Diocese of Canterbury have been given the chance to take comedy classes as part of the Church of England's ministerial development programme.

Hannah Costigan went to meet the vicars learning ways to make their congregations laugh.

Her report includes interviews with Lay preacher, Lynne Watson, Rev Tricia Fogden, Rev Phil Sheldrake, Rev Ravi Holy and comedian Bentley Browning.

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VIDEO: UK's newest wheelchair rugby club

Wheelchair rugby was originally known as 'murderball' thanks to its explosive, crash-contact nature. And now, the UK's newest side has been launched in Kent.

At the 2012 Olympics, Team GB's wheelchair rugby side only had a pool of 200 players to choose from, but that's set to increase for Rio 2016 as more local clubs are established.

Today the new Canterbury side officially launched - with a win. Sarah Saunders spoke to players Rachel Bowen and Kyle Hazelden; Canterbury Rugby Club vice chairman Jonathan Marsh and team captain at the paralympics 2012 - and Canterbury team coach Steve Brown.

Twitter reacts to unwelcome Monopoly property

Canterbury Monopoly has unwanted property

Rogue Rochester Castle appeared on the Canterbury Monopoly Credit: PA

A new Canterbury version of the popular board game Monopoly erroneously features Rochester Castle. Somehow the site found its way on to the board - despite obviously being in Rochester, not Canterbury.

Earlier this year members of the public voted on which landmarks would appear as properties on the board. Canterbury Cathedral was chosen as the top spot - replacing Mayfair on the original UK version of the board.

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Does flu research hold clues about deadly Ebola?

Could the flu virus help medical experts in their fight against the deadly disease Ebola? There is currently no cure or vaccine for Ebola but an expert at the University of Kent says similarities between the two viruses could lead to new treatments. Ebola has already killed more than a thousand people in West Africa and the number of cases is rising. Tom Savvides has the details.

Sleeping man robbed at train station

A young man was robbed while he was sleeping at a train station in Kent.

The 23-year-old victim had his wallet and phone stolen at Canterbury West train station in the early hours of Saturday 5th July.

Officers are appealing for information after a man’s wallet and phone were stolen Credit: British Transport Police

The stolen items include a black iPhone 4, which has a crack on the reverse, and a brown leather wallet, containing bank cards, ID cards and a small amount of cash.

“The 23-year-old victim, from Ashford, Kent, was waiting on a bench on a London-bound platform shortly before 5am.

“He fell asleep and then a man sat next to him and removed the items, worth a combined £500, from his pockets before leaving the station.

We are issuing two stills of a man who we believe has information which can help us with our enquiries into this incident."

– Detective Sergeant Leigh Marshall
The theft happened in the early hours of Saturday, 5th July Credit: British Transport Police

Security guard assaulted after chasing shoplifter

Officers are appealing for information after a supermarket worker was assaulted as he tried to stop a suspected shoplifter in Canterbury.

It happened on 30th June at around 10:15pm after three people ran away from Sainsbury's in Kingsmead Road.

One of the security staff chased a suspect and found him hiding in bushes.

As he tried to detain him, the suspect ran off along the River Stour.

The security guard eventually caught him but the man struck him in the stomach, leaving him with a 10cm cut.

He then ran off in the direction of Stonebridge Road.

Kent Police Constable Jim Roberts, from the Canterbury Local District Policing Team, said:

The main offender is described as being a man around 6ft tall, with short brown hair and a scar above his eye. He was wearing a black zip-up jacket, a black T-shirt with a skull and crossbones motif on the front, black jogging bottoms and black trainers.

The other two people were a second man, 6ft tall and of stocky build, wearing a black top with the hood up and navy blue jeans; and a woman wearing a grey cardigan, grey T-shirt, navy blue jeans and brown sandals. She was carrying a shopping bag.’

– Constable Jim Roberts

Police investigate report of sexual assault in Canterbury

Kent Police is appealing for the public’s help in establishing the circumstances around a reported sexual assault in Canterbury city centre.

At 11:25pm on 28 June, a woman in her 50s reported that she had been attacked in a car park.

After speaking with the victim, officers made enquiries at a number of locations.

It was reported that the assault happened sometime after 10:35pm.

The victim has described her attacker as a white man, around 5ft 7ins tall, aged around 30. He was clean shaven with short or balding hair and was wearing grey trousers and a white shirt.

Kent Police takes all reports of sexual assault or abuse very seriously and we have a duty to investigate. We have officers specially-trained to deal with sensitive and difficult investigations such as this. The victim reported she was in town with a member of her family and they had become separated. The victim went looking for them but encountered an unknown male who she said sexually assaulted her in a car park. Our enquiries are now centring on a car park in the Hawk’s Lane area. CCTV from the area is being reviewed and enquiries are on-going to trace the offender."

– DCI Emma Banks, head of Kent Police’s Reactive Crime team
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