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'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


Fire crews dampen down at flat blaze

Fire rips through the top floor flat in Creine Mill Lane Credit: James King

Firefighters have made good progress with the fire at a block of flats in Canterbury.

The operation has now been scaled down from ten engines to four.

Crews were called at 14.28 yesterday afternoon to a fire in the utility room of a top floor flat in Creine Mill Lane in North Canterbury.

The front of the building has collapsed.

Canterbury Council has opened a rest centre at Age Concern in Castle Row for anyone who has been displaced following today's fire at the Tannery. All residents are accounted for.

“Crews have worked very hard to get this fire under control in very challenging conditions - dealing with a four storey building that was well alight. The building is a timber framed construction and so the fire was able to spread very quickly among the frame voids. This meant it was a difficult fire to fight in the early stages. At its height we had ten engines in attendance. The fire broke through the roof and we used two height vehicles to get water directly at fourth floor level. We also put some new equipment to very good use which stopped the fire spreading through roof voids and between floors. Firefighters used Fog Spikes to punch holes into the roof and through walls in order to insert a fine water spray that created a fire break and stop further spread.”

– Paul Flaherty, Assistant Director at Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Crews dealing with large fire in block of flats

Crews tackle a fire at a flat in Canterbury Credit: ITV Meridian

Fire crews in Kent are fighting a fire in Creine Mill Lane North Canterbury.

They were called at 14.28 to a fire in the utility room of a top floor flat.

Crews have been using four breathing apparatus, three main jets, two hose reel jets and a 135 ladder. Four fogspikes, which pump a fine spray into the building, are being used to create firebreaks to help prevent the lateral spread of the fire.

Ten pumps are currently at the incident. All residents are accounted for. The area is being evacuated.

Traffic chaos: A2 closed due to crash

Long queues of traffic have built up on the A2 in Kent, which is closed after reports a car crashed into a lamppost.

The eastbound carriageway between junction 7 on the M2, near Faversham, and the A2050 near Canterbury has been closed off.

A diversion has been put in place but drivers are being advised to plan ahead and avoid the route where possible.

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VIDEO: Could this be Britain's biggest baby?

A first-time mother from Kent thinks her baby son might just be Britain's biggest baby.

Diana Kuznetsova from Lower Hardres HARDZ near Canterbury was delighted to welcome her son Jack Castle into the world - two weeks past his due date.

Since then, Jack has grown, and grown, and grown. He's now the size of some one-year-olds - and shows no signs of slowing down. Not bad for 14 weeks.

Sarah Saunders, went along to meet them.


Is this Britain's biggest baby?

Jack Castle was born at 11lbs 11oz Credit: ITV Meridian

A first-time mother from Kent thinks her three month-old son - might just be Britain's biggest baby.

A couple from Lower Hardres near Canterbury were delighted to welcome their son Jack into the world - two weeks past his due date.

Since then young Jack Castle has grown to the size of some 1-year olds in his first 14 weeks.

A woolly good idea - herding sheep through cathedral city

Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The chairman of Visit Kent, Amanda Cottrell, will be exercising her right a Freeman of Canterbury to drive sheep through the city centre on Saturday.

She last took the opportunity five years ago but is doing it again to raise funds for charity.

She will be herding sheep supplied by Kent College on leads from Barretts' car park to the Cathedral gates and back from 10am.

It's all in aid of Porchlight and The Red House Nursing Home.

In 2008, she drove six New Romney rams across London Bridge to highlight a £50m Save Canterbury Cathedral Appeal and to support Produced in Kent,

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