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CCTV image released after officer attacked

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the assault Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police are continuing their investigation after one of their officers was assaulted at Aylesbury station on Friday 20 September.

Today the police released a CCTV image of the man they'd like to speak to in connection with the attack. PC Robert Maulini, the investigating officer, said:

"Around 9pm, the victim, a member of staff approached a man who was seen to have jumped the ticket barriers. The victim questioned the man and told him he would have to buy a valid ticket. The man then punched the victim repeatedly in the face, knocking him to the ground."

"Another man then began to verbally threaten the victim whilst he was on the floor. Both men then made off from the station."

The victim was left with minor cuts and bruises.

Search for potential witness

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Kent Police renew appeal to find potential witness Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a Chatham woman have renewed their appeal to help identify a potential witness.

Officers are trying to trace a man wearing a cap seen in Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, at the time victim Harjit Chaggar was last seen on Monday 2nd September.

Her body was found in the basement of a shop in Chatham.

44-year-old Abdul Hannan and Murshed Miah who's 38, both of Maidstone, and Mohammed Liaket Islam aged 28, from Gillingham, have been charged with murder. A fourth man from Chatham, remains on bail.

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CCTV hub leads to thousands of arrests

by Sarah Saunders

A great way to tackle crime or a big brother style invasion of privacy? CCTV cameras can be found on most high streets nowadays. And one of the largest CCTV hubs in the country, covering North Kent has resulted in thousands of arrests since it came into operation last April.

The majority, for shoplifting, anti-social behaviour, assault and affray. Sarah Saunders spoke to Sgt Steve Holpin from Kent police and Medway Council's Robin Cooper.

Police want to speak to driver

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Police release CCTV images to help with murder investigation Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a Chatham woman have released CCTV images of a vehicle they would like to trace.

Harjit Chaggar's body was found in the basement of a shop in Luton Road on Saturday 14th September but the 69-year-old was last seen on the afternoon of Monday 2nd September.

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Police release CCTV images to help with murder investigation Credit: Kent Police

Officers would like to speak to the driver of a dark-coloured vehicle seen travelling along Magpie Hall Road on the afternoon of Monday 2nd September.

The vehicle had what appears to be a distinctive blue and white rectangular sign on both sides.

44-year-old Abdul Hannan and Murshed Miah, aged 38, both of Maidstone, and 28-year-old Mohammed Liaket Islam from Gillingham, have been charged with murder. A fourth man, aged 27, from Chatham, remains on bail.

CCTV in Medway leads to thousands of arrests

Nearly 3400 arrests have been made in Medway since the new CCTV hub was introduced in April 2012.

The control centre in Strood looks over 750 cameras, covering Medway, Swale, Maidstone and Gravesham.

From April 2012 to August 2013, 3396 arrests were made, with the majority for shoplifting, anti-social behaviour, assault and affray.

Councillor Peter Hicks, Medway Council's portfolio holder for Community Safety said, "This partnership with our neighbours has proved the value of CCTV in making people feel safer in their local areas, as well as leading to arrests."

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Police appeal after champagne theft

Police investigating a champagne theft want to speak to these two people. Credit: Hampshire police

Police want to speak to these two people after two bottles of champagne worth more than £600 were stolen from a shop in Winchester. A man and a woman were seen to enter Majestic Wine in Andover Road Retail Park, Winchester at about 4.20pm on Saturday, August 31.

When a staff member was distracted they went behind the counter and took two bottles of Krug champagne and left the shop without paying.

Search for witnesses after assault

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Police CCTV released following assault Credit: Meridian Tonight

Police have issued a CCTV image to identify witnesses to an assault in Portsmouth. Around eight men assaulted three other men who were carrying rucksacks and bags through Guildhall Walk in the early hours of Sunday 21st July.

The group followed the three men into Commercial Road, assaulting another man while walking. Officers are appealing for help to identify anyone in the CCTV image; these people may hold vital information.

PC Darren Tombs, based at Portsmouth Central said: “We are also keen to identify the victims of the assault. This happened in a busy area of the city as many people were leaving clubs and bars. Anyone with information is asked to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Tombs at Portsmouth Central on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Appeal to BMX riders in search for missing soldier

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a soldier from Brompton Barracks have issued a fresh appeal to two BMX riders seen on Corporation Street minutes after the teenager was last sighted on CCTV.

Police are growing increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of Josh, 18, who was last seen by a friend outside the City Wall pub in Rochester on Wednesday 10th April.

We now are focusing our attention on known last CCTV sightings of Josh heading towards Gas House Road. We know that two males on BMX bikes were cycling past that area, along Corporation Street, just minutes after sight of Josh is lost. I am appealing to those two people who were in that area shortly after 1am to come forward and let us know if you saw Josh and where.

– Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Rik Spicer, Kent Police

It is important to point out that you are not in trouble, we just want to learn of Josh’s last movements and you may hold vital information on this. I would urge you to call us on 101, quoting reference 10-0243. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Rik Spicer, Kent Police

CCTV released in hunt for missing soldier

Kent Police has released a CCTV image of missing teenage soldier Josh Thomas.

It captures Josh, 18, on a traffic island in the middle of the A2 outside the Crown pub in Rochester shortly before 1am on Wednesday 10 April.

The CCTV shows him walking on Rochester bridge towards Corporation Street and a black hatchback car is stopped next to him.

The car then drives off and is reversed back, seemingly for whoever's in the car to talk again to the young soldier.

Missing soldier Josh Thomas
Missing soldier Josh Thomas Credit: Kent Police

Police are also appealing to two men on BMX bikes who were seen on Corporation Street early on Wednesday morning to come forward to help in the search. They are then seen riding along the High Street back towards Rochester at just before 2am.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Rik Spicer, said: "This CCTV image shows Josh sometime after he left the pub. It shows what he was wearing on the night and I would urge anyone that saw him to come forward and help us."

Josh, who comes from Wales, is a soldier at Brompton barracks on Dock Road in Gillingham, He is described as white, about 5ft 9ins tall, slim build and with short dark brown hair. He was wearing a dark blue Lyle and Scott jumper with white and red collar, grey jeans and white Converse trainers.

Officers want to speak with anyone who saw Josh on Corporation Street or the people in the black car that stopped on Rochester bridge, to come forward by calling the non-emergency number, 101, quoting reference 10-0243. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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