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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.'

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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.

Romantic gesture ruined after tealight fire

A tealight fire ruined a romantic night in for one couple in Kent Credit: MARTIN RUETSCHI/Keystone Switzerland/Press Association Images

A romantic gesture sparked a fire at a home in Kent. A man lit approximately 40 tea lights on the carpet in the bedroom, spelling out his partner's name and creating the shape of a love heart. But after setting them alight and closing the door the heat of the tea lights set the carpet on fire.

Crews used a hose reel jet at Chatham Hill in Chatam at 2:15am today after the fire rapidly spread through the bedroom. Approximately 70 per cent of the bedroom was destroyed by fire, with the remainder of the upstairs being damaged by smoke.

Medway Watch Manager Paul Nash, who attended the incident, said: 'We realise that tea lights have become increasingly popular in recent years to create a relaxing or romantic atmosphere in the home. However, many people are still unaware of the dangers that candles and tea lights can present.

'Because tea lights come with a flat metal base many people think it is safe to place them directly onto any surface without a candleholder or a heat resistant saucer. However, they reach extremely high temperatures. If they’re placed directly on a plastic or combustible surface they quickly melt into the material and can cause a potentially fatal fire.'


Appeal for information after daggers stolen

An investigations been launched in Chatham following the theft of three daggers.

Police say these daggers are unique and are appealing for witnesses Credit: Kent Police

Police received a report that the weapons were taken from Fort Amherst and Lines Trust on Dock Road on the morning of 30th March.

Police say these daggers are unique and are appealing for witnesses Credit: Kent Police

PC James Dolby, investigating officer, said: 'The three daggers are unique and I would urge anyone who finds them to hand them in to police.'

Police say these daggers are unique and are appealing for witnesses Credit: Kent Police

"A bolt from the blue": Chatham remembers the day the dockyard closed 30 years ago

It came as a bolt from the blue. The devastating news that Chatham Dockyard was to close after 400 years in operation. The Navy was pulling out and thousands of workers would lose their jobs.

It was a dark day for the people of Medway, but slowly, bit by bit, the town and the dockyard fought back, turning the site into a vibrant business community and visitor attraction. Now, 30 years on, the future is still bright.

Andrea Thomas has been speaking to Philip Lewing, a former engineer at the dockyard, Brian Jenkins, president of the Chatham Dockyard Historical Society and Bill Ferris, Chief Executive of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

Missing toddler found amid concerns for father

Mark Dallas Credit: Kent Police

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Mark Henry Dallas from Chatham, who was last seen in the Wayfield Road area of the town just after midday on Friday.

It is believed the 19 year old was in possession of his 14-month-old son but the boy has since been found safe and well.

Mr Dallas is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a light grey tracksuit with a hood.

Kent Police is searching for Mr Dallas and officers are urging him to get in contact. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is urged to call 101.

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