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Community centre reopens after wall collapse

A community centre which was forced to close after a large wall collapsed onto a road in Kent has reopened. Magpie Hall Road in Chatham was closed for five weeks to allow engineers to make the area safe. Tom Savvides talks to those using the centre, the Reverend Keith Johnson and volunteer Mercy Ejiofor.


40-metre long wall collapses onto cars

A wall has collapsed in Listmas Road in Chatham. The wall was approximately 40 metres long and 3 metres high, with a large amount of earth and rubble behind it.

The wall was approximately 40 metres long and 3 metres high Credit: James Bugden

Kent Fire and Rescue Service bought in technical rescue specialists to assess the damage, using equipment designed to find casualties in collapsed buildings in the aftermath of earthquakes.

The cause of the collapse is not known Credit: Tom Savvides
There were no injuries but some vehicles parked in the path of the collapse were damaged Credit: Tom Savvides

Chatham extremist mocks PM after being put on UN sanction list

Sally-Anne Jones Credit: ITV News

A woman from Chatham who is believed to have joined Islamic State appears to have taken to Twitter to mock being placed on a UN sanctions list.

A post from an account believed to belong to Sally-Anne Jones was published on the social media site earlier today.

Sally-Ann Jones, from Chatham, is one of four individuals that have been put on the list that targets al-Qaeda and Islamic State operatives. Credit: Twitter

The 45-year-old former punk rocker was married to IS fighter Junaid Hussein, who was killed in US-led coalition air strikes in August.

ITV News cannot independently verify the account.


Two charged after fire at garage in Chatham

Kent Police has charged two people with arson, aggravated vehicle taking and burglary after a fire at a car garage in Chatham in March.

It was reported that a fire was started overnight on March 24 at Regency Motor Company in The Brook, and that a vehicle and a safe containing some cash were stolen.

A 13-year-old boy, from Chatham, and Tyler Alex Turner, aged 20, of Ryde Close, Chatham, charged on September 21.

They have both been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 19 October.

Two men rescued from house fire in Chatham

Two men have been rescued from a fire at a mid-terrace house on Luton Road in Chatham, Kent. Firefighters were called to the building overnight. Crews extinguished a fire on the ground floor.

One man was led to safety from the loft space suffering from the effects of having breathed in smoke, while a second man is in the care of the ambulance service. Kent Police were also called to the scene. An investigation is underway into what caused the fire.

GCSE students celebrate results in Kent

The number of students getting the top GCSE grades has fallen, with the south east seeing the biggest drop in the country.

Around 60% of pupils at St John Fisher School in Chatham will continue their studies in the sixth form, either taking A Levels or BTECs.

The rest will enrol on college courses as the law states you must continue education until the age of eighteen.

Pupils in the South East are celebrating some of the best GCSE results in the country. Passes are up but top grades are down with seven out of ten students achieving A-star to C grades. Tom Savvides talks to students at St John Fisher School in Chatham and headteacher Catherine Burnett.

Grandmother's killers have their sentences cut on appeal

Harjit Chaggar was found dead in the basement of a shop in Chatham in 2013 Credit: ITV Meridian

Two men jailed for murdering a grandmother in Chatham have had their sentences cut.

The body of Harjit Chaggar, who was sixty nine, was found in the basement of a shop twelve days after she went missing in 2013.

Murshed Miah and Mohammed Islam were sentenced to at least twenty five years each.

But a court of appeal has said the terms were "excessive" and reduced the sentences.

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