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Man charged with murder following serious assault

Fiancé Michael Tierney was found in Haig Avenue, Chatham Credit: Kent Police

A man has been charged with murder in connection with a serious assault in Chatham, Kent.

33 year-old Michael Tierney was found with serious injuries on Haig Avenue on Tuesday evening (16 June).

Our beloved Mikey was one in a million a wonderful son, fiancé, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and incredible dad to Jojo who he adored and a great stepdad.

– Michael Tierney's Family

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have now charged two people in connection with the murder.

William Fleming, 26, of White Road in Chatham, has been charged with murder, while Kelly Anne Wicker, 27, of Haig Avenue, was charged with assisting an offender.

Both people were remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Five other people were arrested in connection with the incident:

- Two 39-year-old men from Chatham were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

- A 37-year-old woman from Chatham arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail until 31 July.

- A 26-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman who were arrested have since been released without charge.

Four new arrests in Chatham murder investigation

Police investigating the murder of a man in Chatham have arrested a further four people.

33-year-old Michael Tierney was found badly injured in Haig Avenue earlier this week. He died in hospital yesterday.

It's believed there was a disturbance between four men in Glencoe Road before he was injured.

Police have now arrested a total of six people after four new arrests.

Two 39-year-old men from Chatham have been arrested on suspicion of murder, while a 37-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman, both from Chatham, are in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Two people arrested on Wednesday remain in police custody. They are a 26-year-old man from Chatham, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and a 27-year-old woman, also from the town, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.


Chatham assault being treated as murder

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man found injured in Chatham died in hospital. Local man Michael Tierney, 33, was found with serious injuries in Haig Avenue at around 10.55pm on Tuesday 16 June.

Officers believe an initial disturbance began in Glencoe Road at around 10.45pm, involving a number of men, and continued in Magpie Hall Road before Mr Tierney was found injured. He was declared dead in hospital today (18 June).

Detectives have arrested a 26-year-old man from Chatham on suspicion of attempted murder, while a 27-year-old woman, also from the town, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both people remain in police custody.

Police are continuing to appeal for information.

Wanted fly-tipper tracked down and sentenced

A wanted fly-tipper has been found and given a suspended prison sentence for his involvement in the dumping and burning of more than 30 tonnes of rubbish.

Glen Dobson, 54, of Victoria Street in Rochester disappeared mid-investigation and was found guilty in his absence.

He was ordered to pay £100 in costs for the offences at a site in Ash Tree Lane, Chatham.

Fly-tipping is unacceptable and will always be taken very seriously.

– Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council

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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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.

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