Maidstone Crown Court has heard details of an armed robbery where £25,000 in cash was stolen from a security van. At just after 9.15am on 26th July a Loomis security van had arrived at a supermarket on Maidstone Road in Chatham.
One of the security van staff members deactivated the alarm system while his colleague got out of the van and collected a pre-prepared box which contained £25,000.
The victim saw a man wearing a scarf walk towards him. He was carrying something which the victim believed to be a small hand gun.
The offender pointed the pistol at the victim and shouted: "Give me the box, drop the box." He did as he was told and the man bent down and picked it up before walking away. The victim then pressed his personal attack alarm and a security liquid dye was activated.
A couple who stole £25,000 in an armed robbery of a security van in a Chatham supermarket car park have been jailed.
John Todd, 45, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to six years and eight months in prison.
His partner, Keely Beer, 41, admitted a charge of robbery and was jailed for four years.
Two men have been jailed for brandishing swords in front of terrified children during a confrontation in Chatham. In June, Robert Dewar and Christopher Coburn emerged from their homes with swords, after a child’s plastic hula hoop had rolled into Dewar’s car, which was parked on the same street.
In front of other children playing outside they approached the child’s mother and threatened to damage her partner’s car. Coburn waved a two feet long sword above his head, whilst Dewar was also holding a sword.
Coburn, 59, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for affray, and was also given an eight month sentence for having an offensive weapon. Dewar, 46, was jailed for 8 months after pleading guilty to having an offensive weapon.
Although no one was injured this incident happened in full view of a group of children who were playing in the area, many of whom were left very scared and in tears. These sentences serve as a reminder to anyone that we will not tolerate violent and aggressive behaviour, whether it occurs within the home or in public."
A Remembrance parade, which was under threat because of a lack of police officers, will now go ahead. The organisers of the event in Chatham and Kent Police have reached a solution, which means volunteers are being drafted in to help with safety. Iain McBride has this report.
M20 London bound lane closed on entry slip road. There is slow traffic due to accident at J6 A229 in Chatham.
Detectives investigating the murder of a Chatham woman have renewed their appeal to help identify a potential witness.
Officers are trying to trace a man wearing a cap seen in Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, at the time victim Harjit Chaggar was last seen on Monday 2nd September.
Her body was found in the basement of a shop in Chatham.
44-year-old Abdul Hannan and Murshed Miah who's 38, both of Maidstone, and Mohammed Liaket Islam aged 28, from Gillingham, have been charged with murder. A fourth man from Chatham, remains on bail.
A man from Chatham has been jailed for pawning family war medals and stealing nearly £9,000 from his deceased mother’s account to fund his drug habit.
29-year-old Brendan Cameron admitted to charges of theft, fraud and possession of crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 2nd September.
He was sentenced yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court to 10 months in prison.
Cameron pawned a naval medal from WWI and another medal from WWII for £522.
A debit card owned by his mother and his grandmother was also stolen and £8,774 withdrawn.
He later admitted that he had withdrawn the cash from the account over a three-week period to fund his drug habit.
His actions following the death of his mother were nothing short of disgraceful with no consideration for the impact it would have on an already grieving family.
I hope this sentence will give him an opportunity to reflect on the depths that he has sunk to in committing these terrible crimes.
Detectives investigating the murder of a Chatham woman have released CCTV images of a vehicle they would like to trace.
Harjit Chaggar's body was found in the basement of a shop in Luton Road on Saturday 14th September but the 69-year-old was last seen on the afternoon of Monday 2nd September.
Officers would like to speak to the driver of a dark-coloured vehicle seen travelling along Magpie Hall Road on the afternoon of Monday 2nd September.
The vehicle had what appears to be a distinctive blue and white rectangular sign on both sides.
44-year-old Abdul Hannan and Murshed Miah, aged 38, both of Maidstone, and 28-year-old Mohammed Liaket Islam from Gillingham, have been charged with murder. A fourth man, aged 27, from Chatham, remains on bail.
A man from Chatham has been missing from his home since yesterday morning.
Jamie Matthews, also known as James Horohan, is aged 30 and was last seen by his family at his home in Dunkirk Drive at around 10am, when he left the house on foot.
Jamie is 6ft 4ins tall, has short dark blonde hair, and wears bronze rimmed glasses. He was last seen wearing jeans, a red t-shirt and a jacket. His family are extremely concerned for his welfare.
Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 101, quoting ref. CAD 29/557
Video. An inquest into the death of a woman whose body was found in the basement of a shop in Chatham, has been opened and adjourned. Harjit Chaggar, who was 69-years-old, was discovered at the Sani Globe Food store on Luton Road last Saturday.
David Johns sent us this report from Maidstone Coroner's Court.