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.
The A229 is closed in both directions at Blue Bell Hill with queueing traffic after an accident involving six vehicles between M2 J3 (Chatham / Rochester) and M20 J6 (Chatham). There two unrelated accidents on either side of the carriageway that have caused the road to be completely shut.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A Rochester man spent the final moments of his birthday in hospital after having 6 teeth knocked out and his head stamped on 3 times in an unprovoked attack.
The 25-year-old victim had been out with friends celebrating his birthday on 30 September last year in a Chatham pub when he met Deividas Radvila and accepted a drink from him.
Later that evening the victim left the pub with his friend and Radvila and the trio walked to a nearby petrol station to buy some cans of lager. All three men continued drinking as they walked into town, before the victim’s friend left to go home.
Radvila said he would walk back with the victim as he lived in Rochester.
As they began walking together, just as they approached an alleyway, Radvila turned and punched the victim to the ground before stamping on his head twice.
The 20-year-old then began rifling through the victim’s pockets and stole £200 in cash, a mobile phone and bank cards in a wallet.
Not satisfied with his initial bruising attack, Radvila stamped on the victim’s face once again, knocking him unconscious and knocking out six teeth in the process.
Almost a month later, on 25 October, officers from Kent Police were called to a report of a fight in Railway Street, Chatham. Radvila was arrested and charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 17 November 2014 to 30 days in prison.
As a result of CCTV footage, Radvila was identified as the suspect for the incident on 30 September. He was subsequently charged with robbery.
Radvila, of Scotts Terrace in Chatham, pleaded not guilty to robbery, but admitted assaulting his victim. He was found guilty of robbery by a jury. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 25 June.