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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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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.

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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