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Revival of ancient wassailing ritual

Wassailing at Fort Amherst Credit: Fort Amherst

Fort Amherst in Chatham has hosted an ancient Wassailing ceremony which dates back to Saxon times.

It's performed to awaken fruit trees and bee hives and to drive away evil spirits to help ensure a summer harvest.

Keith Gulvin, a Trustee at Fort Amherst for over 30 years, said: "‘it’s reassuring to know that there is such an appetite for these authentic events, and that the time and energy it takes to ensure these ceremonies aren’t forgotten is not in vain."

Wassailing at Fort Amherst Credit: Fort Amherst
Wassailing at Fort Amherst Credit: Fort Amherst

Teenager charged in connection with assault

A teenage boy has appeared in court after an assault in Chatham.

A 15-year-old boy was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries, consistent with stab wounds, after the incident in the area of Ordnance Street at around 4.15pm on Sunday 28 December.

A 15-year-old boy, of no fixed address, has been charged with wounding with intent and possessing a knife in a public place. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 30 December and was remanded until he appears at Maidstone Crown Court on 19 January 2015.

A 15-year-old boy from Medway and a 17-year-old boy from Ashford were also arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed until 19 February 2015 pending further enquiries.

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Nine-year old girl raises awareness of eye cancer

She was just seven months old when she lost her eye to a rare form of cancer. Now, nine year old Kate Bravery from Chatham is raising awareness of the disease. Retinoblastoma mainly affects children under the age of six and the symptoms can often go unnoticed. Tom Savvides talks to Kate, her mother Jenny Bravery and Julie Firth from the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

Police arrest man as part of international crackdown on hacking

Officers from the South East Regional Crime Unit supported by Kent Police have arrested a man in Kent following as part of an international crackdown on computer hackers. SEROCU worked closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) on the operation focused on the threat posed by tools known as Remote Access Trojans (RATs).

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday 18th November in Maida Road, Chatham, Kent on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material, unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of further offences and fraud by false representation.

“This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement cooperation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries. We are pursuing cyber criminals using the latest technology and working with businesses and academia to further develop specialist investigative capabilities to protect and reduce the risk to the public."

– Craig Jones, Head of the Cyber Crime Unit

Kent man held in international computer hacking raids

Four people have been arrested in the UK as part of an international operation to combat computer hackers.

Another 11 suspects were also arrested in Estonia, France, Romania, Latvia, Italy and Norway in a series of cross-border raids, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

The operation targeted suspected users of tools known as Remote Access Trojans (RATs), which allow cyber-criminals to gain control over computers, including being able to turn victims' webcams on and off and access banking or other personal information.

Three men were arrested yesterday in Leeds, aged 33, 30 and 33, while a fourth man was detained in Chatham, in Kent, the NCA said. A search warrant was used on a 19-year-old man, from Liverpool, who was brought in for voluntary questioning.

E-fit released in connection with attempted robbery

Police want to speak with this man in connection with attempted robbery Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating an attempted robbery in Lordswood Lane, Chatham, have released a computer-generated image of a man they would like to speak with.

A woman was walking along a footpath when she was approached by a man who attempted to grab her handbag, at about 7.15am on Saturday 1 November.

She screamed and the man ran away empty-handed in the direction of Kingston Crescent.

The suspect is described as having olive skin and dark brown eyes. He was wearing a black hooded top with a zip.

Anyone with information should contact PC Nick Webber on 01634 792350 quoting crime reference XY/38615/14. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Jail for man who tried to strangle former partner

Christopher Hamilton was sentenced to almost a decade in prison for trying to strangle his former partner Credit: Kent Police

A Chatham man who strangled his former partner until she passed out has been jailed for attempted murder.

Christopher Hamilton, 30, was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.

Hamilton pleaded guilty to trying to kill his former partner following a disagreement in the early hours of 16 June.

Investigating officer, PC John Griffin of the Medway Local District Policing Team, said: 'This was a sickeningly violent attack on a defenceless woman who had no chance against Hamilton. He claimed it was done in the heat of the moment and that they had a volatile relationship. This is absolutely no excuse.

'I would like to commend the victim's bravery in coming forward and supporting a prosecution against her former partner. I welcome the news Hamilton will be spending a substantial amount of time behind bars and hope this gives his victim the strength she needs to move forward and rebuild her life.'

For more information on services available for victims of domestic abuse, visit the Kent Police advice page or www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk.

Concerns for missing 12-year-old from Kent

12-year-old Chanae Jobson hasn't been seen since Friday afternoon Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information on the whereabouts of a 12 year old girl.

Chanae Jobson was reported missing at around 9pm on Friday 19 September. She is believed to have been at Chatham train station around 4.15pm.

Chanae is mixed race, of slim build and about 5ft 6ins in height. She has dark brown eyes, dark curly long hair and a beauty spot to the left of her mouth. It is believed she was last seen wearing a peach maxi-dress and black high-heeled boots.

"Chanae's family and friends are concerned about her and I'd like anybody who has seen her or who has information on her whereabouts to call us on 101 as soon as possible, quoting incident reference 19-1747."

– Inspector David Matson

Man missing from home 'does not have a car'

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Garrington was when he spoke to a friend in Cuxton Road, Strood, on 24th July. He is not known to associate with many people and he does not have a car. Due to the length of Mr Garrington’s continued disappearance we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. He is around 5 feet 5 inches / 158cm tall and he may be sleeping rough in the Medway area. We are asking for Mr Garrington to get in touch with us, and for the public to report any sightings or pass any information regarding his whereabouts by contacting 101 and quoting reference 11-599.

– Sergeant Simon Fullagar, Kent Police

Concern for man missing from home for three weeks

Kent Police are appealing for the public’s help in locating a Chatham man reported missing from his home.

Antonio Garrington Credit: Kent Police

Antonio Garrington, 39, left his home around three weeks ago. A friend of his grew increasingly concerned by his failure to return to his home and, on 11 August, formally reported him missing to Kent Police. Local officers have pursued a number of lines of enquiry to attempt to trace Mr Garrington but with no further sightings of him they are now turning to the public for help.

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